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RUTH DENNEHY has spent the last few months listening to Snow Patrol. Find out why: Snow Patrol, Celtic legends, whatever you want to call them, they’re amazing. So amazing in fact, I’ve been listening to them on repeat for the last 2 months and still not sick of them. Which is hard for me because I listen to music practically 24/7. The lead singer Gary Lightbody is a super smart Northern Irish/Scottish dude who considers himself “rubbish with women”. His honesty and humility is a pleasant change from the typicalRead More

Posted On October 31, 2017By jbeavisIn Art, Column, Culture, Rants

OPINION: More Arts-Based Education Needed

The Arts; A Gift Sent From Heaven This is not an over-exaggeration, but why? By Simone Williamson Before you begin to read this, put on your favourite song, look at the posters on your walls, indulge in what the arts is to you. Now think about how the arts has been a part of your life. I think the creative and performing arts are one of the most important parts of a child’s school career and personal life. I’m not some crazy mother who thinks that the Arts is aRead More
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TV writer Rhiannon Pope binges, then rants about Pride and Prejudice. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a freaking awesome piece of literature: Hello people. There are times in every girl’s life where she just has to sit down and cry in front of a romantic movie. Sometimes it’s because she’s going through a breakup, sometimes she’s just on her period but in my case I was just suffering from boredom and felt like having my heartstrings pulled by something that wasn’t sad. AmongRead More
With the 2016 Triple J Hack report on gender inequality in the music industry, the debate on the widely unrecognised disparity has only recently become national news. It is clear from this report, and many articles following after, that the Australian music industry is unequal in its representation of females and is considered wildly sexist by many in the industry themselves. In the second Girls To The Front investigation by Triple J Hack, it was found that “Male artists are far more likely to be booked on a festival line-upRead More
BY SKYE D’ERCOLE Ah, music. Listening to it is great. But I bet sometimes you wish you didn’t listen to it so much. Yes, I’m talking about the times you listen to a song you haven’t heard in months, maybe even years, where you get flashbacks of memories so vivid that you become traumatised and don’t listen to that particular song for another lengthy period of time. Remember that song that you listened to on repeat with your girlfriends for a solid 6 months? Remember how that song was yourRead More
TV writer RHIANNON POPE lets loose on Supernatural. In 2005  a new show appeared on the CW with the tag line “scary just got sexy.” Supernatural is a fantasy series about two brothers named Sam and Dean who hunt ghosts, demons and other things that go bump in the night with the help of their pet angel Castiel. The show has followed Sam and Dean’s exploits for the last twelve years and it doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon with season 13 confirmed. This is great for most fansRead More
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Posted On March 16, 2017By jbeavisIn Column, Culture

Scooby Gang Rejoice, It’s Your Birthday!

It’s Happy 20th anniversary to Buffy The Vampire Slayer!! RHIANNON POPE looks back on an institution. 1997 was the beginning of many great television shows. Johnny Bravo, South Park, Teletubbies… actually scratch that last one. On March 10, 1997 WB aired a Joss Whedon show that would grow to become one of the greatest shows of all time according to several publications. TV Guide, The Rolling Stone and Time Magazine to name a few. The show I’m talking about is of course Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Buffy The Vampire Slayer wasRead More

Posted On March 7, 2017By jbeavisIn Column, Music

Top 5: The best of all time…?

Guest writer JAYDEN HOWEARTH had a think about his favourite musicians of all time. This is his story: 1. Bob Marley – Because he had one of if not the biggest impacts on the world for the black community  with his music. He was a fighter for freedom armed with a guitar. 2. Michael Jackson – because he was the biggest pop star ever and had the most grooviest music ever. Even people who don’t like pop like him.   3. James Brown- the father of funk and soul. NuffRead More

Posted On March 2, 2017By jbeavisIn Column, Culture, Rants

Please Do Not Assassinate Donald Trump

CLAIRE WEBBY investigates why no-one should assassinate Donald Trump. A shot rings out, BOOM! All of a sudden men in black suits appear, talking into their headpieces. “Donald Trump’s been shot!” If you’re thinking “God, I wish”, there’s no need to feel alone! You are certainly not the only one. There’s literally millions of people all over the world who wish for this everyday, especially on the oh so political world of Twitter… With important celebrities like Charlie Sheen as well as the 60,000 people that retweeted him stating itRead More
Former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson speaks to her former advisor, 2UE radio host David Oldfield during his morning program in Sydney, Thursday, March 24, 2011. The pair have not seen each other for 11 years. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING
This week Pauline Hanson gave her debut speech (for the second time) in the Senate. There were no surprises from the fish-and-chip monger from Ipswich although her attention has shifted from Asians and the Indigenous Australians to Muslims this time around. We can’t help but wonder if she will provide the inspiration for another batch of political themed tunes from our current crop of songsmiths. The Smith Street Band had a crack at Tony Abbott with Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face Super Best Friends penned Dog Whistling  around theRead More