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ISSUE 02, VOLUME 05 MARCH 2019 EDITORIAL TEAM Bec Marshallsay - Editor in Chief Bren Domingo – Communication Coordinator (Visual) Courtney Kruk – Content Editor PUBLISHER Jordan Jansen TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS Cover artwork Mary Feeney Editorial Bren Domingo - Ashleigh Hartley Jordan Jansen - Justine Cann Courtney Kruk - Bec Marshallsay Lorcan Rowley Creative Rachele Andrew - Ben Constable - Jiayi Hu Samuel Lowther - Elke Nutting Marco Oneeglio - Jodie Tansley DESIGN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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Contents Editorial note


Message from the President


Geta Writers’ Award


Escape facts


An Irish escape


Paradise in Byron Bay


Great escapes


Can’t resist a bad guy (or girl)


Ignorance abroad


Volunteer in Tanzania


Escapes on film


Snapped on campus


Vox pop


What’s on


Feature artist


Online 44 Entertainment 46 Being creative


Get the hell outta here


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Hello and welcome to 2019! You know you’ve made it when you have an entry on Wikipedia that you didn’t create yourself. Geta doesn’t have its own page yet but we were pretty chuffed to see that we were included on a page featuring a list of student publications from around Australia. Student publications have a very long history, with some publications like Adelaide’s On Dit and UQ’s Semper Floreat getting close to the 90 year mark (both launched in 1932). Many prominent journalists, writers and public intellectuals have taken their first steps in a student newspaper or magazine. If you have been around other universities you may be aware that some publications are considered by the student body to be highly politicised, some have even gone through periods where they have stood in direct and active opposition to the governing body of the university. Student voices are important and the opportunity to speak, write and publish is invaluable (and may even be the first step to a Pulitzer or Walkley Award).

Sudent magazines and newspapers run the spectrum from highly political mouthpieces for specific student factions to fluffy infotainment. Getamungstit has positioned itself on the Gold Coast campus as a magazine for the wider student body. We work to be something that everyone can enjoy and our focus is on enhancing the university experience in a positive way. You might not like every article but we aim to provide a magazine that will appeal to the student readership as a whole rather than a niche group of students only. In this vein, we encourage you to get involved and Get-amungst-us. Whether you are an intrepid interviewer, a full length feature writer or you have a knack for writing fun listicles and fluffy quizzes, we would love to hear from you. We hope this edition offers you an enjoyable escape for a few minutes. Happy reading!

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Editorial note

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Hey guys! With mid-trimester exams fast approaching, I hope you’ve all been getting into the swing of things since either starting your university journey, or getting back on track if this isn’t your first rodeo! Never fear, for the midtrimester break is nearing too, so you can either take some time for yourselves to recharge - or play catch up. And don’t forget, if you’re feeling under the pump and need any help, that’s exactly what we’re here for, so check out our student support services on the Student Guild website. We can all get through this together. As a student here at Griffith myself, I totally understand the stress and demands we have as students, so the Board and Student Guild staff have been working around the clock to make sure that we put on the best possible events for you guys this year. By now you’ve

probably been to and hopefully enjoyed some of the food we have on offer at our fortnightly Market Days on Wednesdays, as well as experienced a movie night or two. Our next screening will be on 3 April, and shortly after, we will be hosting our annual Guild Ball on 12 April. Tickets always sell out fast, so make sure to get in quick. I know for some of you these mid-tri’s might be your first uni exam. There’s no need to stress. Remember to take regular study breaks, drink plenty of water, and load up on study snacks and lollies from the Uni Store. Best of luck!

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Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw. David Mitchell


You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

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William S. Burroughs

Theme: Escape, freedom Closes: 11.59 pm 28 April, 2019. Prize: Publication in the subsequent issue of Getamungstit magazine + $50 Campus Cash.

I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.

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They who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe 5

Escape facts Lucy Dudko orchestrated one of Australia’s most infamous prison escapes in 1999, hijacking a helicopter to fly into a Sydney prison complex and collect her incarcerated boyfriend, John Killick.

Porcupines can release their quills into predators to help them escape.

The ultimate escape artist, Harry Houdini was born in Hungary in 1874, and popularised many of the classic escape illusions including handcuff stunts, underwater escapes, wiggling himself out of a straight jacket and surviving three buried alive challenges.

It may be harder and harder to escape digital surveillance with Australia passing the controversial Access and Assistance Bill into law in December 2018. The new laws make it easier for the government to obtain individuals’ encrypted information from communication providers.

Gazelles can run up to 97km/h making them faster than a lion (81km/h) but slower than cheetahs who have been clocked with top speeds of 114km/h.

One in six adults practise meditation and one in ten practise yoga, according to The Conversation. Both practices are proven to lower blood pressure for many participants.

Escape facts

If you’re feeling inspired by this edition of Geta, there are three different providers offering Escape Room experiences on the Gold Coast.

Our ancient fight or flight response can be triggered by anything that causes acute stress – from a physical threat to public speaking in class. The body’s adrenal glands are stimulated causing a rapid heartbeat, flushing and tense trembling.

Not surprisingly, Indonesia and New Zealand continue to be the top destinations Australian travellers pick for an overseas getaway, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission found that one in six Australian consumers are trapped by credit card debt. ASIC considered debts that cause problems including missing payments or debt that is accumulated for a long time.

The earliest reference old idiom that nothing is certain apart from death and taxes is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin in 1789 but the earliest reference is found in Christopher Bullock’s The Cobbler of Preston (1716).

While he didn’t quite break the internet, a honey badger called Stoffel made headlines in 2014 when a video was released of his many Houdini style escapes from the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.








An Irish escape Lorcan Rowley

It’s late March, meaning another St. Patrick’s Day has passed. As an Irish emigrant, like so many others, each year this day is a time for celebration and revelry.

A joyous occasion full of song, dance, story-telling and camaraderie. A reminder of the country and culture of our youth. A chance to celebrate some sort of national identity that, in reality, all too many Irish people have a distorted view of, and in truth are a little detached from. That said, it doesn’t stop me donning my Ireland Jersey, singing rebel songs and having my fill of the black stuff, that wonderful dark nectar, God’s own drink, Guinness Irish stout.

later becoming a Bishop, a very important position in medieval society. Writer and director of Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade, makes an interesting analogy that St. Patrick’s story is a great symbol for later ideas of human rights and anti-slavery. A man that escaped from slavery to rise up and become a national symbol in his adopted home, who fought against the established power, for the rights of those that couldn’t fight for themselves.

The patron saint of Ireland is celebrated and renowned worldwide, but I wonder how many people know he wasn’t an Irish native. It’s a lesser known fact about our St. Patrick, or Naomh Pádraig, as he’s known i nGaeilge. Born in the 5th century, he was taken as a teenager from his home, somewhere along the west coast of Britain, by Irish raiding parties. Yes, St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland was a Briton. He was taken across the Irish Sea into slavery. After six years, he escaped and returned to his family,

Escape has always been a prevalent theme in Irish history, even a brief reflection of the country’s mythology and folklore unearths this. We have tales like Oisín and Tír na nÓg, a story about the son of a legendary Irish hero who is taken to the land of the eternally young by the Princess of the Tír na nÓg. A place where trees and flowers always bloom and people never grow old. Ultimately, Oisín longs to return to his homeland and escape the land of Tír na nÓg.

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The latest census data shows that 7.5% of Australians claim Irish heritage...

