Collingwood Library, a Review

I imagined that the library was contained within the walls of what I now understand is the town hall. How wrong I was. Sitting quietly across the road, with poor signage and and dishevelled entrance, was humble Collingwood library. Now I had a choice today, between here and another library, and thinking it would be…

Toorak Library, a Review

If you ever had a renovation or a new building done at your high school, you’ll have an idea of how walking into Toorak library feels. The carpets are unworn, the armchairs un-frayed, the people calm and fresh-looking. There is some modern art made with neons and mirrors in the foyer (French for ‘the bit…

Try Something: Vegetarian Ketogenic Diet

I’m calling it vegoketo™ and it’s my foray into the world of diets, brought to me by the people I have written off as totally unhinged. Perhaps I too, am unhinged. I woke up and thought: yes, Monday, I need something to add a general sense of loathing to the day. Why don’t I heavily…

Melbourne City Library, a Review

I am in the ‘Activities Room’ which is a white room full of white tables and black and white chairs. The door is left open and everyone looks like they are waiting for someone in a white coat to come and and administer instructions. Maybe we are and I just wasn’t told. Melbourne City Library…

Vote for Australia’s Best Workplace Doggo

Something I’ve authored for Scout Jobs (by Broadsheet) which was obviously a total nightmare and deeply unenjoyable to write. We put the howl out for Australia’s best workplace pup and now it’s time to vote. From a pack of almost three hundred dogs, eleven finalists have been chosen. And while you sadly ask, “Can’t they…

Port Melbourne Library, a Review

Let me start by saying there is a chilled water facility here. As one of my first forays into Melbourne’s public library scene, Port Melbourne impressed me immediately with this feature. On one occasion I was forced to approach the desk, shame-faced and apologetic, with the news I had forgotten my water bottle and required…

Albert Park Library, a Review

Albert Park The sunny amble I took past fresh, expensive parents did not prepare me for my first impression of Albert Park Library. The only thing separating the toilets here from the kind that people use as a place to put drugs in their body, is a lack of blue light. Perhaps this is Albert…

Connecting Trains, Local Connections

A slightly expanded version of the story I wrote for the World Nomads writing scholarship, following the theme ‘making a local connection.’ I’m standing at a bus stop in Yangshuo. The bus isn’t coming. It might never. A Chinese man makes a comment about the bus. Asks where I am going; Guilin. So is he….

Fitzroy Library, a Review

Fitzroy ‘Fitzroy library is a majestic bastard’ I wrote to my friend as I approached the building, maintaining my commitment to low value facts. He lives in London and has a real job. He goes there every day instead of self-indulgently sitting amongst the other lost souls with broken wifi, no desk, or a penchant…

Contributions to Scout (by Broadsheet)

Some of the pieces I have written for Scout Jobs – the job board for Broadsheet. Event: Grow Your Cafe Business with Advice from Industry Experts Seven steps to cafe success from the people at Rumble Coffee Roasters. Make Fashion your Future with Our Top VAMFF Event Picks Presentations and conversations to keep your industry knowledge…

Respect Your Friends’ Kidneys: A Tale of Infections and Atonement

What an absolute nightmare. This, I believe, is penance for all the times I dragged a good friend out drinking, with full knowledge that he suffered from kidney stones and was highly likely to be dealing with them as I nagged him to down pints with me. Now, after experiencing this, I think he might…