Impressive, for very good reason

  by Katrina Kincade-Sharkey You’d guess this vibrant, politicised person had worn his adopted name most of his knowing years; and he has, although only formally registering it in New Zealand’s Greymouth in 1992. And this bloke wears his name well, exceedingly well. Very Impressive is stylishly loud, occasionally excessively loud in appearance, yet one…

Lifesaving data being collected by doctors

  by Katrina Kincade-Sharkey Over her lifetime a woman has about a one-in-10 risk of developing breast cancer. That risk varies with age, peaking between 50 and 70 years, but diagnoses can occur in ages ranging from the early 20s to early 80s, so this threat is not age-selective. As of last month’s ABS population…

More than a game for the League of Geeks

  by Kane Webb The independent games industry has been booming over the last 10 or so years. Yet its more modest origins go back to the early 1990s, when it was strictly PC oriented and distributed only via shareware.   With the evolution of gaming, however, came higher user expectations, and combined with the…

Pain is more complex than you might think

  by Bill Adamson Pain is useful. Pain is necessary for life. Pain is fatiguing. Pain is annoying. Pain is in your head. Pain can be emotional. Pain can be physical. Pain is misunderstood. Pain is fascinating. We, the collective we of science, have learnt more about pain in the last 20 years than in…

Harar: city of culture, coffee and kyat

  by Bill Adamson Harar, the ancient Muslim city, is different from anywhere else I’ve been in Ethiopia. I’ve been here for nearly a month and I’m feeling a little reflective. It’s old; you can feel its age everywhere you go. The Islamic-designed crumbling grey walls are set next to pink walls, which are next…

Hot Poppy

  by Meegan Waugh If there’s one thing that isn’t lacking in Melbourne, it’s great breakfasts. With this city’s brunch and coffee obsession, it seems like every week there’s another hot new place to get your Sunday morning fix. The one downside to the constant stream of shiny new venues is that it can be…

Victoria takes a stance on domestic violence

  by Stephanie Filaktakis The Victorian Local Government Multi­cultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) is proposing initiatives, including preven­tion, intervention and response approaches to combat violence against women in multicul­tural communities, after the 1.3 per cent rise in domestic violence in Victoria this year. A conference was recently held at Victoria University Convention Centre to address some…

City council commits on climate change

by Paul Campobasso In late September a petition found its way to Melbourne City Council’s offices, reflecting the passionate voices of 31,000 local constituents. However, this petition was different to most others. Rather than being critical or in opposition to a specific policy, as is often the nature of petitions, this one was instead massively…