Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Changing the lens: what we can learn from #LeanIn and #Slanegirlsolidarity

February 15, 2014

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My weekly post over at Flamingo Pink is all about the exciting news that Getty Images has just launched the “Lean In Collection”, featuring more than 2,500 photos that celebrate the diversity and accomplishments of women everywhere. Women as builders, mothers, business owners, best friends, breadwinners; girls doing science experiments, playing sport and reading books. […]

(Still) learning Bangla: an interview with My Bangla Diary | আমি বাংলা শিখছি: আমার বাংলা ডাইরি

January 12, 2014

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This is a cross-post taken from the terrific blog, My Bangla Diary আমার বাংলা ডাইরি, which charts the joys and challenges of learning Bengali. It’s definitely worth checking out, as it provides lots of tools for learning Bangla – my favourite is the English-Bangla translation project of Winne the Pooh! I wanted to share it […]

Posted in: Language, Travel

Being a Sydney-sider again

June 30, 2013

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About a month ago I stood beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House and watched the Vivid light show flicker across the Museum of Contemporary Art, the P&O Cruise Ship, and the soaring windows of surrounding skyscrapers. I feel pretty lucky to call this beautiful cityscape home. In the most recent Global Liveability Survey, […]

Posted in: Travel, Writing

Understanding #Shahbagh

April 20, 2013

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Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been watching the political upheavals that are taking place in Bangladesh with close attention. After living in Dhaka, I can remember only too well how easily political instability could send daily life into chaos – closed markets, closed businesses, school exams cancelled and all entry and exit from […]

Posted in: Politics, Writing

Being happy in Bhutan

March 4, 2013

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This week the Himalayan nation of Bhutan – usually a place that ducks from attention though it is located on the roof of the world – made headlines. The small kingdom of 1.2 million people made an announcement that they would become the first wholly organic country in the world by banning the sale of […]

Posted in: Development, Travel, Writing

Tracing the Silk Road: observations from China’s West

January 18, 2013

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My journey westwards started on China’s coast, in Suzhou, an ancient city north of Shanghai renowned for the canals that weave between its willows and whitewashed walls. It’s also the city that made Marco Polo fall in love with China and home to one of the nation’s most famous inventions: silk. So it was fitting […]