Category Opinion & Reviews


A few weeks back I took an old friend of mine to see Amélie at Rooftop Cinema for her birthday. Amélie is a shared favourite of ours and I have to say it gets better each time I watch it. It’s just so beautiful, and each time you watch it you notice something you hadn’t […]


The way we think about charity is dead wrong.

I could hardly contain my excitement after watching Dan Pallotta’s Tedtalk. There is just so much awesome. It’s been a while since I watched it and I’ve finally put some thoughts to words (though not much proofreading, it’s too long & ceebs). I would recommend watching the Tedtalk before reading my post because it might […]

Summer Read: Life of Pi

  I wrote this more than a week ago, but I obviously forgot to post before I went on holidays   Just finished reading Life of Pi. Loved it. It was so well written, I found myself checking the back cover every now and then to confirm it really was a work of fiction and […]

Why I Don’t Care About Tragedies

There’s a reason I don’t write often on tragedies such as the Sandy Hook massacre or terrorist attacks. I just don’t know where to start. With all the miserable things we hear in the news, where does one start? Does one start with the instinctive outrage, despair or blame? Taking a step back we all […]

The Intouchables

I went to see The Intouchables yesterday! It made me laugh quite a lot, though immediately afterwards I would stop myself and wondering if it was appropriate to laugh at a paraplegic’s inability to feel hot water being experimentally poured on his legs. I wouldn’t call it a heart warming story, but I still found […]

Does Africa Need Our Outrage?

I put off this post for a while because I didn’t know how to start it but I think I’ll begin with a little bit more about me and my interest in human rights, and human rights law. I should start by saying I am not an activist or a campaigner. Instead I am someone who […]

Karma, Justice and Cake

Imagine the following situation: You have before you one cake, a very delicious cake. There are two people present. How should the cake be shared? The obvious answer that comes to mind is to cut the cake into equal halves. Various authoritative voices from your childhood chime in with various reminders to be a good […]

Irrational Choice in Democracy

Is there a problem with democracy today? Is it lack of information and participation? Or is there something more fundamental amiss in politics today? Looking at the proposal to excise Australia from Australia, and the state of the American presidential campaign, I considered that perhaps the system is not broken, but instead we have stopped […]