Are We Wishing our Lives Away?

When I was young I felt infinite. Long summer days stretched lazily before me, fading mirage-like into the shimmering horizon. As far I was concerned, time was a concept invented by adults as an excuse to send me to bed. The future was an illusion because it didn’t really exist- the only thing I cared about…

Philosophical Musings

Disclaimer: Pretentious and philosophical content I read a book today: A Tale for the Time Being. It was a fascinating take on the here and now and the human connection with the cosmos, and it really got me thinking. The far-fetched things we read about and watch in movies are labelled science fiction. But in…

On Being A Journalist (Or Attempting To)

“Hi, I’m a journalist from the Fremantle Herald”. My voice echoes down the phone, and my simple statement is met by instant wariness. I can sense it through the hesitant crackle down the other end of the line, and nervous breathing and the clammy palms. Well, I actually have no clue about any of that,…

Year Abroad Tips

So it’s already been four months to the day since I lugged my bags to Heathrow and waved goodbye to the surprisingly warm English summer. I then proceeded to spend a grand total of seventeen numbing hours airborne, with a quick layover in the ridiculously shiny airport in Doha. There’s even a gigantic teddy bear…

A Splash of Good News

A billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has revealed that as part of the eight Millennium Development Goals, a global 15-year anti-poverty push, between 1990 and 2015 the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day has fallen from 1.9 billion to 836 million. The percentage…