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Dancing in the dark

Tonight I went to a place where the dancing only starts when the disco ball disappears and the lights go out... THE year is 1998. Careless in the throes of youth, you dance around the lounge room as Saturday morning’s Rage plays the bubblegum pop hits that defined the decade as substantially as grunge. While … Continue reading Dancing in the dark

Maths-metal and streaking: Hottest 100 vote lobbying’s shaky history

THIS month, many of my friends, relatives, complete strangers and I have been asked to make a very important decision; one that could change the course of history. There’s also a state election on. I speak, of course, of the decision whether or not to follow the social media push to force Taylor Swift's "Shake … Continue reading Maths-metal and streaking: Hottest 100 vote lobbying’s shaky history

My kind of town, Chicago is… in summer

“YEAH, I could live here,” I thought as I strolled along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It was a sunny June morning and I was on a decent hike from my hostel through skyscraper-lined streets, parkland, beaches, and riverfront, soon to arrive at the Lincoln Park Zoo. America’s third-largest city was alive with a pulsing energy, … Continue reading My kind of town, Chicago is… in summer

A very Australian response to an unusual crime

YESTERDAY was not the day “we changed forever”; the perpetrator of the hideous crime doesn’t deserve to affect the country in such a major way. Far from a day of change, yesterday was a day when the best and worst aspects of our national character were on show. For the most part, compassion, decency, community … Continue reading A very Australian response to an unusual crime

Road tripping through America: The Listicle

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I went on my first social road trip since returning from the United States. It wasn’t a long one – just a pleasant Sunday drive to Springbrook National Park and other parts of the Gold Coast hinterland – but the trip evoked the same feelings of adventure and freedom that … Continue reading Road tripping through America: The Listicle