Nothing stunning about it

Nothing stunning about it

I’ve never been forced to endure the unwanted touch of an individual to the point where I have been paralysed by terror. I don’t carry the haunting memory of being raped as a child or the burden of keeping a truth so hidden for fear it will destroy me if it becomes public knowledge. My … Continued

Diversitat’s mission strengthened by local artist

Diversitat’s mission strengthened by local artist

A GEELONG community services organisation has received a sizeable donation from a young local artist who has sold over 40 of her artworks in the last fortnight. Twenty-two-year-old Kate Welsh authorised for 85 per cent of profits to be sent to Diversitat — also known as the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council — in the hope … Continued

A new beginning for Hannah Burchell

A new beginning for Hannah Burchell

HANNAH BURCHELL is set to debut in the 2019 AFLW with the Geelong Cats’ inaugural women’s team, a dream come true for the 23-year-old from Ocean Grove. The paramedicine student was lost for words when VFL coach Paul Hood offered her a place in the league, awarded ‘best reaction’ for her tearful response. Having played … Continued

Geelong’s ultimate music journalist

Geelong’s ultimate music journalist

Talia Rinaldo’s primary school year book shows her classmates aspiring to become astronauts and doctors when they eventually leave school. For the young girl from Myrtleford, a different career objective is captioned beneath her picture – she dreams of becoming a magazine editor. Now 26-years-old, Talia can officially call that dream a reality. Securing an … Continued

A small nation with a big heart

A small nation with a big heart

A well-trained traveller fortunate enough to see the world several times over creates a shortlist in their mind of places that have truly touched their heart. For me, that shortlist has been genetically engrained since conception and it includes only one country – Croatia. Having held the top spot for over two decades, I’m returning … Continued

Why the ending to hit television series How I Met Your Mother is still on my mind

Why the ending to hit television series How I Met Your Mother is still on my mind

It’s been almost four years since the first episode of the ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother aired, and although I’ve had a substantial amount of time to accept its eye-rolling close, I still can’t comprehend why on Earth the hit series ended on such a disappointing note. While its easy-watching … Continued

How to save: An inquiry into wealth generation for young adults

How to save: An inquiry into wealth generation for young adults

How often are millennials ridiculed while on quests to discover themselves in Europe or eating at the latest plant-based cafe on Pakington Street? Better yet, how frequently do millennials get fired up at the mature-age know-it-alls who dare try to point out why their savings account isn’t exceeding triple figures? I’m sure everyone can recall … Continued

Beating writer’s block

Beating writer’s block

Ask any writer to describe their biggest and most recurring frustration and without hesitation the response you’ll receive will consist of two words and two words only: writer’s block. While it’s been argued that writer’s block is a concept of the imagination and exists simply as a go-to excuse for artists to defer from their … Continued

Confessions of a terrified journalism graduate

Confessions of a terrified journalism graduate

It’s common knowledge that most university students approaching the end of their degree are gearing up to cheerfully wave goodbye to assignments and exams. I, on the other hand, am slightly terrified of this prospect. Though I can sense that my feelings of excitement are on a desperate journey to cease the depths of my … Continued

Why Angus & Julia Stone left me breathless

Why Angus & Julia Stone left me breathless

When I heard the unexpected news that Angus and Julia Stone were en route to my hometown of Geelong to tour their latest album, Snow, I immediately began strategising how I was going to get my hands on a ticket as I knew it would take only a matter of moments for the show to … Continued

Northern Bay Challenge brings hope to Geelong’s 3214 area

Northern Bay Challenge brings hope to Geelong’s 3214 area

GEELONG’S only public prep to Year 12 education establishment, Northern Bay College, which has five campuses in the Corio, Norlane and North Shore area, is calling on the local community and beyond to reduce the barriers their underprivileged students face through a new sponsorship program. While it’s one of the largest Victorian public schools and … Continued

Down The Rabbit Hole In Melbourne

Down The Rabbit Hole In Melbourne

And down the rabbit hole we go… Rating – ★★★★☆ Warning! Spoilers included. It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon in the world’s most liveable city and my sister Miranda and I are about to be enchanted by the Wonderland exhibition at Federation Square’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Nostalgic, interactive and rich in history, … Continued

