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Firefighters called as man, dog and tortoise all get stuck in hole. Firefighters came to the rescue when a dog and a tortoise got wedged together down a hole. Who would we see on stage? It feels like the secret is out about Brunswick Heads, and internationally acclaimed performers from London to New York are knocking on our doors to perform on our little red stage! Can you tell us anything about the history of the building? Prior to that, from the late s we think , there was an open-air cinema on the site.

There have only been two previous owners of the Picture House, both raising young families on the premises. What do you love about what you do? CC: For me, the best reward has been seeing audience members leave the Picture House smiling and raving, with their feet barely touching the ground. Being able to see the scale of world-class international talent playing in our little village, in such an unexpected location, is awe-inspiring. Describe the space for us. Are there any drawbacks? CC: Our biggest competitor is the stunning beach metres down the road.

We work hard to draw people inside with our programming. How can we contact you? In response, of the students uploaded a video of themselves to YouTube stating their names and showing their student cards. Soon, the hashtag was ripping through social media, being printed on t-shirts, and tens of thousands of students were protesting all over the country. In a nutshell: On February 26, , in a well-to-do suburb of Florida, a volunteer neighbourhood watchman named George Zimmerman shot dead Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, as he returned home from the shops.

It was a heinous crime, and a potent reminder of the fraught position people of colour still hold in American society. But when a court acquitted Zimmerman a year later, it lit a fuse to a long-simmering powder keg and gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement. The answer is: nobody. Nieto claimed it was.

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In a nutshell: When Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines in , it was a step backwards for the young democracy. A chauvinist strongman who came to. Sound familiar? Current logo: a skeletonised shaka. The only thing that matters now is the country. Engage in conversations, not fights.

Americans into limbo. Protest, campaign, and make their plight impossible to ignore. Unfortunately, China has spent the following 20 years hammering away at those freedoms every way they can. Matters came to a head in September , when China announced that, while elections would still be held in Hong Kong, from here on in all the candidates would have to be vetted by the Chinese government. Soon, more than , people had joined them; many carrying bright yellow umbrellas to signify their solidarity, as well as offering protection from police charges and pepper spray.

After months of conflict, the protests finally wound down in December, with both sides pledging to continue discussions. The situation with Beijing is an ongoing struggle — meanwhile, the three students who started the Umbrella Revolution have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In a nutshell: Few topics in America are quite so fraught as the question of what to do with the Dreamers. The estimated 1. In , after relentless lobbying and demonstrations from the undocumented youths who risked deportation in the process , Obama introduced a plan known as DACA, that would allow the Dreamers to stay in America so long as they satisfied certain criteria.

It was a massive win on a question that had baffled the US Congress for decades, and one that can be placed at the feet of the Dreamers themselves, who have formed one of the most potent youth activism networks in the world. In a nutshell: The Arab world has one of the largest proportions of young people around the globe, with almost 60 per cent of the population under the age of In a region plagued by corruption and stagnant economies, where employment opportunities for these young folks are few and far between, the situation was always going to reach breaking point.

It all started in December , when a young fruit vendor in Tunisia set himself. Over the next nine months, more and more people joined them, from eco-activists to local landowners and young people from nearby tribes. In December they received news that the pipeline was being rerouted. They had won. Then a month later, after the camp had disbanded, Donald Trump overruled the decision in one of his first acts as president. Because, of course he did.

His sacrificial act worked as a catalyst, with spontaneous protests erupting all over the country, and dictatorial president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee. Seeing this success, youths all across North Africa and the Middle East were soon embarking on their own revolutionary campaigns. Within a year, the Arab Spring had become one of the most significant protest movements in human history, with decades-old dictatorships being toppled in Libya, Yemen and Egypt, and massive disruption occurring in a dozen more countries.

However, the Arab Spring has also become a cautionary tale of the unintended consequences of sudden change, as brutal civil war has since gripped Yemen and Syria; Libya has fallen into chaos; and Egypt has reverted to another military dictatorship. But throughout the rest of the Middle East, an Arab Winter has very firmly taken hold. The solution is simple: change the date to something all Australians can celebrate. Over the past few years, young Indigenous groups like the Koorie Youth Council have been at the forefront of the Change the Date campaign, helping to organise Invasion Day rallies and leading the changethedate social media movement.

