Katy and Me – An obsession most peculiar

Like all twenty-nine-year-old heavily-tattooed males, I harbour an obsession for pop sensation Katy Perry. Hear me out and try and work this out. When driving, I exclusively listen to her immortal Teenage Dream album. Now, I’m not alone in my love of it, that self-same album placed Perry in the record books in being the … Read more

An interview with Lex Hirst

While Lex Hirst has undoubtedly become a leading authority on the Australian literary landscape, it is perhaps her passion for working closely with new authors which has distinguished her most from her contemporaries. The recent immense success with debut novelist Daniel Findlay’s Year Of The Orphan has demonstrated not only her aptitude for identifying outstanding Spec-Fiction titles, but also … Read more

Old Mike

The veterans were at a reunion, And pleased that they’d met once again. They retold a thousand old stories, Of adventures, drinking and pain. An old soldier then finished his story, And said, “You’ve now made me think, Of old Mike, who was once in our section, And by Christ, he really could drink.” Dave … Read more

The Mechanic and The Surgeon

A Lexus mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a LS460, when he spotted a well-known cardiac surgeon in his shop. The surgeon was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his car when the mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want to take a … Read more

Adventures in Scotland’s Lowlands and Highlands

The drive from London to Glasgow was never going to be fun. The M6 for nearly 10 hours. Stop, start, congestion, open road, do it all again. When I arrived in the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow didn’t sell. The driving rain blocked out the drab grey buildings. Summer in Scotland and … Read more

Branching Out – Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc, Tasmania

I have long held concern for people that limit themselves to drinking only Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. With this is in mind, I have a cunning plan. I have thought about weening people of this wine, rather like moving a baby from breast milk to formula. Instead of immediately suggesting another variety, I would like to … Read more

Chasing Immortality

At the very root of our evolutionary tree there exist an immense variety of simple organisms. The phylum cnidaria alone contains over 10, 000 species, mostly anemones, corals and jellyfish. Recently a particular species of jellyfish has received a fair amount of attention due to some new and exciting observations. Swimming amongst the swarm of … Read more

An interview with Gideon Haigh

Do you feel that after all your exhaustive research you have obtained a comprehensive understanding of Mollie Dean beyond the conjecture, to that of her real character and personality? Is that even possible through such means? I’ve done the best job possible. I don’t think there are too many avenues that I didn’t explore and … Read more

The Omen

Kate’s radiant smile had made her briefly beautiful; she stopped and left a seat for Zoe to come and rest on the way to the race… had she wanted to. Some people left those rare empty spaces for others, be they elderly or in some way disadvantaged, but today, since the spectators had been prevented … Read more

The Old Dark House

The black and white film contained many well-known and familiar elements of old horror classics, such as spooky shadows, flickering light, and warped facial reflections, resulting in a horror which resonates even today. The scripting of the film makes for a hilarious watch, with theatrical acting and more one-liners than a Hollywood action flick. At … Read more