Cool Stuff Sunday

Two weeks ago I went back to Brisbane to spend time with my mum, and to make use of my ticket to see the utterly incomparable Hans Zimmer live with a friend. The depth and scope of his work in cinema over his lifetime is astounding. We both absolutely nerded the fuck out when our favourite scores were played, because sometimes music affects you to your bone marrow. I will never get over the way I feel when I hear the below, nor the fact I heard it live with my own ears while my eyes stared, overwhelmed, at the man who created it and the musicians who brought it to life. Thank you Hans. What an extraordinary evening.

Play this at my funeral.

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I think Johnny Depp is well past his use-by date. Not only have his last, oh, bajillion, performances sucked, but he’s an absolute mess in interviews now (that Ellen show thing made me queasy) and his rep as a human is obviously pretty fucked after the “alleged” abuse against Amber Heard. Anyway. I’m over him as a person and as a concept, and aside from the fact I’m forced to watch his Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, I actively try to steer clear of films he has a role in. This article by The Hollywood Reporter had me gasping aloud though; an absolutely fascinating investigation of Depp’s spiral out of favour/out of money.

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YA wunderkinds Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon talk to MTV about the importance and underestimation of YA fiction in pop culture.

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My obsession with everything The Cusp publishes continues with these four tips to keeping on top of your health at work. As someone who often writes “look after yourself” at the bottom of the incessant to do list of life, these are simple and easy things to keep in mind/implement.

Cool Stuff Sunday: New Years edition

Holy shit guys, we’ve finally made it! Good-fucking-bye to you, 2016; see you in the seventh circle of hell!

New year, new stuff. Have a bunch of great ways to kick off your 2017.

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Make sure you’re practicing some self-care this year. We’ve all had a shithouse time of it for the last 365 days, so pull your socks up and employ some of these tips to look after yourselves, babes ❤

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Something that wasn’t shit about 2016 was the amount of incredible literature published. The Guardian asked some of Australia’s best-loved authors for their tops picks from 2016.

On the topic of “best of 2016” lists: the 50 best podcasts, and the 10 worst movies!

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Make a resolution to get off your butt and get healthy this year? I probably did. Find your new running track in Brisbane here, take a holiday for your health here, pack better work lunches here, and if you just wanna work on yourself in the privacy and comfort of your own home, here are 5 core strengthening exercises that require only one thing: a wall.

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If you want to travel more in 2017, get reading:

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And finally, if you’ve set your sights on the dating scene, or just need some new ideas to enliven date night with your number one bae (I’m so sorry, I wrote this in 2016 and bae will definitely never appear in any future CSS posts), The Cusp have put together some super ideas that won’t empty your wallet.

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Go forth into the bright sunshine of a new year my sweet babies. You deserve it x

Cool Stuff Sunday: Christmas edition

Look, I really hate Christmas, so let’s get this shit out of the way alright? Merry whatever-you-celebrate (it’s Festivus for me if you’re wondering). Now, let’s get down to some bizness.

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Did my annual rewatch of Love, Actually on Friday night, and in amongst yelling at the terrible parts (since when is ‘telling the truth at Christmas’ a thing?! IT’S NOT, EVERYONE SHUTUP!) I found this amazingly funny piece on Pajiba about the many many workplace issues that arise throughout. Take these fuckers to HR!

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As a lover of Emily Brontë’s works–both poetry and prose–I am always fascinated by the mystery surrounding who she really was. Having visited the Brontë parsonage back in 2007, and being in the beautiful surroundings of Haworth, it’s easy to see how someone could get lost in their own stories there. As such, I’m very happy to report there’s a new narrative about the life of the Brontë sisters on BBC One this Christmas, which delves into the period when all three were working on their first novels. Will have to find a way to watch all the way down here in Australia!

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Feminism + books = ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m very excited to read every single book on this list (and I highly, HIGHLY recommend Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar, because it is a fucking treasure of a book, and so is she).

So get your hands on some incredible writing about feminism by incredible feminists and get educated!

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If you’ve got some time off for the Christmas/New Year period this week, why not spend some of your time with one (or more!) of these fascinating documentaries? Head back to work in January and amaze your coworkers with your intimate knowledge about the enigmatic Rodriguez, or the deeply troubling revolution in Egypt, or Cuba or the Ukraine. At least then you won’t have to talk about your homophobic uncle, right?

