Possumbly the worst restoration ever

Possumbly the worst restoration ever

Wandering recently through the British Natural History Museum I was impressed by many of the exhibits. An actual-size blue whale skeleton is truly something to behold. There is, unfortunately, a certain tedium in trying to navigate an unfamiliar space, and frustration...
Heroes and villains

Heroes and villains

We seem to have a need to see the world as binary. It’s been debunked many times, but it suits us to see people as straight or gay, law-abiding or criminal,  male or female, a ‘lifter’ or a ‘leaner’. Now, courtesy of the 2019-2020 bushfires in Australia, we have – yet...
A responsible global citizen?

A responsible global citizen?

Melbourne writer Matt Holden gives a pessimistic assessment of where we are at the start of the 2020s: Australia suddenly feels like a coal and gas-fuelled petro-state governed with a heavy dose of white Christian nationalism, despite our cultural, ethnic and...
Baby, it’s hot outside

Baby, it’s hot outside

As central as it may seem at this time of year, and contrary to the opinions of some, the birth of a child is actually not what Christianity is all about. (If that were so, all four canonical gospels would record the event rather than just two of them.) It’s really...
Invisible women

Invisible women

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez chronicles in detail the many ways our world is designed by, and for, men. A simple illustration: have you ever been to the loo during interval at the theatre? Inevitably, men simply wander in for instant relief, while women...