james norman

james norman – writing, journalism, communications

Retirement homes for the LGBT community go from dream to reality

Peter Dickson’s dream of establishing Australia’s first LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) residential village in country Victoria came from a deeply personal motivation. “At a dinner party 28 years ago we talked … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brave David Pocock should be lauded for propagating cultural change

David Pocock is a courageous man. Twice during the final minutes of the Waratahs’ match against the Brumbies in Sydney on Sunday the flanker complained that the Waratahs forward Jacques … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The top five queer-friendly holiday destinations in Australia

Sydney The New South Wales capital has long been recognised as one of the top destinations in the world for LGBTQI travellers, and around Mardi Gras time, you’ll feel like the whole … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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