james norman

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The halcyon days of the Melbourne share house may be over

For almost two decades, I lived between at least 30 different Melbourne share houses criss-crossing the north and south sides of the city. From a freegan hovel in Collingwood, to … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Goodbye to all the gay bars. Are dating apps killing queer culture?

Walking home down Grey Street in St Kilda with my partner recently, I noticed an entire wall around a building site was taken over by billboards for a new gay … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Short-term rentals: the pros and cons of letting your place to strangers

For many of us, taking off on holiday provides much-needed work/life balance. Yet having to keep up with either high rents or mortgage repayments means many of us cannot afford … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Skiing in Australia on the cheap: how to save money on the slopes

When I was a child of maybe 10 years old I vividly remember having a calamitous stack while skiing at an Australian ski resort and losing my left ski down … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m gay but haven’t always supported gay marriage. The Irish vote changed all that

As an Australian gay man, I must confess I was ambivalent for a long time on the issue of gay marriage. That ambivalence came from a concern that gays fighting … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Do round-the-world airfares still add up?

It was October 2008 and, without a permanent job to tie me down, I purchased a round-the-world airline ticket through Asia, Europe and the United States. After trekking across Thailand … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Threat to far north Queensland cassowaries a case for worry

Things began going wrong for the cassowaries of Far North Queensland as far back as the 1980s. Long-time Mission Beach local Liz Gallie says the problem was obvious: large numbers … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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