Unfortunately, we live in a throwaway society coupled with a world of dwindling natural resources where the only growing ‘resource’ is landfill!
Leather is an example of a valuable natural resource that humans have used in its various forms throughout time.
Today, it is more useful than ever and is…Read More
Trump’s ascendancy to President-elect was a fantastic political lesson.
But not in the way you might expect.
As the US election unfolded, I was teaching a bunch of Year 9 students, all of whom were glued to their laptops watching the live feed. They should have been working on their assignments, but the election…Read More
The following is a press release by The Real News Network about their new documentary on the Koch brothers’ war on climate science.
The Real News Network’s 30-minute documentary, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science”, reveals how Big Oil–particularly, the billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch–have…Read More
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What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and is the second leading cause of cancer death.
Cancer is a disease of the genome. It’s caused by accumulation of mutations in genes that are critical to the control of cell growth…Read More
A few years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about having been a World War One wire cutter on the Western Front.
To be fair, I do have an insatiable fascination for trench warfare and consume books, articles and movies on the topic. I imagine how a soldier, stuck in the equivalent of hell on…Read More
Inspired by Claire Bell’s article on charisma, I decided to undergo the charisma challenge.
I borrowed The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane from the library and recruited several work colleagues.
The challenge was to practice a charisma exercise each week and compare results.
After a month we found the following things:
Colleague 1: More people smiled at…
Recently, I opened a small pot of Jalna Yoghurt and found a white object poking out of the tub.
I assumed part of the yoghurt had frozen as the refrigerator regulator is often knocked onto the cold setting.
However, on closer inspection, the object was a big clump of plastic.
I washed the yoghurt off to glimpse the plastic lump. It…Read More
Recently, I supervised an IT class where the students (all girls) were studying robotics.
Unfortunately, the robots were locked in a cupboard.
My set of keys did not fit the lock, nor did those of another staff member. I concluded the cupboard could not be opened and the class would have to do…Read More
Three things from the medical establishment made me as mad as hell this week.
First up is the fascinating new syndrome called Diagnosis Creep.
Like tax creep (where we all pay except for the very rich), it is designed to make us all feel ill.
Years ago, It was the job of GPs…Read More
Melbourne is booming.
Constant streams of traffic, schoolchildren, tourists, people shopping, people walking dogs, people exercising and eating in cafes, bars and restaurants.
Melbourne is experiencing massive population growth — it topped four million recently — and is expected to reach five million in the next decade.
It is forecast to outgrow Sydney and…Read More
A couple of years ago Renee Zellweger’s new face caused a sensation.
Why the fuss?
As most commentators noted it was because Renee just didn’t look like Zellweger anymore. She was a weird hybrid of her younger and older self.
Whoever transformed her face must have been influenced by Face Off where, in order to catch…Read More
In the late 80s and early 90s Donald Trump, entrepreneur, media star and now presidential candidate, had his own airline. It was called the Trump Shuttle and flew between New York, Boston and Washington.
At the time, Trump dominated the American landscape. He even had his own building, The Trump Tower, and naturally wanted his…Read More
Madonna has always selected the best dancers for her videos and world tours.
Recently, on the Ellen Degeneres show Madonna introduced her latest dancing troupe: five athletic males who are so lithe, flexible and freaky that anyone who tries to copy their moves would be hospitalised.
Yet, what struck me most about these dancers was not their impressive…Read More
The critically acclaimed BBC series War and Peace is notable not only for its superb production values, performances and cinematic sweep but also for casting age appropriate actresses.
In particular, 56-year-old Greta Scacchi who plays the neurotic Rostov family matriarch.
Scacchi, once a Hollywood sex symbol, is rarely seen on screen these…
The yogis say there’s nothing wrong with death and that it’s part of life.
Which is fine, of course, until it’s your turn.
And maybe that’s why yogis invented yoga in the first place — to stave off death for as long as possible and make the rest of us look like…Read More
It’s 12.25pm and I’ve given two hugs today. Three if I count my dog.
I need to give five more.
This is because hugging floods me with oxytocin.
And if I hug you — or your dog — it will boost your oxytocin too.
Your health will improve. Your mood will improve.
I know this because Dr Paul…Read More
In a recent interview, Ford acknowledged that his long and successful acting career began with Han Solo, the space mercenary in Star Wars, and that “I was basically not out of work again for about 40 years.”
Yet he wasn’t always so happy to be associated with the character.
In fact, he became…
Dear Eric Bana,
A lot of Australian actors are doing well in Hollywood.
Sadly, you’re not one of them.
You could blame agents, co-stars, directors, scripts and publicists for your fate.
Or you could face an inconvenient truth: no-one likes your movies.
If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomatoes.
Closed Circuit 43%
The Time Traveler’s Wife 38%
Taylor Kitsch, what happened to your career? I’m disappointed.
You’ve failed to make the Hollywood A list.
You’re an attractive man and have that sullen, sensitive thing going that makes most women (and some men) swoon.
But you’ve made some bad choices and risk sliding from B list to C list and downhill from there.
Deborra Lee-Furness, what’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?
Most women have a hard time keeping hold of their famous husbands. The A-list actor and all round nice guy must attract every other actress, model and human being on the planet. With all that competition, what is it that keeps Hugh besotted?
Hillary Clinton said her husband…