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Contents Editorial note
Message from the President
Geta Writer’s Award
Product review – Travellers’ best friends
Seven stages of exam grief
Earth on film
Snapped on campus
Get the hell outta here
Welcome to our fourth edition for 2018. We have to confess that we’ve hit a bit of a mid-year slump. If Wednesday is hump day then June was hump month. Over the past month or so we lost a few great editors and contributors to the big G (graduation) and the general feeling post-exams was one of Urgh, my brain is a bit fried. What can I binge watch? rather than high-energy, unadulterated joy. The exciting news is that we are just about to turn a corner. Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, came and went while we were proofing this edition, and we can’t wait for lighter mornings and a lot more sunshine as we head into the second half of the year. We are also looking forward to welcoming some new editors and contributors for our next edition.
Other exciting things that are getting us out of our ugg-boot wearing, couch-dwelling funk is the enthusiasm for Geta Giveaways. If you haven’t found our giveaway section yet then you might have been living under a rock and you certainly want to check it out... a quick email could snag you some great prizes. This edition we are Earth bound with a selection of articles, on film selections and facts to get you thinking about home on a bigger scale. Once again, if there is a glaring gap in our coverage you might like to consider submitting your own Earth themed piece for consideration for the Geta Writer’s Award. Welcome to Trimester 2, and may the odds be ever in your favour. The Geta Editorial Team
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome to Trimester 2! Can you believe we are this far into the year already? Time flies when you’re having fun studying hard. I hope everyone got through their exams with Ps and HDs or anything in between. If you didn’t do so well, this is the trimester to turn it around. We can start fresh from here and finish out the year strong. Good luck for the studying ahead. You’ve got this. I believe in you. For a lot of faithful readers, this is it. The home stretch. The last trimester before graduation. You’ve come this far, finish off strong both in the classroom and on the social scene. If only there was an event you could really use to celebrate your success and hard work with your mates. I’ll let you know if I think of an event that fits… In other completely unrelated news, the day of all days is fast approaching. Race Day 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the Student Guild event and I could not recommend this one more. I’ve seen how hard
the staff have been working on this event doing everything they can to make it the best one yet so grab your mates and make sure you purchase a ticket (they usually sell out pretty fast so don’t miss out). If this is the first you’re hearing of Race Day then it might be time to update your socials. Make sure to follow the Student Guild Facebook (don’t forget the @UnibarGoldCoast and @GUGCSport pages too) and Instagram to keep up to date on all things Guild related from parties and Uni Nights, to workshops and support services. I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be a great trimester for everyone. So, keep reading, have a look at what else is on, and once again, make sure you all Getamungstit. Harriet Nash Student Guild President
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GETAMUNGSTIT WRITERS’ AWARD Do you have something to say about the Earth or the world around us? Do you think we missed a great article opportunity on this theme? This is your chance to have your ideas published. You are invited to submit articles or creative writing on the current edition theme for your chance to win and be published. Submissions must be the writer’s original work and must not have been published elsewhere. Theme: Earth; cultural, physical or environmental aspects of life on Earth; other.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. - Mahatma Gandhi
Astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. - Carl Sagan
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Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard
The Earth is not round. Scientific American describes it as a bumpy spheroid. The uneven distribution of mass and gravitational pull means that the planet is carrying a little bit of a spare tyre around its middle.
Not only is the Earth spinning at an incredible rate, it is also hurtling around the sun at 107,836 km per hour.
The majority of the Earth’s 1500 potentially active volcanoes are located along the Pacific Rim’s ‘Ring of Fire’.
There are currently 7.6 billion people on Earth. This is projected to increase to 9.8 billion by 2050. Lightning strikes the Earth around 8 million times per day – that’s 100 strikes per second.
Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death worldwide – accounting for around 15.2 million deaths in 2016.
Life on Earth
Canada has the longest coastline in the world – 202,080 km.
In every square kilometre of ocean there are more than 13,000 pieces of plastic floating in the water.
Approximately 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used in China every year.
More than 6,000 languages are spoken worldwide. Some of these are spoken by just a few hundred people.
$ More than 70% of the world’s adults own less than $10,000 in wealth. This is just 3% of the world’s total wealth while half the world’s wealth vests in less than 1% of the world’s population.
The Vatican is the smallest country in the world, covering .44km², followed by Monaco at just 2km².
