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Too close to Home
A Carer’s Insight into Hospitals
Speaking the Unspeakable
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Doing the laundry
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reference, and the assertion that I’m
stopping photography and art from
“not like other boys.”*
Dan Stewart and Bec Lourey.
Now before I’m cast out of the lime-
So if ol’ m8 George is right, and there
light forevermore, I’d like to quote an
isn’t a future, then I’d like to offer
allegedly famous dude named George
you my sincerest commiserations,
Harrison, who once said, wrote, or
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Meet the Editors Rachel Versace
June Murtagh A couple of years ago I was jamming
I would want to see my parents as
I would revisit the very moment
along to The Beatles, having a jolly old
wild and reckless twenty-something’s,
of my conception. I would stand
time, and then I realised I would never,
dancing on balconies or drinking
inconspicuously in the corner,
perform live. If I could travel back
hereditary, I’m told). I’d like to get to
my parents in all their sweaty, high-
to any point in time, it would be Feb-
know them before they gave a fuck
geared fucking glory. I’d analyse each
ruary 9th 1961; the date The Beatles
about making mistakes, or my bed-
position and wonder if the nature of
ever, be able to see my favourite band
time, or ensuring that everyone in the Liverpool. Of course, an afternoon
vehicle is wearing a seatbelt because
Then, when my parents became
of twisting and shouting to this groovy
“road safety is a responsible thing to
aware of my presence, I would look
band would begin with me decking out
be concerned about.” If I went back,
at them and whisper, ‘see you in nine
some fab glad rags before a seriously
I’d be so rad and bizarre that they’d
months’. Note: I would then go on to publish an extensive study regarding
hip Teddy Boy picked me up in his Holden FB to hit the town. Obviously,
born son after that party animal who
the correlative relationship between
we’d all have a blast, busting out some
appeared like a summer storm and
the quality of sex, and the quality of
choice moves while being a part of this
vanished just as quickly. Perhaps, I’d
the human born thereafter. I would
go back to 1985 if I got the chance,
be praised as a psychosexual genius,
or maybe I already have.
and Freudian theory would be deemed insubstantial in comparison.
I would probably stalk dead authors.
I would want to go back where I could
I’d like to hang out with Jane Austen
have met and fallen madly in love
or Mervyn Peake before they died we didn’t make any mistakes….) and
too young. Listen in on the Algonquin
who wouldn’t?). With that probably
change my name on every edition to
Round Table while they try to make
not the best use of travelling back in
read ‘Gabrielle Rawlings’ instead of
each other laugh. Get to meet Diana
time, I would want to go back to a time
‘Gabrielle Lei’, because yes, despite
Wynne Jones before she died. Sylvia
when people weren’t so focused on
what my Facebook may tell you, that
Plath. Octavia E. Butler. Patrick
their mobile phones that they think
is my name. Oh, and also I want a pet
White. I’m just listing names now. But
it’s acceptable to stop mid stride in
dinosaur, so I’m going back to get one
if the past can teach me anything,
the middle of the footpath. But really
it’s through writers astronomically
I’m quite comfortable with the time
better than I am. Reading is a kind of necromancy, but it can only get you
and air conditioning. So, why change a
James Wilson Regret is a funny thing. You think
Time-travelling back to the Romantic
There’s so many events that come
back to all the times your life could
era would be totally awesome. I would
to mind in world history that I would
have shifted in one direction, gone in
love to socialise with John Keats or
have given anything to witness-the
another. Would I go back to prevent
Beethoven and write epic ballads and
moon landing, JFK’s mysterious
myself from changing primary schools,
shit… then I realise that since I’m Asian
not studying hard enough in Year 12 or
I’d probably be enslaved and put to
in his bunker- but I’ll have to pick just one. I’d probably like to be beamed
the entirety of 2006? If I did go back and change time, I would likely not
leading to some serious tennis elbow
back in time to India in 1948, when
be a Vertigo editor or be writing this
from rowing so much. After much
the country was on the cusp of
now. Life takes you to many places,
thought, I realised I can’t really time-
Independence and Gandhi was still
and there is no use in regretting what
travel anywhere without experiencing
alive. What an exciting, dangerous and
might have been when there is a whole
a loss of freedom… I guess I’ll just
tumultuous period of history this was.
world of experiences in the now.
time-travel to teleport myself to
The rise and fall of so many lives in the
Though going to ancient Rome would
different countries. Yes, I believe
grand drama of Independence would
be cool. Yeah, I’d do that.
that’s a loophole.
have been riveting to watch.
Katie Kendall I would visit Shakespeare and Co
Look, I’m the sort of person who
If I could go back in time I really
when all my favourite writers were
lives with very few regrets, so I
wouldn’t. Everyone knows that you
there, dazzle Gertrude Stein with my
doubt whether I would take up the
should never fuck with time travel.
acute grasp on Modernity, enjoy the
opperuntinty- but if you forced me,
You could travel back to 1990, step on
Jazz Age and get out before the Great
it would be to high school where I
a leaf and potentially cancel out the
Depression. But while I love the idea of
unknowingly rocked a mullet for about
series of events that lead to your birth.
sipping champagne by the river Seine
six months, or maybe to year 5 when i
But if there really were no repercus-
with Zelda Fitzgerald, if I could travel
sion, I’d go back to when McDonalds
back in time – I probably wouldn’t. It’s
and thought lil_chubby_princess was
a commonly known fact that nostalgia
an endearing name. Actually... scrap all
is a dirty liar, and while I love the idea
that. If I could go back in time, I would
of the 1920s, and the past is full of
100% jump the gun on dumping my exs-
deadly diseases and uncontrollable
then strut off with Kelly Clarkson ‘Since
U Been Gone’ blasting.
worth of shares. That way I’ll be able to encrusted with emeralds. Treat yo self.
Too close to Home
A Carerâ€™s Insight into Hospitals
Speaking the Unspeakable
‘Until the last ripple fades’ Joshua Cram So, Terry Pratchett has met Death. They’ve been warily
his life.” I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t actually get
circling each other since at least 2007, when Pratchett
the metaphor until Pratchett died. There’s the sick joke,
revealed that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. It’s not a
obviously. But Pratchett didn’t just think great thoughts
surprise — but still absurdly sad.
and display them for his readers in pleasing, deeply funny
His hyper-selling, critically acclaimed Discworld books — We have a great tradition in this century, and the last, of turn stand on the back of a giant turtle — have taught me
morally conscious art. Victims were given subjectivities, given
a shitload about life. It sounds like a cliché. But Pratchett was good at turning a cliché into something real again,
were used to highlight inequality, sometimes rejected their
and this isn’t any different. My understandings of systemic
victimhood. Everybody feels good for reading them: they have a cry; think they’ve done their bit; worse: think there’s nothing to do, the art solved it. Pratchett and his satire don’t
good v. right); my feeling for how stories work in people’s
really allow you that escape, I don’t think. His best books are
minds; my conviction that beliefs that don’t hurt anyone
livid with the world — Lords and Ladies against the idea of a
need to be treated with respect; my appreciation of cats
superior class of being, Small Gods against brutality done in
— all owe some debt to Pratchett’s work. And of course,
a deity’s name, Thud! against small-minded ignorance and
that it’s “not worth doing something unless you were doing
something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing.”
I’ve been around a lot of people who think it’s okay to be apathetic and ‘nice’ instead of engaged and kind. I’m guilty of that, too. The trouble with having an open mind is that
quotes — and it might be more entertaining. But I’m going
people keep trying to put things in it. Terry said that. I’d like to thank him for what he put in my mind. I hope I’m warm the rest of my life.
Artwork: Bryce Pemberton
This article contains discussion of suicide, mental illness and child abuse. If you are affected by these themes, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust, or contact any
report, Professor Triggs was faced with a wave of attacks
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from politicians. Tony Abbott described the report as being
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blatantly biased and a political stitch-up. Both Abbott and
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the Attorney General George Brandis declared they no
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“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other
Gillian Triggs has been unfairly attacked. The independence
countries asylum from persecution”— Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 14 paragraph 1
political leaders publicly attack them. However, the media attention on criticisms of Gillian Triggs and the subsequent
As you read this, men, women, and children who have
outrage at her treatment by her defenders has once again
committed no crime are being kept in detention and forced to survive in unbearable conditions on Nauru, Manus, and Christmas Islands — without adequate shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation, access to legal advice, or the ability to
amid political controversy and intrigue.
contact their family. They are consequently suffering from psychological distress, self-harm attempts, suicide attempts,
As an independent statutory body, the role of the Human
and health deterioration. There have been instances of
Rights Commission is to investigate and report on human
mothers being separated from their newborn babies and
rights cases in Australia and say things the government may
sexual assault victims being housed with their attackers.
not want to hear. This is what Gillian Triggs did. It was not
The Human Rights Commission’s inquiry, headed by its pre-
her report that was political but the response of politicians
sident, Gillian Triggs, into children held in detention, was
that politicised the report. It makes one wonder whether
released in February. It revealed that there are currently
this was a deliberate move by the government to distract
330 children being held in detention. Titled ‘The Forgotten Children’, it found that these children are suffering from extreme levels of physical, emotional, psychological, and developmental distress.
common-sense tells us — that detaining children in horrible
conditions of detention centres will have devastating effects
identify with those are different, not one of ‘us’. Identifying
on mental, physical, emotional, and developmental health.
with a group of people who are from a different culture and
When the Australian public and the politicians are so
that has unfolded in our nation.
aware of the atrocities of refugee policy, why is there such apathy? When child abuse cases occurring in schools and
Our politicians have inflamed racial concerns to their advantage. We have been conned into accepting a situ-
establish Royal Commissions into them — as was the case
ation in which we imprison men and women and children
to Child Sexual Abuse) — why is the response to a Human
to the interests of ruling parties to continue this. Refugees
Rights Report revealing state-sanctioned child abuse against
are a convenient distraction and useful scapegoat for the
asylum seeker children held in detention so utterly different?
