FFF – The Great Gatsby

If you ever read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby you’ll notice there’s a small epigraph by a man called Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. The epigraph reads as follows: Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,…

Helpless

The faint hum of traffic is heard off in the background. A reminder of the hustle and bustle that sits just outside everyone’s front door. As I sit in my park I observe the suburban activity. An old lady pushing a cart, dogs chasing after balls, and a trickling stream of tradesmen driving off to…

FFF – Potatoe Trafficking

In Western Australia, it is possible for the Potatoe Marketing Corporation to search any car suspected of having more than 50kg of potatoes. This law is enshrined under the Marketing Of Potatoes Act 1946 – Section 22 and can result in fines of up to $2000 for first offences and $5000 for any subsequent offences.

An Old Poem

I thought I’d do something a little different today. Recently I was cleaning out my room when I found a poem I had written almost a year ago. I’d like to share it with you, I hope you enjoy it. The eyes, they say, are the gateway to the soul. They are the beholders of…

Legalisation of Marijuana

All across the world marijuana is beginning to see acceptance and legalisation. This change has come slowly with only a few states legalising the drug. In the US progress has been even more drawn back, with only nine states that have completely legalised the drug. Here in Australia, some progress has been made, with Victoria…

FFF – The Seventh State of Australia

When the Australian Constitution was written in 1900 precautions were made to allow New Zealand to become a state at some point in the future. This is seen in the introductory section of the Constitution, in section 6, under Definitions. “The States shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland,…

Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands

Originally formed on June 14th, 2004, the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Island (GLK) was created as a protest against the Australian Government’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriage. [1] It is located on the Coral Sea Islands, an external overseas Territory of Australia, an area east of the Great Barrier Reef. [2] The GLK formally…

Submission for a Short Story Competition

Below is my submission for a school short story competition. I will update this post with the result when I find it out, but until then I am leaving it here for you to read and leave feedback. Enjoy     I had planned for a day out with my old friend Caroline. We were…

The Joys of Pessimism

We’ve all heard the saying ‘is the glass half empty or half full?’. We’re all taught that we are better off being the optimist, the half glass full person, that it’s better to perpetually look for the bright side, to find the merit in something. If someone is being ‘half glass empty’ then we look…

FFF – Homicidal Somnambulism

Homicidal somnambulism or more commonly, homicidal sleepwalking is a formally recognised disorder. Quite interestingly it has been used as a working legal defence in around 68 cases, most recently in 2009. One example of homicidal sleepwalking was by Albert Tirrell in 1846 for the murder of a prostitute. That prostitute was Maria Bickford, she and Albert…

Romanticism: A Crucial Flaw

With the birth of Romanticism, came the creation of so many beautiful and gracious ideas. These ideas preached individualism, emotions, spontinaiety and it led to the creation of a holy being – The Romantic. The Romantic is a creature beset on finding another individual know as ‘The One”. The Romantic toils to find this person, taking…

The Issues Facing Pension Systems

As populations get older there is a common economic problem facing developed and emerging economies. The rise in life expectancy and the inflating of the median working age is leading to a strain on pre-existing pension systems, and creating a future that leaves younger generations in strife, as the dependency ratio reduces to new lows….