james norman

james norman – writing, journalism, communications

White Night Melbourne: down Alice’s rabbit hole and into the Yarra light

Has Melbourne ever shone brighter? In one of the warmest nights of the year some half a million people made their way into the much expanded wonderland of Melbourne’s third incarnation of … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Australia’s American food fetish is selling us short

Any Australian who has travelled around the US would know that one thing you look forward to in returning home is the food. There is a lot to love about … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why I’d rather take a free couchsurfer than make money from Airbnb

I realised recently that travellers to Melbourne have two options if they want to stay with me. They can find my Airbnb profile and pay $80 a night for the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Five of the best Melbourne independent designers

’Tis the season for mass mindless consumption – or is it? If you’re on the lookout for truly original and independent fashion ideas, bypass the traditional Boxing Day sales and … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Future Fund betting on the nuclear arms race

On August 9, 2013, Future Fund CEO Mark Burgess encountered some unexpected visitors at his Melbourne office. A group of about 20 protesters gathered outside his office doors, some dressed … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The unusual suspects of the protest movement

As the 30,000-strong crowd at the Melbourne chapter of the global People’s Climate March gradually spilled into Treasury Gardens last weekend, a small group of vegan activists attempted to blockade … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Art vs Porn

Can art succeed where porn fails: to actually turn us on? This is the question greeting visitors as they enter the erotic art show, Feck:Art, which sprawls across the pop-up gallery … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Australia bucks the trend of global renewable advancement

Global shift away from fossil fuels China will reach ‘peak coal’ for its electricity as soon as 2015 as it shifts toward more affordable and less carbon intensive energy options, … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where are all the fresh, new voices of Australian queer theatre?

In 1979, Martin Sherman’s story of the persecution of homosexuals at the hands of the Nazis, set in World War II Germany, first hit the stage in London’s West End. … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Melbourne and Sydney lead the way with strategic plans at ground zero

Despite ongoing uncertainty around Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) it seems that both the Melbourne and Sydney City Councils are remaining steadfast in their resolve to radically reduce the cities … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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