government. Polls have consistently showed that the public is worried about the cost of living, education, healthcare,
The answer possibly lies in the difference between the
and transport – the aspects which determine our quality
children. The children being abused in our schools and
of life – but blaming refugees for our woes and promising
churches are Australian citizens and primarily white, in comparison to children in detention centres who are of Middle-Eastern and South Asian children – many of whom
The Forgotten Children report represented a moment in
are Muslim – who are part of a group who have been entirely
which the Australian public had the opportunity to realise
demonised and otherised in the Australian psyche.
how horrifying this travesty occurring on our shores and in our name is, implicating the current government and
Racism and prejudice is the elephant in the room for the
those before it. This was too risky, and true to form, the
asylum seeker ‘debate’ in Australia. If a civil war broke out
government launched personal attacks on Gillian Triggs
in New Zealand, Kiwis jumped on boats, and they sailed to
to distract from the issue itself: children in detention. We
Tasmania seeking protection from violence and uncertainty,
should remind ourselves of the real issue here and not
would we see blonde haired, blue-eyed children behind
buy into the diversionary tactics of the government.
bars? We would not. We are able to emphasise with the plight of those who are similar to ourselves — those we Artwork: Bryce Pemberton
India’s Daughter: Story of a Nation in Crisis Sambavi Seermaran
Trigger Warning: the following article contains references to sexual assault and graphic descriptions. Please exercise caution and seek help if in distress. In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, British
the streets of Delhi are all motivated by a deep desire to
filmmaker Leslee Udwin released a powerful and
understand how a crime as brutal and dehumanising as
mesmerising documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape
this could happen. Jyoti was a hardworking 23-year-old
victim Jyoti Singh. The documentary, India’s Daughter,
physiotherapy student on holiday from college when she
critically examines the cultural attitudes of India’s
decided to visit a cinema in Delhi with a male friend
conservative society and sheds light on the high levels
one night in December 2012. On their way home after the
of gender violence faced by women everyday in India. According to the statistics, one woman is raped in India
boarded what they thought was a bus heading towards their home on the other side of the city. The bus turned out to be
high to us, the widespread nature of sexual violence and
a private bus driven by Mukesh Singh and with him on board
the stigma surrounding it is nothing new in India, where turns to rape and fatally assault Singh and beat up her male notions towards women continue to dominate.
friend as he tried to help her. Jyoti’s last moments were vicious, callous, and horrifying. Her injuries were extensive
Jyoti Singh’s rape and death is the pivotal focus of Udwin’s
and excruciating; bite marks covered her body, her intestines were ripped out and an iron rod had been used up her vagina
lawyers, parliamentarians, and everyday people on
April April 2015 2015
— why did this happen? What impelled these six men to
of violence. The fear of danger was a constant reminder
commit such a degrading and violent attack?
in my head not to take ‘unnecessary’ risks in India such as wearing ‘revealing’ clothing exposing my arms or legs, and to try to have a male friend present with me whenever I
great sensitivity, attempts to offer some answers to this.
went out. Each woman’s experience of India is unique and
Udwin interviews the rapist’s families and delves into
subjective; many of my friends who came with me to India
their family background as well as interviewing in jail one
had the opposite experience and felt no more danger than
of the rapists on the bus, Mukesh Singh. His interview
they would have felt back home. Regardless, the statistics on gender violence and foeticide do not lie — there is a very
sense that the views about women he expresses are
real problem beneath the silence and shame surrounding many of these issues.
also, it seems, widely held in a certain section of Indian society. Mukesh Singh’s mindset during the attack and his
India has much soul-searching to do about its paternalistic attitudes to gender. The documentary exposes a version
has more responsibility for rape than a boy”) have caused
of Indian society away from the glitzy tourist spots and
an enormous amount of controversy in India. It led to the
the beauty of its landscapes to the black canker at the
documentary being censored in India and banned from
heart of India’s glorious and proud culture. It is a dark and
public viewing. The Government’s actions in banning the
intimidating aspect to the culture that many of us who are
documentary only exacerbate the widespread idea in India
Indian or have an Indian-background have witnessed and
that women’s rights and sexual violence against women is a problem that is not taken seriously and would ideally be
India’s Daughter painfully exposes a country in crisis and grappling with its attitudes to gender relations. It is a very sad fact that it took a girl’s rape and murder under horrifying circumstances to
Recently, I went on a month long trip to India. I was situated
push this awakening to the forefront. Rest in peace, Jyoti
in the southern state of Karnataka, which is more liberal
— your death was not and will never be in vain. You have
and ‘westernised’ in its attitudes to women than the more
started the beginning of something profound.
conservative North. India for me is home; I feel a deep and reverential connection to the land, and there is a profound love within me for its dusty, chaotic, disorderly streets. The entire month I was there, though, I felt very unsafe. It wasn’t a feeling that had a direct source from actual threats around me. Rather, it was a very strong foreboding lurking in my mind that if I was not extremely was out at night, I could easily be subjected to some form
Artwork: Collette Duong
too close to home Luan Whitworth “This is home”
The man pointed towards a metal
and also the three years before that.
compartment attached to the brick wall
In both the 2014 and 2015 reports,
with the words ‘FIRE EXTINGUISHER’
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover
peeling off the front. He opened it
Moore has recommended “affordable
to reveal a completely empty interior,
housing funding is needed from the
save for the old pizza box that lay at
state and federal government to
the bottom. The compartment was
reduce the number of people sleeping
extremely small; I could imagine him
rough in Sydney.”
inside with his knees cradled up against his chest to keep warm on those cold, unforgiving nights. But at least it was inconspicuous.
approach to homelessness goes something like this: homeless people don’t have anywhere to live, so if we
The man I met was nameless, much like
put a roof over their heads, they won’t
most of Sydney’s homeless population.
be homeless anymore! Yay!
In the past few years, homelessness
Wrong. The problem isn’t affordable
in Sydney’s CBD has clearly increased
housing — it’s the lack of available
exponentially. Here’s a bit of math
for you: the City of Sydney’s latest summer street count found 365 people
The Way2Home program, jointly funded
sleeping in the city’s streets, parks and
by the City of Sydney and the NSW
public places — an increase of 5.5 per
government, is a prime example of this
cent from February last year, and a 43 per cent increase from 2013.
failed to deliver on its promises. The program places people in homes using
And the government’s proposed plan
the ‘Housing First’ approach, which
of action? The exact same one it had
believes that a person needs to have
last year. And the year before that. Oh,
a roof over their head before other
“The cycle of homelessness continues. Depriving the homeless of their voice, identity, background and circumstances”
problems can be addressed.
had to endure on a daily basis before
from the problem doesn’t mean the
she left for good, deciding that even
problem has been resolved.
Five years since its introduction and
the streets would be a safer option.
we’re still asking the same question:
Unfortunately, there are many people
policy considerations. As a community
battles. Sure, you can put a roof over
responsibility to care for one another,
when are they going to address these “other problems?” Because let’s face
that ostensibly shares a collective
it: it’s about time we shut down the
anyone’s head and say the problem has
we should stop stigmatising and start
negative stigmas and get rid of the
been solved, but how does that really
understanding. The homeless are
nasty generalisation that all homeless
help? What happens when that person
people, not just numbers. We need
people are drug addicts that waste
falls into the same toxic pattern of
to lobby the government to put more
abuse and has no option but to run
funding into mental health services,
heroin. Welcome to the real world,
away again? What then?
where homeless people face struggles
treatment programs and rehabilitation groups to provide the homeless with
that many of us will face in the future,
The cycle of homelessness continues.
a proper support network that will
or that may have already faced.
Depriving the homeless of their
help them overcome problems that
voice, identity, background and While a lack of affordable housing and
circumstances, the government might
drug and alcohol abuse certainly
as well have a better chance with
the same way as the rest of us are — as
shouldn’t be ignored, other struggles,
herding sheep than tackling the root
human beings, not as problems to be
which are equally problematic, include
of this issue. In fact, that is exactly what
shoved under the carpet and forgotten
poverty, unemployment, poor physical
they’re doing. They need to cut the
or mental health, gambling, family and
‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality and
relationship breakdown, and physical
start realising that a viable, long-term
or sexual abuse.
solution isn’t going to be achieved by
One woman told me of the prolonged
out of the city and into housing. It’s
Homeless people deserve to be viewed
until the next street count. Perhaps only then will the government catch on.
simply relocating homeless people domestic violence her ex-husband
like adopting a stray puppy from the
subjected her to. Death threats and
streets and then neglecting to care for
near-fatal beatings were things she
it: just because you’ve removed them
Artwork: Owen Cramp
Clickbait Slacktivism Jake Nielsen
Artwork: Maria yanovsky
29 reasons our clickable causes are incredibly bad for us
One of the most irritating traits of our
right and left click. Not only is it easy,
generation is our arrogant assurance
but also the results vs. efforts are
that our opinion is intrinsically correct
incredible. The way we have been
and should be adopted by all. Take
primed to receive and engage in social
the title of this piece for example: it’s
media means when we see an article
the kind of headline that immediately
or a petition shared by someone we
informs the reader that the person
usually infer they are informed on the
who wrote it is under 30, probably
issue and have a unique, or at least
biased, and has an agenda. Along with
researched, opinion. In reality, these
the idea that we are right, we also tend
opinions are formed by one person and
to believe that having an opinion should
then repeated and shared over and
be enough to implement change. It’s not
over. Many people who share it are
entirely our generation’s fault. Social
engaged and do care, but there are
networking has given us the chance
also those who forget it the second
to engage politically at the touch of a
they’ve shared it. When we reduce
button. The positives are numerous.
