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Contents Editorial note
Message from the President
Is mindfulness the key to focusing on the present?
The lunch club
Back in my day
Why are we so hung up on the past?
Fads - A brief contemporary history
How could you let me watch this, Mother?
90s nostalgia on film
Product review - World leaders
Snapped on campus
Fashion - 90s essentials
Feature artist - John Forno
Get the hell outta here
HELLO, HELLO! Summer is a fleeting memory and, as autumn takes away that blistering heat, so are your holidays. If you’re anything like me, autumn is a welcomed season. Hopefully you’re readjusting back into university life easily after three months off and aren’t falling behind in class work yet. This edition of Getamungstit will take you down memory lane with our sentimental theme of nostalgia. Nostalgia affects everyone differently, but the idea stays the same; to wistfully desire to return to a past time, place or even a person. Nostalgia is more than just reminiscing about things from the past, it’s a strong need to return to that time, place or person. But nostalgia isn’t a big scary bad thing, it’s actually the opposite. Think soft tones, childhood memories and the gentle lolling of the sea. But is there a downside to nostalgia?
This edition includes some blasts from the past as we explore just why we all seem to be longing for the past. Our edition takes you through decades long done including fashion, fads and trends, music and film; and Hayley takes a deeper look into the world’s sudden need for all things past related. Hayley talks to a Griffith University counsellor about mindfulness and Monique reflects on movie reboots. Fruzsi explores how practical intergenerational comparisons are in her oped piece ‘Back in my day’, and takes a lighter look at growing up to find your favourites kids’ movie was full of adult jokes. Hopefully, this edition will bring forth some warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings as Geta does the time warp!
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Before we begin, let’s pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land on which our campus stands, the Yugambeh and Kombumerri people.
at GUGC only three years ago, the crisp 150 million dollar G40 building was fresh out of the oven and the ingredients for the new hospital, Commonwealth Games facilities and even our beloved tram, had only just been laid out on the table.
Sah dudes, Does anyone remember Griffith University before the tram? When the hottest place around on a Thursday was the good old Parky Tav? The tram, or as the cool kids call it the “G”, launched late in my first year with the slogan: “Ride the G”. This revolutionised both late night student commutes and my pick-up line arsenal. That particular line, “Ride the G”, was deployed several times from downtown Surfers Paradise to the old Uni Bar, with a hit rate of absolute zero.
Alongside our rapidly rising infrastructure, our graduates and staff have also shown their selfraising capabilities. From Olympians to Australians of the Year, nearly winning Eurovision and even to the voice of the smart-phone most of us have in our pockets right now. It is fair to say the Griffith recipe seems to be winner.
But let’s look past my derailed attempts at finding “the one” at the old Uni Bar, back to the old Uni Bar itself. It sat in the space that the food precinct currently fills; had an open, breezy, surf-club feel to it… and does anybody remember the heavenly wedges they served? Those thick cuts of beautiful potato were the only thing that could soothe a fresh rejection, let me tell you. Today, they seem like a distant memory … *sheds a tear*… or maybe the old Uni Bar is a blurred memory for other reasons (after all, it was my first year at uni). Speaking of first years at uni, thought you might want to know: it’s been 30 years since the very first class was held on GUGC campus. So, for the Nostalgia edition of our student magazine, I wanted to reflect on how the campus has flourished, from its humble beginnings of only 140 students, into the beautiful mish-mash of 19,000 students that it is today. It is exciting when you think about just how fast our university growing, becoming a major player at the Australasian education table. When I started
A large part of our great recipe is our diverse blend of domestic and international students. You’ve probably heard the equally diverse range of greetings go around campus: “hola chica” to “hva skjera?”… “Nĭ hăo ma?” to the infamous and outdated “sah dude”, tastelessly used at the beginning of this article. Apologies. So here we are, 30 years on from the very start, and three years from mine. We aren’t forever waiting on the bus back home from Surfers and we don’t have Uni Bar wedges. But what we do have are evolving traditions: the culture of a young university in a young city. Having only just touched on to our GUGC journey, it is exciting to imagine what’s further down the track. Watch this space. Your President, George Lindley-Jones
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Contributor spotlight Angel Nikijuluw Hayley Payne For this edition we decided to have a chat with our incredibly wonderful and creative Editor, Angel Nikijuluw. Angel has been on the Geta Editorial Team for two years now and works tirelessly sourcing images, writing brilliant articles and reviews, and bringing you a fabulous fashion spread each and every edition.
Tell us about your studies... I was studying a double degree in business and journalism straight after high school for two years, but I have now transferred into a double degree in business and design; majoring in entrepreneurship and self-employment.
What is your favourite thing about Geta? There is always an element of creativity and visual direction within my role in Geta. Now that I’m taking on more photography and image sourcing roles, that means there is more creative license involved. I’ve always had a dream to design and be involved in the visual sides of magazines, so I guess this is a step in the right direction.
What do you enjoy most about being at university? Over the last two years, I’ve met so many genuine, colourful and inspiring people. Being around them pushes me to work harder and be the best version of myself, which is something I really treasure and enjoy whilst studying. I also mentor first year students and visit Griffithaffiliated high schools around the Coast for the
Student Services department. Over time, I’ve realised that mentoring has changed my life (and the lives of others) in so many positive ways, and I am so grateful to be a part of other students’ university journey.
Apart from Geta, what do you do in your spare time? I work in the paint department at Bunnings, I cook vegetarian food, and I listen to a lot of music (not just Coldplay, believe it or not).
What do you see yourself doing after you graduate? I want to do something that combines everything I love – cute things, writing, and creating. Whether it be in the form of photographs, videos, prints, graphic design or even clothing, I want to create a beautiful life and have whatever I create reflect the way I feel inside.
Main goals for 2017? My main goals for 2017 include being more creative, booking flights to Japan, and to drink more water. This is a daily reminder to whoever is reading this – drink some water right now!
What was your favourite childhood TV show?
Ciara, Bachelor of Biomedical Science The OC!
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Lauren, Bachelor of Arts Teletubbies.
Céline, Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Girls. The Powerpuff Girls.
Karim, Bachelor of Psychology Courage the Cowardly Dog.
What is your most signficiant childhood memory?
Reiko, Bachelor of Arts I have a lot of memories.
Claire, Bachelor of Biomedical Science I ate a wasps nest.
Tahlia, Bachelor of Biomedical Science I used to swear a lotâ€Ś
Leon, Bachelor of Pharmacy I got dropped as a kid.
What was your favourite childhood toy?
Ricky, Bachelor of Biomedical Science My parents couldnâ€™t afford toys.
Jarrah, Bachelor of Biomedical Science Nintendo 64.
Meleea, Bachelor of Biomedical Science My Barbie Boat.
Sammi, Bachelor of Pharmacy My Barney plush toy.
In the spirit of the Nostalgia Edition, we are taking a look at some of the most absurd, hilarious, strange, wonderful and downright horrible facts about Australia..
In Western Australia, it is illegal to possess more than 50 kilos of potatoes per individual. This was originally a product of the Great Depression and post-war period when food supplies were low.
In Adelaide, you may not purchase a fridge with compartments of 42.5 litres or more.
Australia’s largest property is bigger than the entire country of Belgium.
Australia was the second country in the entire world to allow women to vote (New Zealand, unfortunately, beat us).