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Struggling with a legacy of dispossession, poverty and persecution, they have vastly increased rates of depression, substance abuse and, among teenagers in particular, suicide. But when the US government proposed an oil pipeline that would travel underneath the nearby Missouri River, threatening a vital source of drinking water for the neighbouring Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, the members of OMYM shifted their focus.

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While the mortgage certainly took the joy out of spending money on clothes, and pretty much everything — I can translate any dollar value into the number of days it could shave off my mortgage term — the truth is, I lost interest in thinking about clothes. It was just another thing on my to-do list, and when it comes to choosing between eating and ironing, I will always choose eating. Clothes were pushed to the side, so my uniform developed.

Shirt, jeans, Vans, every day. Sometimes shorts in summer. A little wild; a little loose. There are many of us moving among you, refusing the freedom to vary our wardrobes and stubbornly enforcing our own fashion regulation. Our colleagues and friends are kept guessing at the reason behind the strange consistency: was he raised in an orphanage?

Did she attend military school? Is he in mourning? We envy the unflattering, mass-produced uniforms of fast food staff, nurses, nuns and cult members. Yeah, me too. Every morning I stand at the makeshift wardrobe in my kitchen and assess my options: one of three shirts — none clean — and jeans, black or blue. Some days I mix it up by wearing a t-shirt. These are mostly faded, oversized hand-me-downs. All I want is something neutral, boxy and non-descript. I want a uniform. These days, my recurring dream is of a world where every workplace has instituted a uniform.

One outfit to rule them all. The euphoria has surpassed that of my previous recurring dream. I would have made a great cult member — I may still yet. In my dreams, the uniform is a floor-length black linen muumuu. High in the neck; loose in the shoulders and sleeves; barely touching the torso. Workers have some freedom in the shoes they can choose: black sneakers, black boots, black sandals.

Upon signing their employment contract, staff are handed a paper package of seven muumuus and a pair of each type of shoe. This dream life is one giant, waistline-free utopia. Clothes were once of interest to me — my coathangers dripped with colour and diverse cuts of fabric. I even had different clothes for the weekend. Down time was spent scouring op shops for sartorial gold, sneezing my way through the racks.

For years I was taunted by a recurring dream in which I discovered a giant, untouched op shop warehouse where everything fit me perfectly. One size fits all. Or you might mime an arrow going though it. Change is inevitable — it just might happen in the most improbable place. In , Play School became the first Australian television program to present a deaf person in a positive light. It would have been the first time many deaf kids had seen a person using sign language on TV.

Sick of the victim stance that writers were perpetuating, Sofya set about creating some new on-screen roles for deaf people. Next step: get hired as a director. Not so simple. So, if I was working, it was because I was generating my own projects, and after a while I found that really exhausting. And, in a way, she literally has been. She had a gun pulled on her; she saw drug deals on. So they developed sign language in order to get around that, and teach deaf people the word of God. The industry is changing, however — and in a pretty major way.

Today, Sofya works at Create NSW, helping to decide which screen projects the state government should be backing financially. It opens their perception to people with disability in decision-making roles, and normalises it in a way that really needs to happen.

The lead role went to Bridie McKim, a Brisbane actress with a mild form of cerebral palsy. Chuck it on, settle on the couch, and Sofya will teach you over signs, plus a few signed versions of nursery rhymes. The kind with a plain black cover that gives no hint as to what juicy stuff lies inside mostly dinner with the folks and bill payment deadlines.

A feeling that relaxes your whole body, like a brief and nerdy massage. With a true-blue paper diary, I can revel in it several times a day — whereas old mate Google Calendar keeps that sense of accomplishment all to itself. I, an office worker in her 20s with a smartphone and a laptop and an addiction to food delivery apps, am distrustful of making digital plans. Phew, feels good to get that out in the open. The parties I skipped; the catch-up dinners that made my week. I know that, in theory, I could wake up in the morning to a sultry robotic voice telling me when all my meetings are and what the weather is going to be like and which awful international news broke overnight.

But while my plans may be flexible, my method for managing them is not. I am the exact person the Moleskine marketing execs have in mind when they develop their strategies for peddling paper products. Coworkers and friends have scoffed at me, and implied with raised eyebrows that writing down plans is outdated; frivolous; maybe even childish. I remember walking through downtown Wollongong in the middle of winter one day when I was a kid.