He sets off on his way, only to find that 300 years have passed since leaving, and when he sets foot on Irish soil, he withers into an old man and dies shortly thereafter. We also have the Christian pseudohistorical tale of Cessair, found in the Lebor Gabála Érenn, a book of poetry and prose purported to be a history of Ireland. This story is a sort of Christian-Celtic blend of Noah’s ark. Cessair takes three boats with fifty maidens, and three men, setting sail for the western edge of the world to escape the oncoming flood. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that travelling to distant lands feature in those early folkloric tales of migrating west and Ireland’s history of emigration. That throughout the years, thousands of people have left Ireland in their droves and travelled west to the new world to escape poverty, an oppressive Irish society too far in the grips of the Catholic Church, or to find fortune, a better life and adventure. This would become both the inspiration for, and a very common theme, in later Irish literature and drama, usually based on matter of fact. A poignant example that springs to mind is Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea, which tells the tale of a 19th century coffin ship that sets sail for America, one of many ships

taking passengers across the Atlantic looking to escape the potato famine of Ireland. Indeed, there was no greater event in Irish history that served as a catalyst for emigration, as a form of escape, than the famine, the worst of its kind in the 19th century. It’s said that anywhere up to two million people left the country during this time. The humble potato had become the staple crop of the peasantry of the nation. The working class had become overly reliant on this food source and when blight struck, it had disastrous effects. Many people died as a result of the famine, possibly over one million and many more felt that there was no other option but to seek new lands and opportunity, resulting in a mass exodus. The Americas were not the only land to take on an influx of Irish emigrants. Great Britain, due to its close proximity, but also Australia saw large numbers of emigrants arrive during this period. The latest census data shows that 7.5% of Australians claim Irish heritage, and large numbers would have arrived in this time period. My own family history is also interspersed with tales of emigration. It seems the urge to leave home and look for pastures new is in my blood, be it by land or sea. My whole life I can remember stories my father told me about leaving Ireland, as did his father, travelling to London or in Europe. Stories of Brixton, Camden and Notting Hill in the seventies and eighties. That there was no other choice but to leave, if you wanted to work, or make something of yourself. The only people that could realistically stay at home in Ireland were the professional class, farmers, land owners or shopkeepers, or members of the clergy. I left school at fifteen years old, and I never went to university or gained any qualifications. At that age, I didn’t have the foresight to see that this would greatly affect the path my life would take. I was too concerned with playing my guitar and unrealistic dreams of being a rock star. And that’s how I found myself feeling (as a young man who would eventually leave in search of something new) that there wasn’t much in the way of opportunity for me in Ireland.


When I was a teenager, we had the Celtic Tiger, the boom times as they so reminiscently call them back home. Those halcyon days of the early 21st century. A false economy that would eventually collapse and fall apart by the time I reached young manhood. By the time I turned twenty-four, I was once again unemployed and had few prospects. I, like many other adolescents of my generation, felt let down, left stranded by a government and society that had failed to see the error of its way, only looking at the short-term goal of immediate wealth in the decade prior. More than anything, at that point in my life I was bored. I didn’t see any opportunity, or have any motivation to find one. So, when my brother, who had been living in Barcelona teaching English, presented me the chance to move there, I took it. I had always felt an affinity for Spain and this was something to focus on and work towards, for the first time in years. My brother offered a place to stay while I looked for work, and

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on the 15 July 2012, I left Ireland. I didn’t realise then, but that was the last day I ever called Ireland my permanent home. I spent my first few months away from Ireland chasing work, which took me to Spain, Germany and Bulgaria, but always back to Barcelona. I lived there for the next four and a half years. Many more from my home town would eventually make the move too. I met a lot of friends in Spain, including Australian natives that were travelling in Europe, giving me the impetus to come to Australia. I came here hoping to find another home away from home, just as I had in Spain. I had heard the work opportunities were immense for travellers, especially those with an inclination to be on either side of a bar, like myself. This steered me towards Melbourne, a city renowned for its bar scene and nightlife culture. Melbourne also had a reputation for its burgeoning music scene, reigniting dreams of my teenage

days spent hopping bars in Dublin listening and playing in bands. I’ve now been here for six months, and ideally, I won’t have to leave anytime soon. Not long before I left Europe, some old friends from Ireland came to visit me. We caught up, talked about old times and everything that had been happening over the years since my departure. I questioned them on life back in Ireland. Had it changed? How was the situation with work? Or housing? Did they see much opportunity? Are they happy? Unfortunately, a lot of these questions were met with resounding no’s. The price of property continues to rise. There’s still not much in the way of work. Forever increasing taxes and payments in a country that is more and more indentured and indebted to the European Union and the post-recession austerity. Cuts to social welfare payments for those that truly need them, and refusal to give much needed pay rises to nurses and other important public sector workers. Pay increases for politicians and high profile bankers

each budget. Tax exemption for those same banks. It seems not much has improved since I left, and there will be another generation of young people ready to set sail in the next ten years. Since I made the decision to leave Ireland in 2012, I’ve achieved a lot, both professionally and personally. I’ve managed successful bars and venues, taught private cocktail events, learned a second language, experienced and gained an understanding of another culture, and challenged myself to do new things that I would not have done if I had stayed. I’ve encountered countless other foreigners, just like me, who sought greener pastures in fields abroad. In my eyes, there is great opportunity to be found for those who choose an escape, who leave home in search of something new. I can’t help but think I’d be making St. Paddy, the Briton that became the national symbol of his adopted homeland, proud. As another Irish emigrant, finding home, no matter the place.

Not much has improved since I left, and there will be another generation of young people ready to set sail...


Paradise in Byron Bay Ashleigh Hartley Byron Bay has been drawing in tourists for decades with its spirited attitude and scenic beaches. What started off as a place of escape for the cashpoor hippies and surfers, Byron Bay has now become one of the most up-market holiday destinations in Australia. Whether people come to embrace a minimalist lifestyle, surf the abundance of beaches, or even to visit the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, Byron Bay is known for its many beautiful qualities.

In just the 20 years that I have lived in the Byron Shire, I have seen the area undertake extensive developments to encourage tourism into our little pocket of life where everything moves slower and community spirit runs strong. However, the increasing popularity of this town has left the area struggling to keep up with the vast amount of tourists that are visiting. I have enjoyed many nights in Byron Bay where I have chatted to different international visitors. One of the most common questions I am asked, is where I am from. It always comes as a shock when I tell people I am a local. This isn’t surprising though, considering the insane comparison in numbers between locals and tourist. Still known as a small town, Byron Bay has an estimated population of 9000. Yet, the Bryon Shire Council recognised that in 2016/17 there were 1,565,916 international visitors who stayed the night in Byron Bay. Since its growth in popularity, the rental market in the Byron Shire

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has begun climbing. I have spent my whole life living in the Byron Shire, but particularly in the past few years, I have noticed many people my age struggling to afford rent in the area. This is because the beautiful landscape of Byron Bay has been picked up by many of the visitors who then wish to move here. This has pushed the cost of the residential area up so much the median value of house sale now rests at $1.5 million. Now, this seems almost antithetical to the minimalist lifestyle that draws a lot of people to Byron, right? This is just one of the many changes that is taking place in the Byron Shire. Social changes are apparent throughout the whole town and the hippie way of Byron Bay seems to be disappearing completely. I remember my high school classmates proudly displaying their D.I.Y clothing, the mishaps of ty-dying shirts worn proudly for all to see. We flocked to op shops and put together our own look reminiscent of the retro hippie. Now, clothing stores in Byron can sell tie-dye shirts

for well over $50 and people will happily buy them. In the most ironic way, the hippie look has become commercialised. It is not just Byron that is feeling the strain of tourism either.

The whole of Byron Shire is picking up on Byron Bay’s popularity...

The whole of Byron Shire is picking up on Byron Bay’s popularity, and small towns such as Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores are also seeing more tourists, but none more so than Brunswick Heads. Brunswick Heads resides a short 20-minute drive from Byron Bay, and is often preferred by us locals due to its similar landscape and quieter attitude. I have heard many people state that Brunswick Heads is what Byron Bay was like years before it became known as an escape destination. Every summer, the best place to escape the heat, is by the Brunswick Head river at high tide. The water is unbelievably beautiful.

and New Year’s, locals have had to share their summer paradise to the point they feel shunned from their home town. Not a spare car park in sight, not a flick of shade to lay under, in festival season Brunswick Heads becomes a town overpopulated with tourists.

Yet, since the increasingly popular Falls Festival moved to the North Byron Parklands, it appears Brunswick Heads has become just as popular as Byron. For the past few years during Christmas

This isn’t to say that us locals do not like visitors. Quite the contrary. Local businesses thrive on the economic push that is festival season. The problem we are facing lies solely with the lack of facilities 15

and funding to accommodate such large numbers. There is a need for Council to fix our pothole ridden roads, create new parking spots without destroying our beautiful landscapes, and to fix the many other damages caused by excess visitors. It has become impossible to cater for such a vast majority of problems and overall, it is the locals who are suffering. While Byron Bay is a great place to escape to for a smaller community offering a free-spirited lifestyle, its abundance of tourists is straining the local community. This is causing the Byron Shire to adapt faster to a modernised way of life, and many are fearing what this may mean. Though this is not intentional, the tourists flooding to Byron Bay may just be what kills its small-town attitude. This begs the question: are people guilty of loving beautiful things to death, or is this an unavoidable step Byron must take to fit into the modern world?

