BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE CHAMBER

A lot of human behaviour is explained by the combination of nature vs. nurture. That is, the role of our DNA compared with the environment we are raised in. The Chamber is a film that focuses solely on the latter by examining a violent crime committed by a racist who comes from a family of bigots….

BOOK REVIEW: GRETCHEN RUBIN – THE FOUR TENDENCIES

  Many of us will be familiar with the idiom, “Different strokes for different folks.” While this quote could mean that people are varied and enjoy different things, it can also be used to justify people’s diverse habits and motivations. Gretchen Rubin is a habits expert who has developed a new framework for identifying and…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER PAYNE PHD & ROB BARNETT – THE ECONOMISTS’ DIET

  The Economists’ Diet was written by two men who practice what they preach. Christopher Payne PhD and Rob Barnett are two formerly obese economists. They discovered and formulated some principles for weight-loss and diet and this resulted in their shedding the excess weight and keeping it off for several years. Their book is ultimately a…

LIVE REVIEW: IRVINE WELSH: THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS @ SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL (25.05.2014)

  The Sydney Writers’ Festival may have been described as “Thinking season” but at the beginning of Irvine Welsh’s event the host and journalist, Angus Fontaine declared it, “Drinking season”. The pair originally met some 17 years ago at the same festival where the Scottish author read from his novel, Filth. The two started drinking bloody Mary’s and smoking spiffs…