Australia’s original police force was made up of the most well behaved and trusted convicts. Up until December 2016, it was illegal for taxi drivers to wear anything out of uniform, with one man being charged $100 for wearing brown shoes.
Each week at least 70 tourists overstay their visa.
In South Australia and Tasmania, it is illegal to offer a monetary reward plus ‘no questions asked’ for the return of stolen goods.
The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure (just another reason to protect it).
Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation in the world.
Move over Great Wall of China, Australia has the longest fence in the world which stretches over 5,614 kilometres.
In 1903 four Australian women were nominated to parliament. This was the first time women had ever been elected to parliament in the British Empire.
Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer were the first Australians to reach the summit of Mount Everest on 3 October 1984 and they did it without supplementary oxygen.
It is illegal for you to disrupt a wedding or funeral in South Australia. So you won’t be able to have the perfect ‘I OBJECCCCTTTTTTTT’ moment without breaking the law.
Lastly, and in true Australian fashion, both the wine cask (more frequently referred to as ‘goon sack’) and the ‘selfie’ are both Australian inventions.
One of the reasons that kangaroos and emus are on the coat of arms is because they can’t walk backwards, signalling that Australia will always be moving forward.
Masterchef is so integral to Australian culture that in 2010 a general election debate between then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott was postponed as it clashed with the Masterchef finale.
The hideous ‘White Australia Policy’ was not abolished until 1965.
Australians suffer from the highest electricity prices in the world.
Our national anthem was still ‘God Save The Queen/ King’ until 1984.
REBOOT MANIA Monique Hotchin
Reboots are not a new thing, but they are sweeping the film industry with (mostly) positive intentions and reaching into pop culture, plucking out beloved stories and resuscitating them for an audience that has waited years and for the new generation to hopefully embrace.
Reboots differ from remakes or sequels because they often disregard continuity but take elements from the original film or established franchise and create them to relate to a new and changing audience, while sparkling new life into the premise. Reboots often return to the beginning and take on a new direction or insight from the original film. The Return of Godzilla released in 1984 was most likely the first reboot ever and the concept of the reboot has only expanded since then. While reboots are a somewhat recent phenomenon, they have branched out and do continue to grow. They have stemmed into other film adaptions,
such as reunion or revival specials (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and the upcoming Twin Peaks reprise), spin-offs (Girl Meets World is a spin-off from the beloved 90â€™s show Boy Meets World) and spiritual sequels (Runaway Bride is the spiritual sequel to Pretty Woman and the 1978 Halloween film is the spiritual sequel to Psycho). Two questions left lingering is why are reboots or anything considered to hold the same premise, growing in popularity? And why is there a sudden need for them?
One reason why there is an abundance of reboots filling the silver screen could just be perfect timing. Reboots tend to happen after a long period of time, typically a decade or two, so maybe the reason behind the influx of reboots is that it’s just the right time for them. Reflection on changing times can also come into play with reboots.
Reflection on changing times can also come into play with reboots.
Another reason could be that production companies are seeing the success of comeback franchises or films with already established and loyal fan bases, such as Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (which is a spin-off), and are simply playing follow-the-leader. All with the hope of cashing large at the box office. Jurassic World is an example of this. The film was a global box office smash that disregarded more than half of the franchise’s films. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also used the global fan base of everyone’s favourite wizard to release another film that could very well just be a money-grab.
By bringing old storylines into the present, but with a twist, can incite a whole different audience and make one hell of a statement, like gender-swapping. This is clear in last year’s female centric Ghostbusters and the upcoming Ocean’s 8 which features a fierce female driven cast instead of a male one.
Or maybe it’s a lack of creativity and original stories that are being produced. Like do we really need a Batman reboot every decade? And we definitely don’t need a reboot of The Mummy or Dirty Dancing. But maybe, just maybe, the reason for all the recent and upcoming reboots, or anything resembling a reboot, is not a lack of creativity but just simple nostalgia. Perhaps what everyone wants is to be reminded of the past, when things were supposedly better, even movies and TV shows. Maybe the Power Rangers or Tomb Raider reboots will help with the world’s nostalgia. Or maybe not.
Is mindfulness the key to focusing on the present? Hayley Payne
Often our brains are either so focused on the past or wondering about the future that we forget to focus on what is going on our world right now. More and more people are turning to meditation, yoga, exercise, diet changes and more, to change their mindset, erase stress and help them to live in the present. Another grounding technique that you have probably heard of is called mindfulness. Mindfulness is the goal of truly experiencing our lives and being present in the moment. Luckily for us, Griffith has its very own mindfulness expert and Counsellor, Patrick Lynch. We had a detailed chat with Patrick to discuss all things mindfulness and how it can transform the lives of university students.
What actually is mindfulness?
Do you think focusing on the present can help eliminate stress?
Main benefits of mindfulness?
At its simplest, mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment and having an attitude of openness to life experiences. The attitude that you bring to the things you are focusing on should be one of curiosity, intrigue and acceptance.
There is a stack of research that answers yes to this question. One study focused on contacting participants a number of times a day with a text asking whether they were currently distracted or focused on the task they were completing, as well as rating their mood. More often than not, if someone was focused and engaged on the task at hand, their mood was more elated than someone whose mind was wandering.
There are boundless benefits of mindfulness for everyone, and these may vary from person to person. However, the majority of research on mindfulness concludes that it reduces stress, worry, boosts your memory and positive moods, increases relationship satisfaction and increases focus, concentration and attention, as well as giving greater cognitive flexibility.
I love this idea of waking up from a life that was stuck on automatic and finally being able to experience life for what it really is. If you’re present in your life, then you are more likely to experience your life in a fulfilling way. We live our lives being so focused on what we are doing next that we forget to focus on the now. The classic example is when you’re driving home from work or uni and you’re so stressed about the day’s work or what you’re having for dinner that night that you don’t remember a single detail from that car trip home.
As our mind wanders we become more stressed. When we aren’t engaged with our thoughts, our thinking becomes repetitive and we become stuck in a cycle of thoughts that can often be quite negative. We become more and more unhappy when we are worrying about something from the past, relationships, university or work stress. However, when we are focused on the present we aren’t thinking about those things and are therefore more likely to report a happier, more productive mood.
Is mindfulness the key to focusing on the present?
Most importantly it just leads to a greater sense of wellbeing and health for the individual across many, if not all aspects of their lives.
Is it possible to be mindful if you live a busy life?
Tips to incorporate mindfulness into a busy student life?
It is particularly helpful to be mindful when your life is busy because when you’re busy you become overwhelmed, out of control and then that can lead to stress. Mindfulness is a way of stopping and doing a reset. For many of us, we get up in the morning and there is still this little snowball left from the day before and it just gets bigger and bigger as the day goes on.
You can begin practising mindfulness in places where you can’t really be very productive in any other ways, places where you would normally start to think about stress and worry. Places like being stuck at the traffic lights in your car, or queuing in a supermarket, even your morning walk to uni, these are moments where you can drop out of your mind into your body and just be present to what you hear, see and feel.
With mindfulness, you’re developing a practice where you stop and you bring yourself back to the present moment. You might focus on your breathing or the environment that surrounds you. What you’re doing is shifting your physiology from stress mode, into a calmer mode. This increases our mood and overall our productivity – an essential quality for students.
