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FROM THE ENDLESS STREAM OF CURRENT AFFAIRS TO THE INFINITE DECIMALS FOR PI OR EVEN NAMES OF THOSE WHO ARE FRIENDS OF YOUR FRIENDS, IT’S AS IF THE WORLD’S INFORMATION IS BEING POURED INTO US AT AN OVERWHELMINGLY RAPID PACE. Whilst the banal information can build up; it’s the complex issues that can really do you in. In class the other day my lecturer was explaining the intricacies of world conflicts. He talked of how each event is borne from a multitude of precluding events, and how the event itself has many trajectories which influence further events. That one sentence is confusing enough to indicate how the lecture itself was.

is situated. The perceived end of our solar system is thought to be a spherical cloud of comets called the ‘Oort Cloud’. On the roll of toilet paper the Oort Cloud would be situated on sheet 285. This marks to beginning of interstellar space. Yes, the beginning is on sheet 285. The next nearest star to us is the Proxima Centauri, another four entire rolls away.

My head was being filled with the issues of the world and their possible outcomes, from conflicts in Somalia to de-forestation in India. These concepts lead me to question how my life has been influenced by different events. What might have been different if I had grown up in a different town, if I hadn’t missed that traffic light, or if I hadn’t picked the wings off that butterfly in Brazil?

I’m not too sure how this scale is supposed to make it perceptually easier for children to understand the sheer magnitude of the universe because, for myself, my head has swollen to the size of wilder beast in just attempting to digest this phenomenal size .I’m not sure I can even conceptualise the length of an entire toilet roll, let alone the universe.

Its weighty thoughts like these, of the world and our lives, which press so heavily against my skull. Yesterday, over breakfast I was skimming through the paper when an article caught my attention. It was how to perceptually explain the solar system to your child. It asked the reader to unravel a 300 sheet toilet roll, with each sheet representing 26 billion kilometres, or, apparently, the distance light travels in one day. Only a millimetre in on the first sheet represented how far Earth id from the Sun. A quarter of the way along this sheet is where Pluto

Then, sitting on the train, feeling as if my mind can deal with no more, author Alex Garland decides to throw this at me. Richard, the protagonist of his novel, The Beach, coughs quietly and whispers to me, “If you accept that the universe is infinite, then that means there’s an infinite amount of chances for things to happen, right?”...Yes I suppose “Well, if there’s an infinite amount of chances for something to happen, then eventually it will happen.”Erm yes, please go on though.

“That means somewhere in space there’s another planet that, by an incredible series of coincidences, developed exactly the same way as ours. Right down to the smallest detail.” think? “Definitely. And there’s another which is exactly the same, except that palm tree over there is two feet to the right. And there’s another where the tree is two feet to the left. In fact, there’re infinite planets with infinite variations on that tree alone...”. And with that my mind is so filled with possibilities my shoulders bow under the extreme weight and my knees are buckle the more I think of it. If you press your two hands together as fists, this is supposed to represent your brain. Comparing this to the enormous size of our earth, let alone night sky, and the immeasurable things they hold I just don’t think it’s fair to ask such a small thing to store and understand so much. It’s just too heavy.

By Lauren Brand




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SISTA BELLA’S Sister Bella has $6 pizza before 6pm, every day. If you’re like me and you’re following a text message that end in ‘if you’re in doubt then you’re heading in the right direction’ don’t let them put you off, because really - this is completely the case. Once inside and up the stairs you’ll find a low lit room full of makeshift seats, cushions and eclectic artwork, not to mention the umbrella and chicken wire light fittings hanging from the roof. Find a seat that suits your mood, either a booth to share a meal over, a corner large enough to accommodate you and and your many followers to share a beer and a chat. Sniders Lane is dirty, it’s lined with overflowing dumpsters and above all it stinks! But don’t be unsettled, block your nose and head for the Coopers sign at the far end.

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first few spreads of my first edition of AUTRE magazine


first few spreads of my first edition of AUTRE magazine