Folk On

Hi all. Please consider this an open letter on behalf of the Folk’n Feet Fest team, regarding the cancellation of next year’s festival. My name is Edwina Berkin and I’m the acting festival director, although some of you may know me better for my antics on ...

Buy Big

What if mistakes were made? That’s how we all learn, isn’t it? Taking a closer-range view, it’s fair to say that I could do without having lost two million beans, but if that’s the nature of the mistake then so be it. It all started with a new augmente ...

Brake Pad Blues

I’m so done with this year, and beyond keen to get down to the coast for summer. The internship with the agricultural accountancy firm has been worthwhile, but I’m not used to this in-land life. Time to whack my surfboard on top of the station wagon and h ...

Incredible Air Conditioning

We’ve been given a fairly generous grant to create an air conditioning unit that’s both efficient and indestructible, so that’s our current mission. Create invincible air con, or die trying, or maybe not die, just not get any more money or recognition for ...

Cultural Climate

I’ve got this theory about the difference between Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is basically paradise as far as climate is concerned, being essentially temperate all year round. I don’t know that born-and-bred Sydney-siders really appreciate this fact - I ...

Speed Demon

My brother Jimmy has always been a bit on the extreme side, and I can’t help but feel like it’s becoming worse as he approaches his forties. In particular, he seems to have developed a habit of getting on the highway purely for purposes of riding the spee ...

Health First

I need to put my foot down about something. Here it is: burning yourself into the ground is not a viable way to live. I mean, it might work swimmingly in the short term, but that’s not how I assess these things. I plan to live happily to a ripe old age wi ...

Working Hard

Today in tasks that someone’s gotta do: being flown (business class, mind you) to every capital city in the country to critique the ‘fun factor’ of each of the company’s state offices. Why this was assigned to me, I can’t say. It seems like a bit of a fil ...

The Grand Opening

Things around Melbourne certainly are a lot more exciting than they used to be. Time was that you could come to this city, and ask the locals what to do, and there would be stuff, don’t get me wrong...just not much. Send them to Fed Square, get them to dr ...

Wind and Wheels

Sometimes I have this weird dream where I'm driving along the ocean floor, and it's wonderful. I roll down the window and say hello to all the fish, and sometimes I stop at the drive-through to get myself a delicious smoothie, made from seaweed. It's a se ...