There was a woman with really bright clothing moving through the crowd, and everywhere she walked she left people smiling behind her. That was when I realised you can create a little island of happiness around you by wearing bright clothes. My bright shirts are part of my stage clothing — a way to set up a relationship with the audience. My wife makes all my shirts — very rarely do I buy any. So, the majority of shirts she makes, and she buys the materials, too. Generally, they last between three and 30 wears before they begin to get a bit tired. There was one shirt I was especially in love with, my shinkansen shirt — the Japanese high-speed bullet train.

We bought the material in the Shinjuku railway station in Tokyo. When the shirt wore out at the collar, my wife went to the tremendous effort of unpicking it and putting it on backwards, just so I could get another 20 or so wears out of it. My collection lives on my side of the wardrobe in our bedroom, over two levels — 20 shirts on each level.

People have asked me for my old shirts when they wear out, which is a little bit creepy. Colour is an important part of our lives. I like wearing the bright shirts simply because they can spread happiness in the world around me. Warm lighting; wooden bookshelves lined with paperbacks old and new; inherited silverware; Charlie Parker playing in the background and the smell of your favourite food bubbling away on the stove in Le Creuset pots that you will one day inherit.

Your parents would have that good organic washing powder, too. Your Christmases are food and music and trundle beds at the beach house. Long days spent lounging. Yeah, your family life is a Diane Keaton film. Even my boyfriend is in a different state. Despite my isolation, I rarely feel lonely. Then it strikes me. I start to shiver and the little match girl in me awakens. Oh, woe is me, standing on the outside looking in. Yet here I am. Green with envy and a touch of nausea. Time with people whose plates you can pick from; whose fridge you can raid without judgment.

Walking home to my studio apartment on Sunday nights, I can almost hear the familial laughter and tinkle of glasses from every house I pass. On these nights, the lights in the houses I pass look warmer than ever and the streetlights more harsh. My sister lives more than 30 hours away, not to mention the several thousand dollars it costs to get there. The rest of my family lives in. I know my fantasy of your family dinners is just that. You probably get sick of your parents after 20 minutes.

Maybe you sit there wishing you could be home in your pyjamas, passed out in your own plate of hot vegetable nothingness, too. By Daniel Moore My cat has the best life. He sleeps all day, eats when he wants, and if he decides he wants a pat, you have no choice but to pat. Instead, they go about their days outsourcing the details of life, like getting food and paying bills, to humans.

They live entirely in the moment, and while I do love my furry feline friend, I am intensely jealous of him. The outcome?

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He gets food. They have no sense of the days, hours, minutes and seconds flying by. As a result, they have next-to-no stress. Which sounds pretty excellent. And when was the last time you saw a cat clean anything, apart from themselves? My cat vomited the other day because he ate too much, too fast. He simply stepped around his disgusting pile of vom and waited by his food bowl for it to be topped up, because, well, he was hungry again.

Cats are the epitome of Zen. You know why? Do you ever have those days when you try on outfit after outfit and absolutely nothing feels or looks right? Cats are never faced with those sorts of predicaments. They wake up and are automatically ready for the day, dressed perfectly for any occasion. Living like a cat is my ultimate dream.

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The key to happiness. The key to success. Or not — who cares? When someone tries to get close to me, I start getting mad. Calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. Cats know what they want, they communicate it and they demand reverence. Our feline friends epitomise the fearless self-respect we humans lack. We tend to bottle up emotions and hide our problems, rarely expressing ourselves as honestly as cats. The fact is, I would love to be in a relationship. I love relationships. I love being in love. Not really. Not permanently.

Not once they discover everything about me. How could they? My farts smell. Sometimes I have to run away from them. A dude came to the door, a property value inspector. I looked down to notice it also had multiple dried-up splodges of toothpaste and encrusted brownish areas I have no idea what this was originally. I also lie about things. Which is why seeing loving couples makes me feel a sort of jealousy. I want what they have. Not the relationship per se, but the ability to love themselves enough to let another person into their hearts.

To be able to fart — fart fully, powerfully and with total pride — and know that your partner will still find you beautiful and want to bed you exclusively. How do you get this? Where does this security come from? Maybe nobody does. One day. By Eleanor Robertson Jealousy is one of the most horrible human emotions. Being in the grips of extreme jealousy almost feels like dying: there is something you want — really want — without which you feel empty, inadequate and ashamed. The first scenario, although it may feel earthshattering at the time, can sometimes turn out really well — the jealousy fades; your attention is caught by the flash of a new shiny object; you forget why you even wanted the thing in the first place.