political involvement to such an easy
The Internet provides a relatively equal
thing, it’s bound to have a downside. However more importantly, this kind
transcend geographical boundaries
of political involvement plays to the
is immeasurably helpful. However, it
ego. And let’s be honest, Facebook and
is important that we take a second to
Twitter only exist to further indulge
political engagement being so easy, as
of political involvement easy, but also
us in ourselves. Not only is this type well as what is really happening when
when it exists on a platform that is
we ‘Share’ and ‘Like’ our way into the
primarily to showcase people’s egos it’s
bound to be imbued with a new type of value. Each article or petition or event is
This type of political engagement works
another piece in the rich tapestry of the
because it is an attractive prospect
person we like to pretend we are.
to the average member of Generation Y. Firstly, it’s easy; it requires literally
In the last decade or so, social media
the barest amount of knowledge
has been the indispensable tool of
on any topic, and that’s stretching it.
hundreds of worthy causes in the realms
Really, it requires the barest amount of
of Feminism, LGBTIQA rights, social
knowledge on the difference between
welfare, education, and Indigenous
Australian issues — to name just a few.
get people to rally behind an idea when
At the same time, it has been useful
it requires nothing of them.
for those who want to create a world in which every little thing is scrutinised and peoples’ feelings, no matter how
is a bigger loser. The people who were
ridiculous, are put before anything else. aimed at them) they wanted a major Recently NBC aired a commercial
network to pull a spot they can easily
during the Super Bowl, advertising the
just not watch — or the major network
return of NASCAR to their schedule. It
that aired a version of the commercial
featured Nick Offerman playing a Ron
with the line omitted because 18 000
Swanson type role and talking about
people with a stomachache and the
how America has gone “soft”. Among
ability to use a laptop got upset.
many jokes poking fun at America,
You should approach this political
Liberalism and Conservatism, was
world of social media with caution,
one in which Offerman says, “When
and a grain of salt. Remind yourself
our biggest fear is gluten, there’s
that events with ludicrous titles like ‘Boycott the police’ or ‘Boycott
prophecy’ comes to mind when you
Capitalism’ are next to an ad for KFC’s ‘Double Down’. And above all, remember this is the only reason the
called ‘Gluten Dude’ aimed at getting
political world exists on Facebook.
NBC to pull the spot, garnered over 18 000 ‘signatures’. The petition
you like, every opinion you share,
claimed the line was offensive to
almost any interaction you have is to
people who could not eat gluten. It
help other companies more accurately
should be pretty obvious that the joke
compartmentalise you and sell you more
was making fun of casual gluten-free
shit. Benjamin Franklin owned slaves;
or even the gluten-intolerant. Some
of ‘uncivilised tribes’; and change.org
Churchill was for the systematic gassing might say that if the cause was able to inspire such a large number of ‘participants’ then it must have been
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worthy. However, I think this case is a
perfect example of how easy it is to
or at @thegraduatespod
Warehouse Parties Amelia Navascues
You need rebellion to create change […] it’s never going to end and it’s a good thing. It isn’t news that the tightening of lockout laws has changed
Mark Gerber, of the Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst,
the dynamic of the Sydney party scene — from 1:30am
describes the renaissance of the scene as being necessary
lockouts to 10pm bottle-o closing times and 3am ‘last drinks’ calls together with other imminent changes to
it acts as a facilitator for resistance and good. “You need
drinking and licenced venues. In response, there has been
rebellion to create change […] it’s never going to end and
a resurgence of DIY warehouse parties, largely occurring
it’s a good thing. Local councils should support it and not
in Sydney’s Inner West. These parties are stirring debate between escapist anti-establishment partygoers and local councils and governments. of the changes, arguing that councils need to work with, Hiding away within gutted warehouses, appearing relatively
not against, these spaces. She wrote, “These warehouse
derelict from its outside, their recent spread is more than
spaces re-purposed unsightly industrial landscapes into an incredible underground scene that’s vital to the growth of
the wall, independent, experimental, and creative projects
the music industry, while providing space for independent
are cultivated and performed in colourful spaces with walls
collectives, artists and all manner of creative types to
painted by artists — impassioned, emerging, and local. On
practice their art.”
a purely aesthetic and cultural level, it departs completely from conventional venues.
In response to the renaissance, Marrickville Council have demonstrated duplicitous stances to the warehouse spaces.
For many, the space creates a warming sense of community
They have continually met the spaces with hostility with the
and creativity, independent from the traditional Sydney
resurgence of enforced legal action, prompting a crackdown
cultural landscape. As a result, the release from regulations
in the area. This has led to a slow and anticipated decline in
instead becomes a supplementary gain as opposed to
its main appeal. Council complaints, on the other hand, have deemed warehouse parties a hazard because of the
In this legal and cultural war between non-traditional
‘limitless’ nature of the underground scene.
and prescriptive ideas of community and the subsequent regulation, security, and hazard control, outcomes are
It’s a common practice for the media to perpetuate the idea
unclear. Formal agreements between those who run these
that these parties offer threat or hazard due to the illegal
artist-led precincts and local councils have the potential
practices creating them. Complementing this are a range
to undermine the ‘underground’ nature of the venues. The
of Council issues, neighbourhood noise complaints, and
cultivation of formally recognised licencing agreements
the consequences of unregulated alcohol and open drug
and regulations could lead to a similar dissipation of the
use. Alternative cultural standpoints have promoted these
creative anarchism and anti-establishment limitlessness
spaces as a beacon for emerging artists and experimental
that motivates the spaces.
creative projects and as a function of cultural resistance to
It has sparked debate about the regulation of community spaces, particularly regarding the lockouts and the management of social and cultural creative products by larger controlling bodies intending to reclaim power.
Artwork: Collette Duong
Cosmic Love Alexander Cochrane
When I investigate what’s new in the Sky News of what’s past
The total amount of cursed universe-water held on this dark side of the moon equates to about 140 trillion times the amount of water on our planet. By my calculations, going by
not disputed.) It holds some weird and wacky wonders that would crush our earth’s most modern wonders into sub-
one Cubic Kilometre of water to a keen entrepreneur among
atomic slush. million Australias. The gigantism of what lies beyond our atmosphere overwhelms most. So, I’m going to explain a morsel of
4.9 million Australias. For 5 cents a cubic kilometre. Think of the quality of life this world would have with that kind of wealth. 4.9 million Australias is 108 trillion people that could
For instance, it took two entire teams of scientists to deduce
survive with the quality of healthcare and education that we
other side of the universe — farther away from Kansas than Toto ever was —a is actually just a swirling body of water
Have you heard of the Asteroid 2004 BL86? Yes? No? “I think
vapour. The reservoir hovers in the blank space of a very new
so, but I’m not really interested with anything named with
part of our universe — yes, that’s right, the universe grows!
numbers”? Well, you should have heard. You know why?
— around a black hole that feeds on so much gas and cosmic
Because it almost killed us! But that was on the day known to
debris that it literally vomits one of the most powerful
most as Australia Day, a day where Australians alike all dress
sources of light known to us, puny sapiens. Fancy people call it a quasar.
The gigantism of what lies beyond our atmosphere overwhelms most.
passed out on a goon bag pillow. You’re
20mm or — you guessed it! — the
Douglas Adams, author of The
not blamed for your lack of knowledge
length of an Australian 5-cent coin,
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, came
of cosmic powers, only made endearing
from Earth. That’s a pretty damn close
up with a brilliant idea where an engine
through your enthusiasm towards
call if you ask me.
runs on the power of improbability,
Australian celebratory principles. Kudos.
driving you forward at unlikely speeds For the record, if you ask me, I’ll
with an unlikely accurate success rate.
probably still be recovering from
This would not work.
pretty close to Earth. How close? Close
Gods, gimme time to process what
But a young chap from a university
enough for people to get reasonably
it is you’re saying to me. Also for the
antsy about it, and I’m not talking about
discovered the only plausible way
the hyperventilating astrophysicists
we could possibly imagine to travel
like that Raj kid from that TV show that
But I really wanted to talk about space
safely through a huge torus ring of
people talk about. I’m talking real life
travel, because like most university
nothingness is by bending negative
science warriors. 2004 BL86 was about
students, I fervently hope that
energy around us, essentially forming
325 metres long, which is pretty big for
STA Travel should be able to offer
a bubble that dematerializes things in
a burning boulder raining from the sky.
university students the potential to
front of it, sucking it forward because
It skimmed past our atmosphere at an
travel to luscious planets of beautifying
theoretical physics works like that,
edgy distance of 1.2 million kilometres
hot springs, and small servant monkeys
with eight arms and owls for hands.
That seems like a fair way away ... and
Long story short, we better take care of the planet we live in, because some
it is. You certainly wouldn’t want that
vapid rock formations aren’t anything
to be your 8th grade cross-country
is too slow. And, even if we could
marathon. However, if the distance
travel at light speed, our family would
of the sun from Earth were about the
probably die of old age while we argue
we can hope to inhabit any time fascinating.
length of a Smart Fortwo “SmartCar”, physics is a dick like that, sometimes).
Artwork: Kimberly Luo
Miami Horror Christopher Quyen talks to Miami Horror’s Ben Plant
How’s it feel to be back in Australia?
with a lot of people or try to break into
What was it like to tour internationally
It’s been good. I’ve been here for a
the industry, but we didn’t actually
with your music?
while, but I’m leaving next Tuesday.
touch on that at all; it was purely for
It’s amazing to be able to tour with
There are collaborations I wanted to
the atmosphere and the strangeness
our music, especially internationally
do here; but I didn’t get a chance.
and its character and its colour and its
because most Australian bands don’t
really get the chance to tour around
Yeah, obviously the album’s done.