Great escapes Courtney Kruk

History is marked by tales of the convicted vying to be free. Of seemingly impenetrable prisons that give way to inconceivable escapes. Tunnels dug in the dead of night, a getaway abetted by an innocuous item. These are the stories we celebrate, the tenacity of the human spirit as it fights for freedom against all odds. In light of this, we have spotlighted a few of our favourite overcomers of adversity and put together a tribute to escapes that we found great.



Imagine being wrongfully accused of a crime and imprisoned. Imagine the prison you are shipped to is a remote penal colony rampant with disease, abuse and horrifying living conditions. A place halfway across the world where any possibility of escape is marred by an unforgiving jungle or shark-infested seas. Imagine that you escape anyway, not once, but more than half a dozen times. This makes for an impossible tale, but one that was true for infamous French escapee Henri “Papillon” Charrière. In 1931, Papillon was convicted of murdering a Montmartre gangster and sentenced to life imprisonment in French Guiana.

Papillon might have been an exception, but most successful prison escape stories only play out to a fictional Hollywood script, like Andy Dufresne crawling through sewage and finding freedom on a beautiful Mexican beach. Reality rests more certainly in recapture or death. Then there are the stories simply left unsolved. This is true of one of America’s most infamous prison breaks, that of the Alcatraz escapees. Alcatraz sits on a small island off the coast of San Francisco Bay.

Although he protested innocence, he was shipped from France to a penal colony in Cayenne to complete his sentence and hard labour. During his time in French Guiana, Papillon made seven attempts at freedom, but was always eventually recaptured. After serving solitary time on Devil Island, he finally succeeded on his eighth attempt, braving shark infested waters on a raft built from dried coconuts to escape and find freedom in Venezuela. His amazing adventures and escapades were eventually published in his book Papillon, and his story has also had several onscreen adaptations. Some people believe that Papillon’s escapades are largely embellished so it is worth doing a bit of research and deciding for yourself what is fact and what is creative fiction. Great escapes

The once maximum-security facility, now tourist attraction, hosted an array of notorious criminals in its day, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. But the real infamy of Alcatraz is in its escape attempts. Some thirty-six inmates attempted freedom from Alcatraz Island, all of whom were either recaptured, shot or drowned. Except for Frank Lee Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin. In 1962, the inmates escaped through a meticulously chiselled hole in the wall. After climbing through and making their way to the shoreline, it is said they escaped on an inflatable raft made of stolen raincoats. Prison authorities maintain that the men drowned and did not survive, but their real fate is unresolved. There are recent rumours that there is new evidence proving they survived, including a recent letter allegedly written by John Anglin. This follows reports over the years the Anglin brothers sent their mother flowers and attended her funeral in 1973.

The Great Escape If you are familiar with the 1963 film The Great Escape or Eric William’s book The Wooden Horse, then you probably already know about one of the largest prisoner of war escapes during World War II. The escape was orchestrated from a camp known as Stalag Luft III, one of the primary sites for allied aircrew prisoners of war in Nazi-occupied Poland. The camp was considered near impossible to escape due to the difficult tunnelling conditions of the location. Despite this, several tunnels were dug and the first successful escape occurred in 1943. This involved the ‘wooden horse’, a gymnastic horse made from plywood. This Trojanlike construct concealed men underneath who would work on digging the tunnel, while men above conducted decoy exercises. Three prisoners worked for months to dig over 100 feet of tunnel, disguising the site after every session. In October of 1943, Lieutenant Michael Codner, Flight Lieutenant Eric Williams and Flight Lieutenant Oliver Philpot used the tunnel to successfully escape. In the same year, a larger escape operation had also begun, with up to three tunnels planned and dug to free more prisoners from Stalag Luft III. The organiser of this escape was Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, also known as ‘Big X’. In March 1944, 76 men took to one of the tunnels, named ‘Harry’, in a bid for freedom. Of these prisoners, 73 were captured and around 50 were executed on Hitler’s orders. The remaining survivors were sent back to other Nazi prison camps. In February this year, the last surviving member of the original 76 great escapees, Harry Churchill, passed away aged 99.

Harriet Tubman Historical escapes in the face of adversity are not solely confined to the walls of a prison. Often it is the most cruel and unjust circumstances that encourage humans to fight for freedom, by whatever means necessary. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, slavery across America proved just that, showcasing a number of individuals who fought their enslavement and escaped. One of the most celebrated of these escapees is Harriet Tubman. Born on a plantation in Maryland, Tubman not only freed herself from slavery, but also helped hundreds of others find freedom via the Underground Railroad. When her owner died in 1849, Tubman decided to attempt an escape with her two brothers, Harry and Ben. Unable to follow through with the plan, the brothers decided to return to the plantation, leaving her to pursue freedom in Pennsylvania alone. She used the Underground Railroad to escape


and cross into the free state, and then returned over the years to liberate other family members and slaves. The Underground Railroad was a term used to describe a network of secret activities designed to help slaves stay out of sight, often requiring a ‘conductor’ to move slaves from station to station, which is what Tubman eventually became. Tubman’s brave escape was not only in her own dash for freedom, but in the years she spent helping others fight slavery and escape along this secret route.



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Can’t resist a bad guy (or girl) Bec Marshallsay I had a conversation with a friend the other day about the pirate show, Black Sails (a fictional prequel to Treasure Island that merges real life pirates with characters from Stevenson’s novel). He was doing the ‘which episode are you up to?’ check-in, to which I offhandedly mentioned that it was the episode where ‘such and such a pirate goes over to the good side’ (the good side being the British navy). ‘What are you talking about? The pirates are the good side. The British are the baddies’ he joked. And he was right (and I was absolutely on board – pun 100% intended – the pirates were awesome, law-abiding society was lame). In the context of Black Sails, the pirates are the good guys, and the British or the Spanish are the bad guys. Whereas the ‘official’ socio-normative narrative tells us that – in reductive black and white terms – wider society is good and

pirates, criminals and doers of violent deeds are bad. And this is not without good reason. These are people who, in real life, were extremely violent. Much like Vikings they are associated with the modus operandi of rape, murder and pillage. But so that we can enjoy their exploits discomfort free we

get the more palatable Pirates of the Caribbean version of ‘raid, pillage and plunder’. And if Disney doesn’t step in to sanitise things for us we do it ourselves. Villains and bad guys hold a specific appeal, particularly in cinema. So why is it that we just can’t resist a bad guy or girl?

The rebel with (or without) a cause Characters like your pirates and Vikings fall into this category. As protagonists, these are people whose actions (on paper or by societal norms), clearly delineate them as ‘baddies’ but despite this, we are firmly in their corner and rooting for them. They are rebelling and we love it. The rebels are the characters who appeal precisely because they appear to go against the grain – they embody a sense of adventure and freedom that we wish we could tap into. In juxtaposition to the rebel bad guys is the homogeneity of the organised antithesis to the rebel group. This contrast is essential to make the transition possible. The audience cannot get behind the rebels (and put their ‘badness’ aside) unless

their opposition are made to seem inferior in skill, bravery and personal appeal. Writing for The Independent Terry Eagleton reflects. ‘Virtue may be admirable, but it is vice we find sexy’. Vice becomes so appealing because goodness is made to seem ‘negative and restrictive’. If the audience mirrors this narrative onto their own lives, the so-called bad guys represent freedom, abundance and an exciting exhilarating life but the counterpoint is homogeneity and the mundane; it is a 9 to 5 job and a lack of individual expression. In particular, it is the lack of individuality that allows us as an audience to accept the violence and damage that is usually

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perpetrated by our anti-heroes. They are often fighting almost characterless foes. Your Vikings, pirates and other rebels are fighting enemies so featureless they might as well be Stormtroopers, their individuality is so blurred. You are not for a moment meant to think that these are real people (think Austin Power’s subplot about the tough lives of henchmen). If they are not ridiculous, uniformly bad, or the evils of mainstream society in one homogenous mass then you might have to stop and think about the nuanced desires, motivations and backstories of the people on the receiving end of the cannon ball, sword or raid.