EARTH ISSUES Bec Marshallsay Do you ever feel like you have glaring gaps in your knowledge? This is when you know that something is a ‘thing’. You might have a gut feeling about whether it’s good or bad based on your world view, but if asked to explain it in your own words you’re forced to nod your head and word- spew some broad Trump-style rhetoric. It’s great. Really great. Everyone tells me it’s great. I know words, I have the best words. And if the issue at hand is Love Island then you can probably get away with it. (I know there’s some humble people trapped on an island in a life-affirming search for long term happiness that is in no way connected to a bid for more
Insta followers and D-grade celebrity status... but that’s all I could tell you). When big political or social issues fall into this category it is a little more awkward to bluff your way out of. (Much like when a tutor asks you to explain a concept that you’re pretty sure you learned about in year 3 but you are now drawing a complete blank on). So Geta decided to offer you the absolute beginners’ guide to a few current hot-button topics about our physical and cultural environment, so that next time they pop up in conversation you can adjust your toupee and utter at least one full, coherent sentence on the matter.
#stopsucking You’ve heard that they’re talking about getting rid of plastic bags in supermarkets. You thought about using that keep cup from your O-Week bag. In a nutshell- Over the past couple of years the anti-plastic movement has gathered incredible momentum with lots of alternative products entering the market such as reusable beeswax wrappers (so that you never have to clingfilm your sandwich again), aluminium straws that fold away and attached to your key ring, and the good old keep cup that might snag you a few cents off of your coffee. So what is all the fuss about? Most of the focus is on single use plastics (food wrappers, straws, drink bottles, and shopping bags) – plastics that are designed for one or short-term use before they are tossed into the rubbish or recycling. It is probably not a surprise to learn that most of these materials are not biodegradable and while they may break down they usually turn into tiny toxic particles that end up in the ocean and other environments. Our recycling bins might make us feel a little bit better about the situation, but most estimates suggest that only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. National Geographic estimates that there is currently around 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste in the world today. Be prepared for this topic to be on everyone’s lips for a while with Woolworths banning free single use plastic bags on 20 June this year, followed closely by Coles on 1 July. You can do even more at the
save our ocean supermarket if you like though. Take your own containers for your deli bits or butcher meat and boycott individually wrapped and pre-packaged vegetables. Anti-plastic advocates want you to start exercising the incredible power that you hold as a consumer. They suggest supporting businesses that have ditched the plastic in favour of more sustainable materials or speaking up when your favourite restaurant sends out your Uber Eats in half a dozen different plastic containers with some plastic cutlery to boot. Buying local and even buying less reduces the amount of unseen plastic that has gone into getting that brand name sports bra, online bargain dress, or newest pair of kicks from the factory to your door. And finally, they want you to stop sucking (the buzzword to help you remember to ask for your drink without a straw).
#stopAdani You’ve heard the name Adani, you know that people want to stop him, there might be some kind of mine involved. In a nutshell- Gautam Adani is an Indian billionaire who is head of the multinational Adani Group. In 2010 the group bought coal tenement in Galilee Basin (central Queensland), one of the world’s biggest untapped coal reserves. This led to a proposal to establish the Carmichael coal mine and rail project to access these resources (this would include a coal terminal port at Abbot Point to export the coal). The proposal has led to widespread protests including a 16,000 person protest across Australian in October 2017. There are three big areas of concern. The first is concern for direct damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The project would require 1.1 million cubic metres of seabed to be dredged from the nearby area. The second issue is damage to the Barrier Reef and the general environment through increased carbon emissions, with the project expected to lead to 4.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. The
third issue is the extinguishment of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners’ claims to native title. The matter was before the Australian federal court in March this year. There are other issues including the financial viability and the investment of tax payer money to support the project. Both the major parties have expressed support for the project focusing on the economic and employment benefits of the project, and downplaying environmental risks.
#bringthemhere You’ve heard that asylum seekers have less than optimal living conditions. There might have been some deaths in detention. In a nutshell- Asylum seekers have been a highly contentious political issue for many years now. Australia has been repeatedly criticised by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees for our commitment to holding refugees and asylum seekers offshore in places like Manus Island and Nauru for processing. Although these are territories belonging to other countries, Australia has effective control over the centres and the people within them as part of an arrangement called the Pacific Solution. Not only has the slow processing and feeling of indefinite detention been responsible for trauma and depression, the centres have subjected groups of vulnerable people to physical and sexual abuse, and very poor living conditions. The UNHCR has unequivocally stated that ‘There is no doubt that the current policy of offshore processing and detention is immensely harmful’. Concerned commentators believe the government has encouraged myths around cashed up migrants, country shoppers, terrorists, and queue jumpers who could have remained safely in their country and applied to migrate via ‘legitimate’ means. Both major parties have supported offshore processing and taken steps such as ‘stop the boats’ to keep
asylum seekers and refugees off of mainland Australia under various justifications such as stopping deaths at sea or to stop Australia being seen as a ‘soft touch’ and subsequently flooded by refugees and asylum seekers. Advocates such as the Asylum Resource Centre argue that with around 45 million displaced persons in the world, Australia has an obligation to share the international refugee burden equally. They advocate that Australia needs to change its fear-based thinking and that detention should be seen as a last resort for exceptional circumstances only. Around four million people per year enter Australia on a temporary basis and asylum seekers could be processed under similar processes allowing people to live freely in the community while their claims for more permanent protection are assessed. 11
Product review Travellers’ best friends Erwan Guegan One of the best ways to learn about little old planet Earth is to get out there and explore it for yourself. Geta has brainstormed a selection of must-have items that could be some of the best products to consider for your next trip.
