The mystique of travel and drinking in bars alone

So, I found myself in a bar today. Hardly surprising, I know. It would be more striking if I said that I didn’t spend a fragment of my day in a pub with a wine, poured carefully and precisely to the line on a cheap Read More …

The Psychology of New Years Eve Reflection

Like it or not, it’s new years eve. The end of another year, 2017 finally done. Parks and foreshores have begun to swell with crowds, bottle shops are a buzz as party planners queue with boxes of booze, and the TV media has started feeding Read More …

Keeping up with Asian etiquette: Cheat Sheet

Experiencing cultures so different from our own is the primary reason so many people feel motivated to travel to Asia. However, one of the pitfalls of experiencing a culture so different from our own is the radically different social customs. Just as Western cultures have Read More …

Facebook depression: The danger of social comparison

Theodore Roosevelt once said that “comparison is the thief of joy”. Well said I say. I guess there’s always some mug who’s doing better than you so you’re always lusting after the achievements, lifestyle or possessions of others. Once this starts, it infects your psyche Read More …

I’m right. You’re wrong. How we misuse information to feed our prejudices

Ben Farrell FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS…That’s what we hear right? Donald Trump is pretty upset about it… should we be too? Well, the problem is not so much about whether the news is outright fake or not. That would be easy. A lot Read More …

Sense of Place, Memory and Identity

I’m definitely in Melbourne. I’m sitting in a dark and moody hipster pub drinking a surprisingly good ‘house red’. The billboards out the front still advertise live bands on different nights of the week, not just ‘steak night’ or ‘kids eat free’ on Sundays. There’s Read More …

Are your problems worth worrying about?

I read somewhere recently that, when you’re worried about something in life, you should ask yourself; “Will this problem be something that I’ll be worrying about in 5 years’ time?”  If the answer is ‘no’, then you should spend no longer than 5 minutes worrying Read More …