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    April 14, 2015 Blogging & the future of fashion

    There are no shortage of Australian fashion blogs, with a new one born every minute. Some young Australians have had the talent, drive, and importantly, luck that has brought their vision to the world stage. Blogs such as Gary Pepper Girl, 4th and Bleeker, Harper and Harley, K is for Kani, Oracle Fox, and Not So Naked […]

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    What it is like to be a whale

    Have you ever seen a whale asleep? Imagine being a creature that size, moving slowly through the ocean, feeding and mating. You can’t roll into a rock crevice to nap away in safety – you’re both enormous and a mammal, so you need to sleep while remembering to breathe.

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    April 13, 2015 Psychology for Dummies: Staying Positive

    How do we measure happiness? What are the key ingredients to a fulfilling life? These are few of the questions posed by an emerging (and often forgotten) area of psychology: positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on promoting wellbeing and happiness within individuals. Founded by renowned psychologist, Martin Seligman, little over a decade ago, it has […]

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    March 31, 2015 We need to have a chat: Freedom of speech on the Internet

    Freedom of speech is a tricky thing. Although it seems obvious to say that most people believe in the freedom of speech – most people in the developed world, anyway – it’s also pretty obvious that we don’t actually think that speech should be entirely free. You might be appalled at this idea. “But Ryan, […]

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    March 30, 2015 “Depreston”, by Courtney Barnett | A•STAR x the AU review

    The single of this week on A*STAR belongs to 27-year-old Melbourne artist Courtney Barnett, who released her debut record Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. last week (March 20th) on her own label Milk Records. Currently touring the USA and having won the prestigious Grulke Prize for Developing Non-US artist at […]

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    Blood on the concrete: welcome to roller derby

    Alice Pester’s first impression of the University of Sydney Roller Derby League (USRDL) was “sheer terror… but inspiring terror”. Pester, a.k.a. ‘Pestilence’ approached the game in 2013 as “a girl who had never considered I could do anything as physical as that”. Though at first she was intimidated by the sight of “these incredibly tough […]