Female pedestrian signals: Gender equality or political correctness gone mad?

It was recently reported that there could soon be an equal number of female and male walking signals at pedestrian crossings around Victoria. The initiative has already begun, with 10 pedestrian lights being altered from little green ‘men’ to little green women at Melbourne’s busy Flinders Street Station intersection. The Committee of Melbourne, a non-profit organisation comprising of over 100 Melbourne business and community groups, claims having … Continue reading Female pedestrian signals: Gender equality or political correctness gone mad?

Falls Festival 2016/17 set times announced

Byron gets Childish Gambino —  Lorne gets The Avalanches — and Marion Bay gets Violent Soho —  for the countdown at least… Falls Festival have announced the 2016/17 set times for all festivals, so it’s time to get the highlighter out and plan your party antics for each set. In Lorne and Marion Bay, the lineups have been cleverly organised to minimise any clashes — so … Continue reading Falls Festival 2016/17 set times announced

What school life is like around the world

No matter what time of day, there will always be children hard at work in schools around the world. With almost 200 countries spreading across the planet, there exists a variety of educational practices. Here is an insight on schooling in seven countries from seven very different places in the world. Brazil Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the Brazilian school year runs from late January to mid December. Due to the high number of … Continue reading What school life is like around the world

The Phix: Amaretto Sour

Since the early 1500s, amaretto, an almond liqueur, has been brewed by families around Italy. The conflation of amaro (bitter) and amore (love) has led to associations with romance. The Amaretto Sour celebrates this bitter love — the marzipan sweet and citrus sour taste can be endulged by both occasional drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts around the world. Combining amaretto, bourbon, lemon, sugar and egg white… the creamy texture and almond, apricot and cherry notes make this … Continue reading The Phix: Amaretto Sour

Canberra: Why is it so unknown and unloved?

What do you get when you mix new infrastructure, a low population and an influx of federal money? Canberra. Unlike other cities — which are built over a long period — near something such as a river or the sea for trade, Canberra was designed and built in one-go for the sole purpose of being the nation’s capital. In fact, it’s one of only four capital cities in … Continue reading Canberra: Why is it so unknown and unloved?

Children in crossfire: “Will I die, miss? Will I die?”

Six straight days of airstrikes from Syrian regime forces on eastern Aleppo is the most intense bombing since the conflict began five years ago. Just the last few days of bombings have killed almost 300 people. Local residents are describing the city of Aleppo as a ‘Holocaust’ — the most hurtful reality is that rebels are targeting hospitals and schools. Will I die, miss? Will I die? "Will I die, miss?" … Continue reading Children in crossfire: “Will I die, miss? Will I die?”

Five Genre-bending artists making their mark in 2016

There’s nothing like music that is surprising, challenging and unpredictable — sounds that you can’t quite slot into a traditional category. Here are five artists we’re loving, who bend genres like Alakazam does spoons. Anderson .Paak Origin: Oxnard, California, USA You’ll dig it if you like: Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean Composing boom bap through collecting gospel, neo-soul, disco and house — welcome to the world of Anderson .Paak. The uniquely talented singer/rapper/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has … Continue reading Five Genre-bending artists making their mark in 2016