#UniteForParkinsons – World Parkinson’s Day

#UniteForParkinsons – World Parkinson’s Day

Today marks World Parkinson’s Day, a global health event that draws vital attention to the 10 million individuals worldwide who suffer from the incurable disease. According to Shake It Up, a not-for-profit Australian organisation that promotes awareness and funds research for the disease, Parkinson’s is a widely misunderstood neurological condition. The second most common disease … Continued

The woman behind The Kindness Effect

The woman behind The Kindness Effect

“Kill them with kindness.” We’ve all heard it before, but despite its overuse, what’s wrong with this expression? It implies that in order to deal with the hurt, one must overwhelm rather than understand, placing a hypercritical microscope on the flaws existent within the complexities of society. Twenty-eight-year-old Kate Rizzo, founder of humanitarian movement The … Continued

Autonomous cars – are we expecting too much?

Autonomous cars – are we expecting too much?

A homeless woman is dead. She was hit by a car that wasn’t being driven by a human. The remains of a dilapidated bicycle on an Arizona sidewalk are all that’s left of her physical memory. This 21st century intelligence innovation has sadly made a horrible yet not surprising turn. It’s unfortunate moments like these … Continued

Iconic Brunswick studio undergoes its first facelift since its opening 10 years ago

Iconic Brunswick studio undergoes its first facelift since its opening 10 years ago

It has housed artists from around the nation including The Getaway Plan, Northeast Party House and The VANNS under the name The Studio’s In The City and now, 10 years on, the Brunswick studio operated by Shihad’s Tom Larkins is reaching new heights with a new identity. We chat to industry guru Tom about his … Continued

Newton Faulkner: Hit The Ground Running

Newton Faulkner: Hit The Ground Running

Eleven years since the days of blasting Dream Catch Me as soon as it received some air time, in his sixth studio album, Faulkner’s sound is as refined as it is soulful, with tinges of modern blues intertwined in each of the 14 tracks. The frontrunner of the album, ‘Hit The Ground Running,’ explores the … Continued

The Geelong girl who took Facebook by storm with her rendition of Crave You by Flight Facilities

The Geelong girl who took Facebook by storm with her rendition of Crave You by Flight Facilities

Up and coming local artist Demi Monique has her sights set on advancing her career in music one soul wrenching performance at a time She’s spent her whole life singing and now she’s doing whatever she can to make sure her show-stopping voice is heard by the masses. Demi Valitutti, known by her stage name … Continued

Lethal Sound Division use their musical talent as a platform for a greater good

Lethal Sound Division use their musical talent as a platform for a greater good

Local boys Lethal Sound Division are just one of the headlining acts set to appear at Karova Lounge on Field Street in Ballarat this April. With a selfless determination to raise awareness about the global charity, Free The Slaves, Lethal Sound Division as well as Butterfunked, Embe, Trucks, Dal Santo and Tsugnarly are drawing attention … Continued

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Ladies rejoice! It’s the one day of the year women can’t be (or perhaps they refuse to be) derided for their union; the tightknit sisterhood of imperishable feminism. A common misconception associated with the term feminism is that women view men as a lesser power to them. Let me clarify – this is not true. … Continued

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Ballarat Ballarat Ballarat!

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Ballarat Ballarat Ballarat!

In the lead up to Australia Day, Ballarat has been voted the Top Pub Town in Wotif.com’s 2018 Australian Town of the Year awards. Here’s why! One of Australia’s most recognised days in January, Australia Day, calls for celebration of all things true blue. Though many of us have put in our votes for triple … Continued

Weave through the grasslands at the Torquay Nightjar Festival

Weave through the grasslands at the Torquay Nightjar Festival

Showcasing its eighth year on our Summer calendar, the Torquay Nightjar Festival has all your guilty pleasures sorted. Hitting the grasslands on the Torquay Common at Surf Beach Drive over four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on January 4 and finishing on January 25, the festival is open to patrons from 4pm ’til 10pm. A family-friendly event … Continued

