The Playlist: Coastal Cruisin’

I’m fortunate enough to live only a few hours from the Great Ocean Road. For those who have never been, it’s a stretch of windy highway along Victoria’s beautiful coastline. I travel along the Great Ocean Road a few times a year, and each time, I rediscover my love for beachy, alternative indie music: the type…

Lola Hid Around The Corner

I found this poem the other day, stored away in the depths of the many folders on my messy Macbook desktop. I wrote this when I was seventeen and going through a rough time. The bones of our family, Are broken. Lola hid a round the corner, Knowing they would not heal. The sight of…

The Playlist: Young and In Love

Love is so much more than mere romance – it’s an exhilaration of passion, and of rage, and of sorrow. It’s angst and triumph, it’s addiction, and friendship and self-perception. It’s insecurity and affection. It’s at the forefront of “human” – it’s the bane of our existence, yet it’s the crux of every single happy occurrence….

The Playlist: Noughties Britannia Part Two

As promised (to all my fans OMG love u), here’s part two. There’s just something about the noughties/The UK that gets my girdle going. I can’t explain it. It’s an aesthetic I cherish – the clothes, film, music, pop culture – AHH I can’t get enough. I’m like a weeaboo but for the UK (A…

2016 FEDERAL ELECTION: Elderly Seek Help To Thrive In Retirement

A lack of funding for services for retirees in the Frankston area threatens the social and mental well-being of the elderly, say community leaders in the Dunkley electorate. David Wirth, president of the Mornington Men’s Shed, says the shed’s daily meetings and workshops give many retirees and widowers a reason to get out of bed….

Album Review: Arthur Beatrice – Keeping The Peace

Having previously been hailed by critics as the new The xx, Arthur Beatrice’s latest offering, Keeping The Peace redefines their distinctive sound, and takes it to a whole other planet. Following the release of their 2014 debut, Working Out, Keeping the Peace ups the ante – breathing a level of both emotion and passion not…

How Social Media Has Created The New Beauty Standard

Attractiveness is like currency: there is this worldwide, universal “understanding” that the more good-looking you are, the more successful you are. Sometimes people have it and lots of it, but it’s all part of a bigger man’s game – you know, society’s so-called rules of attractiveness? Yet, as we all know, beauty standards are relative…

Album Review: Jake Bugg – On My One

Jake Bugg is no stranger to success. With a smoldering of a Gallagher brother, the 22-year-old is hardly the ideal pop star poster boy. Yet, being a little rough around the edges is what has propelled Bugg into indie-rock superstardom, having had his 2012 self-titled debut enter the UK charts at number one. Four years…

Yada Yada Yada… Seinfeld’s Stamp on Pop Culture

“Popularity within culture is almost ephemeral: lasting for a minute amount of time, and more often than none forgotten by society – only to be recalled when someone more attentive than us digs it back up again. Yet, what seems to eternally remain is Seinfeld. Seinfeld doesn’t need much of an introduction – what began…

Romanticisation of Suburbia: The Ultimate Youth FOMO

“The idea of being bored and reckless in a white-picket-fenced small town setting is something that has fascinated teen-directed media for a while. Yet, it’s more than an idea – it’s an aesthetic, or a sequence of visuals that has turned feelings of teenage angst into an unattainable “perfect” version of youth. Think: blue-toned bedroom-situated…

The Playlist: Noughties Britannia Part One

I buy music often. Merch at concerts, CDs from my local Salvos to play in my shitty 1997 Ford Laser, old vinyls (despite not having a record player. Gotta do it for the aesthetic, duh), the occasional iTunes song when there’s no YouTube link, and, music magazines. Working weekends at my local newsagency reminds me…