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Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented is a fascinating glimpse into many facets of 19th Century English society; most notably the influence of religion over everyday life and the remnants of aristocratic society juxtaposed with the changing social attitudes in this time period that would soon result in such notable social shifts as women winning the suffrage. Change plays a large part in Hardy’s novel; from the shift of Tess’s character and morality from “pure” to “corrupted”, to the change observed in Alec d’Urberville when looking at Phase the First: The Maiden compared…

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The Netherlands is a country located on the coast of North-Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the South and Germany to the West. Despite appealing more to potheads than the global economy in the 21st century, the history of the Netherlands is rich with economic success and thriving culture. From 1609 to 1713 was a period known in this frosty northern country as “The Golden Age”; a period when the Netherlands, now a small country compared to superpowers like China and the United States, was one of the largest economic powerhouses in the world. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, the…

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I cry for the experiences of two lifetimes now left to be remembered by one.

One lifetime can’t remember another, at least not entirely.

I cry for the tales that died with you, the stories of far off places, stories of and love and pain and everything in between.

You were all the adventure I needed.

I cry for the little things we shared. I used to make the best coffee for you. You used to be able to tell what I wanted to watch on Netflix like you could read my mind. We make the perfect pair.



Some may wonder at how works that come from different corners of the globe can have such similarities as those found between O. Thiam Chin’s “Eyes and Ears” and Gunnhild Oyehaug’s “Dreamwriter” (translated by Kerri Pierce), and to the causal reader these similarities may not at first be apparent. How can an autobiography with a stream-of-thought style reminiscent of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” have in common with a Singaporean tale of love in the face of strife? and through these similarities and differences, how can we discern which is the superior text?

“I could feel her fear and her love, working…

The breeze blew cold despite the sun fully setting only minutes ago, and with the start of June only a few days away the day’s heat wasn’t nearly strong enough to keep the ground warm throughout the night. Elliot brushed a strand of hair away from his face as he hurried down the footpath towards the soft ember glow of Clover’s place, nestled tightly between two graffiti-stained factory doors midway along the next block. With winter well on its way and only a week or two left of classes, Elliot hadn’t been the only one rushing out of the school…

I was scrolling through twitter the other day and I saw a great quote from one Neil Degrasse Tyson. It read as follows:

“When students cheat on exams, it’s because our School Systems value grades more than Students value learning”.

This quote really got me thinking about cheating and plagiarism in general. Why do we plagiarise? What intense pressure must someone to be under that forces them to put someone else’s work forwards in the hope of doing better? I believe that it is caused entirely by our education systems.

Let’s start with an example close to home; Melbourne High…

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.

These are the core ideas of George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’, which follows the ordeals of Winston Smith as he seeks to escape the tyranny of the Oceanic Government. Orwell delves deep into what the true meaning of freedom is, and explores how easily a government can take over a whole society and in doing so, change the mindset of the community and indoctrinate them into the unhealthy social system of ‘Ingsoc’ (English socialism).

A large aspect of the novel is the idea that “Big Brother is always watching”. This fictional character…

“A goldfish could be a genius, but if you ask it to climb a tree, it will always be dumb.”

This is the way our education system works in Australia. Students are forced to become carbon copies of each other, and to abide by rigid testing that doesn’t cater to everyone’s individual learning methods. Even though today’s job industry requires creativity, ingenuity and imagination, these things are hammered out of students, forcing them to think one way and one way only, which can and will have a negative impact on their prospective jobs in the future.

This form of education…


Bios are cringe and this one isn’t any better.

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