All you need to do is have the intention to shift your focus from your internal thoughts to focusing on the present. For example, if you’re in the library studying all day, just take the time to stop and go outside. Even if you only stay outside and look at the sky, focusing for five minutes you will feel recharged and ready to continue studying.
Mindfulness is literally something you can try right now. So go ahead, take a deep breath, look around you and absorb every moment. Because you don’t want to look back in 50 years and think you wasted your youth being too hung up on the past or stressed about the future.
Elleanor O’Connell Looking back on childhood memories will surely bring up the adventures had in the school playground, and the joys that lunchtime brought. Whether you spent the time running around playing footy or hanging in the sunshine making daisy chains, you can agree that
primary school days were a simpler time. With these three super-cool lunchboxes and delicious lunch recipes, you’ll be sure to reminisce back to the good ol’ days of fruit poppas and Zooper Doopers.
Unicorn Lunchbox Rainbow salad: Serves 2
2x mandarins sliced into segments
½ finely slices purple cabbage
¼ finely sliced beetroot
1 finely sliced carrot
50g of pinenuts
6x halved cherry tomatoes
60g baby spinach
4tbsp of lemon juice
2tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt, and pepper
Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and toss gently.
Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper together for dressing.
*Pro tip- To keep your salad crisp through the day, keep dressing in separate pot, and dress when ready to eat.
The lunch club
Human Organ Lunchbox Game Boy Bento Noodle salad: Serves 4
BLT pasta salad: Serves 2 •
120g bowtie pasta
• ¼ cup peanut butter (preferably smooth)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 lightly packed cups sliced lettuce
2 tsp brown sugar
120g sliced bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
½ red birds eye chilly finely diced
1 large tomato, sliced
2 tbsp lime juice
1 Avocado, diced
6 tbsp coconut milk
10g feta cheese, crumbled
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
2 spring onions, finely sliced
350g chicken breast
1tbsp cooking oil
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool.
In a large bowl whisk mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper.
Add the lettuce, bacon, tomatoes and avocados. Toss lightly until coated. Sprinkle with feta cheese.
1. Mix dressing ingredients in a bowl until smooth. 2. Prepare noodles according to packet instructions. 3.
Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes until golden, then transfer to a plate to cool before placing in fridge.
*Pro tip- Wait for your bacon to cool before adding it to stop the heat from wilting the lettuce.
*Pro tip- Keep sauce, noodles and chicken separate until ready to put into lunch box.
BACK IN MY DAY Fruzsina Gál Only ‘90s kids will remember this: the soul-crushing realisation that the world isn’t two-dimensional like previous generations would suggest, that success isn’t always granted to the hard-working, and that we’ve gone way beyond the apparent differences between right or wrong. No wonder 2016 had been called the year of realising things – but once you are in possession of the knowledge, there’s still the problem of turning that into action. With the words ‘millennial’, ‘gen X’, and ‘baby boomer’ at the centre of every second article concerning our future, the question that begs to be asked is this: if generation is indeed a thing, what role do millennials play in all of this? If there’s a set of words that has resonated throughout my twenty years of life, it would be “back in my day…”. Everything that my parents’ generation had done was better than what I was doing. Their education was better, respect for the elderly was in abundance, their love for their parents knew no boundaries. Their childhoods were
more active and more rewarding, physical work was respected, and they learnt from their mistakes instead of over-analysing every little thing. Life was simpler, and if we can trust the words that have compared every tiny detail of our lives to theirs, it was infinitely better too. So how is it that millennials are the most educated in history, that people under 28 are known to show more initiative and open-mindedness than those before them?
The problem of comparing two different historical periods isn’t singular to generation X and millennials
Back in my day
The problem of comparing two different historical periods isn’t singular to generation X and millennials– in fact, the expression “back in my day” was probably used as soon as people recognised a generational gap between themselves and their offspring. What’s more, it seems that a contradiction arises because the extended message of this phrase is: ‘although back in my day everything was better (and if not, we made the best out of it), you still have it way easier than us, and thus should be eternally grateful’. Therefore, it must follow that the world is getting persistently worse while the quality of living is becoming correlatively easier. So where do we come in this confusing picture? As it is with most discussions concerning generational differences, it all comes down to technology. Millennials are the first to be born into the world of computers and the constantly accessible land of The Internet, and although some of us might’ve grown up on the streets and fields
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of imagination, we are always the first to be asked to help when the wi-fi router goes down or when the subtitles have disappeared off grandma’s favourite TV show. Who’s more capable now? Besides its obvious purposes, quick and easy access to any and all kinds of information has undeniably shaped our position in history. We no longer rely on a single second-hand source to get what we want to know – in a disturbing time when news can no longer be trusted unconditionally, it is millennials that are seeking to get to the bottom of important issues. The internet has undoubtedly made it easier to access, research, and form opinions on certain matters, and perhaps it is our refusal to be uneducated that separates us from previous generations.
to be respected – nowadays respect invites respect. You can no longer shame others for having or not having the same privileges as you – nowadays empathy overpowers narrowmindedness. And although every new generation is different in some way from the last, it would appear that our experiences always seem the best to us, no matter what generation we are born into. We are part of the cycle. I see babies with iPads and six year olds talking on phones, and I wonder
In saying that, not everything that generation X insists on is necessarily wrong, but they do have a different connotation in the 21st century. You can no longer insult or look down on those younger than you and still expect
how deep the rabbit hole is, even though I’m already halfway through it myself. But we are the future. Historically speaking, as a generation, we thrive to know more. We doubt more. We try more. Many like to say that we’re the generation that is going to right all the wrongs others have made before us, and whether that will ever become a reality or not, it’s inspiring to know that we have the capacity. That we’re not afraid of growth.
Why are we so hung up on the past? Hayley Payne
Because that’s how it has always been done. A simple sentence that is also regarded as one of the most dangerous phrases in human history. We are in the middle of what seems like a nostalgia craze. Everyone is obsessed with reminiscing about the past, remembering the ‘good old days’, and sometimes – as we have seen with the recent US election – people are wishing to return to the way things used to be. People have always been resistant to change. We are afraid of how it will affect our lives and the lives of those we love. We tend to think that things aren’t that bad now, so why would we want to change them? We look to the past and pick out times when change was a terrible idea and use that in our argument. And most importantly, we are way too lazy to enact change in our lives. I mean, how many times have you said you wanted to lose weight, got angry at a situation you saw on the news, disliked your job, saw your plant dying from lack of water, wanted to change the world, but instead just sat back and did nothing? Well, at least you’re not alone. As it turns out the majority of us are this way.
something that is not a true recreation of the past, but rather a combination of many memories which are all integrated together. The reason this isn’t so great is because during the process all the negative emotions are generally filtered out. So instead of remembering how crap it was for women in the 1950s being stuck at home all day cleaning and cooking, we think back to how wonderful it was that we ate a home-cooked meal as a family each night around the dinner table. Unfortunately, we tend to feel nostalgic during tough times, like when you’re worried about the state of the world, your finances, your love life, or even what to have for dinner. During these times we start to think about these ‘screen memories’ and because we remember those happier times (that may or may not have happened) we automatically think that the past must have been better than now.
