Communication Anxiety

Why was there not a class at school called “How to Make a Phone Call and Sound Like a Human and Not an Anxious Moron?” I would really like to know why the government did not see fit to chuck that into the curriculum at any stage. Nowadays I pick up the phone and my […]

Baby steps? More like big giant man steps?

The day I found out my friends online profile had vanished because he’d up and left for another country I cried with panic. For his life, for my life, for the world. It seemed such an amazingly huge thing to do, I couldn’t fathom it. How did you begin to process someone making that kind […]

The Four Types of Authors

It’s probably a pretty reasonable estimate that you will have encountered at least one writer-type in your lifetime. If you’re reading this then you definitely have. (I count for about two or three different types). And I’m not talking about fiction writers or people who spend their lives obsessing over things and writing obscure poetry […]

Pronouns and Inannimate Objects: Signs of Social Conditioning 

Have you ever witnessed that magical moment when a guy is flaunting his car, expensive, classic, probably a fixer-up-erer, and he turns to his mates with a satisfied sigh and says “Yeah, she’s a beauty”. Hit pause on that frame and rewind for me. “Yeah, SHE’S a beauty.” And it’s not just cars. Ask any […]

Unna-tan-able: A Pale Girl’s Story

Its summer and the Australian sun is beating down on you like Mike Tyson at the end of a throw down. Everyone is laughing, having fun. But you? You’re the one sitting under the tree in the floppy hat, sun glasses and SPF 150+, desperately trying to avoid contact with those deadly rays. It’s not […]

When did the Aussie dating scene get all American?

Ever heard the phrase “I’m seeing someone” and wondered what it actually meant? In American culture it seems to mean meeting with on a regular basis whilst not being locked in to an exclusive relationship. Which is a weird way to date people but it’s been working for them for decades. Australians on the other […]