Did you work with anybody in LA?
very exciting to do South America,
This was going to be for an EP after
Technically, we did, but some of
Japan and Mexico. We’re bigger there
the album, which was more dance-
them weren’t even from LA [laughs].
than we are in Australia and I think
oriented — we kind of left [dance] out
Cleopold is from Australia, he lives
it’s the perfect place to be popular
of the album. We didn’t want to make
in our house, and we only ended up
in! You’d want any excuse to go over
something too trendy or too ‘of the
working with him because we live
there. We also met many people
moment’ and chuck it on an album
together and all work in music. Then
who’ve listened to the album non-stop
that’s very classic in how it’s made; so
there’s Sarah Chernoff who’s from
we wanted to do this dance EP after
Superhumanoids in LA and she did the
with more electronic songs that were
vocals in Real Slow, so I think that’s the
one key LA-based artist we worked
I mean, not non-stop! [laughs] But
Something for later?
with. But on the song Cellophane I know you travelled a lot while writing the sound of the album at all?
of it. I personally can’t listen to an Turek, Aaron Miller is originally from
album more than … four months
Nashville and is a part of BASECAMP,
[laughs]. So, what we started to take from that is they think of music a lot
Overall, it was a really good experience,
more differently. They let themselves
going there for years or living there for
but I’m fairly used to spending two
become more absorbed in the music.
a small period of time — the rest of the
months on a song and they’re very used
While over in Australia, people tend to
band kind of caught on to it too. We
to spending three days on a song so
be a bit more critical and they want the
didn’t want to go there because of the
when we got to the fourth day they
newest thing all the time; and if they’re
whole industry thing, you know work
not told to listen in depth, they don’t
listen too much. But people in South America and Central America absorb themselves a lot more in the music. Is there an album you’ve listened to for more than four months? Not recently … but when I was younger around 18 to 22 — which I think is the age that you do solidify your favourite albums — I think I listened to Daft Punk’s Discovery every day. I loved the production.
It was more the ideas. I key-listed the things I loved about that album so I could carry it forever. Many people do like the style of that album, but what I liked was that it was
Miami Horror’s second studio
consistent, but every song had a very original sound to it.
album, ‘All Possible Futures’ is
There were no B-sides to any track. It’s like if you listened
set to release later this year.
to a Toro Y Moi or Tame Impala album, two of my favourite bands now, they’re bands that you can identify straight away because of the production. So with Daft Punk, I really liked the fact that they sampled all the best bits of disco and turned it into an almost cartoon version of what disco on how I think about music. Do you feel that with All Possible Futures you were trying to make something iconic? Yeah! I don’t think this will change; trying to make an album iconic is always important to me. You lose it more on a sophomore album because you’re freaking out trying to make everything, but I think in the future it will start to come back a little more. You can still have a chill and consistent album kind of like Air’s Moon Safari — you know that album from 1999? 1999! No, I was like a baby, then. I wanted to know how you keep your energy levels up while touring. Umm usually, everybody takes cocaine every hour [laughs]. Oh, really? No, no, no! Just kidding. Don’t write that down unless it’s clear that it’s a joke. Anyway, I think that we’re all healthy people, but it is hard when we are carried away with partying, drinking, and waking up with a hangover. I think there’s no solution when we only can get four hours of sleep. Sometimes we’ll play a show and have to catch a
Okay, we only have time for one more question, and I’m kicking myself in the head for this, but … was the dress blue and black? or white and gold? was confused about was whether somebody started altering it; because the second time, it was gold and white, but it looked lightened to me, like someone edited it. People out there are fucking with me just to win the argument!
A carer’s insight into hospitals
Brydie Allen “The nurses are wonderful in care, though sometimes I wonder if I am in the way. Am I a nuisance being here? I don’t want to leave, mum.” teenage daughters. Dawn had developed This line is a quote from the thir-
early onset dementia, and became
teen-page account of Megan McKay’s
increasingly agitated if Megan had not
time in hospital at her mother’s bedside.
returned from work or an outing at the
For 8 days straight, Megan was at the
exact time she had written down.
hospital, staying in a cottage on the grounds to be with her mother,
Megan was often frustrated that most
Dawn, as much as possible. She wrote
of her life was on hold. She was a carer,
a record of each day in the hospital, writing down everything that happened
is a reality of many carers. Carers NSW,
between the times she arrived, usually
a state-wide peak organisation, say
6 am, until when she left, between 10
“many carers feel that caring is what
pm and 1 am.
they should do.”
Megan has been carer for Dawn the
A carer is someone who improves
past 5 years, moving into her home
the quality of life for someone they
with her own two daughters. Through-
care for. The care they provide can
out this time, Megan was also working
be 24-hour, nursing for a close family
full-time; involved in musical and
member with high needs, or it can be
sporting activities; and caring for her
for a person who still has some independence but needs assistance with some parts of their day.
Every situation is different, but the care given is invaluable to the person receiving it. Having someone close to you be admitted to hospital is hard. For carers, this can be a particularly challenging time, especially when their patient’s condition is unstable. In times like these, extra sensitivity and respect should be given to carers, as they know the patient best and can provide crucial information to health care professionals.
However at present, carers are still having distressing experiences in hospitals.
Unfortunately, the role of carers is often overlooked in a hospital setting. In 2007, the NSW Iemma Government
In NSW, 12% of the population are carers: over 857 000
implemented the NSW Carers Action Plan. This was a 5-year
people. Australia-wide, there are over two million carers. Most
plan that outlines a whole government policy commitment
carers are women, with a majority in the over 45 category;
to recognise and support carers. It includes such things as
however a carer can come from all lifestyles, ages, or genders.
strategies to: “increase the respect and recognition of car-
The word ‘carer’ can be confusing for some, and many do
ers, improve service to carers and the people they care for and encourage agencies to view carers as partners in care.”
support from relevant agencies and institutions.
Despite the good intentions of this Plan, which was completed
In January 2015, Dawn was rushed to hospital after having an
in 2012, Carers NSW still today writes in its information
accident on her mobility scooter, hitting a moving car outside
booklets: “hospitals are not yet as carer-friendly as we would
her home. She was taken from the local hospital to specialist
like them to be.”
John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle — four hours drive from the home she shared with her daughter and granddaughters.
Another government movement in support of Australian Since the time Dawn was admitted, Megan had many times Carers Charter recognising the role and contribution of
of discomfort. “I felt like a nuisance because it was like I was
carers to the community and those they care for. Carers
there, but I was disrupting their way of day, their routine.”
carer recognition [it] has the potential to create real change.”
“I didn’t feel that they were utilising me in a productive way. I felt that I was sitting around watching them.”
The legislation is scheduled to be reviewed this year, with the During Dawn’s time in hospital, she fell in the bathroom, members of parliament are on record stating the
worsening her head injury. Megan wrote at the time that she lost a lot of the gained respect and appreciation for her mother’s nurses: “Before the fall I was thinking ‘how am I ever going to repay these nurses? How could I repay them for the attention they had given mum?’ But after the fall it was like they were ignoring me, it was averted eyes and hushed tones.” NSW Health Institutions information pamphlets, available from hospitals and online, offer guides for patients and visitors in how to navigate the hospital system. Included in these guides are indications that staff directly involved with care will introduce themselves and explain their role in your treatment, as well as advise you of the times that doctors visit.
It is information like this that would be welcomed by carers as something small to make them feel more comfortable in the hospital setting. Unfortunately, Megan writes the patient information board, with details such as the current nurse assigned to her mother, as well as the date and plans for the day, was barely used in the week Dawn was a patient. “As carer for my mother, there was no information. I would’ve liked an information pack for a carer that was going to be there consistently; telling me who was who, people who were in charge, maybe a little pad so you can write down things.” A student nurse, who wishes to remain anonymous, has admitted that, at times ,some of the nurses around her have not been respectful to carers. The student, who is in the last year of her degree, has experienced many different hospitals and nursing homes across the state through work placements and part time jobs. “I have seen situations, more than I would want to, where they walk in and don’t acknowledge a carer. They think [the carers] are trying to direct them to do their job; they get defensive because they think they’re being told what to do. Unfortunately, it happens, and it shouldn’t.”
the vicinity of the deceased patient’s daughter. The student says: “I’ve put in so many complaints about these types of nurses who don’t understand. You are supposed to treat carers with respect; think about what you would want if you were them.”
Speaking the unspeakable Jen Ng
Jennifer Whiteley of Liverpool, a mother of two young
People who have experienced or are still experiencing
children, remembers the moment she left hospital for the
mental illness are not only using art as a tool to express themselves, but to also create a more positive stigma
– a treatment she received for her post-traumatic stress
regarding the illness in the hope of creating better education.
“I remember sitting in the sun and I went ‘I can feel the sun,
Sidney Bloch, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, says that the stigma attached to
my head made contact with my feelings and then it sort of
mental illness has changed over the years as psychiatric
progressed from there.”
hospitals closed down and patients were reintegrated into community settings. Despite an improvement in people’s attitudes, Professor Bloch says that continued advocacy in
staff handed her some pens and pencils during a stay
reducing this stigma is required.
in hospital. These tools allowed Jennifer to engage in “Mental illness is not a physical illness where people will and purpose.
sympathise with you. Mental illness is seen as something foreign and alien and even dangerous. Typically one does
“I recovered through my art. Art is such a good way to
not want to be associated with a psychiatrically ill person,”
express how you’re feeling without having to speak. It’s
a good way to put things onto paper to help yourself heal. I became more attuned with my own self and my
Jennifer could not pinpoint the origin of her PTSD, but
surroundings. I then decided that I wanted to do more art.”
recalls various memories from her past that may have contributed to it — an event in her childhood she
According to a review by the School of Public Health,
never quite understood or spoke about: her father past
La Trobe University, Melbourne: “Art-based practices
away, she lost the struggling business she owned as her depression progressed, she was evicted from her home,
particularly in the areas of self-discovery, self-expression,
and on top of all this, her pet budgie died — she says she
relationships and social identity.”