Why do people fear change? The fear of change (also known as metathesiophobia) is evolutionary in humans. Since the beginning of our species, we have been obsessed with routine. We have a deep internal predisposition to resist change, to ensure we always feel like we are in control. Those who have experienced hardships throughout their lives are generally much more likely to fear change than others who feel life has been easy. It is often when we are faced with a situation of unwanted change that we begin to look back and feel so nostalgic about our past.
Why are we so nostalgic? Alan Hirsch describes the reasons we feel nostalgic in his 1992 report, ‘Nostalgia: A Neuropsychiatric Understanding’. Hirsch defines nostalgia as a strong yearning for an ‘idealised past’ (hint at the word ‘idealised’). You see, when we look back on past memories we are only seeing a ‘screen memory’,
Why are we so hung up on the past?
A fear of change and feelings of nostalgia can become incredibly powerful tools in politics. The United States Federal Election of 2016 is the perfect example of what happens when these two ideas collide. During the election, a study by the Pew Research Centre found that 47 percent of voters believed that their lives had gradually become worse since the 1950s. So, you have a situation where almost half of the voting population think that going back 50 years would make their lives better. Enter Donald Trump with his infamous ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, evoking feelings of nostalgia among thousands of Americans. During the political turbulence our world is currently facing, many people are longing for what they believe was a simpler time. While Hillary Clinton can’t exactly be described as progressive, her policies leant far more towards a progressive and ‘changing’ America than those of Trump. Yet, Donald Trump is now the president of the United States.
The same thing is happening in Australia with political parties such as One Nation gaining momentum. Vulnerable people who have faced hardships often become convinced that if we just went back to the way it used to be, everything would be fine and peachy. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Change is a wonderful thing. Don’t get me wrong, change can also be awful. But without it, there would be no progress. Without change we wouldn’t have made our way from writing letters to texting and Snapchat, women wouldn’t have the right to vote, and we wouldn’t have constant access to clean water or multiple sources of electricity. Everything around us has happened because someone wanted to change their present and our past. If you’re not happy with the world you live in, don’t dwell on how it once was. Look to the future to envision what it soon can be. It’s okay to be scared of change and to seek comfort in our memories, but never let it hold you back from reaching your full potential. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished”.
When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
So how are they linked?
A brief contemporary history Zak Johnson Accompanying the constantly turning wheel of time, human civilisation and culture has been both enriched and plagued by endless waves of crazes and trends that have captured the public’s eye, if only for a few weeks, before slipping into complete obscurity.
In light of this edition’s focus on nostalgia, we’re taking a quick look at just some of the fads that have dominated the world stage in recent decades (and then deciding whether any of them are worth making a resurgence).
Big Mouth Billy Bass Go to any garage or car boot sale today and you’ll likely find one of these for the whopping price of two or three bucks, but in the late 90s and early 2000s these were all the rage. What at first appears to be nothing more than a docile mounted fish turns into an all-singing marvel when you activate its motion detectors. And by “all-singing marvel” I mean an animatronic puppet that covers either “Take Me to the River” or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Maybe the 90s weren’t that great.
Tamagochi One of the many Japanese inventions to be adopted by Western audiences, these digital pets helped up the stakes for other monstertraining franchises such as Pokémon and Digimon by ensuring that kids kept permanently glued to their devices (because your digital pet would die if they weren’t fed or looked after every few hours). Apparently things got so bad that South Australian MP, Nick Xenophon, attempted to have the devices banned on the grounds that they were preparing school students for lives of gambling addiction. At the rate we currently remain fixated on our phones and social media apps, Tamagotchis were probably good practice for what lay ahead.
Tazo’s Have you ever opened a packet of Smiths chips and felt a distinct sense of dissatisfaction or emptiness? That’s probably because, like me, you grew up in an era where rather than just factory-processed and fat-saturated crisps you also received a kickarse collectable disk or holographic card. After barrelling through countless packets (and probably contracting Type 2 diabetes as a result) you could build up a fairly impressive collection of Yu-GiOh!, Star Wars or NRL tokens to trade or hoard at your discretion. But alas, these days of innocent gathering and bartering are long gone, as Tazos last touched our shores in 2008. An official Facebook page exists for Mexican customers in case you wanted to request an Australian reintroduction, but I imagine getting a desired response would be somewhat difficult.
Nothing screams out cool more than ripping down your driveway at five kilometres per hour in a pair these bad boys while rocking a Thrasher Flame T-shirt and blasting out Linkin Park. Introduced in the very late 90s, it seemed that by the middle
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of the next decade most kids had some variant of these roller shoes. Since protective gear is never particularly fashionable, most Heelys were eventually chucked out by irate parents after their precious little darlings took too many nasty tumbles. Still, you do see the odd brave kid taking one for a spin. Perhaps they should be marketed to a more adult audience? I would definitely invest in one if Converse starting pumping them out.
Selfie sticks As most fads do, selfie sticks started out with good intentions. But what was once regarded as an efficient means of including more people in a group photograph or incorporating more of a scenic backdrop is now near universally derided as both an instrument of narcissism and a potentially dangerous obstruction to other people. Because there’s nothing quite like enjoying the sights and sounds of an Alt-J concert only to be blinded by a wayward smartphone attached to a three-foot pole. Thankfully, they appear to be on their way out, with rare appearances at most gigs or festivals (often met with a merciless amount of backlash from both audience members and the performers).
Scoobies Also known by their scientific name, scoubidou, these simple yarns of plastic tubing would ultimately result in lunchtimes of social hierarchies and cliques forming amongst those who could and those who couldn’t contort these multi-coloured strings into various lanyards, bracelets or otherwise unidentifiable clusters of knots. Funnily enough, despite reaching the height of popularity Down Under in the mid-2000s, scoobies were a major fad in France half a century before. With their apparent penchant for wristbands and bracelets, there’s probably a real niche market for a renewal with the hipster and indie crowds.
Crazy Frog If I had to pick a single anthem that would be appropriate for one’s entry through the gates of Hell it would have to be something like the godawful remix of ‘Axel F’ we got in 2005, featuring heavily the vocals of someone (quite impressively) impersonating a race car. But that’s a walk in the park compared to the animated being that accompanied it; an anthropomorphic amphibian creature who was splattered across a multitude of music videos, games and television ads for ringtones (which actually existed then). As hideous as he was obnoxious, Crazy Frog’s on-screen antics unfortunately inspired a deluge of other animated novelty ‘musical acts’ that dominated the charts. Let’s pray that we’ve seen the last of him.
Pokémon Go In recent memory, I don’t think I’ve experienced a craze that so closely resembled an OB star as Pokémon Go; an occurrence that shone so brightly yet burned out so quickly. A direct descendant of a pre-existing fad, Go’s emphasis on GPS navigation and orienteering had gamers and basement-dwellers everywhere (myself included) getting up off the couch and once again seeking out to catch ‘em all. Unfortunately, once avid collectors acquired most of the 150-odd digital creatures and casual players got bored of its repetitive nature, interest dropped off dramatically, with parks becoming empty once again. Still, it was definitely something to be applauded for its unusual ability to actually get people to enjoy the outdoors, if only temporarily.
How could you let me watch this, Mother? Fruzsina Gál I remember the time when I could watch ScoobyDoo without constantly thinking about Shaggy’s illicit drug use......or Fred and Daphne’s sneaky private times whenever they split up with the gang, or when references to Lord Farquaad’s parameters flew right over my head – and then I remember watching an episode of Hey Arnold! after years of not seeing it, and getting slightly offended at how painfully obvious all these jokes seemed to me as an adult. Arnold made your girlhood tremble, you say? There’s a different expression for that once you hit your teens, Helga. Although they probably wouldn’t let you put that in a kids’ show.