Swiss Army Knife
The Flying Tent
It is not a secret that Victorinox Swiss Army knives are among the best on the market. Not only are they reliable, they are an indispensable tool to take on your journeys. However, with the increasing number of adventure brands offering similar product it can get confusing and difficult to find the best pocket knife/multi-tool out there. After trying similar products from some of the popular outdoor brand it appears that Victorinox pocket friendly, multi-tool still remains one of the most reliable product of its kind and the traveller’s best friend. Originally called ‘Offiziersmesser’, the Swiss Knife is a little more expensive than other brands but it is also sturdy and reliable and will always be there to help you from a range of tricky situations during your adventures.
Who doesn’t like to chill in a hammock, a book in one hand, a cold beer in the other, gently swinging between two trees. However, as good as it gets, things can go south pretty quickly. Rain, insects, wind... you name it, hammocks leave you defenseless against the wild elements. The Flying Tent is a successful Kickstarter project launched in 2015 by a team of nature lovers from Austria. Equipped with a removable mosquito net and rain cover the flying tent might be the answer to your problems. Its design allows you to use it as rain poncho or even set it up as a bivvy tent. Its compact format and light weight (just over 2 kgs) makes it easy to transport with you everywhere.
Mountain Designs 75L Surmount Rucksack One of the most important accessories of the traveller is his or her backpack. While travelling, clothes, cameras, chargers, wallet, and too many pairs of socks all have to be accommodated within one bag. They come in a an overwhelming variety of sizes; with wheels, with straps, hooks and so many more features. Bags can be a travellerâ€™s best friend but can also become their worst enemy. One of the biggest question that comes up when buying a bag is its size. It is going to be too much or not enough? Well, as a few souvenirs will certainly fill up your bag during your travel, itâ€™s better to have space to spare than not enough. Another important feature is the access point. Many travel bags offer one access point from the top. This usually forces you to unpack and repack the content of your bag constantly. The Surmount Rucksack 75L, gives you enough space for your adventure and comes with three access point that allow you to easily store and access all your souvenirs.
Rain and wind resistant jackets No matter where you are going, you will always need to have a jacket to protect you from the elements. Now high quality jackets do not come cheap but they will last a long time and you will be glad you spent that extra money when the time comes. There are a wide variety of adventure apparel brands, offering high quality cover but top brands such as North Face, Berghaus and Columbia are worth a look. These jackets have shown to be trustworthy and will protect you from the rain, wind and cold weather out there. You definitely should consider a jacket made of Gore-Tex for ultimate protection. Even a light jacket can make a huge difference. Easy to roll up and pack, they will accompany you on all your adventures around the world and keep you warm.
7 STAGES OF EXAM GRIEF Bec Marshallsay
1. SHOCK AND DENIAL This is the point where you realise it is the end of Week 12 already. It’s not possible, how can this be? What about your new-trimester resolutions to attend each lecture in the designated week? You had big plans to create your exam notes week-by-week (and they were going to be magnificent). You’d even considered venturing outside of the ‘required readings’ list and making a foray into ‘recommended’ territory. Your world has been turned on its head and you feel weak at the 7 stages of exam grief
knees for a minute before the denial of your dire predicament kicks in. You’ve got seven days till your first exam – people complete intensive summer subjects in less time. You confidently plan study brunches and consider whether or not this is a good week to head back to the gym. 2. PAIN & GUILT Brunch is cancelled. You realise that you have listened to exactly 1.5 hours of the 24 hours of Lecture Capture content available for your subject… and that you have three subjects with exams. You do the
maths and deduce that if you listen to 10 hours’ worth of lectures per day you’ll have a full day and half up your sleeve to cram in all the rest of the prep that you had intended to spread over the entire study week. You wonder why your past self hates you so much. Past you is a lazy jerk and you wish you could go back and kick him in the nards. 3. ANGER You didn’t bat an eyelid in Week 1 when you found out the exam was worth 60%. In fact, you were just happy that there was no group assignment. But now… now is a different story. You are at full Hulklevel rage. Such a thing has never been heard of. It is unfair. And unjust. And the anger doesn’t stop there. Your lecturer didn’t explain the exam parameters clearly enough. She spoke too fast. He was too boring. Your tute was too full. The study guide was too detailed. AND your lecturer has not responded to your urgent email requesting clarification as to whether you will need to discuss Marx in the exam… and you sent it more than two hours ago. It is only 11.30 pm, why is she not glued to her computer in anticipation of your every whim? It is study week after all. 4. BARGAINING The anger subsides and the blame game becomes a bit stale. In a little burst of optimism you convince yourself that you can do this… if not by virtue of actual study then through a rigorous self-care routine, a beautifully detailed schedule and colour coded descending tabs. You stock up on fresh food, energy drinks, multi-vitamins and your body weight in stationery. Not only can you organise your way into your exam but you begin to read into every little thing your lecturer said to convince you that the exam is only going to cover the really basic stuff… and not the parts of the course that make you feel