really loved that bird. When Jennifer started to come out of her depression,
of people suffering from mental health issues, including
her children were in the peak period of change as growing
engaging in meaningful activities, empowering individuals in
teenagers. She had to get to know them as a different and new person — she had lost her sense of individuality from
“I wanted to put a positive sign on my art because most people who do artistic stuff with depression, it’s all dark, dreary and horrible. I wanted to put a lighthearted theme to it,” she says, adding that art has become more of a personal journey, which focuses on wanting to help people understand it better. Registered art therapist with the Australian and New Zealand art therapy helps people with mental health issues as they an artwork, than to talk directly about themselves. Ms Richards says that art therapy is not forced upon anybody and that it is not an interpretive or diagnostic process, rather it is a personal one that is catered to the individual’s needs. “The role of the therapist is to sit alongside someone while they make art, and offer guidance, support their exploration of the art making process, to be looking on with trained eyes, developing hypotheses and asking questions to deepen an understanding,” she says. As a clinician, Ms Richards acknowledges that although art therapy does not work for everyone, there must be proven to reduce symptoms in different ways. “What I’d do is explore what art means to that person. For example their previous experience, whether it was good or bad. Art therapy uses art as a tool to express, to explore the inner world and develop understanding. There aren’t when using art therapy,” she says. The Dax Centre, located at the University of Melbourne, education and research in fostering an understanding of mental health, the mind, mental illness and psychological trauma. The centre aims to help increase empathy in regards to these experiences and to destigmatise mental illness through art. Education manager at The Dax Centre, Deb Zipper, who also has a background as an occupational therapist, says that the art created by people with mental health issues should be celebrated, as their work reveals their ability to admit
"The art of people who have experienced mental illness should be looked at through a multidimensional framework. We don’t just look at these artworks through one lens from a psychological or psychiatric perspective, we look contextual, and historicalperspective,” says Ms Zipper.
The Dax Centre pioneered ethical principles in the
result of their condition. However art,
display of works by people who have experienced mental
as part of their treatment, can be used
illness and/or emotional trauma. The Australian Research
as a tool to encourage creativity, which
Council-funded research project, Framing Marginalised Art,
in turn helps people to cope with their
established the ethical multidimensional model, which pays
mental health problems.
particular focus on the limitations of curating art, due to the creators representing a marginalised and stigmatised
“Something about their creative side
group. These works deserve sensitivity and maintain certain
dies. If you ask them to draw, they
rights; for example, the work is to be exhibited anonymously
might draw in an unimaginative way
if consent cannot be obtained.
– material that is private to them and comes from their mixed up view of
Artist Bradley Dengate of Campbelltown, used to work as
the world,” he says. “More positively, placing patients in a creative
diagnosed with schizophrenia. 10 years ago Bradley became
environment can encourage them to
more involved with art. He says, “Being heavily medicated
get in touch with their own creativity
at times, it gave me a drive and a purpose. It gave me the ability to get out of bed and do something to overcome the sedatives and medication. It’s just a great avenue for me.”
Jennifer Whiteley feels she is just about on top of her life again. She
In recent years, Bradley has decided to use his artistic
considers herself lucky with art in her
skills to forge a career as an emerging artist. He paints
life and support from her family and
skateboards, surfboards, and timber frames with his
friends that stuck by her. As a spiritual
vibrant and colourful artworks, which uniquely depicts
person, Jennifer sees her art as having
positive symbols and signs.
no limits as long as it’s positive. She says she maintains support for artists
“Earlier on with the pieces the pictures were a bit dark - a
and their work despite it being ‘dark’
bit of a resemblance to death and skulls. As I’ve progressed
because it is “something they’ve
my art has done a complete turnaround from depressive
accomplished out of that darkness.”
type of art to pictures of happiness, of joy. When I look at them they’re uplifting,” he says.
“I won’t do anything that I feel is negative because I want to project
Contributing to the stigma of mental illness is the common
positivity, to get rid of that stigma
stereotyping of the ‘tortured artist’ – poet Sylvia Plath, artist
and for people to accept the art
Vincent Van Gough, and composer Robert Schumann took
and be willing to understand what
their own lives. Professor Bloch says that the observation
each picture means and what the
regarding the link between creativity and mental illness is
interpretation is that I’m trying to put
not supported by research evidence.
out there,” she says. “I really feel that depression and anxiety and all the rest
According to Professor Bloch, the general populations of
of it needs to be spoken about, we just
people with mental illness actually lose their creativity as a
need to be more aware of it.”
a beacon of propriety: etiquette in the modern world Ben Nielsen
In the quiet of the concert hall, the rustling of a plastic bag seems like a gale force wind. This is not the instrumentation
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, of course) were often nasty
Beethoven intended for his Second Symphony; and I’m sure
hecklers and riff-raff from the seediest parts of London.
that he must be turning in his grave. My eyes quickly locate the offender — a little old lady who is trying to surreptitiously
Bad behavior pervades modern life. It seems like we have
extract her cardigan from the depths of a shopping bag. My
carelessly spun the time-turner back 400 years. People now
lips purse disapprovingly. ‘Shhh’.
think that they can do anything, anywhere, because no one is brave enough to say otherwise.
The theatre is my church. Disturbing me during a concert is like halting the pious mid-prayer. And yet, as I sit before the
When I recently asked a fellow train commuter if they could
symphonic altar, I hear the crackle of lolly wrappers, low-
properly dispose of their rubbish, I was promptly instructed
pitched murmurs, and snoring. It’s the same at the cinema.
to ‘shove it up my ass’. Apparently, direct intervention isn’t
There’s the crunch of popcorn as it’s crammed down gullets,
the best option — etiquette has become known as a measure
the loud guffaw of someone who ‘understands’ an obscure
of social hierarchy rather than a means of social cohesion.
Woody Allen reference, and the ubiquitous glow of iPhone
But, as German sociologist Norbert Elias explains in his
screens. God help the person whose phone actually rings,
seminal text The Civilizing Process, standards of etiquette
for I will certainly become an angry Patti LuPone. density living environments. “You heard the announcement in the beginning, who do you think you are?” LuPone famously shouted at a patron halfway through the Broadway musical Gypsy. “We have forgotten our public manners. We have forgotten we are in a community.”
Peace and quiet has become a precious
As much as I’d prefer the person seated nearby to suppress etiquette are unreachable. In fact, such rules have only been enforced since the 19th century. Mozart delighted in his audience’s rowdiness, which was often perceived
acquire in practically every public space.
Case in point: crowded public transport, which tends to
other’s faces. Could there be anything worse? Yes, there
average of about 3.5 million per day in Sydney in 2012/13) is a Hunger Games-style contest: to board the vehicle, and
“When I walk into a restaurant and everyone is on their phones, I think it detracts from the atmosphere. It detracts
elderly, or disabled — a commuter’s throne can be
from everyone else’s dining experience, as well,” Tolley told
conquered only by victory or death.
Hospitality Magazine last year. “Food photography taking priority over actually sitting down and enjoying a meal with
If the busyness of peak-hour wasn’t intolerable enough, it’s
family or friends is not polite restaurant etiquette.”
now practically impossible to escape the ‘manspreading’ It’s easy to become desensitized or apathetic about sitting in public transport with legs wide apart, thereby
etiquette because of its perceived ambiguity. There is,
covering more than one seat”, manspreaders continue to intrude upon personal space around the globe, despite
Handbook, which has been a trusted source on social skills,
active social media campaigns and online petitions.
etiquette, and style since 1769. It’s a bible for the prudish, and among its commandments, Debrett’s condemns feet on chairs, eating Macdonald’s on the bus, and those who favour
schoolbags, umbrellas, and deafening music. During a recent
a phone over a friend.
bus trip, I was unwillingly serenaded with the repetitive lyrics As a stickler for etiquette, it’s easy to become overwhelmed alighted from the bus, one blue rinse tourist sniped, “It’s gone from being the ‘happy’ bus to the ‘peaceful’ bus again.” to be interrupted by a brusque ‘shhh’ from the other side Is nowhere sacred? Peace and quiet has become a precious
of the room. Silenced by the little old lady in the corner? Clearly, no one is a full beacon of propriety.
space. My local café is infested with lycra-clad cyclists who smell and sound like a menagerie of farm animals. ‘Laptop hobos’ colonise tables while siphoning free Wi-Fi. Young lovers suck at their cold drip coffee before reverting to each
Artwork: Angela Tam
We’ve all felt the pain of losing someone or something
time things are wrapped up in a nice bow and as the credits
we love. We mourn, go through the stages of grief, and,
roll we scream “HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME THIS WAY!”
eventually, we move on with our lives. The memory lives on.
— or, if not, they end on a cliffhanger in which case we
We smile occasionally when we reminisce on the laughs and
scream “HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME THIS WAY!” Either
the tears that had been shared and we still feel that sharp
way, it’s over.
sadness when we remember they’re gone. Leslie Knope, Avatar Korra, and Robin Scherbatsky are a
when a voiceover at the end of a Lizzie McGuire season
few of the people I’ve recently laid to rest, and I know of countless over shows that have moved on to better places —
be returning for another series. I was in shock; I was so
DVD box sets. Now, I’m preparing myself to say goodbye once
unprepared. They had been so young. I was fortunate to
again — this time, to Mad Men.
be able say my goodbye properly with the release of The
Lizzie McGuire Movie, but lesson learned. Television is not Sorry, if I’ve misled you at any time. I’m indeed talking about
Television, that glorious silver screen more crucial to me I’m here to guide you through the seven stages of grief you’ll things, where series creators, directors, and writers play with your emotions like Jim tortured Dwight. Most of the
experience after the very last credit rolls on that series
‘I’m preparing myself to say goodbye once again.’
1. Shock & Denial
5. The Upward Turn
“What? No. No. What? It can’t be over. No. Pfft. They’ll bring
Spinoff series? Collector’s edition box set? The actor who plays your favourite character is featuring in another
and the tears will roll in the opposite direction to the credits
critically acclaimed television show? Whatever it is, you’ll
as you realise the gravity of
start to see the positive things in life. You’ll realise though
the cameras have stopped, the fandom never will.