Aladdin: The King of Thieves
To someone in their twenties re-watching old classics and all-time favourites, there’s nothing more disconcerting than discovering inappropriate connotations within the sweetest childhood memories. If there’s one thing I’ve discovered it’s that half of Disney characters have a boner, while the other half like to refer to various sexual encounters without shame or subtlety. I mean, I’m all for modern-day mentality! But I don’t want to know what my favourite characters think about once they’re all by themselves at night! So here are the absolute worsts, the ones that did not stop at the line but crossed it in the most inappropriate way possible. Oh, sweet childhood innocence! You were good while you lasted. My only question is: Mum, how could you let me watch this?
If you ever were as big of a fan of Aladdin as I was, then you probably saw the sequels too – but if not, let me remind you that the genie knew a thing or two about the appropriate advancement of courtship, and as the ground shook during a stampede he wasted no time in judging the two teenagers for what appears to be a certainly ‘ground-breaking’ union.
Even old classics like Hocus Pocus are no exception. Just thinking about the amount of people that must’ve previewed and approved the very inappropriate (and slightly disturbing) scene in which the bus driver is shown to have a rather unconventional taste makes me question whether the whole kids’ movie industry is just a giant middle finger up to the poor, innocent nature of childhood memories. How could you let me watch this, Mother?
If there’s one children’s movie that was definitely built on jokes for an older demographic, it’s Shrek. Not only does Shrek suggest that Lord Farquaad might be compensating for *something* with the size of his castle or that he might be enjoying pictures of Fiona before going to bed, inappropriate puns are also in abundance. Robin Hood apparently likes to get laid, puppets definitely wipe more than their faces, and Donkey looks like an ass no matter what. If you loved Shrek as a kid, you probably love it even more as an adult, and hey, no judging! Shrek is love, Shrek is life.
Comics are certainly not sacred either. If you thought you have seen everything when it came to burns, think again. If there’s one thing worse than the Birds of Prey singing a song about your inadequacy, it is getting absolutely owned by your own co-workers. A bit too much information about the Flash’s performance for my taste, but Hawkgirl is downright savage!
Grease Although isn’t necessarily made for kids, no one can deny the popularity of leather jackets and slickedback hair with music-crazed children after the release of Grease. After all, it is the songs that made this movie so famous. But what on earth is going on in the song ‘Greased Lightning’? There’s nearly three decades’ worth of kids who more than likely sang along to the words “the chicks’ll cream for Greased Lightning” without batting an eyelid, and probably almost as many parents who laughed to themselves knowing very well that there’s absolutely nothing innocent about these lyrics. And although some parts of the song are so horribly inappropriate that I would rather not put them in print, as kids, these lines flew right over our naïve heads without a problem.
The list could go on an on – from dubious magazines and adult movies to prostitutes, implied and not-so-subtle references, and various ‘accidents’ (as the the Powerpuff girls are known), the children’s entertainment industry has probably done it all. But if there’s one great thing about having your favourite TV shows ruined for you forever, it’s the fact that even now we can find the funniest jokes hidden in the movies we’ve seen a thousand times before.
90S NOSTALGIA ON FILM Yep, you guessed it! We’re taking a trip down memory lane. This selection of films is sure to take you back to your childhood and bring forth all those (hopefully) warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia/ Whether or not you are a 90s kid, these films will delight you and transport you to a time were scrunchies were popular and Leonardo DiCaprio was a heartthrob (he totally still is).
Matilda (1996) Based on the novel by Roald Dahl’s Matilda comes a film about overcoming adversity and welcomes the idea that it’s okay to be a little different. The film follows brilliant bookworm Matilda (Mara Wilson) who has telekinetic powers and a family who just don’t understand her. She also has a sadistic school principal up against her. But with the help of good friends and a lovely teacher conveniently named Miss Honey, she learns to accept and embrace her differences as strengths to stand up to her mean parents and outwit the terrifying principle.
Home Alone (1990)
My Girl (1991)
Empire Records (1995)
Home Alone is a true 90’s classic that is still highly treasured 27 years later. The Christmas comedy, written by John Hughes, starts as every kid’s nightmare (being forgotten about and left alone) but Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) quickly turns it into a child’s paradise. The film drifts from young, troublesome and independent 8-year-old Kevin enjoying his holiday-for-one in his family’s suburban mansion to defending his house by boobytrapping against a pair of (useless) burglars who attempt to rob him on Christmas Eve. The film was so loved that it kick-started a whole franchise and has become a Christmas tradition.
For many, My Girl was the first film to ever make them cry. And not just a few tears, but messy and ugly bawling. Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is on the threshold of her adolescences and is obsessed with death. But that’s only natural when your mother is dead and your father runs a funeral parlour. Her life is turned upside down when her father starts to fall for another woman and she tries to split them up. Of course, like any good movie, Vada has the help of her best friend, a careful boy who is allergic to everything, named Thomas J. Who also happens to love her dearly. This film looks at innocent and unadulterated love in a charming way, but don’t say you weren’t warned.
Allan Moyle’s attempt to make a film that gives great revelations and insight to American youth in the 90s succeeded wonderfully, even if it was a little predictable. Empire Records feels more like an indie film than just a teenage dramedy that delves into the uncertainty and instability teenagers are often burdened with. The film is one day in the life of the employees of an independent record shop. There are many highs and lows as the teens gain a better understanding of each other through personal crises. The misfits are forced to band together to save the record shop from a corporate company. The star-studded cast includes Liv Tyler and Renée Zellweger and the terrific soundtrack only enhances the realistic and relatable storylines.
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The Parent Trap (1998)
The Little Rascals (1994)
Starring a young, bright and promising Lindsay Lohan, The Parent Trap is a childhood favourite. The premise is simple but sweet; two young freckled twin sisters are miraculously reunited at a summer camp and end up swapping lives and identities to try and get their parents back together. The 1998 film is just one of the many adaptions of a German novel by Erich Kästner entitled Lottie and Lisa. The film is humorous in a sweet way and heart-warming as the separated families become one once again. And let’s face it, everyone wanted a twin after seeing this movie.
The Little Rascals is another movie with a simple but enjoyable storyline. Alfalfa, a young boy with a ridiculous hairstyle, is a member of a boy’s only club called HeMan Woman Haters Club. He is in love with Darla but their insanely sweet romance threatens the very existence of the misogynistic club, so the rest of the members sabotage it, which only ends in the flaming ruins of their clubhouse. The boys enter a go-kart race in hopes to win the cash prize to rebuild their clubhouse. The Little Rascals is a happy-go-lucky movie that’s perfect for passing the time and if you’re feeling nostalgic.
The Sandlot Kids (1993)
This movie stays with you long after the credits roll and it all starts with an unmistakable drumming. Jumanji is an adaptation of the 80’s novel written by Chris Van Allsburg. The dark fantasy film starts with a young boy who gets sucked into a board game he happens to come across on a construction site. Alan Parrish, played by the great Robin Williams, is trapped in the magical board game until two siblings set him free 26 years later. The game continues to cause havoc as the gang of a Man-Child, his childhood crush and two kids (one who gets turned into a monkey) battle it out against a host of dangers to finally finish the board game. The beloved film has even inspired a spiritual sequel that will be released later this year.
