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On the inconsistency and contest of toponymy // 2.5

Last year, I visited Uluru for work. It doesn’t mean much in the Pitjantjatjara language, but the word belongs to its people. It existed long before any half-drawn maps were rolled out on tabletops in cities on the other side of the planet. Yet, the gateway to the region for visiting whitefellas is still called … Continue reading

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Like Ice in the Sunshine // 4 April 2015

It was as refreshing as the subject matter to be asked by the lovely and talented Simone Rosenbauer to help with the press push for her current photographic exhibition, Like Ice in the Sunshine. Dripping, melting, elusive and fragmentary, our selves are constantly evolving, being shaped by the elements we are exposed to and taking … Continue reading

I can hear everything inside my little heart // 17 Sep 2014

She held the pen precisely, with force, control. Her left hand is spread, holding down her diary’s fiddly, springy pages with their golden edges, fingerprints pushing on a well trodden spot. There were words above where she hovered, crossings-out, capitals, not cursive. Thoughts, perhaps, or more accurately, memories. Small pieces of a past that was … Continue reading

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2013 Federal Election Campaign Diary

My take on 2013’s Australian Federal Election, published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Buckle up, it’s campaignarama time… 6 August The money comes for Coalition 7 August Best laid plans 8 August Poster boy slips up 9 August Rupert dictates 12 August Just oozing their imagination 13 August Out for a duck 14 August Did … Continue reading

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Taking a leaf out of nature’s book // 20 April 2013

Written in 2010 but never published, I don’t think… Timely again, as the Dreamliner lifts back into the skies, with any luck. Taking a leaf out of nature’s book The new Boeing Dreamliner has barely taken to the skies and Dr Julian Vincent of Bath University’s department of mechanical engineering is nonchalant. According to Vincent, … Continue reading

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The (Sydney) Magazine // APRIL 2013

You beauty! My feature on the challenges, history and ultimately game-changing rise of multicultural models in Australia is out in the April issue of The (Sydney) Magazine. The brilliantly enigmatic Jessica Gomes, Samantha Harris and Shanina Shaik talk catwalks, stereotyping and bullying… WHEN they were at school, Jessica Gomes and Shanina Shaik were bullied. They … Continue reading

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Apricots // 2 Dec 2012

The TV is bringing news from Homs. It is not good. It never seems to be, these days. She shakes her head, wrings out the dishcloth and folds it over the cold metal of the sink’s edge. Her nail polish, she notes, stirring the young jam – as the news anchor reels off a dark … Continue reading

King’s horses and King’s men // 1 Dec 2012

You know what I mean. The time you fucked up. The time you fell. The time, as you’d say, you dropped the ball. We thought you were something more. We thought you were different. I know there was more than once! But I think you and I both know what I’m talking about. You can … Continue reading

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A love letter to the old Syria, Sydney Morning Herald // 2 August 2012

My piece from the Sydney Morning Herald, today. Another time … memories of Syria and Damascus. Photo: from the Dumas archives. Many faces of a troubled land In a corner of the old city of Damascus, along the Street Called Straight and beyond Bab Sharki’s backgammon set hawkers, lies a convent. There’s no diplomatic immunity, … Continue reading