2. Pain & Guilt
6. Reconstruction You’ll begin to take pleasure in other things, and move away
You’ll ask if this was because you streamed online instead of
from the show altogether. Try picking up that book you’ve
watching on television, or because you posted that enraged status over the shipping of those characters for which you just don’t see the chemistry. Some of this might even be
true, but you can’t change anything now. Learn the lesson
The theme song, or your favourite lines, will still chime in
and better yourself. Appreciate what you have, when you
your mind every now and again, but you get on with your life
and your new television-watching schedule. Whilst nothing
3. Anger & Bargaining
can every replace your favourite show, you can still fall in love with others. Don’t be afraid to begin again.
blame — the studio, the writers, the actors, the broadcaster,
Life is short. Don’t get caught up with the one show. It’s
or even some random intern. You’ll try to pressure creators
okay to mourn but make sure you get back out there —
through online petitions to bring the show back, make a
and continue to stay inside and binge watch. We all miss
movie, a webseries — anything to keep the story going!
our favourites. Enlightened. 30 Rock. Friday Night Lights.
Kickstarters will pop up, and sometimes this might be
Breaking Bad. But all good things must come to an end. Not Mad Men
that happy about Arrested Development Season 4?
4. Depression It’ll hit you hardest when you begin to prepare the popcorn
P.S. Dan Harmon – for the love of Troy and Britta, give up on
Community. P.P.S. Happy viewing.
in your pajamas, ready for your weekly ritual with your favourite show — and you realise. It’s gone. It’s okay to cry. You might watch your favourite episode, or try to move onto something else. But you’ll still feel the void.
Artwork: Joy Li cargocollective.com/joyli
Digital Feels Christopher Quyen
“What’s on your mind?” asks the status update bar of Facebook.
You start to sweat … there are so many things you want to
does come with a few downsides. We’re sleeping less, our
write. Finally, there is somebody in the world who wants to
connections are becoming more disposable with the help of
listen to you without interruption or censor. But first, let
a delete button, attention spans are decreasing due to
me take a selfie.
exposure to fast-paced information — and we have become desensitised to violence, who we are as humans, and the
“My heart goes out to all the people who have lost someone
emotions of others.
due to senseless violence,” you type out, but then you start to have second thoughts. “How will this affect my image?” you ask yourself. “Will my friends think I’m a wet blanket?
have been reduced to) in the digital age? Yes, we can still
Who wants to sleep with a wet blanket?” Ah shit … you’ve
have them, but only if they’re filtered in the correct way:
How to Have Feels in the Digital Age
You wait a few minutes; nobody has liked your status update… Still nothing. Umm… Delete! Delete! Delete! Okay, let’s do that again. Maybe something upbeat this time?
-Use one word sentences/hashtags that convey your emotion. Sad. Angry. Hungry.
Something weird and hilarious and … random. “Name for a
-Use emojis to tell a story about your deepest feelings.
busty she-devil: Beelzeboobs,” you type, add a “lol” for
-Block someone for a few hours, and unblock them. -Upload a photo of an empty Ben & Jerry’s container.
of acceptance by the masses. This is who you have to
Homebrand, if you aren’t fussy.
-Upload a bathroom selfie with a toilet in the background.
Now, how does that sound? I don’t know about you, but
-Dress up your emotions in self-deprecating sarcasm.
being an everyday robot that gets off on the sound of their
-Dye your hair a different colour and take a mirror selfie.
iPhone notification tone is not my idea of living. -If all else fails just add a “lol” to the end of your sentence In 2012, a study conducted by the American Psychology
to make it seem like what you’re going through isn’t that
Association deemed that social media has changed how
serious and you’re still “a chill dude”. Be careful using “lol”
we operate psychologically. While the benefits include
though as it can appear as passive aggressive, passive
higher IQ and the ability to process information rapidly, it
upset, or passive passive.
Artwork: Gemma Stoner
But while feelings are very important, I think the core of
The relationships we share online are not as intimate as
this new sensibility is where the conversation starts to get
interesting. Thanks to the online world, we’re all moving faster. Not Everyday senseless positivity is forced down our throats,
everybody has the time of day to check up on you —
like foul cooking from a loved one. Meanwhile, emotions
especially if your emotions don’t add any value to their
like sadness or anger float around ignored or ridiculed on
life … unless we’re rejoicing over a Humans of New York
the Internet until the author deletes it in embarrassment.
post, of course. And so, we sacrifice our true feelings in favour of the filtered kind to keep our friends around to
the culture social media has bred: the image of a desirable life. Unfortunately, on our way to creating a desirable life,
like our new selfie or to leave a sympathetic comment on the odd major feels status. It’s a chore, but for some of us it’s the closest we have to an accessible community in
ones who write emotional Facebook rants). We’re falling into this paradigm that vilifies emotions like sadness or anger with a loud resounding, “GURL, YOU DON’T NEED DAT TYPE OF NEGATIVITY IN YOUR LIFE! DUMP THEIR ASS AND BE BEYONCÉ!” It’s the anthem that the digital age screams, but realistically, not everybody can be Beyoncé, and not everybody can be happy 24/7, because that’s unreasonable. And we’d just call it creepy anyway. During one New Year’s Eve when the fireworks were flying high, I made a resolution to see if I could exist without social media for a year. Within the first few months, I lost contact with all but a handful of friends. Being invited to events meant I had to wait until somebody asked me, “are you going to so-and-so’s?” My university tutors decided to make Facebook groups to delegate tasks for class. Needless to say, I failed my resolution.
our busy lives. Welcome to digital intimacy.
student life title page
I speak the English.
Samantha Low “Hi I’m Sam, nice to meet you” — my opening line in my
wrong with being a visa-holder. I disclosed it often and usually with pride because I thought it made me special.
of being early for lectures, so I used this time to talk and make friends. What’s your name? Where are you from? Oh, I
so they were always treated as people worthy of interest.
know your school, isn’t it near that park in my suburb? Banal
Malaysians are also an inherently curious bunch; we like
introductory questions ensued but it was during this time in
to know what other people are doing in the outside world. So, perhaps in some haphazard leap of irrational thought
reveal my deepest, darkest secret to people I hardly knew.
processing, I assumed I would be warmly welcomed here;
Yes guys, I am an international student.
and if not, at least accepted.
“Ching chong ling long ting tong” — that video that went viral
“Wow, you’re international? I couldn’t tell.” — the number one
in 2011, which should’ve made me wiser and kept my mouth
response I get. I hear it from peers, lecturers, coll-eagues,
shut. The truth is, being international was never really a
and even managers. In many ways, telling someone I’m an
secret to me because I didn’t think there was anything
international student made me feel like I was outing
“Wow, you’re international? I couldn’t tell.”
myself as part of a minority group that was not favourable
“Peer Network” — is the name of the only group I’ve been
to the greater part of society. One would think by looking
part of that truly advocates for diversity and acceptance of
at the expressions of shock and pity as I uttered the word
international students. Internationals are even encouraged
‘Malaysian’, that I had a chronic and terminal disease. And based on the speed of their rapid disinterest in me, it’s probably contagious too.
come from all faculties and all walks of life because in the interviews you are encouraged to be different. Training
“Err … thanks, yours too.” — what I always want to say when
familiarises you with the ins and outs of UTS so that you
someone tells me my English is so good. At this point in the
become a citizen of the campus. When you’re in the PN space, all accents are neutral and everyone is simply orange.
business student at UTS, so why the sudden proclamation
One of the many Peer Networker tasks is bringing students
Many countries in South East Asia incorporate English into
comforts you to think that even if you don’t think you belong
their curriculum. We may not be able to expound on the intricacies of Shakespeare but I have spelled circles around “Graduation” — the subject line of the e-mail I’m hoping English, I’m also writing this article you’re reading right now.)
to receive by the end of the year. My path began when I transferred from a local Malaysian school to an Australian
“I fucking hate group work with fobs!” — always within ear-
school in my last two years of high school. In the years 2009
shot wherever you are on campus. The term ‘fob’ meaning
and 2010, I effectively had to lose my family, relocate my life,
‘other’, meaning lumping Malaysia, Singapore, China,
make friends, and still do well enough to get into UTS. The
India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand into one country
rest has been as above. Many internationals have the same
called ‘Asia’. The irony is the top tourist destinations for
if not a very similar story. Not all of us are here to steal your jobs, be crap at group work, or annoy you by speaking Asian
the same. Five years of group assignments at UTS, has taught
all the time. Frankly, we just want to make friends and fucking
me commitment is the most important skill you can have,
study. Wielding my degree not only marks the end of a seven-
have been in Australia. Laziness is after all, a disorder that transcends nationalities.
said I couldn’t, at his own game.
Got Nuts? Allison Bermingham
When I was 14, I was asked by a schoolmate, “How will you have children if you’re allergic to nuts?” Almost seven years on, I am yet to encounter this issue and — as far as I’m aware — there are no issues with my reproductive organs. It’s just my immune system. I was around eighteen months when my parents discovered I had an allergy to nuts, and peanuts, particularly. Allergies can be relatively mild. You can get a small rash on your arm, your lip might swell up for an hour, or you might get a runny nose. As with most things considered mild, there’s always a more severe outcome. Anaphylaxis is the overly excited, considerably more dangerous consequence of allergies. There are a number of symptoms of anaphylaxis, and a Tightening of the throat. Swelling of the lips, face, or eyes. Each reaction may be different, but the severity of the situation will always be extreme and should be treated as a medical emergency.
Primary school and high school were relatively easy — although sometimes awkward. Both of my schools were ‘nut-free’, but that didn’t stop other students smuggling in the contraband material. I’m not saying that everyone wasn’t accepting, but there were still parents who chose to send their children to school with peanut butter lunches merely to ensure another student doesn’t die?) Now, at university, it isn’t that much harder. Most places on campus are pretty good; and a quick, “Does this have peanuts in it?” is usually enough to keep me safe. I’ve been told that it can be an issue for friends & I drag to restaurants I can guarantee are nut-free, but my love of South-East Asian food will not be stopped by the chance of death. It isn’t too hard to survive with a nut allergy in today’s society. University has shown me that people are, for the most part, accepting and my allergy rarely affects anyone else. It just has the ability to make me look like a drunken idiot who can’t hold her alcohol, throwing up at Railway Square after attempting to eat Chinese food from Chinatown.
