The challenge of ruling a diverse nation never changes

The challenge of ruling a diverse nation never changes

This very weighty and important subject is as relevant right now as it was in the 16th Century. That was when a Dutch engraving by artist Pieter van der Borcht the Elder managed to capture the complexity and challenging nature of geopolitics and ruling in a country with many different ideologies and in the midst…

Dismaland is Banksey's dangerous molotov cocktail of pop culture rip-offs

Dismaland is Banksy’s dangerous molotov cocktail of pop culture rip-offs

Banksy's pop up exhibition Dismaland in Weston super-Mare in Somerset this weekend  is a dangerous and provocative molotov cocktail of pop culture references, Eurozone politics, rabid consumerism, and Disney fetishism exposed for our bemusement. Graffiti artist Banksy along with fellow art legends Damien Hirst, Jimmy Cauty and Jenny Holzer have taken over a derelict beachside lido…

Comparing the Great Wall of China to the Great Wall of Trump

I'm in the middle of reading the brilliant travel book Ryszard Kapuściński 'Travels with Herodotus' in which the author talks about his travels as a young journalist through Mao's China of the 1960's. Kapuscinski sets out the politics of China in such a poetic and intensely profound way that it resonates across the decades. His reasoning is resonant…

A piano reverberates over collapsing glaciers

A piano reverberates over collapsing glaciers

Earlier this year, renowned Italian composer Ludovico Eindaudi performed his 'Elegy for the Arctic' on a small floating platform in Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Around him glaciers crumbled and collapsed into the pearlescent water and the pristine quiet was pierced with the deafening sound of a fragile environment on the verge of implosion. His…

The Art of Illusion: The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice (Panorama Racławicka) is a definite must on any trip to the city of Wrocław. The panorama is as iconic to Wrocław as Wawel Castle is to Kraków. The Wrocław Panorama is a gigantic 114 metre long and 15 metre high painting that depicts the battle of Racławice. This was an epic battle of…

Documentary: Australia in the year 2020 (as envisaged in 1990)

This documentary from the late 80's/early 90's Australia offers fascinating insights into what the pre-internet world thought the new century i.e. right now would be like. As a child I remember watching this TV show and pondering about what 202o would be like. It felt like a pipedream to me, as inconceivable as driving a moon rocket…

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of…

Bianchoshock: Setting Up House in the Manholes of Milan

Setting Up House in the Manholes of Milan

Italian Street Artist Biancoshock has lived up to his name by creating a couple of stunning street art installments on the thoroughfairs of Milan in Italy. In a satirical way, this installment shows that when people are forced to seek refuge in foreign countries, with little other than what's on their backs and when forced to live…

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

Ethical Fashion Part 2: The Big Winners and Losers in Australian and NZ Fashion

In Part 1, we discussed the exceptional documentary about the fashion industry The True Cost, and also the catastrophe at Rana Plaza which killed 1,100 workers in a sweat shop in Bangladesh. In this part, we will analyse the report which exposes brands for their ethical or unethical practices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78 I will most definitely be…

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

Ethical Fashion Part 1: The Definitive 2015 Report

What is the true cost of the clothes we wear? This is a question posed in the much-needed expose documentary about fashion and textile production in the Third World - True Cost, watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaGp5_Sfbss Watching this documentary about fast fashion, it got me thinking about where I source my clothing from. I…

The USA along with 23 other countries say “Yes” to Love

Today is a monumental day for people in the USA, with the supreme court ruling in favour of same sex marriage. The battle was long and at times filled with frustrations. But with the world such an overall shitty place lately, I think it's so important that we embrace events like this that give a…