Before Regina George strolled the halls in heels, there was Cher Horowitz in all her naïve glory. Clueless is inspired by Jane Austin’s Emma and offers a modern and fabulous twist on the story. Director Amy Heckerking’s (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Loser and Red Oaks) portrayal of the teenage and high school culture is genius and highly entertaining. Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is a rich and shallow teenage girl living large in Beverly Hills, but none of that makes her unlikeable. Her flaws make her loveable and iconic, especially when you add in her sense of style, a flair for the melodramatic, and hidden intelligence and charm.
The Sandlot Kids is not a film that appeals to everyone but is still a must-see 90’s flick that is perfect for a family movie night. The film is set in the summer of 1962 and follows the lonely and uncoordinated new kid in town, Scotty Smalls. Scotty (Tom Guiry) is taken under baseball prodigy Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez’s wing (Mike Vitar) and is accepted into the hilarious and charismatic gang of neighbourhood boys. The boys embark on crazy adventures as they train to take down a rivalry baseball team. The Sandlot Kids is a refreshing and wonderful film that is one of the best films targeted at children that is suited for all ages.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You is undoubtedly one of the greatest teenage flicks that has ever been created and is an adaption of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Filmed on the threshold of the 21st century, the film follows a bunch of stereotypical teenagers through the ups and downs of high school. Which in this case includes: first loves, first heartbreaks and an overprotective father forbidding one pretty and popular sister to date unless the other rebellious and ill-tempted sister does too. The film is cliché with many of the characters falling into typical tropes, but hey, clichés are clichés for a reason.
Product review - World Ieaders Rebecca Marshallsay Since November we have been living in a new era. The Trump era. And US President Donald Trump is everywhere. Even when we make a concerted effort to try and spend some time not talking, reading or raising our blood pressure over Trump, he is there like an ever present elephant in the room. Except this elephant has convinced one of the most influential nations on Earth that the path to greatness can be found by letting it raise its overly confident trunk in the air to spray the terrified crowd with divisive, regressive and racist rhetoric and policy. You hardly need us to recap the list of spectacular lowlights of the past few months. But it’s not all bad; perhaps Trump’s most noteworthy achievement to date is that he has made even the most liberal of us think more fondly of George W. Bush. In that vein, our Nostalgia Edition takes a look at a few world leaders for a fresh review in the Trump era.
Bob Hawke & Paul Keating
For those of you who may be fresh from the high school oven (and have grown up with political blinkers on), Bob Hawke was the Australian Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991. Arguably one of the most popular PMs we have ever had, Hawke was notably influential in the education sector and became an ‘ocker’ icon.
If there’s one leader in history who is not going to get caught up in a ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ debacle, it’s Elizabeth II. The Queen of the United Kingdom (and don’t forget Canada, Australia and New Zealand) takes reticence and stoicism to a new level. During her 65 year reign she has managed to turn conformity and strict adherence to convention into an art form. This dogged approach has paid dividends and enabled her to hold onto her position with surprising success, er rule.
Hawke certainly rivals Trump in the performative leadership stakes. The former PM held a long standing beer sculling record, having downed a yard glass (1.4 litres) in just 11 seconds while at university in Oxford. Hawke’s sculling prowess has become a fixture at the cricket and to this day, he can be seen putting away pints for the amusement of all and sundry. If this isn’t laid back enough, Hawke is also alleged to have met with ministers while sunbaking in the nude during his time as leader. Playing Robin to Hawke’s beer swilling caped crusader was Paul Keating, who moved through the political ranks from Treasurer to Deputy Prime Minister and ultimately to Usurper of the Top Seat when he challenged for leadership in 1991. Keating was no mild mannered, green-jock wearing sidekick however, and is perhaps best remembered for his scathing insults. When the then Leader of the Opposition, John Hewson asked him why he would not call an early election he replied, “Mate, because I wanna do you slowly”. He is famed for popularising the term scumbag and once dismissed Peter Costello as “All tip and no iceberg”.
While Elizabeth’s approach to public life might be shaped by tactful minimalism, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip has committed more than a few high profile gaffes on behalf of the Royal Family. He once infamously told British exchange students studying in China that “If you stay here much longer you’ll all be slitty-eyed” and described the nation’s capital as ghastly. His shamefully long list of foot in mouth disasters is heavily peppered these type of interactions that emblemise the aristocratic colonialist-funny native dynamic. Although he has quietened down somewhat in recent years, in his heyday, the Duke could have gone toe to toe with Sean Spicer for embarrassing faux pas without batting an eyelid. If you are a fan of slow simmering drama that potters along from one overly contrived conflict to the next and want to know more about this oddly matched pair you can check out The Crown on Netflix.
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Winston Churchill Perhaps my favourite Trump-ism to date is his proud proclamation that “I know words. I have the best words”. Another leader who could speak real good words was Winston Churchill. The British statesman was the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. For some Churchill is an iconic leader who led Britain through the Second World War and instigated fairly progressive social reform such as the first minimum wage. For others, Churchill’s flaws sit foremost in their minds including his assertions that no wrongs had been done to the Indigenous populations of Australia and North America because a stronger and superior race had taken their place. Whilst many of his views and actions reflect the normative social mores of his age, for every great achievement there is an often under acknowledged controversy. But back onto the good words. Much of Churchill’s long lasting appeal came from his skills as an accomplished orator. Churchill spent many years developing his skills and is believed to have spent hours carefully crafting his speeches and scrutinising each word and phrase in order to elicit the strongest emotional response from his audience. This method is closely followed by President Trump, particularly when it comes to the highly venerated art of the tweet. While Trump has graced us with such eloquent reflections as “A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10”, Churchill delivered one of the most oft-quoted speeches in history in 1940 when he said “We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender”. It’s really hard to pick a winner and to determine who, in fact has the best words.
Kim Jong-il While naming former world leaders is not a trivia strength for most, you would be hard pressed to find someone who had not heard the name Kim Jongil. And the recent assassination (in highly peculiar circumstances) of the Former Supreme Leader of North Korea’s son, Kim- Jong-nam has placed North Korea in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons once again. Building on the work of his father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il maintained control of North Korea through the powerful cult of personality from 1997 till his death in 2011. In a country where internet access is restricted to “government blessed” sites, Jong-il was the arguably the 20th century’s boldest propagator of #fakenews. The leader’s birth (according to his Partysanctioned biography) brought about the formation of a new star in the sky and a miraculous change in weather from winter to spring. During his reign, North Koreans were proud to hear that their leader’s birthday was celebrated by nations all around the world. Although, this was probably not surprising news to them as North Korea has long been envied the world over for having the highest quality of life. Famine? Human rights abuses? Never heard of them. There is much that seems ridiculous about the North Korean leader but his audacious propaganda covers a serious history of oppression that includes summary executions, forced abortions, lack of independent media and torture. Being a laughing stock to the outside world might be one of the most powerful weapons a leader can possess... want to help build a wall anyone?
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90s They say fashion trends are revived every 20 years, and as you can tell by every current trend and look book around you, 90s is in. Very in. For the Nostalgia Edition, weâ€™ll be looking at what made the 90s such a defining era of fashion, and how we can translate and reinvent these trends into our wardrobe.