Hopefully you have the wherewithal to observe this process happening, and make a little mental post-it note for next time. Or, if you remain impotently jealous, you can spend the rest of your life consumed by envy and bitterness, thirsting for satisfaction. This may not be pleasant, but at least it gives you something to really put your mind to.

And what if you do manage to attain the object that your jealousy has fixated on? This can be the more tragic scenario, because you will inevitably be let down when you realise that possessing the coveted object cannot actually alter your inner life. No matter how many sleek Scandi armchairs you buy,. Even if you get the same job as your most enviable and successful friend, you will never feel as cool as they look.

That person looks happy. Buddhists try to deal with this constant internal rollercoaster by exhorting people to rid themselves of desire. I should find out what the right thing is and get that instead. Tell us about the Agoraphobic Traveller project. Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder where you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped or embarrassed.

At times, this has severely limited my ability to travel far from home. I went in search of a creative outlet to help me get through it, and found refuge online. I began travelling the world — through Google Street View. What kinds of things are you looking for? I try to find spots of magic and the extraordinary in everyday scenes. I love matching colours, bright blue skies and dusty towns, as well as celebrating similarities throughout the world, while highlighting the uniqueness of different places.

When I find something I love, I often imagine little movie scenes. Moments like that make me smile and love the world a little bit more. What made you start exploring that platform? I've always had a vivid imagination and been interested in worlds that are slightly surreal or out of my grasp. I haven't been to any of these places in person, so I thought it would be fun to imagine them in a unique way. I was excited by the possibilities of Google Street View — a tool primarily designed for functional purposes, not creativity. I realised I could use my passion for photography and culture and combine it with modern technology, to create something unique and of its time.

How has this project changed you? At first I was concerned that staying home for long periods of time searching through Google Street View would not be very healthy, but, in fact, it has had the reverse effect. Not only has it connected me with people from around the world with similar struggles, but openly talking about it has made my life feel both bigger and better.

I've found some beautiful places on my Street View travels, and I want to venture further away from my comfort zones and check them out for real. With an entire world to scroll through, how do you manage to spot these visual gems? Once I find an area I like the look of, I spend as long as I can trying to capture that perfect moment, experimenting with angles and composition, which can take days or weeks.

My favourite places so far are countries like Mongolia, Senegal, Chile and Peru. They all have amazing light and incredible colours. What have you learnt about the world? That we are all more similar than we realise. Where can we see more of your snaps? Money mindsets are inherited. When I was growing up, we always had this sense that money, or even talking about money, was somehow evil, so I never thought to value myself properly, or take steps to improve my financial situation.

Work out why you think about money the way you do and it can help you become more clear-eyed about your own finances. So stop waiting for a raise or a better job and start sorting your shit out now. An emergency stash might save you. On that note, consolidate your superannuation NOW. It literally takes a few minutes online and could save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

Budgeting is a necessary evil. Budgets suck. But I really think everyone should give it a shot, even for a month. I promise you will be shocked by where your money is going. Debt is not your friend. The entire credit card industry is built on humans being shit at resisting temptation. Make clearing your debt a priority and then never let it happen again. Learn patience. Most of the companies we interact with on a daily basis rely on us not asking for a better deal.

Phone and internet; all forms of insurance; utility companies;. If you have a blender, whack all the ingredients in and whiz until it forms a fine brown powder. Working without a blender? Sift the cocoa into a bowl, adding the brown sugar and salt. Grate in the chocolate and mix well. Makes enough for about 10 hot chocolates.

Use the same process as the classic hot chocolate, swapping boiling water for rum, and regular milk for coconut milk. Once combined in your cup, sprinkle chopped-up chocolate on top and serve immediately. Arrrr, delicious. Put the hot chocolate mix and boiling water in your favourite cup or mug. Pour the milk into a small pot set over medium heat. Serve immediately, perhaps topped with a marshmallow or some chocolate sprinkles.


Alternatively, grate the white chocolate into a bowl, then stir in the cornflour and cardamom until combined. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Makes enough for about 4 hot chocolates. To make the blonde hot chocolate, put the white chocolate mix in a small bowl. Add a little of the milk and stir well. Pour the rest of the milk and the vanilla extract into a small pot set over medium heat. Bring it close to simmering point, then remove from the heat and add the milk and white chocolate mixture.