sweaty behind the knees (and not in a good way). Remember how fiduciary relationships were in the assignment already? They definitely won’t repeat that. Remember how the lecturer sneezed meaningfully when you arrived at estoppel? That is in there for sure. You have a brief moment where you feel just as confident as if you had written the exam questions yourself. 5. DEPRESSION & SORROW It’s hard to say what it is that kicks you out of the warm glow of the bargaining stage. It might be a peek at past exam papers or it might be the fact that your new pink highlighter, despite being berry scented, has not magically revealed to you the secrets of statutory interpretation. This stage is the absolute depths of self-pity. Personal hygiene falls by the wayside and you inform your roommate that yes, you are wearing the same clothes as yesterday, and they should expect to see them for the remainder of the week. You simply don’t have time to do anything but study. Showers, wearing a bra, and removing the pile of coffee cups from your desk are things that winners do. Winners who are not nine weeks behind. Again. The farmers market load of fresh fruit and veggies sit largely untouched in favour of all-youcan-eat toast and found items from the freezer. Lunch today is frozen spring rolls that were left over after an Origin party. 6. TESTING & RECONSTRUCTION In the typical grieving process this stage is where you begin to indulge in other activities to escape the overwhelming sorrow.
You find yourself rabbit holing through Instagram and come-to three hours later, and five months deep into Barbara Streisand’s profile. How did it come to this? You shake yourself off ready to get back into your study when you realise that now is the perfect time to call your grandparents, and your high school bestie from Melbourne. And while you’re at it maybe you should de-lint the tumble dryer; it is a fire risk after all. 7. ACCEPTANCE This is it. Exam day has arrived. You’re rolling on less than four hours sleep. You are freshly showered. There was a brief moment of panic when you came out of the bathroom to find that the printer had eaten half of your notes instead of printing them in the double-spaced, duplex format you had requested. You spend 10 minutes in the nude trying to wrestle the pages from its jaws and contemplating whether finishing your degree is really that important to you. Crisis resolved you step out the door to discover that you have neglected to put petrol in your car. It doesn’t matter – you can roll there just on fumes. Getting home is a problem for post-exam you. And then it’s done. It wasn’t the worst thing that ever happened to you; and you feel confident that you did better than the girl in front of you who left with a full hour spare. Or the guy next to you who wrote in pencil. Next trimester though.. next trimester it’s going to be different.
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EARTH ON FILM This little blue marble we live on is a pretty wondrous place. This collection of films is geared to get you thinking about your place in the world and maybe even what you want to do with your time on Earth.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Meaning of life anyone? From the Douglas Adams novel of the same name, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy finds Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) forced to confront life’s really big questions when Earth is unceremoniously destroyed to make way for a galactic super highway. Through a stream of improbable events, Dent finds himself on board the Starship Heart of Gold with alien journalist Ford Prefect (Mos Def), the incredibly vain two-headed Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell), a clinically depressed robot (Alan Rickman), and the girl who got away, Trillian (Zooey Deschanel). You’ll never leave home without your towel again.
Planet Earth II (2016)
Sherpa is a documentary film that captured the dramatic events on Mount Everest in 2014 when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpas. In the days following the accident, the Sherpas went on strike leaving many teams of would-be climbers stuck at Base Camp and unable to make their bid for the summit. This film contrasts the typical Western view of the Earth’s environment as a set of challenges to be conquered, with the Sherpa culture’s spiritual relationship with the mountain. It also makes the viewer uncomfortably aware that many of our privileges ride on the back of people and perspectives that are largely unseen in our own world view.
Narrated in the silky tones of David Attenborough, Planet Earth II comes 10 years after the original Planet Earth, famed for its incredible application of high definition technology to the nature documentary format. Not only visually stunning, Planet Earth II is a rollercoaster of emotions; a swimming sloth, an actual swarm of creepy AF snakes chasing baby iguanas, and an albatross who has been stood up by his mate… and that is just in the first episode. Don’t think your feelings are safe when the super cool crabs arrive, there are a bunch of toxic ants on the way to make you feel all weird about nature again.
