I have been working — steadily and oh-so-slowly — on a book about the time I tried and (spoiler alert!) failed to ride a bicycle named Baxter from Canada to Argentina. Many of you probably remember me writing about that journey on this very blog. As that book is now nearing completion, I have a few things to report...
It should be noted that Colombia isn't exactly the easiest country to travel. It's not the hardest, but that conveniently timed bus still means ten hours of twisting and rolling around in your seat as the bus driver throws himself down and back up Colombia's three ranges of Andes. If you're lucky, you'll get vallenato… Continue reading Pitstops
This uni holidays was supposed to take me to Asia. India! Bangladesh! Sri Lanka! Laos! Philippines! They all screamed at me from airline booking sites and the Lonely Planet section in Dymocks. Then Mum booked an operation to get my wisdom teeth out come January something-th, with a dental appointment in mid-December to boot. And you'd be… Continue reading Roadtrippin’ With My Two Favourite Allies…
Earlier I posted a story on the competing interests jockeying for the Australian government's attention following Palestine's statehood application at the UN. This issue is a dense jungle of competing historic claims to land, conquest and persecution, made all the more complicated by the involvement of outside players and the gradual intertwining of Palestinian and Israeli… Continue reading Israel/Palestine – the view from Australia (Reprise)
Three or four weeks ago in a bookshop. I find Jonathan Safran Foer's little section on a shelf and flick through, searching for new material to devour. Last year in Jerusalem a friend's copy of "Everything Is Illuminated" had me breaking down on a bus in front of strangers. The image of a falling man… Continue reading Vegetarianism – Day 1
You've read the title, so you're probably asleep already. However, if you're still interested, here's the context: One of my assignments for the subject 'Newswriting' last semester was to write an essay on the above question - "How much should professional practice as currently known be applied to citizen journalism?" Apart from being a pretty… Continue reading “How much should professional practice as currently known be applied to citizen journalism?”
This was the final piece of assessment for "People and Practices", possibly the most wanky name for a subject after "Media Myth Busting". The thesis statement was as follows: "The internet is increasingly becoming a place where information and creative ideas are shared. This essay will argue that this ability to share information and ideas… Continue reading “People and Practices” Assessment