Child labour used in cosmetic production

Child labour is the shameful stain on many manufacturing industries, such as chocolate, garment and cosmetics, and there is little evidence that things will improve, unless individuals take action. In July 2009 the Sunday Times (UK) reported that the cosmetics industry was sourcing mica that had been mined using child labour in the Jharkhand state…

The Planners of Brunswick Part One

One of the problems with local government is that many councils either can’t afford, or simply don’t value, planners. Brunswick is, of course, the apple of our eye, but some of the planning decisions are so quirky that they must be ironic, not surprising given the surfeit of hipsters in the area. Example one: On…

Squeaky Wheel takes people to the art

We had the pleasure of joining the fabulous Squeaky Wheel’s MoreArt Welcome Ride to celebrate the MoreArt launch. This wonderful annual Public Art Show which runs from 6 October – 10 November, is put on by the Moreland City Council and showcases a contemporary art exhibition appearing in unusual public sites along the Upfield rail…

Guns are the Trojan horse of the US

As the latest mass shooting in the US unfolded, rumours flew that there were possibly three gunmen involved sparking debate that this was a terrorist attack. It wasn’t. It was just another example of the high toll citizens pay for their right to bear arms. The 13 latest deaths bring to 175 the number of…

Why are these men wearing bras on their faces?

They are demonstrating the practicality of improbable research. In this case it’s a brassiere that quickly converts into two protective face masks – a winner of the 2009 Igs. Improbable Research is an organisation that honours research which makes people laugh and then think. “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable,…

The roar is back with (Kelly) Tigers

The Richmond Tigers’ journey for 2013 may be over, but their namesakes, the Glenrowan Kelly Tigers Football and Netball Club, are keeping the dream alive. The first thing to point out is that the Kelly Tigers don’t play a mutant form of combined football and netball, it’s just that the town can’t really support two…

Reiwoldt resigns!

There has been a sense of foreboding on the mean streets of Richmond lately. Rumours were circulating about the future of the Tiger’s full forward with the golden boot, Jack Riewoldt. His contract finishes this year and we feared he would head north to Sydney and the cashed up GWS club. Imagine my consternation when…