Category Archives: Social Commentary

How do you celebrate Easter where you live?

I’m not shy about the fact that I love Easter. It’s a very low key holiday in my non-religious family and we usually just get together to relax and eat delicious food. My experience of Easter in Australia: In Australia Good … Continue reading

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9 things that surprised me about Ireland

Gaelic language is quite widespread The Irish language is on all the road, tourist and information signs, on menus and the train and tram stops were announced in Gaelic and then in English. I suppose I had wrongly assumed Gaelic … Continue reading

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15 things I’ve learnt since quitting my job to travel one year ago

It’s been exactly one year since we quit our jobs, sold everything and flew out of Melbourne airport with laughably vague plans to travel indefinitely. In that year we’ve visited 16 countries in the Americas and tonight we are flying … Continue reading

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What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

It occurred to me as I was sitting on a tour bus last week watching the Peruvian countryside flash past; I’m currently in the longest stretch of joblessness I’ve had since I my first job at 14. My last day of … Continue reading

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Visiting the Mormon capital of the world: some thoughts

I’m kind of breaking the chronology of our trip with this post. Technically Idaho comes next but we are in Salt Lake City now and I wanted to write this while it was still fresh. Salt Lake City is beautiful, … Continue reading

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America, Canada & Australia: 8 observations

Tomorrow marks 9 weeks since we left Australia! Here are some things that have surprised, interested and confounded me over the last two months, from the mundane to the more profound. I want to emphasise that these are observations, not … Continue reading

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Passive aggressive notes at the office

I love a passive aggressive office note (PAON). Hilarious as they are embarrassing (for the author) and unnecessary, the PAON is often found in the staff kitchen, typically the most turbulent of workplace zones. Who would have thought a place of … Continue reading

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Guest Post: jogger’s nipple

I have stolen this post from my friend Jordan’s blog. It was too hilarious not to share. Hope you laugh as hard as I did/snort tea out of your nostrils. “My chafing is such a bitch, it’s like someone razored … Continue reading

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Years from now, I think will look back on my mid-twenties as being simultaneously the most capable and inept period of my life. Some days I feel grown up; I’ve paid a bill on time or remembered to take out … Continue reading

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The kindness of strangers

Over the weekend my fellow journos Kara, Gloria and I headed to Rawlinna (just over 1000 kilometres east of Perth) for the annual Nullarbor Muster. It’s a big rodeo on the edge of the Nullarbor (aka the middle of nowhere) … Continue reading

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