james norman

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Banksy street art exhibition is ridiculous

Melbourne loves its street art. We know that from the regularity our stencil-adorned laneways are used to promote the city in tourism ads and fashion spreads. Not so long ago, … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tax Airbnb hosts to provide affordable housing

We live in a world where technology is disrupting old business models. Whether it be Uber, Deliveroo or Airbnb – the web has broken down the layers between consumers and … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

I won’t let terror turn into a fear of flying

I’m preparing to board a long-haul flight from Melbourne to Berlin and every newspaper at the departure lounge screams news of the Nice atrocity. TV monitors at the gate report … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pokemon – Not particularly interested in catching ’em all!

Call me slow on the uptake, but the first I knew of this new Pokemon phenomenon was the sight of grown men in the CBD wandering around in zombified groups … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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