You Make A Life By What You Give: Volunteering in Australia

You Make A Life By What You Give: Volunteering in Australia

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill.   The official definition of volunteering states: “Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.” A 2016 survey by Volunteering Australia said that 48% of Australians take part in formal volunteering, [...]

Fetishising His Own Sadness: The World of BoJack Horseman

Fetishising His Own Sadness: The World of BoJack Horseman

Firstly, I must issue a spoiler warning. I can’t really talk about a series like BoJack Horseman without allowing spoilers into my discussion – that being said, they’ll be kept to a minimum.   The series’ protagonist, the eponymous BoJack Horseman, is the product of a poisonous relationship, and has subsequently been nurtured by alcoholism, [...]

Israel’s Eurovision Win is Problematic But So is Attacking a Musician

Israel’s Eurovision Win is Problematic But So is Attacking a Musician

There's no denying that this year's Eurovision winner is a controversial one. While some fans argue that politics have no place in the annual song contest, others have voiced their outrage that a nation currently committing human rights atrocities is now slated to host the competition in 2019. The conflict between the Israeli government and [...]

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

With the recent revelation that Dumbledore, our favourite gay wizard, won’t be all that gay in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, I think it’s fair to say that the tide has finally turned; J. K. Rowling’s table-scrap representation is no longer enough. Readers are no longer satisfied with post publication declarations that an unaddressed, unimportant [...]