Artwork: Chloe Gracie
Parks & Recreation Harry Goddard & Regina Sutomo
Legend has it that university years will
Camperdown Memorial Park: 6.8/10
be some of the best years of your life, and our elders recommend we should
Distance: A quick bus ride away from
‘make the most of it’. It’s true, and UTS
uni. Just catch any bus to Newtown
is an excellent establishment to open
starting with a ’42-’ from the Cen-
your mind and absorb the world – but
tral Bus Terminal. The trip takes 5-10
it’s also a place of intense stress. Is it exam time? Are you a new transfer to
Get off at the stop opposite the Dendy
UTS? First year at uni? Uncomfortable
cinemas and head down Mary Street.
in the big city?
Hazards: Ever since the lockout laws were instated, this park has attracted
Helpful Hint: Go to a Park.
riff-raff, broken bottles, drunken
Before or after class, take your shoes
altercations, and general dodgi-
off to feel the grass between your toes.
ness abound on Friday and Saturday
It might just help you through.
nights. Beware. During daylight hours,
To help you out, we’ve found the best
however, the park is a lovely retreat
pockets of nature nearby the city
from the CBD.
campus, and we’re letting you in on
Noise Level: We recommend visit-
how we survived the struggles of stu-
ing the park in the mornings, when
dent life. Together, we reviewed these
the dogwalkers walk and new mother
parks based on a few simple factors
groups sit and appreciate the calm.
such as distance from UTS, hazards
Activities: The Camperdown cem-
e.g. dogs and small children, smell and
etery within the park is an amazing
noise level, activities, grass quality, and
historical site, and with the brick walls surrounding you, it is easy to forget about that lecture you were ‘too busy’ to turn up to. Here, guide dog puppies are trained, art classes sketch, and improvisers play drama games. There are plenty of interesting people and friendly locals to talk to. Shade: Plenty of trees provide all the shade you could want. Grass: Patchy, but green. The park is to rest your weary legs. Smell: Occasionally, hints of a crazy night can waft through the park; but if you stay away from the main party hours, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Tumbalong Park: 7/10
Mary Ann Street Park: 8/10
Distance: A short stroll past Building
Distance: Situated just off Harris
The Alumni Green is fantastic for those
5 into Darling Harbour will take you
Street, behind the Ultimo TAFE, this
seeking an immediate change of scen-
beyond the land of university fees and
park is an excellent haunt for UTS
degrees and into the swell of Cockle
students. It’s nothing more than a hop,
Central Park Park is a patch of green
Bay. Tumbalong Park is verdant most
skip, and a jump from Building 10 and
opposite UTS, recommended for close
of the year and close to amenities and
proximity to toilets, food, and campus.
Hazards: Beware the plethora of dogs
Hazards: Often used for festivals and
and young families. We’ve never been
Victoria Park, though casually stun-
boot camps: the park may be occupied.
to the park without a curious canine
ning, USYD looms on the horizon. We
The adjacent grass strip that sits op-
or baby crawling about; and yet, it’s
shall never venture near the bad lands.
posite a row of cafes has deck chairs,
always peaceful, a tranquil balance akin
beach umbrellas, and ping pong tables.
to yin and yang. What’s more: dog own-
Don’t forget Kuring-Gai. We’d like to
If you walk a bit further, there’s a mad
ers are considerate, so the presence of
playground with a legit swing set. Busy
poop is minimal at best.
one beautiful retreat, nestled far away
with children and tourists.
Noise level: Beside the giggles of babies
from the city in the leafy north shore.
Noise level: Not appropriate for study
and the yaps of terriers, the quiet of
without a decent set of headphones.
this inner city park is uncanny. Ibis
Activities: Tumbalong Park is better for
guffaws and lorikeet trills pierce the
a social hangout, considering the close
silence, but other than that, the sigh of
proximity to Chinatown, the Chinese
the city is in the distance.
Gardens, Town Hall, and Darling Har-
Activities: Students often use the park
for surveying or for study group meets.
Shade: The park itself has minimal
We’ve seen the occasional shirtless
shade, but the adjacent grass strip has
soccer star and even tightrope walking.
colourful umbrellas and leafy trees.
For the layman, there’s nothing else to
Grass: The greenery is constantly main-
do but to relax.
tained as the pride and joy of the City
Shade: The level of shade depends on
of Sydney council. At times, it can be
the time of day, but there’s usually
patchy with evidence of a past festival
plenty of shade underneath the alcove
here or there.
Smell: Traces of chlorine from the sur-
Grass: A few coarse tufts here and
rounding water features and ibis buzz
there, so bring a jacket, wear jeans, or
from the Chinese Gardens. The air is
deal with the hair of Mother Nature
reasonably fresh, considering its neigh-
herself. There are at least twenty
bours — Chinatown and the CBD.
benches for those who don’t wish to frolic. Smell: At times, the park can be dank with ibis stank, but the air is cleaner than Broadway and the CBD.
Artwork: Rose Wallace McEwen cargocollective.com/papergrl
Jumbo Pods ( B u t te r s n a p C a r a m e l Ta r t s) Allison Bermingham Buttersnap caramels tarts or as I prefer to call them, jumbo pods, are one of the easiest desserts to make. With only three ingredients, there is very little that could go wrong. So, next time you want a sweet treat and have a bit of time on your hands, give them a go.
Ingredients 1 pack of buttersnap biscuits make your own) 1 block of dairy milk chocolate
1. Preheat your oven to
2. Place your buttersnap biscuits on the to do this it just makes it easier when moulding them). Place in the oven for take a bit of adjusting)
3. Once out of the oven, the biscuits should be soft enough to mould. Please be careful, as not only are they hot but also fragile. Begin to carefully mould your biscuits into small cups and leave to cool. Continue with the rest of the packet.
4. Once the biscuits have cooled, begin to scoop your ready-made caramel into the buttersnap cups.
5. and place in the microwave. Microwave for short bursts and
disappear after stirring.)
6. Take a spoon and drizzle the melted chocolate over the tarts, covering the caramel. Put as much chocolate as you want.
7. Place the tarts in the fridge to help the chocolate harden.
8. Try not to eat all of them before your guests arrive. Artwork: Ting He
The name itself is enough to make you laugh but this simple dish can be both delicious and cheap. As long as you have eggs and some basic vegetables, meat or cheese the possibilities are endless. This recipe is a loose approximation and you can swap any vegetables out for
your favourites or tailor it to your dietary needs.
Choose what you want to cook your
Cut your sweet potato into small pieces
crumbled feta with your zucchini. Once
ramekins as they allow you to control
bowl. Fill with a small amount of water
that in to your bowl. Then scoop your
portion sizes as well as provide a cute
about 50ml and cover with cling wrap.
vegetable mixture into the ramekins
and easy way to serve. You can use
Microwave for around 5 minutes. While
a baking dish if you want and make
this is happening, you can grate your
frittata in. I would suggest small
a large frittata to share.This recipe
zucchini into a large mixing bowl.
makes enough for about 4 ramekins.
Mix your herbs, salt, pepper, and
Whisk your eggs a couple at a time and
This may be different for everyone, but
pour into each ramekin until full and
put your frittatas in the oven at 160째C
for 15 minutes. This is where you have
If you using a baking dish, you can mix
to be a grown up and monitor your
the eggs straight into the rest of the
cooking continue to cook them for 5
they arecooked. Pick one up and move
see if it is still runny. If not, take them out and let them cool.
Artwork: Angela Tam
Advice to my A Voice from a Fourth Year DAB Student
While that freedom does feel great for
December 2011. Graduated from high
asking ourselves ‘so what DO I like?’
four months, the realisation gradually
school. Tick. HSC over. Tick. Schooling
In my case, I did Design and Technology
hits — prompting you to ask;
over. Freedom! Actually — no. While
at school, enjoyed it at school, and
“What am I going to do with my life?”
that freedom does feel great for four months, the realisation gradually hits —
Design it is! Easy. You’ve just signed up
prompting you to ask, “What am I going
for another four years of education.
to do with my life?” A quarter of your some take a gap year to ‘travel’ or working), and there’s always that one guy doing jack all. The rest of us make
in Visual Communication: I vividly remember looking around the room
on the way you look at it) decision to
thinking, What am I doing here?!
go to uni.
Everyone was dressed in black or white; I was dressed in 100% colours. I still
Great! Life sorted. For many, choosing
didn’t fully understand what exactly Vis
a course is harder than it sounds There
Com was, let alone try to explain it to
are always those annoying people
friends and family. I would have loved it
who have a life plan and have known
if my future self were sitting beside me
exactly what course they wanted since
that day, reassuring me not to worry.
wanderers are told to ‘do something
.If my 2015 designer-self were sitting
you like’, incidentally resulting in us
beside me, I imagine she would give
art/drawing course? What’s that? Where does it lead?” Let’s face it. Not many people have heard of Visual Communication design, so, to answer their confused expressions, here are a few replies: I am a graphic designer — though it’s so much more than graphic design! I’m a designer. I am a problem solver. - When it comes to internships, though it is daunting, just grab any opportunity and email, email, email. On-the-job experience is the best kind of learning.
learn as I go, even after three years. I don’t think that you can really plan, so the future is just not worth excessively of being in the DAB building, I landed the opportunity to intern at w Digital over the summer, simply by jumping at opportunities. Since then, I’ve been offered a full time graduate position to start at the end of my degree. Rest assured: there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you are determined to get there.
me welcome and much needed wise
that one person who says, “I don’t get
- Late nights are a thing, so get used
-Learn to accept criticism,.and ask
to it. If you’re a DAB student, the lead-
up to the end of semester hand-in is
-Persistence and determination work
wonders. Hard work does pay off. “I’m
- Learn to drink coffee, even if you
harder I work, the more I have of it.” -
are not a coffee drinker like me — just
some guy who probably wasn’t Thomas
drink the stuff.
