james norman

james norman – writing, journalism, communications

Speaking the language of tea

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” – Catherine Douzel The verdant, cloud-shadowed tea plantations at the foothills of the Himalayas are a long way from Melbourne’s emerging tea … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Expats find more reasons to like Australia

Australian cities will become increasingly appealing to international workers looking for an ideal work base, with the latest Mercer cost of living survey showing they have become more affordable living destinations for … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Transcending Cynicism: On Bob Brown

Bob Brown defies most stereotypes we hold about politicians, and transcends much of the cynicism. Whenever I speak with him these days, he asks how my boyfriend Tanel Jan is … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nicholas Building rent hike forces artists to consider new canvas

For 90 years, the Nicholas Building on Swanston Street has been a hub for some of Melbourne’s best creative talents. But rent increases in the order of 30 per cent … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Top five Indian eateries in Melbourne

From hip restaurants to traditional curry houses and takeaway vans, the city has Indian food to savour… Babu Ji Having moved into the digs of the former Melbourne Wine Room … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Time to reject the social media manipulators

Has Facebook had its day? Has it finally pushed its social license of public trust and goodwill among its 665 million plus global users to the point of no return. … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The radioactive option

Last Sunday in the city of Kuantan, on Malaysia’s east coast, a New Zealand-born Sydney-based activist, Natalie Lowrey, was arrested with a group of 15 locals. They had been protesting … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Top five Mexican eateries in Melbourne

From hunger-crushing burritos to intimate gourmet dinners or a quick taco on the run, Melbourne is in the midst of a Mexican food explosion… Blue Corn – St Kilda Operating … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Meet Techno granny – Social media bridges the generation gap

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense – Gertrude Stein My 83-year-old father only has eight Facebook friends. Four of those are avatars … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Paul Yore: excess, frenzy and violence

Stepping into Paul Yore’s world is a challenging experience. Despite having to defend himself against a child sex charge for his installation piece Everything is Fucked at a recent show – which … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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