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Inspiration: Clueless The 1995 cult classic film Clueless has often been considered a significant style inspiration for particular strands of fashion and subcultures. If you want to replicate Cher’s iconic tartan two-piece, look no further!
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Inspiration: Katie Holmes Photoshoot for Rolling Stone, 1998 When researching 90’s fashion (I grew up surrounded by the mess that was 2000s fashion), I noticed that overalls were a common staple amongst every subculture. Add white sneakers, and your outfit is 100% cuter.
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Inspiration: Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith has to be one of the defining figures of loud, bright 90s fashion. Every time you think about a particular outfit that summed up 90s style, I know you think of Will Smith in a pair of overalls and a bright pattern shirt. Don’t lie to me.
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Inspiration: The late River Phoenix (1970-1993) River Phoenix was an actor, musician, activist, and sibling of Joaquin Phoenix. River’s style reflected the tamer and more laidback facet of 90’s fashion – tucked in shirts, fitted pants, and oversized sweaters in plain colours.
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Feature artist – John Forno Fruzsi Gál
If you’ve driven past the Telstra building in Tugun recently then you would’ve seen the work of John Forno, QCA graduate and amazing abstract street artist. However, if Tugun is out of your way and you feel like you missed out, there’s no need to worry – his work is now captured on the side of our very own Link building at Griffith. In a quick Q&A, we asked him about the important things in life: art, inspirations, and, of course, Banksy.
Tell us a bit about yourself and the mural you’re painting. I am a pop/surreal/abstract artist with a fascination for street art who loves surfing with a degree in Fine Art with Honours from QCA Gold Coast who also loves collecting art. This current mural was designed and commissioned by Liveworm Gold Coast as a rebranding for the eatery/food court at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus.
Are there any other projects in progress? I will soon be commissioned by Telstra to complete another mural beautifying one of their communication exchanges. A process I have previously been involved in was transforming their Tugun/Currumbin exchange alongside two other artists. What inspires you as an artist? I’ve always been inspired by psychology, pop art, surrealism and street art, but while at uni I gained
a fascination with abstraction and the theoretical underpinnings of the effects of play and nostalgia, and how they play out and can help resonate with and inspire the viewer. How would you describe your style and technique? My practice is a mash up of many different genres of art but not restrained by any particular one. I like taking everyday paraphernalia and pop culture motifs and repurposing them to give new meaning. From what I have seen of it, your work tends to lean towards the abstract. Is that a conscious decision, or do you just paint as it goes? When I began my degree I was all about pop and street; the further I delved into the degree, the theoretical underpinnings pushed my work more in an abstracted direction as life and time are not one continuous loop but a series of dissected moments abstracted by people, places and things, creating segregated moments in one’s life.
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Do you work with a certain message in mind? Do you think art must have a message to begin with? My honours degree theorised the importance of play for children and how as adults that can have an equally important effect on our lives. I think all art has a message and in general it is artists and art that challenge the status quo. Whether it be political, social, financial, or personal, the message is inherently for the viewer to decide. Do you paint anything other than murals? My practice isnâ€™t restricted by any particular medium, media or communication method. While I enjoy murals and painting in general I also enjoy utilising the arts of sculpture, printmaking and video as a means of conveying my messages. Are there any big plans for the immediate future? Continuing building my art collection and moving
more towards contemporary art as opposed to just street art... surf more and continuing working more with the medium of painting. What do you see yourself doing in the next five years? No one, that I know of, has completed a PhD in the oldest form of art making which is stencil art. I wish to blend that with my pre-existing practice and theoretical understanding. Last and most importantly, what do you think of Banksy? Is this a rhetorical question? I am a huge fan of Banksy and have a few small pieces of his/her/their early items in my collections and find the work relevant, challenging, provocative and simplistic - which I believe are some of the elements of great art. rascalltdpackco.com.au
Online Angel Nikijuluw Do you want a blast from the digital past? These games will undoubtedly prompt some crazy flashbacks from your online Second Life (haha, get it?) This compilation, of course, does not include the late Club Penguin*, but I am hoping just mentioning these games will compel you to type in that link and reminisce…but if you still play these games in the year 2017 – there’s no judgement, I guess.
HABBO HOTEL Game There are two types of people: people who didn’t know and/or play Habbo Hotel, and people who were addicted to this ridiculous online game. This freemium game enables you to befriend strangers hiding behind their digital avatars from all over the world (I survived the merge), and create unique rooms using real money for virtual furniture. Just the other day I logged back onto my old account for the first time in a few years, and I found out that my account is actually over a decade old. Oh, the shame. habbo.com
NEOPETS Game The Neopets today isn’t the Neopets it was 10 years ago; the website is now encouraging a freemium platform (in the form of Neocash) on unsuspecting young kids. Nevertheless, the classic games of Hasee Bounce and Kass Basher still exist, and you can still travel to Faerieland to spin the Wheel of Excitement. Warning: don’t log in if you don’t want to find your Neopets dying from malnourishment (that’s if you remember your username and password.) neopets.com *As of the 29 March 2017, Club Penguin was laid to rest and taken offline for good. Rest in peace, Club Penguin. You will be forever missed. Online
RUNESCAPE Game The first time I one-hit a goblin near the Al-Kharid Gate, I yelled in glee. The first time I ripped the spindly head of Elvarg from her body, I happily informed my jaded mother. The first time I dragon scim spec’d for 42 on another player wearing splitbark armour with fancy boots and netted the profits, I peaked on some retro, childhood finesse. Many years later, when I came to write a nostalgic piece for the RuneScape that once was, with the mono-retro soundtrack ‘Harmony’ playing melancholically in my mind, I cried. runscape.com
WORLD OF WARCRAFT Game I’m going to be honest – I don’t know anything about this game. I just know that it’s a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), it’s still popular, and it has way too much lore to even comprehend. But of course, if you were a player of this game, you would be able to navigate through this universe with your eyes closed. Props to you – I kind of wish I played…Kek. worldofwarcraft.com
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Hidden Figures 2017 127 minutes Drama Director: Theodore Melfi Rebecca Marshallsay
Hidden Figures is a film that elicits words like joyful, lovely and a delight. It is the type of film you could take your grandmother to (and in fact, I did), and it is designed to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and a smug sense of satisfaction that you are now a little bit more knowledgeable about world events. In 1961, the United States was facing increasing pressure to get a man into space for the first time. Russia had successfully completed the task (a world first) in April of that year but America was encountering failure after failure. At this time, the country had taken some significant steps at a national level toward ending racial segregation but in policy and practice, it was still a highly divided nation. Hidden Figures explores the intersection of these two cultural episodes and tells the story of three African American women working as mathematicians at NASA. The fact that they were both women and black means that at the time and historically, their contributions have been largely unacknowledged.
The women in question are Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). As Hidden Figures opens, Johnson is assigned to conduct complex calculations in the elite Space Task Group, who are working against the clock to nail down the maths needed for a successful manned Earth orbit mission. Meanwhile, Vaughan is fighting to be acknowledged for her work as supervisor of the ‘coloured’ group of West Computers and Jackson is breaking down barriers to become the first black female engineer at NASA. The timeline of events is conveniently consolidated and the racial tension is carefully crafted to make the viewer shake their head in disbelief but glossed over and resolved quickly enough to ensure they aren’t uncomfortable for too long. The characters are designed for maximum appeal and the story is nothing if not predictable. Overall, these Hollywood tropes do not detract from a highly enjoyable film and there is a certain sense of enjoyment in knowing how everything will play out.