It’s easy to love the St Kilda Fest

It’s easy to love the St Kilda Fest

Celebrating its 38th anniversary, the City of Port Phillip is thrilled to announce an epic lineup for this seasons St Kilda Festival. Australia’s largest free music event will host stages on Sunday the 11th of Feb for The Jezabels, Dan Sultan, Tkay Maidza, Models, Mia Dyson, Bustamento, Architecture in Helsinki (DJ set) and That Gold … Continued

Endless Heights are back and bolder than ever

Endless Heights are back and bolder than ever

Five years since the release of their debut album, Endless Heights are ready and due to drop their emotionally charged record Vicious Pleasure. The five-piece Sydney-bred band are as proud as punch of their new album Vicious Pleasure, an emotive capsule of raw thought and emotion, their most daring approach to music production yet. The … Continued

One show is never enough

One show is never enough

Hurray for the Riff Raff return to Australia this year for the Byron Bay Bluesfest, with tickets to a sideshow in Melbourne available. Combining influences from New Orleans, The Bronx and Puerto Rico, Hurray for the Riff Raff deliver a sound deeply personal to the bands front-runner, Alynda Segarra, which is set to grace Australian … Continued

Not just a boy in Boy & Bear

Not just a boy in Boy & Bear

Tim Hart, backing vocalist and drummer in Aussie indie-folk band, Boy & Bear, is going on tour to showcase his new record, The Narrow Corner. Six years since his debut album Milling The Wind, Tim Hart brings his fans an honest account of his experiences and his emotions, delving from his struggle to meet societal … Continued

The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery and Basement Bar

The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery and Basement Bar

A commercial gallery that exhibits artworks from artists who pose thought-provoking ideas through their visual flair for studio crafted aesthetics, challenging the generic conventions of society. If you’re not a lover of controversial art, at least head down for a drink in the speakeasy bar in the basement. Known for its heritage appeal, you’ll find … Continued

Drink, eat and dance like a Parisian without getting on a flight

Drink, eat and dance like a Parisian without getting on a flight

Aussies from Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are gearing up to throw on their berets this Summer as So Frenchy So Chic, an annual boutique festival, returns for the 11th time in 2018. Produced and catered by admirers of French culture, the garden party will wine and dine patrons through an eclectic array of European wines, … Continued

Fast fashion doesn’t equate to good fashion

Fast fashion doesn’t equate to good fashion

In the world of non-sustainable fast fashion, it’s individuals like Rose Bourke who work towards reducing the nasty gap that segregates quick clothing production from socially responsible (SR) apparel. Thankfully for activists like Rose, in the last 10 years, ethical and environmentally friendly practice has started to reshape the inner workings of the fashion industry. … Continued

Lorne Sculpture Biennale returns in 2018 to deliver an exciting exhibition

Lorne Sculpture Biennale returns in 2018 to deliver an exciting exhibition

Over three weekends in March, the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale (LSB) will be showcasing the best in modern Australian and international sculpture. The free festival will be a celebration of the Lorne foreshore and the Great Ocean Road, inviting art appreciators to walk through and view a wide range of works that exhibit an explicit … Continued

One large popcorn and a Furphy please

One large popcorn and a Furphy please

Little Creatures Brewery in collaboration with Furphy Refreshing Ale are bringing a unique outdoor cinema experience to Geelong locals over 5 weeks in January and February. Embracing the Aussie film industry, Chopper, Strictly Ballroom, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Red Dog and Mad Ma are set to feature on the big screen. In alignment with … Continued

Girl Boss Meg Fay

Girl Boss Meg Fay

In our last issue we brought you Anti Vice Studios, a vegan crafted and locally designed clothing label by 17-year-old Rose Bourke. While sustainable fashion stimulates positive change in the design industry, we chat to another local business boss, Meggie-Fay Furminger, owner and operator of Meg-Fay Makes. A lover of all things eco-friendly and thrifted, … Continued