Mix well and return to the heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens. Pour into a cup and serve. Use the same process as the classic hot chocolate, swapping boiling water out for coffee. Serve garnished with chocolate-covered coffee beans for an extra pick-me-up. Thanks to Spotlight for helping us out with some lovely kitchen bits to decorate our table.

Cup and saucer, canister, doily and floral fabric all from spotlightstores. It would be 10 kilometres away from the natural springs, some dated three-and-a-half million years old. For us, the traditional owners of the land, the springs — where all the water to the country comes from — are the water spirit. My mum and dad are black; all my grandparents are black; my greatgrandparents were black.

But living in and around Mackay and other parts of Central Queensland, we were usually the only black kids in school. None of the things they told me matched up — I knew there was a lie there somewhere. We said no to the Adani coal mine in , then again in , and had the threat of compulsory acquisition from Adani lawyers hanging over our heads. There was this assumption that traditional owners should have no say over the environmental impacts of this project — that shocked and confused me.

It was clear that education was my way out — it was going to be the thing that defined my future. When I was 14, I thought I was going to end up in Canberra talking to politicians, because they forget about us mob up here. It actually happened. It was quite funny, because I only went along to make sure my dad got there all right. One of the defining moments of my childhood was in Nebo, not far from Mackay. There was a celebration in town where all the white kids dressed up in colonial clothes, and had floats and everything. No Aboriginal people were told about it, but my parents found out, and got my aunties to bring some of my cousins.

That and the campaign are my number one priorities now — for a while, the campaign was at the top and uni and everything else fell into a heap. At one point, we had so many court hearings that I was running out of clean clothes and ended up wearing activewear to court. We wanted to make them care about it. I was asked to be the young, female spokesperson. We had a paralegal with us as our adviser, and someone who used to work for Greenpeace.

It was scary. In a minute meeting, how do you put your humanity out there and tell people on the other side of the world they should care about us? We told them no one knows what will happen to us if this goes ahead, but we can tell you what it will feel like.

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I already had my own thing going on, setting up how I could look after my country, but Seed is an amazing contact point for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A bunch of other investors pulled support as well. That was the win we were looking for. I need to go to the beach more; I love swimming. I love to hang out with my friends, who keep me strong; a lot of them are artists, weavers or make music. I go to their gigs or do traditional weaving, sit around and talk and listen to old-school reggae. If I could just stay home and watch Harry Potter over and over, that would be good.

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The idea is that, while the patient is asleep, the implant is printed and inserted. Fine for our heads, but not so great for hard-wearing parts like the bones in our legs. After all, various body parts are already being 3D printed. Kate got into implants early in her career; her PhD involved looking at new hip implant materials.

It seemed an easy option at the time, and was a way of staying in. What do you do for a crust? How would you describe your decorating style? My biggest influence is probably the retro thing, but with modern colours and a bit of a twist. I love plants and layering textures and textiles. Lots of art; lots of cushions. Describe the house you live in.

Our house is a bit of a Mid-century homage — mostly one level, with low wood-panelled ceilings; Japanese -ji screens; and ranch sliding doors to the deck outside. What about the colour palette? Pink is always a favourite. Do you know anything about the history of the house? He designed and built many houses in the area, but this one was for himself and his wife. When we moved in, we were given the original architectural drawings and plans, as well as photo albums of the building of the house, and various stages of its life.

The previous owner started his career as a draftsman in his hometown of Liverpool, England, which, coincidentally, is where Sam and my families are from. How do people react when they drop by?

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Does your home reflect your artistic style? Yes, totally! Both my work and home are very imperfect, and a little rough around the edges. What goes on in your house aside from sleeping? We once held a big retro fondue party for friends, which was super-fun. I love an opportunity to dress up and do the house up, too, so Christmas is always a favourite. The leopard print chair in the sunroom is a special piece. I obviously come from a family of animal print lovers, but also creative, hardworking women who dare to be different, and the chair is a symbol of that. Nothing is ever done.

The pink hallway is possibly the most longstanding part of the house. The perfect stools for the kitchen bench. Where has most of your stuff come from? About 70 to 80 per cent of my stuff is secondhand — I also make a lot and mix in bits I find elsewhere. Do you have a favourite room to hang out in?