Born to be bad Not all the villains we love are simply rebels who exemplify the freedom and joie de vivre that we feel is lacking in our daily commute or trip to the supermarket. Some of them are heart on their sleeve bad. They are usually even facing off against an iconic hero whom we ultimately want to save the day but we still find something to admire or cheer for in the villain. Maybe they’re charming like Loki or maybe they get the best song in the film like Ursula. Maybe they scream bad-assery like Elle Driver or O-Ren Ishii from Kill Bill: Volume I. Or maybe you get a secret thrill when they evade capture at the end of the film like Steve Buscemi’s Garland Greene in Con Air, despite the fact that you are well aware that he has murdered thirty people and driven through three states wearing a girl’s head as a hat. Sometimes they are clearly written to be likeable but our fascination with evil personified is something we are clearly wired to embrace. Perhaps our fascination with villains, much like our pervasive interest in true crime stories, is born of a desire to look for ourselves in the events. We are seeking points of identification (it could be me/it could happen to me) and points of difference (this is not me/that couldn’t happen to me because…). Engaging with on screen evil is safe. Desires, fear and thrills are explored in a safe, detached way and the ethical concerns that might otherwise discomfort us are dulled by the mediated experience.

is responsible for the pleasure principle and the part of ourselves that wants instant gratification without restriction. The thrill we get from seeing the villain unleash havoc and perform reprehensible acts might just be coming from the parts of our personality that we keep under wraps in day to day life. Jung suggests that we must all confront our shadow self while Freud maintained that the id is always working in tandem with (and sometimes against) the other elements of our personalities. While we may not have a desire to emulate the villains’ actions in a literal sense perhaps their freedom to do, take and act the way they want free of moral considerations or societal norms is exactly what we are all pining for underneath? So what’s the take away from all of this? That I wish I’d been a pirate in a past life. A Disney one with all adventure and no consequences.

Psychoanalyst, Carl Jung proposed that every one of us has a shadow self – a hidden dark side that does not want to be bound by social mores and conventional morals. In a similar vein, Freud proposed that one aspect of our personalities, that is usually supressed by other aspects, is the id. The id is the part of us that wants to submit to our most basic urges. The id 21

Ignorance abroad Courtney Kruk

Travelling overseas is considered the ultimate escape and young Australians are some of the most common to be found heading abroad. Whether flocking to Bali, backpacking south-east Asia or the classic Europe summer trip, we love to get away, relishing every experience and chance to immerse ourselves in a culture foreign to our own. In 2015, while working in San Sebastian, Basque Country, I was doing just that. Taking every opportunity I could to experience the Basque and Spanish culture around me, including the many festivals found across the region during the summer months. I fought with wine as weaponry at San Vino in a little town called Haro. I celebrated fervently into the night with locals and tourists at Zarautz’s San Pelayo festival. I watched an incredible week long display of fireworks and street parties at Semana Grande in San Sebastian. And of course, I ran with the bulls in Pamplona for Fiesta de San Fermín.

I feel conflicted to admit this now, given the spate of criticism Running of the Bulls has received in recent years. In December last year, Triple J’s Hack program ran a story on Contiki’s decision to stop offering the San Fermín bull run as a destination for their travellers. Speaking to Hack, head of PR for the company, Vanessa Budah, cited ethical reasons and a desire to encourage more responsible tourism for their decision. But ultimately, she said it was ‘for the reason of the treatment of the bulls’.

In July last year, writing for online news publication news.com, Debbie Schipp described the festival as ‘an eight-day celebration of murder, torture and torment of animals staged on a background of alcohol-soaked partying in a town mobbed by tourists claiming what it’s doing is fine because…tradition’. Even English comedian and outspoken animal activist, Ricky Gervais, joined in the criticism, tweeting an explicit photo of a bull speared and bleeding with the caption, ‘How the fuck is this entertainment? Or art? Or culture?’. With the San Fermín festival only a few months away, it seems likely social activism will put it in a critical spotlight again in 2019, perhaps more glaringly than ever. I have to admit something though. Even in the wake of such criticism, I find it a hard thing to regret. Even though I feel I should. Running with the bulls was easily one of the most exhilarating and unique experiences I’ve had, not only overseas, but in my life. When I look back in retrospect, the

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frustrating fact of the matter is that I took part in the run ignorantly. I didn’t understand until afterwards that a basic premise of the event is that the bulls don’t survive. The same bulls that had charged past me on those cobbled streets would later be tortured to their dying breath in a packed arena, to a crowd of hundreds. I had participated in an event that promoted the suffering of animals, something I am otherwise strongly against. My memories of the day are adrenaline filled, excited ones, which makes it difficult to reconcile with the harsh reality of the event.

Roman times, and many defenders of the custom argue that it is an ingrained and important part of traditional Spanish culture. And the festival certainly pays homage to that tradition throughout the event. Come night time, the arena hosts a bullfighting spectacular where the ‘fighting’ bulls that ran that day face off with a matador. This isn’t just a suited man jeering with a colourful sheet and dodging the advances of a horned beast. It involves horseback riders armed with metal lances and sharp sticks, designed to wound and slow the

I suggest that this is a reality for other unfortunately ignorant travellers who descend on the capital of northern Spain’s Navarre each year. As a festival so wellrenowned for its epic run and street parties, tourists from beyond Europe or the United Kingdom can easily overlook the large portion of San Fermín dedicated to the practice of bullfighting. Bullfighting in Spain can be traced back to


animal gradually. If the bull doesn’t eventually die of blood loss or collapse from exhaustion, his life will be ended at the hand of a sword or knife. It sounds torturous and barbaric, especially for someone from a culture with no similar practices. I can’t imagine a reality in Australia where people would flock to a rodeo and feel ok if riders suddenly drew spears and started catapulting them into frightened cattle. And although people do question the welfare of animals at these kinds of events in Australia, safety concerns are far more focused on the riders than the bulls. This resonates with my experience at San Fermín. I never considered the welfare of the animals the day I went to run with the bulls. From the moment I awoke that morning, down to the last minutes standing on the road waiting for the bulls to be released into the street, all my fear was self-focused.

Fear of what would happen if I got gored or trampled by a 600kg bull, running rampant in my direction. The fear that I would somehow fall and hurt myself, or that one of my friends would meet some terrible fate. Fear that I would add to the statistic of human deaths during the bull run. On that day, I wasn’t the invincible one, the bull was. I never considered for a second that the bull’s survival was in dispute, only mine. And plenty of Australian tourists probably fall into this same trap, and not just on the streets of Pamplona. They forget the circumstances that lead to them being able to ride an elephant through the jungle, or why a tiger might be laying in such a state of docility that it can be petted. In our desperation to achieve ultimate cultural immersion and experience, we often leave these questions unprovoked.

increasingly at the foreground of millennial travellers’ minds. Especially those of us who hold ourselves accountable to certain ethical viewpoints when it comes to the treatment of animals. I’d choose an elephant sanctuary experience over an elephant ride, and I’d certainly do a bit of research before engaging with any exotic animals overseas. And since one of the biggest companies for young travellers, Contiki, has withdrawn from the Running of the

Thankfully, a lot of tourists now know better. Online platforms have enabled wider audiences to become better informed, and ethical, responsible tourism is

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Bulls event, people will naturally try to find out why. When I look back, I do wish I had sought more information before I ran with the bulls in 2015. Even though I’m glad I’ve had the experience, the thought that I contributed to the cruelty and suffering of animals has definitely soured my memories of the day. But that’s not to say I would encourage people to boycott the event, or leave Fiesta de San Fermín off their bucket lists. The festival has far more to offer in the way of culture, entertainment and atmosphere than the portion dedicated to bullfighting. Even the mayor of Pamplona, Joseba Asirón, said last year he envisions a future for San Fermín without bullfighting, a reality I would love to see. For now, I’ll learn to live with the reality of my own ignorance, and hope that the next wave of Australians to find themselves enjoying a Spanish fiesta this summer will be a little more educated then me.





Volunteer in Tanzania In 2019, the Student Guild is taking its annual volunteering trip to magical Tanzania, Africa. Volunteers are based in Arusha with volunteer projects located in local rural and urban communities.

