life

travel April 13, 2019

Apartment living in Hong Kong

While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.

life April 6, 2019

Dad’s Excel diary

Reading a summary of his father’s life in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet prompts a reflection on memory, connection and the strange profundity of small moments.

wine March 23, 2019

The best wines of autumn 2019

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite drinks as the weather cools.

life March 30, 2019

The new taxidermy

The tricks of the taxidermy trade were once held tight by older, male enthusiasts. But today a new generation of young women are lending their artistic and scientific talents to preserving dead animals in the most lifelike manner.

travel March 16, 2019

Cruise ship holidays

When it comes to making holiday plans, some are happier abandoning terra firma and giving in to the pull of the ocean.

life March 9, 2019

Astrology and tarot cards

Where once religious faith was used as a guide with which to navigate life’s bleak realities, astrology and tarot are today filling a void for many minority groups who feel marginalised by more traditional spirituality.

health March 2, 2019

Surviving a lightning strike

While deaths from lightning bolts instantly make headlines, for those who survive, ongoing and little understood health issues may continue to manifest long after the initial strike.

fashion February 23, 2019

The legacy of Karl Lagerfeld

During the ’90s there was barely a glossy magazine that didn’t feature Karl Lagerfeld draped in supermodels. His death this week offers a chance to reflect on the fashion powerhouse’s influence on design, style and feminine sophistication.

health February 23, 2019

Australia’s psychedelic drug trial

Advocates of psychedelic drug research are hoping the psilocybin trial for treating anxiety in the terminally ill, at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, is the beginning of a new acceptance for the potential of the field.

life February 16, 2019

Online abuse of women in the media

For female journalists in Australia, the rate of online threats and trolling has increased to such a level that many are questioning their choice of career and, in some cases, are living in constant fear.

life February 9, 2019

Sibling sexual abuse

Sexual abuse at the hands of a brother or sister is not as uncommon as society would like to believe. But it is a crime that must be acknowledged – by parents and authorities – in order to help both victims and perpetrators.