Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience

Content note: This piece contains mentions of the detailed use of firearms. ‘I wonder what it’s like to shoot a rifle,’ a friend said casually over a prawn chow mein lunch. ‘We should go to a shooting range one day.’ ‘Sure, let’s go on Saturday,’ I said. She laughed, ‘Really?’ ‘Why not?’ I asked.  All we had to do was Google local shooting ranges, make … Continue reading Target Practice: A Shooting Range Experience

The Man in Forty-Seven

A tremor on the pavement stopped the pedestrians’ march—a tremor that made them turn their heads, squint their eyes, and prick their ears in search of the pulpy thud that birthed it. Their collective search found a crumpled man—a man that once had a name—reduced to shards of bone and scattered teeth. A man whose life ran from him and scurried into the gutters and … Continue reading The Man in Forty-Seven

Yoga Series Part One: The Four Important Ways Movement Breaks Assist Study Stress

Benefits of Yoga What do you think of when you hear the word ‘yoga’? A vegan with a man-bun and a flowing psychedelic shirt? Or a gorgeous, impossibly slim woman with the flexibility of a lithe cat?  Yes, these are the gender stereotypes. But, like all ancient traditions arising from diverse and evolving cultures over thousands of years, one’s motivation for practice and appreciation does structure … Continue reading Yoga Series Part One: The Four Important Ways Movement Breaks Assist Study Stress

Post COVID-19: Cities as More-Than-Human Places

To justify cities as more-than-human places it is important to define what that means and its context. Historically, humans have engaged in activities like mining, agriculture and construction—altering the surface of the Earth, the composition of the atmosphere, and key ecosystems driving human civilisation. This has led to massive devastation and alteration of the Earth with increases in carbon emissions, species extinction and deforestation, all … Continue reading Post COVID-19: Cities as More-Than-Human Places

Crying in a Coles Carpark

Walking through the aisles of Coles, the scene before me seems apocalyptic: shelves ransacked, shoppers wearing masks and gloves, exchanging looks of uncertainty and fear. Despite the social distancing guidelines and advice to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, the supermarket is packed. I can feel the unease radiating from the people around me. Everyone exudes an aura of angst. I do my best to … Continue reading Crying in a Coles Carpark

Book Review: Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

Content Warning: This book contains strong themes of suicide, EDs, and depression/anxiety. A gun fires. The studio bursts into hysteria but the cameras still roll. Millions of viewers saw Sam Midford pull the gun from his desk and fire it into his own head, so how can his death be considered a murder? Either Side of Midnight is a sombre yet compelling crime thriller exploring the … Continue reading Book Review: Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

Book Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant with Nils Parker

Do you ever find yourself wondering how pet rocks became a thing? Or go wondering down Wikipedia rabbit holes because you really needed more information about [insert random topic here]? If you’re a student of random knowledge like myself, then you might enjoy Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (with co-writer Nils Parker). For those who might not … Continue reading Book Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant with Nils Parker