This program enables socially-conscious travellers to have a meaningful impact, to foster cultural exchange and to expand their skills and horizons. This project will give you a unique opportunity to work in schools, engage in the community and make a real contribution by increasing access in under-resourced communities in Tanzania. Choosing to do this trip through the Student Guild means full time support, fundraising opportunities, pre-departure training and development as well as the opportunity to experience the world with a group of likeminded individuals.

Trip info Trip Dates

Saturday 8 June – Saturday 22 June* *Option available to extend the trip with an AFRICAN SAFARI


$1100 plus flights and visa Each student is eligible to receive a $250 scholarship from Griffith Global Mobility as well as access multiple Student Guild fundraising opportunities to support travel costs.


In-country transport to and from project Accommodation 2-3 meals per day Orientation and welcome pack In-country support Volunteer mentoring and training

For more info, please visit: gugcstudentguild.com.au/volunteer-abroad/

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How to apply

Apply online If you’d like to join us on this trip but still need a few questions answered before you sign-up, or want to sign-up in person, please contact m.storey@griffith.edu.au or visit the Student Guild Office.

Have a chat, phone or in person Complete relevant documentation Pre-departure training Go to Tanzania!

Griffith Community Internship If you’re eligible to complete the Community Internship course you could receive 10 credit points and funding up to $6000 to help cover the cost of travel!

Hey I’m Courtney, I’ve completed two ‘volunteer abroads’ with the Student Guild - Peru in 2017, and Thailand in 2018… and fingers crossed I will be partaking in Africa 2019. Volunteering abroad is an invaluable opportunity to experience and immerse yourself in new cultures and push yourself out of your comfort zone, all the while working along an amazing group of diverse uni students who are striving towards the same goal; a goal to impact, improve and influence a struggling community. My time in Thailand was an experience of a lifetime and opened my eyes to the social issues faced by students within a developing country. I want to make my mark in the work and through these ‘real world’ experiences, I believe my time and efforts can leave a great imprint on the students’ lives, not to mention my own. I would 100% do it again, I believe I grow some much more as an individual through each different experience. Courtney Brown 27

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ESCAPE ON FILM There is arguably no better way to escape than with a good movie… perhaps with a great book (but this is typically just a solo activity). This edition we are doubling down and offering you a selection of escape themed films to help you step away from everyday life for 90 minutes or so.

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Wild (2014) At 26 years of age, with no hiking experience, Cheryl Strayed set off on a 1770 kilometre solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to escape the demons of her past including loss, family estrangement, divorce and heroin use. Wild is the film adaptation of Strayed’s memoir, starring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed herself. The film was produced by Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, which is dedicated to telling and promoting female centred stories. Wild is equal parts engaging exhausting.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Papillon (2017)

It’s made the ‘On film’ list before and it probably will again but no escape list would be complete without The Shawshank Redemption. While not a hit on its original release, Shawshank’s tale of wrongful imprisonment and resilience in the face of adversity has since climbed onto countless ‘best film’ lists. Although some Hollywood spice has been added, the film is a reasonable faithful adaptation of its source material , Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Shawshank is a must-see for any film buff worth their salted popcorn.

In the fantasy land of Florin, a beautiful woman named Buttercup (Robin Wright of House of Cards fame) is reluctantly engaged to the smarmy Prince Humperdinck after losing her true love, Westley (Carey Elwes of Saw) to a pirate attack. When she is kidnapped, escape turns into escapades as she encounters the shrieking eels, the Cliffs of Insanity, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Fire Swamp and the man who murdered her true love, the Dread Pirate Roberts. Heroines, heroes and lots of fun – The Princess Bride is a muchbeloved classic for good reason.

Brutal, dark and sombre, Papillon is a remake of a 1973 film of the same name, both based on Henri Charrière’s autobiography. Papillon is the story of Charrière’s wrongful conviction, and imprisonment with the Devil’s Island penal colony in South America during the 1930s and 40s. Charrière made several daring and seemingly impossible escapes during his incarceration that may be an incredible story of determination and resilience, a true-ish account of Charrière’s experiences, or almost entirely fabricated, depending on who you listen to. The most recent film stars Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody).

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Chicken Run (2000)

Get Out (2017)

The Great Escape (1963)

Ginger (voiced by Julia Sawahla), the chicken, has long held dreams of escaping the confines of the Tweedy’s prison style chicken farm. Her attempts have been unsuccessful until cockerel, Rocky (voiced by the now infamous Mel Gibson), crash lands in the coop. Ginger believes that Rocky, and his ability to fly, may hold the key to their escape and implores him to help them avoid their fate as chicken pies. Created off the back of the building 90’s enthusiasm for stop-motion claymation, Chicken Run was one of the first feature films to employ the technique with commercial success.

If you missed the break out indie hit of 2017, Get Out, then get yourself onto iTunes and settle in for a tense thriller that will not disappoint. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Black Panther) and Rose (Allison Williams, Girls) head away for the weekend to meet Rose’s family, the family is discomfortingly accepting of their mixed race relationship. Liberal platitudes abound but Chris can’t shake the sense that something is not quite right with this white community who are bending over backwards to show him how ‘not racist’ they are.

Base on the true story of Allied prisoners of war who orchestrated a mass escape from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III in 1944, The Great Escape stars film legends of the era Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. Although the true story is incredibly harrowing (with 50 of the escapees recaptured and executed) the film does not hold back on the jingoism, feeling free to play up the heroics, up the American involvement and create black and white demarcations of good guys and bad guys for maximum Hollywood appeal.

Serenity (2005)

Escape from New York (1981) Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Serenity is a space western about a band of petty thieves who find themselves embroiled in something much bigger when they take on two passengers who turn out to be two of the most wanted fugitives in the universe . From the mind of Buffy director, Joss Whedon, Serenity features an ensemble cast including Nathon Fillion (Castle), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool). Serenity is full of action, humour and tension as the group of rebels try to escape the omnipresent Alliance. If you love the film you can check out the short lived but highly acclaimed TV prequel, Firefly.

Escape from New York is B-grade cinema at its B-est. As the trailer tells you in a gravelly monotone, Escape is set in the ‘high adventure of the future’ – and the future is 1997. Crime has increased dramatically, Manhattan has been converted to a maximum security prison, CGI is not a thing and Kurt Russell is a patch wearing antihero called Snake Plissken who is conscripted to rescue the US President (a hostage in the prison city). Busting at the seams with 80s machismo and awkward action movie one-liners that you love to hate, Escape is a quintessential dystopian flick.


Escape the zombie apocalypse and find somewhere safe to hide. Pretty standard zombie fare and the eponymous Shaun (Simon Pegg) has a solid plan ‘Keep calm. Take car. Go to Mum’s. Kill Phil. Grab Liz. Go to the Winchester. Have an nice cold pint and wait for this all to blow over’. Shaun of the Dead is one of three films – with Hot Fuzz and The World’s End - written by Pegg and Edgar Wright, that form the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Iconic and built on the hilarious on screen pairing of Pegg and Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead is the ultimate on film escape.

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Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Why?

Bren Domingo Geta loves to get out on campus to talk to you and to find out what makes you tick. We ask deep, probing questions that would make even the most hardened investigative journalist blush‌

Isaac, GELI Dark, it’s not that sweet.

Kevin, Exercise Science Milk, makes it creamy.

Tiah, Information Technology & Business Both, because I just love chocolates.

Debra, Griffith College Milk because dark is bitter.

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What do you miss about high school?

If you had a spirit animal, what would it be?

Evie, GELI Love.

Carol, Undergraduate Wolf.

Jennie, GELI I miss all of my classmates and teachers.

Sofia, Biomedical Science Eagle.

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GUGC Sport Ultimate Frisbee Cup 2 May

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National Reconciliation Week Nationals Swimming 10 May

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Study Days 27-31 May

15 May



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Last day to withdraw without failure for the trimester C - Census Date Last day to drop a course without being liable for fees O - Public Holiday

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Natalie Lidgerwood is a part of the Home of the Arts (HOTA) team empowered to make a change in the Gold Coast art community. She is HOTA’s Senior Programmer; this position gives her the opportunity to ‘see new faces, new ideas and a new way of thinking to come through’.