Earth on film
Another Earth (2011)
From the genius of director, Danny Boyle, Sunshine is an underappreciated science-fiction thriller of unique grace and depth. In the not too distant future (sorry, we couldn’t resists) our sun is dying and the crew of the spaceship Icarus II are Earth’s last hope as they set out on a mission to deliver nuclear payload that will reignite the sun. With the question of what happened to the unsuccessful Icarus I hanging over the voyage, Sunshine balances edge-of-your seat-suspense with thoughtful introspection as to the value of life and sacrifice.
Another Earth is an indie film that mixes science-fiction with drama. Set within a much broader narrative of the appearance of a duplicate Earth, Another Earth stays tightly focused on the experience of Rhoda (Brit Marling), who is rebuilding her life after a stint in prison for reckless driving causing the death of a woman and her son. Rhoda finds herself drawn to the victim’s husband and takes on the role of his cleaner (her identity unbeknownst to him). Meanwhile implications of a second Earth (complete with the same history and people) is quietly unfolding in the background.
The World’s End (2013)
Ten Canoes (2006)
Chasing Ice (2012)
The World’s End is the third film that combines the magic of director Edgar Wright with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). Pegg plays down on his luck Gary King, who returns to his home town to convince his reluctant childhood friends to help him finish an infamous pub crawl ‘The Golden Mile’. Little do they know that as they resolve past differences on their way to the final pub, the World’s End, the end of days has arrived in the form of alien androids.
Ten Canoes is a shift in perspective and showcases an aspect of our home that many of us are not familiar with. Ten Canoes is set in Arnhem Land and tells parallel stories about men who have coveted their brothers’ wives. Focusing on Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil), Ten Canoes is the first film to ever have been filmed entirely in a First People’s language, in this case Yolngu. The film is also an examination of oral tradition of Yolngu storytelling itself. The film is available with English subtitles and English narration by David Gulpilil.
Chasing Ice is a confronting look at the disappearance and retreat of some of the Earth’s largest and oldest glaciers. The documentary follows photographer, James Balog, as he tries to chart the impact of climate-change through powerful visual images of glacial erosion. As part of the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog visits and sets up time lapse cameras in Iceland and through the Arctic Circle to bear witness and provide evidence of the glacial decline. Visually spectacular and fascinating to watch, you can check out Chasing Ice on Netflix.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) This is the disaster film done right – grab your popcorn, put your feet up and settle in for some mindless Hollywood blockbuster escapism. Except that it’s not completely mindless. In The Day After Tomorrow the world has met its climate-change induced end of much sooner than expected. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) fights to make the powersthat-be take his predictions of a world changing superstorm seriously before it is too late. When the storm arrives he swaps saving the world for a journey to save his son, Sam (a baby faced Jake Gyllenhaal), who is trapped in the now frozen New York.
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Online Motivation Grid Blog If you like your motivation to smack you in the face with all the subtlety of a Mardis Gras parade, then Motivation Grid is going to be your saccharine laden, life-affirming cup of tea. This site could well be the mother-ship for all the 10 ways to X that have ever distracted to you on Facebook; it is every 15 quotes that will change Y that you’ve read instead of completing your tute prep; and it is more How to Z than you could ever absorb in a lifetime. It is posthisptersim entrepreneurial ‘go get ‘em’ at its finest and it allows you to bypass your PT or best-friend cum life coach’s Insta feed and get your dose of self-actualisation directly from the wellspring.
