Culture & Society


How we can contribute to helping our planet

Dear reader: This article is not a guide on why being a minimalist is going to make you happier. Rather, it has been written to promote the principle of minimalism and provide ideas towards helping our planet.  Some weeks ago, I went shopping with a friend with the intention of […]


Pastry Pastimes: Where Does The ‘Danish’ Come From?

Food has become an important lifeline during Melbourne’s strict second lockdown. After suffering through a brutal wave of new infections, residents of this once bustling city of five million are confined to their homes. Movement is restricted to five kilometers from home, only limited exercise is allowed and there is […]


Talk of the Week: World Peace with a Healthy Level of Cynicism

The Oxford English Dictionary defines peace as “freedom from civil unrest or disorder” and “public order and security”. Judging by this definition and the current global political climate, I think it is safe to say that we, as a society, are not particularly peaceful at the moment.  From riots breaking […]


The Impact of Reproductive Technology on Identity: An Interview with Albert Frantz 

When I wrote about the controversial topic of surrogacy and the ethical and legal issues it comes with, I never thought that the article would put me in contact with someone who is a “product” of reproductive technology, albeit not surrogacy per se. Shortly before turning 30, Albert Frantz found out […]


Radicalization in the Age of Technology

On July 22nd, 2011, exactly nine years ago, Anders Behring Breivik disembarked a ferry on the island of Utøya, which is situated a little off the Norwegian coast near Oslo. He was wearing a home-made police uniform and had armed himself with two guns, one semi-automatic rifle and one Glock […]


Beans, milk and migration: how globalisation produced the flat white coffee (and why you should drink it)

Ask an Australian or Kiwi and they could tell you the flat white coffee is a delicate ratio of expertly steamed milk (of all kinds) and a silky espresso shot. Stronger, with less milk than a latte (don’t get me started on those tall, milky, European versions) and less foam […]


How Do We Stop Drowning in Plastic When Our Lives Depend on It?

Whether we realize it or not, we eat and breathe plastic every day. Plastic is present in almost everything we use. The keys I am pressing on my keyboard to write this sentence contain plastic. So does the electronic device you are using to read this. Let’s face it: we […]


Inequality at Sea: The Day of the Seafarers

  If there was a word of the week for the last few weeks it would be equality, if it were a phrase it would be Black Lives Matter. As we enter what is being termed the new normal, we need to be asserting our desires that equality should be a […]


5 articles you should read on World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day!   Since the year 2000 June 20th is World Refugee Day. It is a day to honour people’s strength and endurance, a day to show solidarity and a day to educate ourselves about what it means to be a refugee. refugee /rɛfjʊˈdʒiː/ noun refugee; plural […]


Racism Is Not Very Punk

It seems that the alternative music scene cannot pause to take a breath at the moment. There have been allegations of sexual assault and child molestation made against former stars of the big-haired crossover between metal and electronic music. One of the huge names of the ‘emo’ scene of the […]