When asked about her experiences. Natalie wanted in on everything that came through her small town in Victoria and with her out going and lively personality she made contacts that helped her land a job at the Strut & Fret Production House. ‘I grew up in very a small regional town and whenever shows came through particularly in my later teens, I was like, I want in. I don’t care what it is, if it’s a band on stage or a particular band, I got heavily involved in the events which led me to then get into the city and studying in Sydney. I then started travelling Australia and met the team from Strut & Fret that snowballed into a career in performing arts, but always behind the scenes. When I worked with them, I wanted to do everything from building the tents to making sure the toilets are in the right place, to the ticketing

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conversations, to hanging out with the artists and other promoters and doing the marketing. I’ve worked pretty much in the independent sector so I kind of had to be able to do everything because financially that also gives you the most reliable pay. I did 12 years with Strut & Fret. I have travelled the world because of them and met the most amazing connections but then I decided to follow my heart and my love to Brazil and we lived over there for a couple of years and worked for a Festival while I was in there.’ When Natalie decided to make the big move back home to Australia she decided that Victoria just wasn’t for her anymore. Due to her active personality and through keeping in touch and up to date with the art scene in Gold Coast she was offered a job in HOTA. She expresses her love for her new team countless times and expressed that this job has helped to develop the habit of asking ‘What’s possible as opposed to just following

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very strict formula’. ‘There is a lot of trial and errors, which is I think is a bit of the Gold Coast scene’, she says.

When asked about what she loves with her new job. ‘The things that really stand out here have been the team that I work with. I think having strong female leaders like Criena, Moira Hay, Virginia Hyam really makes the difference. Coming from working with a small team and making a lot of things happen to working with strong female role models that work and deal with a lot of stakeholders in this industry.’ Natalie has been able to progress in his job more ways than one, ‘Taking the time to putting more thought and consideration into planning and scheduling and strategising. You have to take a lot of people on the journey with you. It’s a lot of input

from a lot of people and you have got to maintain your energy through it and remember why you chose something to start with’, she says.

When ask about the Gold Coast Art Scene. ‘I think the Gold Coast is still coming in terms of promoting its own art and independent artist being able to promote their own. If you are searching, you’ll find it. And if you go to certain nooks and crannies, it’s definitely there. Our artistic endeavours may have wanting to be fed from that outdoor lifestyle, particularly as people can travel, other artists are moving here. Some of the independent galleries, the artists that they are exhibiting in there are fantastic. I think it’s probably a bit trickier because the Gold Coast doesn’t quite have a precinct which hopefully HOTA becomes this.’


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When asked to give an advice to aspiring artists.

Are you a morning or a night person? ‘Because I

‘Get busy! I feel like one of the main things about being a successful aspiring artist is about getting out there. Not just your work but yourself, witness while you can get so engrained in making your own work, it’s still wonderful to see other people and other influences and how you are different.

What is one thing that annoys you the most? ‘Hypocrisy.’

I definitely found over the years, those that I have connected to and shared similar energy with, I have been more excited about their work and really then heralded, I’ve been probably been an extra ambassador. The wonderful thing about being an artist is people that are your ambassadors of your work. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you.’

WE ASKED NATALIE SOME RAPID QUESTIONS: What is one of the things you would put on your ‘bucket list’? ‘Live on a boat for more than 6 months.’

What is your favourite summer activity? ‘I am a very big fan of fresh water, rock pools and creeks in the shade.’

Best beach in GC? ‘Burleigh Heads headlands on Tallebudgera Creek. I love it there.’

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now live in the GC, I am now a morning person.’

What is the thing your most afraid of? ‘Ohhh, I have this gorgeous small child and I am pregnant, now I have this horrible dark thoughts and insane things that could happen and I am so fearful of the things that I imagine in my head that could happen to my children.’

If you could talk to Donald Trump what would you talk about? ‘Beauty Pageants.’ What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? ‘A wonderful film director made me try a pickled fish that I actually though I have lost my smell. It was kind of the most intense horse radish sensation that you can imagine. A South Korean pickled fish that I was told would bring me youthful skin forever. And this director has very youthful skin.’



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Not terribly exciting but infinitely useful - if you weren’t aware that you can access your Google Drive from your phone then you need to get on to this immediately. Available through Google Play or the App Store (depending on your tech overlord of choice), Google Drive lets you back up and sync your files across multiple devices. Your account includes 15 GB of free storage if you are on a personal account (including your Gmail content) but many business accounts will have unlimited storage attached.

This edition we’re recommending a blog about blogging (how incredibly meta). More specifically, Ann Handley’s self-titled blog is about is about content marketing and communication. With many people these days choosing to diversify their personal and professional projects beyond a standard 9-5 job, a strong digital presence can be a make or break component of your business.

You may not be able to milk the ‘I left it at home/my laptop broke/my internet wasn’t working’ excuses as hard when it comes to your tute prep – but Google Drive on the go will definitely make your life so much easier and more organised.

Unlike many other digital marketing self-help styles resources, Handley’s writing has real heart and substance. It helps you to value strong, engaging writing and gives you practical tips on how to develop meaningful content. Although the website offers a lot of pay-for-use services and products, there is plenty of free and very useful content in the blog alone. Ann Handley is a great resource for anyone who wants to produce effective and engaging content.



DON’T STARVE: POCKET EDITION Game Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is the mobile friendly version of the dark and mysterious PC game, Don’t Starve. This is a wilderness exploration and survival game where the object is, as the title suggests, to not starve. You play the game as Wilson, who is ‘an intrepid Gentleman Scientist’ who is forced to get creative and improvise in a new world to find the resources to stay alive and avoid a host of mysterious creatures and dangers. The overall aesthetic has an animated Tim-Burton-esque type feel (or Triplets of Belville if you want a more obscure reference) that makes it feel like a more organic form of digital escape. The game drops you in the deep end with no guidance or tutorials – it is up to you to find a way to stay alive in, as the developers describe it, a ‘living and breathing world that hates you and wants you to die’. Online

MUM SAYS MY MEMOIR IS A LIE Podcast Rosie Waterland has steadily become one of the most recognised women in Australian comedy. She is also a successful author of two books. In her 2015 memoir, The Anti-Cool Girl, Waterland writes about her turbulent upbringing, including her drug and alcohol addicted parents. Her mother, Lisa, didn’t read the book until she was sober. Her thoughts on her daughter’s best-selling memoir? That it was mostly lies. Waterland combated this by creating Mum says my memoir is a lie, a podcast to discuss the supposed lies, face to face, with her mum. In each episode, Waterland reads a chapter from her memoir, then the women discuss (sometimes heated) the veracity of the contents. The truth of the matter is often disagreed upon, and the listener will likely sympathise with Waterland throughout.. In this confronting exercise, mother and daughter spend hours chatting, fighting, crying and laughing as they relive some of the most difficult moments in their lives. If an audio book, talkback radio and family counselling session were to combine, the result might sound a little something like Rosie Waterland’s podcast Mum says my memoir is a lie. podcastone.com.au/Mum-Says-my-Memoir-is-a-Lie

HOT ONES Web show Hot Ones is something you never knew you wanted until you found it. Sitting under the First We Feast YouTube channel umbrella, Hot Ones is an interview show where the host asks guests questions while they consume progressively hotter ‘hot wings’ (spicy fried chicken wings with hot sauce). In its 8th season, Hot Ones offers hours and hours of backcatalogue viewing with celebrity guests including Tony Hawk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Tyra Banks, Seth Rogan, Cara Delvingne, Wanda Sykes, Terry Crews and Vanessa Hudgens. In addition to answering questions and eating wings, the show features a range of regular segments including a deep dive into guests’ Instagram where they ask their guest to provide more context for an interesting pic from the Gram. Depending on the guest it is usually about the half way mark when the spicy wings begin to creep up on them and the interview begins to unravel with entertaining consequences. Despite the gimmicky premise, with an average run time of 20-30 minutes per episode, Hot Ones actually delivers some in depth interviews with some of your favourite celebs.



