Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

The ratio of poker machines to people is almost double in Adelaide’s poorest councils than the city’s most well-off areas, a PHACTORY investigation has found. The LGAs (local government areas) of Playford, Salisbury, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt, average around 120 people per EGM (electronic gaming machine), while Burnside, the Adelaide Hills, Mitcham and Unley councils average over 210 people per machine. The research … Continue reading Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

What’s Section 18C and all the uproar about?

Section 18C? What on earth is that? Are news headlines and social media projecting that it’s something to do with racism and white men? If this is what you’re thinking — you’re not alone. Section 18C makes it unlawful to commit a public act that is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people based on their race. The Australian … Continue reading What’s Section 18C and all the uproar about?

The Phix: Black Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is claimed to have been invented in the early 1940s at the restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in California — one afternoon, the owner, Victor J. Bergeron, created a little something for friends who were visiting from Tahiti. Upon tasting it they cried out “Maita’i roa ae!” (figuratively meaning ‘out of this world’). Add aged spiced rum to the traditional recipe of gold rum, orgeat syrup (made from almonds), … Continue reading The Phix: Black Mai Tai

Crackdown on ticket reselling corruption before it ruins the industry: Australian music giants

Violent Soho tickets selling for AUD$300, up from an original AUD$50 — Elton John tickets going for a minimum of AUD$450, from an original minimum of AUD$99 — the culture of ticket resales is frustrating artists, conning fans and screwing the industry. Consumer advocacy group CHOICE has filed complaints with the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) to investigate Ticketmaster Resale and Viagogo — platforms in which scalping kings … Continue reading Crackdown on ticket reselling corruption before it ruins the industry: Australian music giants

‘Keep the Arabs out’: Racist and hate-fuelled attacks in the US

When Port St Lucie (Florida) Police approached Richard Leslie Lloyd, 64, he nonchalantly announced that he was setting the shopfront on fire to ‘run the Arabs out of the country’. Lloyd was hoping by setting a garbage bin on fire he would ignite a bigger blaze targeting the store — fortunately, the attack was unsuccessful. To add further confusion, the shop owners were of Indian descent, putting to bed Lloyd’s xenophobic … Continue reading ‘Keep the Arabs out’: Racist and hate-fuelled attacks in the US

The Phix: Watermelon & Mint Margarita

The history of the margarita remains murky — but earliest stories suggest it first appeared in Mexico during the late 1930s, as a shot of tequila, dash of triple sec and squeeze of half a lime. This tropical variation is nothing but a simple twist on the margarita’s traditional origins — we are talking six ingredients — watermelon, mint, tequila, triple sec, salt and lime. What you’ll need (per glass): … Continue reading The Phix: Watermelon & Mint Margarita

Australians pay more than people overseas for Australian gas: The scary truth

Sitting on an abundance of liquified natural gas (LNG) reserves, it’s hard to imagine that Australians are the victims of soaring gas prices or as recently reported, gas shortages. But believe it or not, some people in parts of the world such as Asia and Europe, are getting Australian gas at a cheaper price than people actually living in Australia. Despite claims regarding the introduction of the sustainable and … Continue reading Australians pay more than people overseas for Australian gas: The scary truth