It changes with the seasons depending on where is warmest , but I love to have my morning coffee in the armchairs in the dining room, looking out onto the back garden. Talk us through some of the art on your walls. I use my house as a bit of a gallery for my work, but I also love collecting art. I mix up originals with posters or framed tea towels, plus other bits, like neon lights, mirrors and little shelves. The pink dog in the hallway by John Bond is always a talking point, and was the first piece of art I bought via Instagram which is where I find almost all art these days.

The swirly mural was a bit of a spur of the moment. To me, home is a reflection of self, where you can be completely yourself, surrounded by things you love and that give you good energy. Tell us a little about yourself: were you always so interested in game design? I sort of wound up in game design by accident. I grew up with three brothers, so they were always roping me in to play games like Warcraft III — I ended up actually really loving it.

Is that where the inspiration came from? We [co-creators Terry Burdak and Ryan Boulton] all had a childhood spent in the Australian bush, being outside and having that lovely freedom to roam around in. It was something that united all of us when we first started this project during our final year at uni. Reading and gaming both have that sense of being able to lose yourself in this engaging experience, like a lot of these portable iOS games that look small but end up captivating you. Australian artists were an inspiration too, right?

Yeah, Australian landscape art was really important for Paperbark. Artists like Albert Namatjira — we have posters of his work on the walls in the studio — and that watercolour feel we love. The main thing we wanted to do was move away from some of the stereotypes. Some Australian art can feel very kitschy — red desert, kangaroo, everybody goes to the beach. We really wanted to find a more honest and true representation of our actual experiences growing up in the countryside. Can you talk a bit about translating your watercolour visuals and art direction to the game?

We really wanted to use that watercolour effect because it was so common in our inspirations. We would basically give her a list and show her an area that we were basing a level on, and ask her to okay everything from a scientific perspective. What is the actual playing experience of Paperbark like and who do you imagine playing it? We wanted to make something that could be enjoyed by everyone, with any level of experience with games — and which is not necessarily age-related. To find out more, visit paperbarkgame.

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As it turns out, winter blues are a global phenomenon, no snow required. SAD explained a lot about my life. The sun disappeared for three solid months, and in its place was a white, glowing sky that turned into darkness every day at 4pm. Once I recovered from the shocking discovery that my depression might be tied to the weather, I engaged in a little more googling so far the internet had served me well.

Ideally, the light replicates the sun. In reality, especially if you use it in your tiny apartment, the lamp replicates the glowing light bars that zoos install in reptile enclosures. I enjoyed the idea that I could alter my mood with an overpriced light bulb. Two weeks and four migraines later, I abandoned the device and moved on. Theoretically speaking, I should have been prepared to encounter winter depression. Depression of varying kinds has been a big part of my adult, adolescent and childhood life.

Still, when the days grew short and my soul started to resemble a flaccid uncooked sausage, I found myself per cent confused. I googled my symptoms, assuming the internet would diagnose me with glandular fever, Lyme disease, or late-stage hypochondria. A SAD lamp is basically a big box of misleading information, designed to make your body think the sun is definitely shining and the ocean is warm and very nearby. Once I cottoned on to the idea that I might be able to fake it till I made it to summer , I began a frenzied game of make-believe. Season-induced or not, seasonal affective disorder is still depression, and depression is depressingly immune to my gimmicks — even ones that cost 50 bucks and promise to be just like the sun.

Despite having lived through at least a decade of public health warnings about seasonal affective disorder SAD , I failed to recognise that I might be wintertime depressed. Musical genre: Metal. It has Socrates, Genghis Khan and Beethoven in it. Far in the future, though, the music of Wyld Stallyns has created an interplanetary utopia through its sheer bodaciousness.

If Ted fails history class and gets sent to military school, the universe is in peril! Time travel is our only hope! Appeared in: The Blues Brothers. Musical genre: Blues. So, I figured this was an action movie about men who drove blue cars, which is why it was called The Blues Brothers. The end. Fast forward to approximately three weeks ago. I am pleased to tell you that The Blues Brothers is a musical comedy about two men who like blues music almost as much as they like smashing cars.

The moral of the story is: sometimes car chases can be funny, and sometimes John Belushi can do cartwheels. Appeared in: The Big Lebowski. Musical genre: Sort of, ugh, technopop. Appeared in: Jem. Musical genre: Glam rock. The lowdown: If you ever need evidence to prove how weird the s were, here are three suggestions: 1 the wild swing in Cold War geopolitical relations from very bad to revolutions and joy ; 2 the Viennetta was considered a classy dessert; or 3 literally any episode of Jem and the Holograms, a cartoon story about a woman who uses a super-computer and a fancy set of earrings to transform into a rock star hologram named Jem.

