How the spice trade changed the world

Spice. The very word conjures up images of exotic trails, bustling winds and turban clad men concocting salubrious brews. The history of spice is like many things in this world however, not as it seems. India would seem to many to be the birthplace of spice, being as it is the land of curry and chai. But in fact many of the finest spices as we know … Continue reading How the spice trade changed the world

A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

The current political narrative of Jews and Arab Muslims dates back only 100 years. There is an older story, a richly complex and more peaceful one begging to be told. Sitting in the shadows of today’s narrative of animosity and hatred is a story of a thriving co-existence between Jews and Arabs. This is Morocco’s Jewish history. Jewish life in Morocco is over 2000 years … Continue reading A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

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Australian aboriginal lore and how I learnt to be invisible

I’ve been on this Earth for 30 years and in that time I’ve learnt a lot about a lot of different people. I’ve travelled through Europe, South East Asia, Central America and the Pacific and lived in Asia for an extended period. I’ve been up and down the East Coast and along the West Coast of this country. I’ve met and befriended people from all over the … Continue reading Australian aboriginal lore and how I learnt to be invisible

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Feet in two worlds, heart in none: Feature film by Bangarra director

What does it feel like to have a foot in two worlds and a heart in none? Highly acclaimed new film from the director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, SPEAR, follows a young man Djali who is grappling with this very question; how to place the ancient traditions of his culture into the modern world around him. Drinking in scenes from the rugged Pacific coastline of … Continue reading Feet in two worlds, heart in none: Feature film by Bangarra director

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The vast wilderness of Mongolia

Mongolia is one of those lands where you’ll still encounter roads trips taken by horse than car. It is said to have the best horseman on earth and this weekend gone they are celebrating Nadaam festival, the nationwide celebration of the three so-called ‘manly’ sports, archery, wrestling and horse racing. Home to one of the few nomadic people left and with a population of around … Continue reading The vast wilderness of Mongolia

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Is our sludge worth its weight in gold?

Would you lower yourself into a drain of human sludge and faecal matter for the slim chance of finding specks of gold? If you were living with 15 other people in a squalid room the size of an average Australian bathroom, had no education, no job prospects and dependents to support, I guess you would. In Kolkata India, where thousands of goldsmiths work in the … Continue reading Is our sludge worth its weight in gold?

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What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world?

In many respects, it means what your culture says it means. In tribute to International Women’s Day on March 8, ABC has aired the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary ‘I AM A GIRL’ which follows the lives of several teenage girls on the brink of womanhood in countries around the world. I AM A GIRL is remarkable because it shows the extent to which culture dictates … Continue reading What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world?

Feel the earth frequency. Queensland’s best outdoor festival

I’ve long been a festival goer. Places where people go to celebrate under the stars, to stomp and dance on the earth, to connect with friends, to be debaucherous and generally let go of regular life. The biggest party in the electronic music scene in Queensland is coming up this weekend. Earth Frequency Festival (affectionately known as Earth Freq) is about to celebrate its 10 … Continue reading Feel the earth frequency. Queensland’s best outdoor festival

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One man’s story: crossing the Himalayas

Originally posted on The Press Collective:
In northern India, nestled in the Himalayas, the town Upper Dharamasala provides a safe haven for a bustling Tibetan community. In 2012, a short stay introduced me to this beautiful area. Even in April, snow-capped mountains created a picturesque backdrop. Tibetan prayer flags fluttered over the paths and in the alpine forests. Small bald monks in maroon robes strolled… Continue reading One man’s story: crossing the Himalayas