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Letters to Santa by Shakespeare characters sounds like the best and worst thing I’ve ever heard, but here we are and I am happy to confirm they are soooooo worth reading. I think my fave is probably Hamlet’s letter, but tbh that’s most likely to reflect my dark as fuck disposition currently. R&J and Puck also rate mentions ❤ Cheers McSweeneys!

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I am a HUGE fan of Dev Patel, and have been since falling madly in love with his character, Anwar, in Skins. His latest feature, Lion, is due for release in about a month here in Australia, and I am basically clawing my skin off with the anticipation.  Anyway, here’s an adorable as all get out interview with Dev in GQ. Also that plaid suit *hearteyes*

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As we head into a new year, and a fafillion New Years Resolutions flood your social media feeds, take a squiz at this excellent piece over at The Cusp on how to kickstart your drive and motivation. If you feel like you’re trudging over the finish line of 2016 and need some simple guidance to getting your mojo back, click the link click the link click the link.

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Right. I’m off to air my grievances. Happy Sunday!

Cool Stuff Sunday

Firstly, sorry for last week’s sad one-link post! I started collating my weekly finds and then conveniently just… didn’t. So anyway, enjoy this make-up post ❤

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I find prison an incredibly interesting environment from an outside perspective, and recently, Buzzfeed partnered with the Howard League for Penal Reform to publish inmate diaries from one day in September this year. Interesting to read just how boring it can be.

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Thinking of packing up shop and moving overseas? I know I am. Check out these handy tips over at The Cusp on doing it without fucking up!

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My cousin Mal recently took a trip back to Tanna Island to discover more about our ancestor, Tommy, and his trip from Tanna to Queensland back in the 1800s. He found some incredible things out, including the fact Tommy wasn’t blackbirded as we had long suspected, but in fact desperately wanted to get off the island. #themoreyouknow

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How is this even real? *cries*

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Okay so apparently there are people who can’t visualise things in their mind. These people are called aphantasiacs, and one of them has written this amazing insight into discovering he had it. Humans are so weird and I absolutely love it.

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Cool Stuff Sunday

I really needed this laugh today. Thank you everyone.

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Over at AWOL, Kate McCabe has put together an hilarious and hugely accurate list about the differences between long- and short-term travellers. Laughed so hard at the references to Excel, of which I am 100% guilty. I can’t say I agree about TripAdvisor though…

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As if I was capable of not dying over this news: DID YOU SONSABITCHES KNOW LESLIE ODOM JR (aka the OG Aaron Burr on Broadway’s Hamilton) WAS IN AN EPISODE OF GILMORE GIRLS? I didn’t because I hate GG, but I’ve been forced to watch it by friends who love it and I literally just watched the episode where he was Rory’s journo adversary and basically has he always been A. Burr or have I passed out and hallucinated too much I CAN’T BREEEEEEEEEATHE RIGHT NOW *dies*

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I really dig what the guys over at The Cusp do. Sometimes, I get a nice surprise by seeing my friend’s name in a byline. On Thursday night I clicked through to this awesome article on switching out items in different areas of your life when budgeting is a priority, and lo, there is my buddy and primo human, Lauren, sparkling as usual. Go and get some finance tips!

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Been obsessed with this powerhouse tune for a few weeks now after seeing Demi perform on Ellen. Dayum, man. Those pipes.

Cool Stuff Sunday

As a person who often suffers motion sickness when travelling (don’t put me on a bus longer than 20 minutes, seriously), this sciencey article on the reasons why it occurs is truly awesome. And I mean the real kind of awesome where I’m a little bit terrified. Seriously, human biology is nuts.

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Cherie Currie played Rebel Rebel at her gig at The Triffid earlier this year and it was so emotional. But this one has absolutely killed me with feels: 1000 musicians paying tribute to David Bowie. Does it get better than this?

MY HEART.

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As we get older (my birthday is in just over a week, how does this keep happening) more and more of our friends and family experience illness and trauma. For those not going through it, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to say to someone you love who is dealing with something you can’t understand. If you’re in that boat, take a look at this near-perfect article over at The Cusp that will help clear things up a bit.

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The assumption that people who do things to express their identity are morally superior to people who buy things to express their identity obscures the fact that the experiences our culture celebrates require access to time, money and resources.

Neha Kale has written a fucking amazing piece over at Daily Life on the fetish of experience over material items. (Do yourself a favour and don’t read the article by the douchebag who makes $130k and refuses to buy anything other than ~experiences~. I yelled “fuck off” very loudly after reading two sentences. Don’t hurt yourself.)