Welcome to a new kind of theatre, all across the Australian nation

Welcome to a new kind of theatre, all across the Australian nation

Having opened the show in Sydney to stellar reviews, Green Day’s American Idiot production is en route to The Comedy Theatre from February 23. A concept developed by Green Day’s lyricist Billie Joe Armstrong and Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, the show has amazed audiences with its innovation and modernity. What can only be described … Continued

So much to celebrate at this year’s ChillOut Festival in Daylesford

So much to celebrate at this year’s ChillOut Festival in Daylesford

In a quick phone call to Ladyhood’s Brihony Dawson whilst she was travelling in the back of an Uber, we discover exactly why she put her hand up to support Australia’s Premier Queer Country Pride Festival, ChillOut, on their 21st anniversary. Late last year, Australian’s witnessed a long and exhaustive campaign for marriage equality. Despite … Continued

How an old Washing Machine Repairers has transformed into Studio Made Coffee

How an old Washing Machine Repairers has transformed into Studio Made Coffee

A lifetime of design knowledge blended with years of coffee making experience have united to establish a must-see location on the Newtown map. When you haven’t had a coffee in over six months so you order a long black under pressure and it goes down as smoothly as an ice cold beer on a 41-degree … Continued

Nightjar Festival makes its way from the coast to the heart of Geelong

Nightjar Festival makes its way from the coast to the heart of Geelong

With January at a close, many folks are getting ready to say goodbye to Summer once again. Though we are all back at work and the fun feels like it’s dying off *sigh*, February is the ultimate dessert in the third course of Summer and it’s here with a big fat bang. Every Friday night … Continued

Little Creatures welcomes the Furphy Refreshing Ale outdoor cinema again this Summer

Little Creatures welcomes the Furphy Refreshing Ale outdoor cinema again this Summer

Little Creatures Brewery in collaboration with Furphy Refreshing Ale are bringing a unique outdoor cinema experience to Geelong locals over five weeks in January and February. Embracing the Aussie film industry, Chopper, Strictly Ballroom, Priscilla; Queen of the Desert, Red Dog and Mad Ma are set to feature on the big screen. In alignment with … Continued

The new Geelong nightclub that’s sure to attract

The new Geelong nightclub that’s sure to attract

People of Geelong, get ready to throw on your dancing shoes in the New Year as the unveiling of a new nightclub, Halfway, hits Gheringhap street on January the 13th. Jarrad Anders, the man behind the mission of transition, who has recently phased out The Max and transformed it into a modernistic pub that is … Continued

What should the government really be doing?

What should the government really be doing?

A unique insight into the varying opinions surrounding the Australian government’s anti-smoking initiatives from our locals. “COME to where the flavour is. Come to Marlboro country.” How perplexing it is to reflect upon the glorified cigarette advertisements from the 60s, an era when GPs, due to a lack of understanding surrounding the permanently harmful side … Continued

‘5 MINUTES WITH 4 CORRESPONDENTS’ – ALC205 GROUP PROJECT

‘5 MINUTES WITH 4 CORRESPONDENTS’ – ALC205 GROUP PROJECT

ALC205 Blog Post By Amber Dew, Anna Black, Soueang Tang (Evelyn) and Hannah Kenny In considering an idea for Assignment 3, it was suggested to fellow members of the team that we should focus on a topic whereby we find ourselves engrossed within the particular digital culture in which it has been technologically established. Immediately … Continued

I’ve loved and I’ve lost – and so has everyone

I’ve loved and I’ve lost – and so has everyone

On Monday night’s episode of Q&A, I listened to Margaret Somerville inform a 90-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife that if they were to euthanise themselves in ill health, they would essentially ‘kill each other.’ OUR RIGHT TO DIE OUR RIGHT TO DIEMargaret Somerville I'm 89 and my wife is 81. We've explained to our … Continued

Practice safe sex, avoid IVF cheques

Practice safe sex, avoid IVF cheques

According to current data collected by Western Victoria Primary Health Network, chlamydia cases are highest in Geelong, infecting 4 people in every 1000, exceeding the Victorian average of 3.5 per 1000. The network has concluded that chlamydia is the most recurring sexually transmitted infection (STI) in adolescent females and the leading cause of infertility in … Continued

The exploitation of a movement

The exploitation of a movement

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