Chatfor10 Online volunteering service Chatfor10 is a Queensland based service that helps refugees practice English by connecting them with local people who are already good at the language – that’s you! Self-described as a micro-volunteering service, Chatfor10 is an easy way to make a difference without a big expenditure of your time. You are connected to a partner via WhatsApp, you choose a conversation topic and then you exchange messages (10 each). Volunteers are not expected to be language teachers although you should be able to offer a little bit of feedback. Chatfor10 believes that this is a beneficial service because it allows people to practice and connect with native language speakers in an authentic way. It also uses the premise of small, regular practice for big gains. Run by start-up, Neon King Kong, Chatfor10 is a trial program that is looking to design its own Chatfor10 platform down the track. chatfor10.com
Inspirational Brad Pitt quotes anyone? Matthew McConaughey? No celebrity or public figure is left untapped for pearls of wisdom. The site is divided into themed sections such as success, motivation, and lifestyle. Motivation Grid also seemed to be unaware of the irony of creating a productivity section full of listicles and must-reads specifically designed to suck away your time click by click. Snark aside though, it’s worth setting aside a few minute a week to have a browse through Motivation Grid’s offerings. motivationgrid.com
Sustainable Seafood Guide App There are a plethora of great apps out there to help you make smarter choices as a consumer. Developed by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide helps you to make sustainable choices about the seafood you are eating. It provides information on the seafood industry, seafood and your health, seafood labelling, and much more. Saving our oceans doesn’t mean that fish is off the menu, it just means making informed decisions about what you eat. The app gives you sustainability information on more than 90 different types of seafood covering wild-caught, fish farmed and imported. It also includes a guide to canned tuna so you can pack your lunch in the confidence that you are not contributing to destructive fishing practices. sustainableseafood.org.au
Worth It is a web series hosted by BuzzFeed Video. Now in its fourth season, Worth It is foodie heaven. Each episode, hosts Steven and Andrew, choose a food and then find three different restaurants offering that food at different price points: affordable, middle and luxury. And to be very clear this is not just the difference between Dominos or Gemelli’s – there are some seriously high end offerings out there. Episodes include ‘$3 Fries Vs. $100 Fries’, ‘$2 Hot Dog Vs. $169 Hot Dog’, and ‘$1 Coffee Vs. $914 Coffee’. Episodes are just 10-15 minutes long and are guaranteed to leave you drooling.
Forgo the online news tropes of B-grade celebrities in disgrace, infotainment true-crime, and reality television recaps and dig into some Earth centred stories instead. TreeHugger is a news and blogging site that is seeking to take sustainability into the mainstream. You can browse the site for up to the minute content or sign up for a daily or weekly newsletter of sustainable stories. With sections such as design, living, science and energy, there is no shortage of content to inform and entertain. While some of the stories are UK or Canadian focused there are still lots of great articles with universal appeal.
Tag 2018 Running time: 100 minutes Genre: Comedy Director: Jeff Tomsic In an era of spin-offs and sequels, going to the movies can an emotionally tense experience. There is a lot of angst that goes along with rocking up to the Nth Star Wars or Marvel film. Will it live up to your expectations? Will the franchise redeem itself from a past disaster? Is this the film where they finally jump the shark causing irreparable retroactive damage to your most revered childhood favourites. This is why films like Tag are a breath of fresh air; borne of low stakes, low expectations and nothing more than a passing hope that they will be half decent based on a promising cast. And half decent it is. Tag is the story of a group of friends who have been playing the same game of tag (chasey) for 30 years. Every May, the group casts aside all other commitments to focus on catching their friends… or, more importantly, not getting caught. The stakes have never been higher for the gang
as Jerry (Jeremy Renner) – the only member who has never been ‘it’ – has announced upcoming retirement from the game. Tag touts an ensemble cast of comedians with well-established comic chops such as Ed Helms (The Hangover), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), and Jake Johnson (New Girl). They are joined by Renner and John Hamm - who might not be the first names that come to mind when you think comedy but who are slowly showing off their skills in the genre with films like The House and Baby Driver respectively. The main ensemble is fleshed out by Hannibal Buress, who has proved to be a scene-stealer in Broad City. Don’t get too excited though, this is by no means a breakaway piece of comic genius and like many films of this ilk it relies on a clever cast to shore up patchy writing and tired tropes. There are some genuinely funny moments though (and some inappropriately funny ones to boot) and there have been far worse man-child comedies (think Grown Ups… or better still, don’t think about it). Tag builds a house of cards Entertainment
premise that no length is too far, not so subtly underscored by the idea that it is all worth it in the name of friendship. You can turn up for an hour and a half of undemanding entertainment that simply requires that you suspend your disbelief as the proceedings become more and more absurd. Upping the interest stakes is the fact that the film is very loosely based on a real life group of friends from Spokane who maintained their friendship through a 30+ year game of tag. Verdict: Worth checking out but don’t cancel plans to get there. It can certainly wait till Netflix.
Opening with ‘Star Treatment’, the album’s first song immediately conjures up images of a lounge bar in the 80s, complete with bright cocktails, a Vaseline filter, big hair, and a lot of pleather. While the Arctic Monkeys sound is still there, you’d be forgiven for thinking that David Bowie had stepped up to the mic for a ‘Space Oddity styled collaboration.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Arctic Monkeys Released in May, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is the sixth studio released album from the UK rock band.
