Living in the hothouse

Western governments have been sacrificing the happiness and wellbeing of their citizens for decades on the altar of macroeconomic growth, and it’s finally caught up with us.

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Predatory behaviour not new to charity sales

You might have been reading this week about a collective of young people who are taking legal action against the charity marketing agency Appco for allegedly forcing them to participate in "humiliating rituals", workplace bullying and underpayment. I certainly have, and it made me laugh. It wasn't a happy chuckle, it was a one part … Continue reading Predatory behaviour not new to charity sales

A “chat” by any other name

When I was a child phones were chorded, mail was posted, messages were scribbled on paper by the phone. There was no texting to say you were running late, if you wanted to discuss something, you called the person up or saw them in person. It was a much more verbal time. I remember when … Continue reading A “chat” by any other name

What does it mean to be an author in an e-world?

This week I became a published author. You might think: "Wow, that's an amazing achievement!" But is it? For many authors of a bygone era publication was the culmination of months if not years of hard work, submissions to publishers, rejections, re-writes, ruthless edits, layout meetings and intellectual, physical and emotional hard graft. My book … Continue reading What does it mean to be an author in an e-world?

If shopping is my cardio my fingers are getting a great work out.

The other week I was walking around one of Sydney’s fancier suburbs, doing a bit of window shopping, and happened to walk into a particularly special toyshop. I was having a browse and noticed a really cute beanbag chair that would look great in my kid’s bedroom – but it was $150 and I thought … Continue reading If shopping is my cardio my fingers are getting a great work out.

You wouldn’t steal a car…but you might illegally download one.

You wouldn’t steal a car. You wouldn’t steal a television. You wouldn’t shoplift a handbag. But you might pirate a feature film. Please don’t, it’s stealing. This is the anti-piracy message we have all come to know (and often ignore) at the beginning of our many movie-watching experiences. To this warning I have often heard … Continue reading You wouldn’t steal a car…but you might illegally download one.