A more critical reading however might question why we need to dress up stories like this in a saccharine soaked wrapper in order to attract an audience? Why do these women need to be moulded into a crowd pleasing equation of smart, strong and sassy to have their stories told? Whilst certainly not flawless, white male biopics such as The Imitation Game, Capote and The Theory of Everything allow a lot more room for flaws and realism, and do not feel as though they have been crafted with the ultimate goal of making a film that is ‘nice’. Definitely make the time to see Hidden Figures but while it tugs on your heart strings, keep an ear out for that little cynical voice that tells you that while this is a good step toward more diverse storytelling, we can do better.
Teen Daze Themes for Dying Earth Angel Nikijuluw Themes For Dying Earth is the next chapter of Jamison Isaak’s story, a Vancouver-based electronic producer who works under the moniker Teen Daze. Themes For Dying Earth personifies the natural progression of Teen Daze’s style of production over the last seven years – which has resulted in a collection of mellow, placid recordings that could easily be mistaken for an OST for an indie film. The opener, ‘Cycle’, introduces the listener to a mishmash of organic sounds with calculated
The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel Rebecca Marshallsay
synths and digital percussion, while ‘Station’ concludes the record with billowing waves of synths and hints of sparkling xylophone. Between this, there are angelic interludes of dreamy, summer daze-type electronic hymns radiating through the variation of voices that feature on Themes for Dying Earth (such as Sound of Ceres, S.Carey, and Jon Anderson). If you like Japanese Wallpaper, you’ll definitely love Teen Daze.
First published in 1980, we are reaching well back into the vaults for this edition’s book review. However, if you are looking for a novel with a female protagonist that doesn’t include vampires in the story or the word ‘girl’ or ‘wife’ in the title, then The Clan of the Cave Bear might be for you. The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first of the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel, a series of historical fiction novels set around 30,000 years ago in the late Palaeolithic era. The novels focus on the period in which Neanderthals still existed but were slowly being supplanted by the weaker but smarter Cro-Magnons (human predecessors). The novel paints an interesting picture of this period of prehistoric coexistence by following a young Cro-Magnon woman, Ayla, who is separated from her people as a child and raised by a clan of Neanderthals.
Auel has blended research with creative conjecture to fill in the details of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal life in a way that is interesting and though provoking. The writing quality is varied and the series probably peaks in its second novel, The Valley of Horses. A great deal of the novels’ appeal is the way that Auel is able to create a clear (albeit speculative) picture of what life may have been like back then and how our ancestors might have performed simple tasks from storing food and water to grooming practices. The Earth’s Children stories are also heavily dosed with entertaining drama and romance that keeps you reading, but, as the novels progress, reach wearisome soap opera proportions. If you want to expand your reading habits and are even vaguely interested in historical fiction, then I highly recommend picking up The Clan of the Cave Bear and persisting with at least a couple of books from the series.
Entertainment Best albums of 2007 Angel Nikijuluw
Can you believe 2007 was a decade ago? That’s right, ten whole years. While I could revel in the greatest albums of the last decade, I want to pay homage to the mess that was 2007 – a year that saw the peak of The Veronicas, the launch of the first iPhone, and the premier of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. If the Top 40 charts were your life source in your tweens, these albums are going to be nostalgic as f**k.
Five years after their debut record Songs for Jane, Maroon 5 hit the jackpot with It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – an album that provided us with the catchy anthems such as ‘If I Never See Your Face’, ‘Makes You Wonder’, and ‘Wake Up Call’. It Won’t Be Soon Before Long showcased Adam Levine’s distinctive voice, accompanied with the tame unification of every instrument and riff. Maroon 5 perfected the formula for pop rock hits with this album, and paved the way to a successful career that spans into the present day.
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’ Maroon 5 I’m actually not sure if I’m including this album in this article ironically or not. The Jonas Brothers were the poster boys for Disney in the mid-2000s, elevating their star status by the time they filmed Camp Rock, and landed a brief TV show stint on the Disney channel in 2009. There’s not much to say about this album except that it’s classic, catchy pop rock, and it was a staple if you religiously followed Disney stars. You may say that the Jonas Brothers are lame, but in reality, you’re lame if you don’t scream the lyrics to ‘S.O.S.’ out loud.
Brothers 02. Jonas Jonas Brothers
Best Damn Thing 04. The 05. Avril Lavigne
Hook Me Up The Veronicas
You’re joking me if you don’t think this album was the pinnacle of Australian pop a decade ago. Two years from their debut record The Secret Life Of…, The Veronicas maintained their pop rock roots, but incorporated more synths and bubblegum pop sounds in Hook Me Up, expanding their fan base and influence worldwide. To this day, I have never met a person who doesn’t know all the lyrics to ‘Untouched’.
Before she started dating Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and singing about Hello Kitty (what?), Avril Lavigne released her best work to date – The Best Damn Thing, which featured the inescapable and extremely catchy banger ‘Girlfriend’. Although some may argue that her earlier hits were actually Lavigne’s best work – such as ‘Sk8er Boi’ and ‘Complicated’ from her 2002 album Let Go, The Best Damn Thing did its best to fuse old style with the new; loud guitar and heavy bass with classic pop lyrics and sounds.
Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna
This album was such a banger. Rihanna released hit after hit (‘Umbrella’, ‘Shut Up and Drive’, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’) which combined classic pop song formulas with her smooth Barbadian voice. Good Girl Gone Bad came at a time when the pop charts were dominated by pop rock hits (see: every previous album mentioned), delivering heavy R&B inspired sounds and solidifying herself as an aggressive, assertive woman in the music industry. Ten years later, and Rihanna is still smashing it on the Top 40 charts.
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Take it back to the good ol’ days when life was simple. Take it back to when there were puddles to jump in, bikes to ride and no one gave you funny looks for playing on a children’s playground. Sometimes (or let’s face it, all the time) the omnipresent feeling of adulthood can get a little suffocating, and we need to step back, laugh, and enjoy the sillier things in life. Run around, get sweaty and enjoy feeling like a kid again.
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If you’ve ever watched a toddler stacking it, then you’ve also witnessed the way they seem to bounce back from situations that should’ve caused an injury. Tuck your torso into a giant inflatable ball to experience the invincibility of a small child, and remind yourself of the days you thought you could do anything. Air Factory Trampoline Park in Burleigh offers the opportunity to play like a kid again with their bubble soccer. Grab a group of friends, hire a court and laugh until your ribs feel as if they’ll break.
Our days of juvenile finger painting may seem like they’re over, but Skirmish Gold Coast offers you an adult alternative - paintball. Shooting your closest friends with paint is arguably even more therapeutic than finger painting, and the activity gives you the chance to run wild and free like days of childhoods past. Play a round of capture the flag with the added threat of paint bullets as you sprint through the obstacles to escape a colourful demise. When life is feeling a little too serious let your imagination run wild and enjoy a paint filled adventure with your favourite friends.
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There are plenty of opportunities to break the confines of adulthood, and remind yourself of the best things about being a kid. Get adventuring and remember age is just a number, and you’re never too old to be a kid at heart.
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