The good news is that this is exactly the sound the band was going for with the album described as ‘cosmic lounge-pop’ – it was themed around the concept of a ‘watering hole on the moon’. On a first listen some of the tracks sound a little same-y but their individual personalities begin to emerge as the album progresses. It is definitely worth listening to from start to
MYTHOS Stephen Fry Mythos is Earth’s history as understood by Greek mythology. Starting with a formless Chaos, Erebus (darkness) and Aether (light), these formless entities soon gave birth to Gaia (the earth) and Ouranos (the sky). From their coupling, the Titans emerged before giving way to the wellknown Greek gods such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo and Athena. There are hundreds and hundreds of other characters in Greek mythology and Mythos sets out to tell their interwoven stories. This retelling is authored by the ever-hilarious Stephen Fry. The British comedian is best known for his pairing with Hugh Laurie (of House fame) in shows such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Black Adder. This is by no means Fry’s first foray into writing, having authored a range of fiction and non-fiction novels. 35
finish the first few times as the album is a distinct whole-journey experience rather than something you just drop into your playlist and hope for the best. The album is a little bit more niche and perhaps not likely to receive the same widespread acclaim as AM. There is a noticeable departure from harder boozy-bar feel anthems such as ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and ‘Arabella’. But if you always wanted your Arctic Monkeys to be a little weirder and more science fiction then you will enjoy offerings such as ‘The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip’, ‘Batphone’, and ‘The Ultracheese’.
While the Greek gods may seem far removed and fantastical, many of the stories echo human origin stories from the creation of the universe to the arrival and condition of humankind. The stories are told simply with a heavy dose of understated Fry humour. Fry also makes interesting note of the ways in which the names of the mythological Greek beings can be seen in our language today. For example the modern day chiropractor is built on the Greek stem of chiro (meaning hands) and can trace its roots back to the hundred-handed giant the Hectanochires. Whether you already know the ins and outs of how Hades captured Persephone, Prometheus made a painful sacrifice to bring fire to humankind, and Hephaestus won Aphrodite’s hand in marriage; or you are a mythology novice whose entire body of knowledge comes from Disney’s Hercules, Mythos is a highly entertaining read.
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DESIGN, CREATE AND TRAVEL FOR SOCIAL IMPACT Alejandra Ramirez Vidal I am a creative designer, entrepreneur, maker and doer who canâ€™t get enough of adventure, nature, good vibes, design and social work. I have been working in the Design industry for the last seven years as a Graphic Designer, Creative Director, lecturer, social entrepreneur and photographer. I was born in Colombia, however, I moved to Australia by myself when I was 17 to study and create a career. Currently living and working on the Gold Coast as a WIL Convenor, Graphic Design Lecture and Creative director at Liveworm studio, Griffith University. I am obsessed with travelling, cultures and history, with
experiences and adventures that can open my mind and inspire me to think more creatively. Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to travel across 41 countries so far; 70% of my travels involve social or volunteer work. This thirst for change and that ultimate feeling of helping and doing good to others have pushed me to work on a honours research project about travel and social entrepreneurship, that will hopefully evolve into a Doctorate of Visual Arts in the next 3 - 4 years. This series of images are a reflection of stories that Iâ€™ve had while adventuring, travelling and volunteering around the world and the impact we have as travellers in these communities. It is a reflection on how much we can do to create a real change that can also help us as individuals and our self-growth. These images represent not only a unique culture but also a story behind. These places, smiles, expressions and faces have built who I am today and how I see the world. I have learned more about myself and
how far I can go to achieve my goals in order to raise awareness about social issues and create a change. I like to think I was born to be happy and that life, in general, is all about loving what you do so your dreams can become your reality. Therefore, I invite you to follow my journey and ask anything you want to know or even become part of this research. Instagram: @alejandra.travels @thetravelandadventurelife @freesoul.studio
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CREATIVE CONCEPTS | GRAPHIC DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY | ILLUSTRATION IMAGE RETOUCHING | PRINT & WEB SOCIAL MEDIA | BRANDING Liveworm Gold Coast is staffed with a collection of skilled multidisciplinary design students, guided by a highly experienced team of industry professionals. The studio is also a creative incubator for student industry concepts, supporting the local business and cultural community. The studio opened its doors in 2008 after being converted from a grungy fine art and sculpture workshop into a creative studio and incubator space — under the wing of the 130 year old Queensland College of Art.
Liveworm Gold Coast designers are the future experts of their field. They know what’s current, enjoy predicting future trends and utilising classic design strategies. In the midst of a new studio image and direction— Liveworm Gold Coast is working towards a stronger position within the evolving creative Gold Coast culture. The team of students and staff embrace the changes that are occurring locally and globally and enjoy creating design outcomes that reflect this unique approach.
