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For the Traveller

There is no feeling more euphoric than setting off into the cloudy blue skies, for the journey of a lifetime. A smile will be composed across your face as you begin to imagine the possibilities of adventure and the beautiful cultures and sites that you will see and experience. This moment is something that every person deserves to experience. Young at heart, wise at mind and a burning passion for all that life has to offer, the traveller is a unique being. Be you travelling alone or friends, travelling truly is the opportunity of a lifetime. Travelling has the opportunity to shape you, to change the very essence of your being, challenging what you thought you knew and who you thought you were. It’s a liberating and entrancing experience. Every one of us a story, something that has unconditionally changed or inspired us. Travelling the world is no different. You may temporarily leave behind your life back home, though you will fall in love with people who have their own stories and journeys, with cities …

Beyond The Frame

A crowd of black suits and luxurious gowns weave in between works of spectacular opulence and grandeur, sipping on expensive glasses of sparkling champagne, muttering tame and polite phrases. The crowd slowly begins to gather in front of a work on a bleak white wall, a work that is yet to be unveiled to the world, surrounded by the copycats of Van Gogh and Monet alike. The anticipation builds and the red velvet sheet drops, unveiling the new artwork. Silence. The elites stare, taking in the work. No applause. No polite admirations. The work is eventually met with gasps, looks of horror and the smashing of those ritzy champagne glasses. ‘The arts’ reflect the diverse lives we all live and just like one’s life, they too transform, grow and evolve, reminding us of our humanity and challenge the very core values of our beliefs. As eras have passed and art movements been shaped, society is now subject to an array of eclectic art forms and works, though not all are as widely accepted and appreciated …

When In Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So grab a gelato and vespa and try keep up with the locals! Rome is a beautiful city, filled with rich history. As you walk through the winding streets you will definitely come across ruins! Maybe even take a walk through the Roman Forum and try your best impression of Julius Caesar. The Colosseum is a must do activity and the sheer size of it will leave you speechless! After that, head deep into the city and grab some more gelato, I mean, you’re in Rome! Am I right? Or am I right? From hear, duck over to the Trevi foundation and be ready to through in some Euros! Remember, if the first coin goes in, you will return to Rome; the second, you will find love; and the third, you will get married! As fate would have it, it seems I will never return to Rome, though I will find love and marriage. Soon you will have to leave this incredible city and my one last bit …

Who Truly Counts In Global Media: The Value of Life

News is the very foundation by which society is able to find out information or events on local, national and international scales. Though it is surprising that as a Western society, our news broadcast focuses a lot of time and resources on events that only directly affect us. After this week’s lecture and having done some further research, I have since decided to focus on the idea of death on the news and in the media and the unsettling ideology that ‘all life is precious, sacred and equal, but as far as our media and politicians are concerned, some is more precious, sacred and equal than others’. This, I believe, is a great problem evident in contemporary global media and something which needs to be addressed. Stephen Romei, the Australian newspaper’s assistant editor, in charge of the foreign affairs pages, has written an article on what he terms ‘the cynical calculus’ of news values, arguing that how is it possible that ‘one Australian is worth five Americans, 20 Italians, 50 Japanese, 100 Russians and 1000 Africans’. Interestingly …