-Design is not easy. Accept that the
-Enjoy life. Being all work and no play is
only place 90% of your work and ideas
just boring and depressing. Make time
will be displayed is the rubbish bin. 5%
to catch up with old friends, new friends,
your family may see, 4% your peers and
and weirdly wonderful friends.
tutor will see, and 1% just may get you a credit.
-Sleep is amazing. Seriously. The more you get, the better your family and
-Have faith in your designs. Believe you
friends will like you.
are good enough. -Learn to come up with automated responses for annoying questions. for what you believe in and challenge
“So what are you studying? How’s your
Artwork: Rose Wallace McEwen cargocollective.com/papergrl
Issue Issue two two
The Gibson Gabrielle Hyde-Smith Our Prime Minister has done it again — given us another
What you’ll need:
reason to drink! Yet instead of drinking to forget the shame and
embarrassment that is our nation’s leader, let’s appreciate Mr.
Abbot’s unique taste and eat an onion. We’ve even removed
the teary eyes and bitter taste normally left behind by Abbott
… we mean onion. Although, you can replace the cocktail
onion with a regular brown onion — if you hold your nose, you might be able to confuse it for an apple, just like when people close their eyes and block their ears and confuse Tony Abbott for a competent leader.
1. Pour two parts Gin and one part Dry Vermouth into a shaker with ice
2. Shake well and pour into Martini Glass
3. Garnish with Cocktail Onion
Do that thing with the glass that Leo does in the Titanic and Great Gatsby and drink to a stable, diverse, and functional government.
“A r e t h e r e Vertigo Serial: Part II Tom Cameron
The human’s grip on the pan tight-
at advanced pace” the synopses had
ened. It stared at Ovid with confusion.
mentioned, and they were written
Its apron was covered in grime, which
many ages ago. He had expected a
once might have been a beautiful
civilisation, but it appeared he was
Italian pasta sauce, Ovid imagined.
too late. When Ovid had entered the atmosphere, the existence of satellites
arison to the rest of the human’s rags.
had made him excited for a world full of
Ovid raised his Diginote, dictating
achievement and discovery. Advanced
softly so the thing would not hear.
technology, communication, research,
Second sign of life. A human hiding
medicine. So much potential in the
in an abandoned building. Terrible
bipedal cousin species had gone to
condition. Appears malnourished,
waste. The planet had changed from a
unclean. In bad health. No sign of
garden world into a squatter’s settle-
technology. Wielding metal bludgeon
ment. Perhaps even their language was
as weapon. No threat. Confused.
lost. He decided to try the human again.
Ovid paid no attention to the human,
“Are there others?”
lowering his Diginote before thinking
“What do I call you?”
and raising it again. The human was
Ovid squared. It would be hard not to
as still as the rest of the planet.
embellish this. Communication with
Confused. Paralysed in fear.
the humans. Was he breaking the
“Human, do you speak?”
rules already? Soundlessly and slowly,
The human’s gaunt frame shook, and
he raised his Diginote close to his
dust fell from its bony shoulders. It
whispering lips once one.
showed no sign of understanding. Ovid
The human stares at me like a child
seeing itself in a mirror. I can sense “Do you understand?”
its confusion at my form, familiar
How primitive. Ovid’s expectations
yet strange, uncanny in its similarity
of Earth had been higher. “Densely
to theirs. The greater differences
populated”, “thriving”, “progressing
between our races are masked by my
e others? ”
attire and equipment, which does seem foreign to the human. Technology, a
The human nodded nervously.
technology to be scavenged on the
“Are there others?”
surface. Understanding it had been
treasure of this creature’s old world. Its
It nodded a second time after repeating
a surprise. Was her recognition of
struggle is written all over; the leathery
Ovid’s question. The human could be
the alien’s speech evidence of its
skin clinging tightly to unhealthy, prot-
delirious. It was hungry, thirsty, close
knowledge of English, or some illu-
ruding bones, the missing teeth, and
to death. Most likely lonely, but crazy?
sion created by its gear in order to
the desperation with which it holds its
Its acceptance of Ovid’s presence
communicate? She had no way of
worthless weapon. What did it eat?
knowing. Feigning ignorance had
There is little vegetation in the ruins.
her reason or sanity. There was a
been the safe bet.
The birds? Insects? A horrible way to
validity in its claims; Ovid’s initial
She stretched her shoulders, sore
live for a race so promising.
scanning did not include deep-crust
from holding the heavy pot so still.
reconnaissance. He left the building,
She reached into her back pocket,
It was worthless. If this is what Earth
knowing that the possible presence of
retrieving a military long-wave radio
had grown into, Ovid had no more
actual society could not be ignored.
with a cracked screen. She shook
Ovid would have to search further.
it after turning the frequency knob,
“Are there others?”
of an archaeologist. He turned from
willing it back into life. Static followed,
the human, speaking aloud into his
She watched the alien’s starship asc-
but she knew someone was always
end to the skies, disappearing after
Sparsely populated. Humans have
shrinking to a silver speck. It had been
“Scout 210-B6 reporting E.T. contact.
undergone societal degradation.
easy to spot amongst the dirt and
Repeat. Scout 210-B6 reporting E.T.
Presume large-scale war. Predict that full extinction is imminent. Planet is“Are you from underground?”
contact at my locale. Exactly like you abandoned kitchen as soon as she saw
said. Mentioned you. It’ll be coming
it land. She had waited.
When Ovid snapped back towards it,
When she had seen the alien, she
the human had dropped its arms. It
had known it was extra-terrestrial. Its
seemed exhausted from holding the
technology was obviously advanced;
the compact piece it was talking into,
“Underground?” Ovid spoke clearly, as if to an infant.
the aerodynamic ship, yet there was no resemblance to any human
Jack Georgina Cook had led him there. It was the same year he said God lived in the land and stopped going to church, but he still wore his
I had never seen the ocean, not until my brother and I drove four days across a land red raw, all ochre dust. East of the moon and west of the sun — we had our mother’s words at our backs and all our hope in the car with us. “You haven’t known beauty until you’ve seen the ocean,” my mother had said. She used to work on the sea. I knew when we’d reached it because I could smell it. It smelled like she had: salt and cold. When I saw it, I knew at long last what she meant when she called it a beast. The water was all teeth and claws. It had a painful kind of beauty. “I love you,” I’d said. Don’t leave me, I’d meant.
She left my brother Jack, of many names and all trades,
to tell me there was no time for shoes but there was time to
in charge of her ashes. She knew I would have kept them
grab her ashes.
forever and kept her in some room. Maybe even a cupboard.
Jack-be-Nimble and me, with the wind singing our names against our backs, and I wondered how it would be to let her
Jack was a man that held himself up. To me, he was only ever
half-real. He hid his disquiet well. He dedicated himself to “Hurry up,” Jack-and-the-Beanstalk said. I lagged behind He dragged me across the country in search of it.
and I was ten years old again. He shouldn’t have had to say it; I would have followed him anywhere.
“I can’t sleep at night,” he told me, once we’d reached the coast. “The waves keep me awake and I hear mum in them. If
In that place we breathed in more ocean than air.
we don’t do this right —”
A rocky sandstone cliff, and we were met by a different kind of world, all black-brown and blue-green water. We were just
“Yeah.” It was a nothing response, but we weren’t that kind
lungs full of salt and arms full of ash.
of family. “I can see everything from up here,” he said. Jack Frost, Jack O’Lantern searched the coast for days. Until his skin was slick with salt grime, and he burst into our room
With you, my dear, it’ll never quite be But know that that is okay with me Because this is not farewell nor goodbye Rather, time for the world to set us free Until our next moment of serendipity. I will greet you as another person And you to I, hesitant and uncertain Will small talk around this casual collision Coax misplaced memories into recognition Tease each other out of withdrawn spaces Admire the pilgrimage clear on our faces And as we part ways shortly after I’ll close my eyes, chuckle with nostalgia, Remember that soft singular look in your eyes. I’ll savor that smell of familiarity, And relearn love, if only momentarily.
April 2015 April 2015
With you, my dear, it’ll never quite be But know that that is all right by me Because this is not farewell nor goodbye Rather time for the world to set us free Until our next moment of serendipity. Against the nocturnal fog of a wandering street Coincidence will bark at our feet I’ll stop at this random crossed out spot double back in my tracks to give you space to place the stage that once knew grinning face. And I, hesitant and uncertain, Will greet you as another person. Make small talk around this casual collision Clichéd, conversation without any conviction. “Have you noticed how weird the weather’s been?” But, like a musician brushing strings once again Your presence pushes to pull us into a rhythm Teases misplaced memories into recognition: The sheets, the warmth, the dilated pupils, The tangled limbs, where the clocks were futile Jealous of laughter so naïve and youthful, And whispers masquerading as truthful. Now, I admire the pilgrimage clear on your face Hiding history in crooks that I cannot retrace I see the miles behind us, and miles ahead Across a parting road that must be tread But know that when we part ways shortly after I’ll close my eyes, chuckle with nostalgia, Remember that soft singular look in your eyes. I’ll tip my hat towards the grinning stars Over the polluting indifference of passing cars, And savor that sweet smell of familiarity, So to relearn love, if momentarily.
REBECCA ENYA LOUREY
Third year design in visual communications Bec becomes heavily immersed in the process of drawing. She obsesses over details: How dots and lines can be arranged to create the illusion of texture, depth and even movement.
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Hakone, a small town south of Tokyo; famous for its onsen (hot springs) and itâ€™s mountainous beauty. Shot with Superia 200, and a Purple Lomochrome 200, on City the day before.
3rd year design in photography & situated media
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