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The Enduring Legacy of Colonial Violence in Contemporary Jamaica
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The Enduring Legacy of Colonial Violence in Contemporary Jamaica

Awarded the 2015 George F. Bowen award at University of Melbourne for best essay on British history. From the day Christopher Columbus landed at Discovery Bay in 1494, violence has been at the core of Jamaican society. The British took over from the Spanish as colonial oppressors in the seventeenth century and promptly turned the … Continue reading

Skopje’s Faux-Baroque Fever
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Skopje’s Faux-Baroque Fever

Most large scale construction projects earmarked for public spaces attract their fair share of detractors. The various elements of buildings and monuments, such as their design, colour scheme and placement are scrutinised, criticised and then built regardless. The Macedonian government has taken this ‘you can’t please all the people all of the time’ attitude to … Continue reading

The Backwater on the Frontline of Climate Change
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The Backwater on the Frontline of Climate Change

Published in Farrago Magazine, Edition 7, 2015 In many ways Mongolia is a travellers’ paradise. The culture is distinct, the history is colourful and there is more supermarket shelf space devoted to cheap vodka and hazelnut spread than in any other nation. The main drawcard though, is the vast and relatively untouched wilderness. Visitors arrive … Continue reading

Unholy Cow
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Unholy Cow

Published in Farrago Magazine, Edition 2, 2015 Much is made of India’s reverence for cows. The nation is home to nearly 300 million bovines and the vast majority of these are free to roam the streets and countryside. For cattle spread throughout the rest of the world – branded, imprisoned and slaughtered – India must … Continue reading