Free Solo (2018) Running time: 100 minutes Genre: Documentary Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin Bec Marshallsay Free Solo makes words like awe-inspiring and exhilarating seem woefully inadequate. The documentary showcases Alex Honnold’s 2017 free solo ascent of one of the most iconic rock formations in the world, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. To be very clear about the enormity of this feat, free soloing is rock climbing using only your own power and without any ropes or safety equipment in place (as opposed to free climbing where the climber is not assisted by any equipment but they are roped up in case of a fall). Honnold’s free solo adventure on El Capitan saw him climb 883 vertical metres up the Free Rider route without any safety equipment. With free solo climbing the only safety equipment is the level of preparation and Free Solo gives the viewer an insight into Honnold’s impressive climbing resume as well as the arduous months and years of preparation that led up to his record breaking ascent of

Free Rider. The average climb time for the Free Rider route is four days but Honnold completed his climb in a blistering 3 hours and 56 minutes. Honnold has been making a splash as a free solo big climber for years but the fame of Yosemite’s El Cap, and of course the documentary, has well and truly pushed him into the broader public eye. Free Solo is directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who use their combined documentary film and climbing experience to craft a film that is visually stunning and the perfect mix of minutiae with broad sweeping views of the terrain and Honnold as a person. The quality of the film has received acclaim outside the sporting world with Free Solo receiving a 2019 Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Feature. The character study of Honnold himself is perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the film. Famed for his emotional Entertainment

pragmatism and dry humour, the documentary considers what is unique about Honnold that allows him to tackle free soloing without the same limiting fears that most people hold. Another compelling aspect is the fact that the documentary makers are not invisible in the process and are self aware about how the process of making a documentary may change the experience or even impact the safety of the climber. Free Solo is not just for climbing enthusiasts. It is the perfect package of excitement, humour, inspiration and thought provoking. Viewers are guaranteed to leave mulling over what constitutes reasonable risk and where the limits of human achievement lie. Verdict: Scoot up to the edge of your seat, get ready to bite your nails and check out Free Solo.

Any Ordinary Day Leigh Sales Courtney Kruk

Having spent the last twenty-five years in the media industry, Leigh Sales is easily one of the most respected and well-known names in Australian journalism. Renowned for her tenacious onscreen interviews and years spent hosting ABC’s 7:30, Sales takes her skill for informing to print with her third book, Any Ordinary Day. Digging into the events that upend normal lives, Sales explores the occurrences no one can predict, and the people left behind in the wake of devastation. Inspired by her own near-death experience, Sales wrote Any Ordinary Day following a uterine rupture that nearly killed both her and her unborn son in 2014. It led her to question, when the unthinkable does happen, what comes next? Though the foundation for writing Any Ordinary Day was to explore tragic circumstance, the stories and individuals encountered are interesting, insightful and

Head Above Water Avril Lavigne

Your take on Avril Lavigne may depend on whether you are straight out of high school or whether you are well and truly into the ‘X year’ reunion stage and remember Lavigne as a guilty pleasure the first time around. It has been 17 years since her debut album, Let Go, and the Canadian singer has just released her sixth studio album, Head Above Water. The songs are big, simple and heavily feature themes of resilience and emotional survival. If you like

big inspirational anthems (ie. you have secretly added’ Let it Go’ and that Frozen-esque song about staring at the water from Moana to your gym playlist) then the opening song, ‘Head Above Water’ might just be the thing you need to get you through your next break up. ‘Birdie’ has a nice anonymity about it and is not something you would immediately pick as Lavigne although it is very much in her style while ‘It Was in Me’ is the ‘I’m With You’ of 2019, albeit a slightly paler shadow of the 2002 ballad. There is nothing particularly subtle about ‘Dumb Blonde’ which features Niki Minaj and reminds the listener of Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ (you can be the judge of whether that is a good thing or not. 47

surprisingly optimistic. Sales speaks to Louisa Hope about life after the Sydney Lindt Café siege, and Walter Mikac who lost both his wife and two daughters during the Port Arthur massacre. She talks to those left behind when misfortune claims a partner, and survivors of natural disasters or freak accidents. Each chapter explores not only those most intimately affected by these events, but also individuals from the wider community who play important roles, like police officers, counsellors and coroners. Sales uses her journalistic skill to intertwine research and data to explain these unfavourable events, alongside in depth interviews, affording the reader a deeper understanding of trauma and tragedy. Any Ordinary Day tells devastating stories, but manages to leave the reader feeling far more uplifted then saddened, and is a highly recommendable read.

If you are still suffering ‘Sk8ter Boi’ regret then Lavine’s latest offering may not be on your radar but if pop is your genre of choice then Head Above Water is worth a listen.

Being creative Jodie Tansley “I’m Jodie Tansley, an industrial designer. I have a passion for sewing and clothing production. I use historical aspects in all my works, as I pull more than influence from my love of history and castles, The old and historical excite me, everything I make harks back to or has echoes of the past. I take elements of nature when I create unworn products. I hope, in my future, I will be able to use my skills to work in theatre as costume designer and creator, with the end goal being on the wardrobe department of movie productions.”

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An afternoon of complete joy and chattering teeth. Like many Australians, I have been lucky enough to grow up by the beach and spent a majority of my life seeking refuge in the sea. Each wave can bring happiness, a moment of solitude and for some what feels like a new beginning. Last year, while living and working in Eswatini (Swaziland) for New Hope Centre, I was given the opportunity, alongside my wife, to drive fifteen girls from the orphanage to a conference in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a lengthy drive to say the least, and after 20 hours of slightly out of tune voices, laughter and a lot of hot chips, we finally reached our seaside destination. The girls grew up in an orphanage surrounded by mountains with the closest beach being well beyond their means. This added to the anticipation of the trip, knowing that the journey would bring new experiences for them and myself. There was no time to change or even dip toes. Once the girls saw the ocean, the excitement to experience the sea took over. It didn’t matter that they were without proper swimwear; denim shorts and dresses sufficed. Fully clothed, they sprinted towards the breakers, their screams of excitement echoing down Blouberg Beach. I was enraptured by their joy. Fifteen girls meet the ocean for the first time. It was a very special moment to witness, and a pleasure to photograph such raw emotion.

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TRAINYARD Ben Constable Steam billowed around the locomotive in the grey light of the morning. Dressed in rags, we shivered as the fog rolled down from the mountains, the crowd of foreign people on the platform affording no reprieve from the winter air. Rail workers garbed in thick woollen overcoats walked along the railway, inspecting the undercarriage, ensuring all was fit for the journey to the port. I didn’t recognise any of the languages shouted across the platform, only the sharp German orders barked from the guards garbed in grey military dress, standing watch at each carriage’s door. We moved up the line slowly, inching closer and closer to the small building at the end of the platform. Two identical flags were draped on either side of the doorway. A black spiral on a white circle, emblazoned on a field of red. As we passed each carriage, I gradually picked up on some of the languages spoken, and I realised that the Germans were segregating us into each carriage based on our mother-tongue. German. Polish. Lithuanian. Latvian.

‘Labrīt!’ My father shouted. Good morning. ‘Labrīt! Palīdzi mums!’ Help us.

A sharp whistle blew out from the front of the train. The guards looked at each other, then at the crowd as the whistle echoed

throughout the trainyard. Within seconds, the line of people disappeared as they began to shout and scream. A frenzied group charged the building at the end of the platform, while at the door to each carriage, people harried the outnumbered guards, attempting to gain entry. There were hundreds of people on the platform, a multitude of bodies frantically moving about in a primal urge of desperation. The guards screamed phrases in German and raised their rifles, while from the building at the end of the platform, gunfire rang out across the trainyard. My father started shouting those same words in Latvian, but the crowd and gunfire drowned out anything he could have screamed. All the people on the platform were like us. Desperate, with no home to return to, and dressed in stinking rags. We had come to the trainyard to find a new place to live. To escape the gunfire, smoke and death that remained at home. Now we had found it in a trainyard in central Germany. Realising that shouting was futile, my father grasped my shoulder firmly and steered me through the people towering above me. We narrowly avoided getting shoved into a German officer waving a pistol above his head, trying to regain control of the trainyard. We emerged from the seething mass before the guards standing at the Latvian carriage. They stood with their legs braced, their rifles cocked. Father took his hand off my shoulder and began to wave at the carriage, to our countrymen inside. Long, slow waves at first, from shoulder to shoulder. Then, when the heavy iron doors of each carriage began to slide shut, he grew more frenzied. In his Being creative

efforts to wave down the Latvians, he didn’t notice the people that began to run towards the carriage. A man in a black trenchcoat ran at the guards as my father waved, and they collided. Father was sent sprawling hard into the ground, while the man careened into the side of the train. The guard fired off a shot into the air, a loud thunderclap that made my eyes water. I looked at father, motionless on the ground. His eyes were wide with fear, and his face white. He slowly clambered to his feet, before raising his hands above his head. ‘Atvainojiet!’ He said as he walked over to the man in the trenchcoat. I’m sorry. He grasped the man’s shoulder and nodded at the guard. The man had one hand, and two left-footed shoes. ‘Lūdzu, Lūdzu palīdzi mums!’ Father said to the man. Please, please help us. The man said nothing and only stared at the ground. I noticed the yellow star sewn onto his trenchcoat pocket first. Then, as he slowly raised his head, I saw the scar on his weathered face. It was a deep gouge that originated in his thick brow, travelling through a white, lifeless eye before stopping above his lip. I felt nauseous. The guard kept his eyes on my father and the man as they walked towards me. He didn’t drop his rifle. I began to shiver more vigorously, but it wasn’t from the cold.

