the casual vacancy

The Casual Vacancy Book Review

It all starts when a man named Barry Fairbrother dies outside an upper-class golf club in the seemingly idyllic English township of Pagfoot. At first his family and friends are devastated.The rowing team mourns the loss of their coach, and the town loses a vibrant and bubbly personality whose sole intention was to better the […]

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The PUPpies: Off The Leash

The greatest strength and the greatest weakness of Clive Palmer's merry-band-of-mix-n-match senators is that they are entirely lacking in the subtlety that other (major party) senators have fostered and developed over the course of their careers. It's one thing for the people to be in want of a plain-speaking, "of the people" politician to give us a break from the hyperbole of the others, but it is entirely another thing to vote for someone who woke up one day, realised they couldn't pay their bills that month and so decided to run for Senate. In the chaos that is the wet dream "average … [Read More...]

Employment

Essential Social Skills for Successful Studying in Australia

Social skills are something that’s necessary during our whole lives -they help us understand the social rules and relations and connect with others verbally and non verbally. Adolescence is a time in life when these skills are extremely important – especially if you’re going to university. The transition from high school to college can be painful, confusing and socially overwhelming. As far as we know, most Australian professors are encouraging and friendly towards their students. However, problems usually come up when students need to interact with each other. Everyone can learn how to … [Read More...]

Education

Student Hacks – 10 Tips on How to Survive the Semester

As much as there are parties to attend, club events to participate in and lots of new friends to make, these are some of the things that make the student life difficult. They cause you to ignore, procrastinate and eventually flunk out of your classes due to bad grades. Luckily, there are ways that you can eat your cake and have it too. Below are 10 student hacks that will help you cruise through your semester. 1. Listen to Lectures at Double Time One of the biggest problems about recording … [Read More...]

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