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Get the hell outta here #vanlife Bec Marshallsay We live in an absolutely stunning corner of the world. Head north to the laid back beaches of the Sunshine Coast or continue even further to experience tropical Queensland at its finest. Or head south and experience the quaint coastal towns of northern New South Wales; from Cabarita to Coffs Harbour and beyond. If beaches arenâ€™t your thing then you can head inland to explore the beautiful bushwalks of the Hinterland. Whether you usually operate sans car or you are just looking for a different way to explore (and keep the accommodation costs down), you may want to consider jumping on the #vanlife bandwagon. Travelling in a compact campervan is a flexible and fun way to get out and explore, particularly for those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Having spent eight weeks in a campervan exploring England, Scotland and Wales I have compiled a mini-guide to van travel so you can get the hell outta here and start exploring.
PICKING YOUR VAN You can make #vanlife as basic or glampy as you want. With easy access to a range of van rentals such as Jucy Rentals and Spaceships Campervan Rentals, you are spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast. Most vans will come standard with basic features such as bedding, a small fridge, basic cooking supplies, a water cannister and a small DVD player. Things you might want to think about when selecting your van include: how many people are you sleeping (and how cosy do you want to be), are there hidden extra costs for drivers under 25, and are you willing to fork out more for a bit of
extra space (keeping in mind that at the end of the day you are still sleeping in a van). One of things I loved about my Spaceships was the option to sleep with the boot open and attach a tent covering for a much roomier and outdoorsy feel for sleeping. You also want to keep an eye out for any hidden charges for distance or if you choose to pick-up in one location and drop-off in another. If you are feeling spontaneous you can keep an eye out for relocation deals. Many companies offer van hire for $1 per day to get vans from
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point A to point B within a specific timeframe. For example you may get an offer to drive from Brisbane to Adelaide in seven days or Gold Coast to Cairns in eight days. There is usually enough time to see a few sights along the way but there will be some solid days of driving too. This is a good option if you want to get to a destination cheaply and then then fly home (or vice versa), or alternatively you can get to starting point for less than $10 for rental, and then hire a van full price for the leisurely drive back.
PACKING LIST Over and above the usual socks and jocks there are few items you might want to consider packing or purchasing to make van life even cosier. Travel clothesline. An extra pan (most vans will come with a small saucepan and frypan) – an extra one comes in handy for cooking multi-dish meals. Glassware. Most vans will come with some plastic cups, having glass will make your evening wine or rum and coke feel just a little bit nicer (even if it is just a cheap set of tumblers). Stuff sacks or underwear washing bags (lots of them. Being able to pull your clothes out of your travel bag and have them sorted into bags of underwear, t-shirts, dirty laundry and so on makes it easy to locate things. Sandwich bags or small containers for storing leftovers as well as general ‘kitchen’ items like paper towel, alfoil, rubbish bags and cooking oil. Invest in a decent lighter for your stove (provided) if the supplied one is even the tiniest bit iffy. Mozzie coils and insect repellent. Playing cards or small games for evenings and rainy days. A head torch. If you are not content to go to bed when the sun goes down you might also want to pack a battery powered lantern. Take the option to add a table and chairs to your rental hire (usually available for a flat rate of about $20). Car charger with USB connection for your phone/tablet – space for two device connections is even more handy. Bottle opener. A Turkish towel (or two). These are quick drying and can double as a picnic blanket if needed.
FOOD IDEAS Van life doesn’t need to be all two-minute noodles. Here are a few easy meal suggestions.
Toasted sandwich Ham and cheese toasties are a beyond simple to make on your frypan.
Easier than you think and satisfying every time. Buy a mix or just pick up some flour and a small milk (that will fit in your fridge) and you can get creping whenever you want. Add some sugar and lemon or throw a bit of spinach and cheese in a folded crepe for a gourmet option.
Fry up some chicken, beef or beans in your favourite Mexican sachet mix. Mash an avocado or buy a longer life tube of guacamole mix. Add some grated cheese and as many salad bits as you care to prepare. You can wrap your tortillas in alfoil and warm them over a pan (this also works for corn chips if you want to go all out on a nachos fiesta).
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Curry night Pan fry some paneer or chicken and add your favourite curry sauce. Heat up some 90 second microwave rice in a pan with a splash of oil and water, and pop out a packet of pre-cooked pappadums for an Indian feast.
TRAVEL PLAYLIST A travel playlist is essential for a good road trip. Here are a few travel (or at least road) themed tunes to get you started.
For the most part I always stayed at camp sites (in the UK lots of farmers will turn picturesque fields over for campers). In addition to often being in great locations, dedicated campsites have the advantage of toilet and shower facilities, and security. Even with additional fees, this typically still works out a lot cheaper than taking a car and staying in cabin, motel or Airbnb accommodation.
Keep in mind that many areas have regulations about free camping in carparks or on the side of the road. Read the local signage and make your judgement accordingly. If you are wild camping make sure you consider your security as well as options for going to the bathroom. Staying close to the beach gives you ample options for an alfresco shower.
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