As I reached out to father, someone knocked into me from

the side. Father disappeared from sight and I was pushed back into the mass of charging people. I screamed. All I could see was a swarm of cloak hems and trousers. Someone’s knee drove into my face and I fell hard into the cold ground of the platform. Instantly I felt the blood spurt from my nose, and the strange sensation of warmth spread across my face as my clothes became wet and soiled. I cried out for my father, for help. ‘Palīdzi man! Lūdzu palīdzi man!’

‘Tēvs!’ I screamed. Father! The guard turned around as father stopped struggling against him. Both their eyes were locked one me. The guard turned back to father, and using the handle of his pistol, punched him in the temple. I collapsed into the platform and began to hug myself, as the pain from the crowd of people began to worsen. ‘Palīdzi man! Tēvs, lūdzu palīdziet man!’ I whispered.

Help me. Please help me. The frenzy of people dressed in torn and stinking rags continued. I crawled through the people, across the platform, feeling every footfall on my hands and every kick to my stomach. The cold did nothing to numb the pain of each blow. I looked up at the carriage nearest to me. It was full of people all like the man. All dressed in black overcoats with yellow stars sewn onto their jacket pockets. A guard stood at the door aiming his rifle into the carriage, while another was inside, holding back a man trying to claw his way out.

Help me. Father, please help me. ‘Mädchen!’ The word was familiar. I couldn’t remember where from though. I turned my face away from the floor of the platform and stared into the overcast sky, my vision blurred by tears. ‘Mädchen!’ The man in the grey uniform that had been standing at the door to the carriage appeared over me. I watched as he knelt down and took off his gloves. He brushed

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aside my tears, just as mother had done. The memories of our escape came flooding back. My mother. My brother. Embracing at the back door of our hut in Saldus as the men with red flags descended over the town. The man smiled at me and grasped my hand. ‘Komm her,’ he said to me. I didn’t understand. ‘Mans Tēvs,’ I replied, wiping my nose with my sleeve. The man turned his head and pointed towards the train. There, sitting on the ground, out of the carriage with a black star painted on the side of it, was my father, his head in his hands.

Get the hell outta here Mental escapes Courtney Kruk Life is full of distractions, not all of them good. Checking Facebook when you’re out with friends, a Netflix session that drags on for hours, or an afternoon that disappears faster than you can scroll. In the ever-engulfing world of technology, it’s good to squeeze in a bit of mental escapism that doesn’t involve a screen. In this edition of Get the hell outta here, we are helping you escape with a few activities that won’t require you to refresh your feed.

Weekly FREE yoga with the Guild Tuesday 12.30 pm – 1. 15 pm

MEDITATION You might be familiar with the practice of meditation, whether as something already ingrained in your daily routine or perhaps practised at the end of your yoga or Pilates class. Or, maybe it’s a concept you’ve heard a lot about, but have never really explored. So why practice meditation? Aside from the fact that meditation requires little more than your physical self, regularly entering a meditative state can help improve focus and clarity. It can also teach us to feel calmer and cultivate more positive over negative thoughts. This can be a wonderful way to counteract the daily stressors of life or the tension that can build throughout the trimester.

Interested but not sure how to start practicing? There are plenty of online resources and apps that can help guide you through meditations and teach you how to switch off, including an app from Headspace. You can also find classes on offer all over the Gold Coast or at most yoga studios that will help you better understand correct breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Otherwise, just start by trying some simple practices, like closing your eyes, focusing on your breathing and becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings, for a few minutes a day.

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PAINT & SIP Seeing the abilities of talented creatives can make the averagelyskilled artist feel quite intimidated, like drawing and painting is a forbidden activity for those who lean more towards the amateur side. But art can equally be about personal expression and the catharsis of the activity, not just the finished product. And Paint & Sip nights are all about that, just relaxing and enjoying a drink with a canvas and brush. Even our own Student Guild are offering a Paint & Sip night on the 25 July.

Otherwise, Brush and Barrel in Surfers Paradise hold regular sessions where you can create a masterpiece under the guidance of an experienced artist. If you like the idea, but want to make it a more private gathering, why not get a group together, pitch in some cash for supplies and a cheap bottle of red, and host a night at home. Or, if you want to really expand your horizons, step it up a notch and try life drawing. HOTA offers a workshop every second Thursday of the month and Dust Temple (down


in Currumbin) has a session on the first Thursday of each month. With a brush in hand, you’ll likely be too distracted to worry about picking up your phone.

GIVE A LITTLE There’s a whole body of scientific research that supports the correlation between giving and happiness. But most of us already know that from personal experience. Volunteering and giving a bit more of our time and self to others is an easy way to cultivate mental happiness through simple action. There are easy ways you can partake in activities and they don’t have to be overly time consuming. You could head down to your local animal shelter one morning a week and do some dog walking, combining a wonderful thing (dogs) with an easy way to

get outdoors. You might be familiar with #Take3forthesea, an initiative designed to encourage people to pick up at least three pieces of rubbish every time they visit the beach. Take this further and join a community beach clean or dune restoration at your favourite local. The next time the Red Cross mobile donor van appears on University Drive, make an appointment to donate blood (don’t forget you earn a free cookie when you do). You could volunteer with Rosies who have outreach programs on the

Gold Coast and Brisbane, offering food and conversation to those living on the streets. Or maybe you have a family member or friend who is doing it a bit tough and could use some unexpected help. Take your grandparents out for lunch, shout mum a night at the movies or even do something as simple as grabbing your friend a coffee without being asked. The best part about giving? It’s a naturally rewarding activity, so you can skip the status update and just enjoy how the act makes you feel, rather than how many ‘likes’ it might get.

THE MIXED BAG MENTAL ESCAPE Maybe you just need a bit of motivation to do something different, an activity totally devicefree. With that in mind, we’ve thought up the ‘mixed bag’, to help you feel inspired the next time you need a quick way to get out of the house or away from your laptop screen. You could test your knowledge with a trivia night. Even if you don’t have the biggest brain capacity for fun facts, trivia nights are always a good time, win or lose. You can find one at the Nobby Beach Surf Club every Tuesday night or at the Ashmore Tavern every Wednesday night. Trivia will

also force you to cut down screen time, as mobile devices aren’t allowed out at these events. Tired of wasting your talented vocals on an audience of none? Then get yourself to a karaoke bar, like Tune Up in Surfers Paradise or E-Star Karaoke in Southport. Making a fool of yourself or proving to your friends how tone deaf you really are makes for good, clean fun and no one forgets a karaoke night quickly. Heard of bike pub crawls? To put it simply, get a group of friends, a bike (these can be easily hired nowadays), choose a spot to meet

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and have your first drink, then cycle wherever the wind and your wheels take you. You could start at Aloha bar in Broadbeach and make your way down to Justin Lane in Burleigh, with a stop at Bonita Bonita in Mermaid Beach and Bine in Nobby’s in between. And, for fear of being liable for any injuries this activity might incur, I compel you to don appropriate safety gear and drink responsibly. And if the drinking does become irresponsible, lock up the bikes somewhere secure and come back for them the next day.













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