Opinion pieces

How to sing your way to a new community

As a socially awkward seven-year-old, I put my shy little hand up to join the school choir. A non-religious child in a very Catholic school, I wanted to feel included, and the hour spent each week singing along to hymns as part of an off-pitch, passionate assembly of classmates made me feel powerful and confident.… Continue reading How to sing your way to a new community

Opinion pieces

Hooray for Youth Culture Clichés

Columnist Jasmin Ashton on hiding, accentuating or down-right accepting your best/worst features. It may just be the lens through which I view it, but Melbourne is largely a youth-oriented city. Young adults seem to be the majority of people out in the city at almost any point during the working day, with the ‘grown-ups’ squirreled… Continue reading Hooray for Youth Culture Clichés

Opinion pieces

Your Barista is Not a Robot

Australia is full of coffee addicts, and some even consider Melbourne coffee to be up there with the best in the world, but I’ve something to say: brilliant coffee doesn’t just magically appear. There are humans involved, baristas like me, who eventually get pissed off at customers who continue making the same mistakes. Many things… Continue reading Your Barista is Not a Robot