The good news is that, despite the extremely strange premise, Jem and the Holograms kind of ruled. The songs were catchy; the fashion was forward; the colours were bright; and I can only imagine all the writers were on cocaine, because what even is this. Appeared in: Josie and the Pussycats. Musical genre: Pop. Hair with flippy ends! Extremely low-waisted jeans! Boy bands with synchronised dancing! Tara Reid! Stay away from your headphones, kids. Appeared in: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. Musical genre: Punk. Along with an itty-bitty Diane Lane and Marin Kanter, Dern is a member of The Stains, a teen punk band without any real talent, but with a whole lotta attitude and snarl.

Appeared in: The Commitments. Musical genre: Soul. It will be a very good soul band and it will be my path to glory, riches and abundance. For the musicians in The Commitments, though, soul music provides a way of transcending, but also bringing meaning to their sometimes less-than-satisfying lives. After some very bad auditions, Rabbitte chooses an unlikely group of musicians who pull together to discover what it means to create and share joy. If you need a little something to boost your faith in the world, just put on The Commitments and let it work its magic. Appeared in: Star Wars.

Musical genre: Cosmic jazz. While the pair works their way through the cantina, where the patrons are rough and less than welcoming, the mood is kept upbeat by a group of bald aliens tootling out some jaunty jazz numbers. Sure, the rest of the Star Wars soundtrack can offer iconic and epic themes suitable for a heroic adventure, but the cantina can offer us hairless musicians with weird wind instruments. Right on. Tell us about yourself, please.

I was brought up in Greece, but I now live in California. I worked as a computer programmer for a few years, and as a tech journalist for a major technology blog, but when my health declined, I stopped working. A few years later, I found my health, but I never went back to tech — I became an artist. A look into the dream world, but with a more psychedelic type of aesthetic.

It makes the old new again. Talk us through the process of creating a collage. Do you have a specific concept in mind at the beginning, or do the images you find dictate what comes next? With collage, you have no alternative but to let the images dictate the artwork. Commissions where specific ideas need to be implemented never come out as good as free-form collages. Most of the time, I simply try a lot of things until something clicks.

What is it about collage art that appeals to you? The grittiness of it, and the playfulness. I also love the fact it can be put together much faster than a painting. It used to take me three hours to make a collage — I can make one now in 30 minutes using Photoshop. I need two days for an illustration.

What of you can we see in these images? Another world. Aside from making art, how do you spend your time? Watching sci-fi and learning how to use filmmaking tools. Filmmaking is my other favourite art medium. What do you want people to take away from your work? I used to make artworks that were heavy-handed with meaning and political messages.

People hated those. So then I moved on to make funnier and more abstract artworks, where everyone can put their own meaning on it. Where can we see more of your work? Priyanka Kaul spent much of her childhood flitting happily between two very different worlds. Her parents had moved from New Delhi to Sydney in , embarking on a grand adventure with baby Priyanka in tow.

They quickly grew to love their adopted country, but missed home, too. So they sought out other Indian migrants, to share familiar little snippets of culture, food and language. It felt like living in two universes. As Priyanka grew older, the starkness of that contrast began to grate a tad. She started to notice the mainstream world outside her front door was oddly homogenous — especially when it came to fashion.

It was initially more of a creative outlet; an opportunity to stretch herself as an artist after a long day with her IT hat on, creating mobile phone apps. Or, rather, on her very own and very first business. Her fabrics are all hand-woven there, a process that takes months, before being sent on to Australia for sewing. Working across two cultures and languages does have setbacks, Priyanka admits. Diving into the deep end of her first collection, Priyanka naturally drew from influences close to her heart. When you start to show the culture and the reason behind things, people become interested.

Sarees are huge in Indian culture — a traditional signifier of womanhood, Priyanka says — though younger generations are wearing them more now, too. Our pieces are for free-spirited, independent women who desire jewellery as individual as themselves. We also spend lots of time with our talented artisan makers in India, sharing meals and sewing together. I wish this was what my lunch break really looked like. It comes from a recurring dream I had as a kid of me riding on a horse.