Everything Happens for a Reason  Or does it? 

by Elisha Carey Isolation day 16. I’ve been wracking my brain for days, weeks even, trying to come up with an idea for my final opinion piece. The big finisher. Something that wraps up all these months of hard work in a neat little bow. As much as I’ve tried to resist it, it feels weird to write about anything…

The Perks of Perth

By Aoife Gleeson   Ah Australia, the ‘Land Down Under’. Home of The Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hamilton Island…the list goes on. However, who first thought of the West Coast when I mentioned ‘Australia’? Aha, caught you there didn’t I! The humble region that is Western Australia is often overlooked…

The Art of Appreciating Art

By Elisha Carey   “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton   Recently I’ve found myself standing in front of some of the world’s most famous paintings. I’m currently on Erasmus in the Netherlands, which is home to some of the greatest paintings ever painted. Here you’ve…

“City in a Garden”

Last summer I was extremely lucky to be accepted onto a 5-week study abroad course in Singapore. The exact, rather long-winded title of the course (for those of you who might be interested next summer) is…deep breath…’Science Biodiversity Summer Study Abroad Programme, National University of Singapore’. This was my first time ever in Asia and wow, what an amazing…

To Shame Or Not To Shame? ‘Fat’ Is The Question

American talk show host Bill Maher came under fire recently for suggesting that body shaming overweight people should make a “comeback” in order to combat obesity. “We have gone to this weird place where fat is good. It’s pointing out that fat is unhealthy, that’s what’s bad” Maher said. “Fat shaming doesn’t need to end. It needs to…

Injecting Some Sense Into The Situation

When you think about it, humans are remarkably fragile little beings. In the days before modern medicine, a couple of fleas, rats and germs wiped out over a third of Europe. Infectious diseases, for a very long time, were the largest threat to mankind: the 6th century Plague of Justinian knocked out an estimated 17 percent of…