Environment stories

The Leaf Blower: a Symbol of All That's Wrong With Humanity

You’ll never see a woman using a leaf blower. Women have more sense than to lay their hands on the most obnoxious invention mankind ever dreamt up. No, hang on, the leaf blower was clearly invented not by man, but by Satan. In the evening. On the same day he invented meth in the morning and was tripping balls by lunch.

Baz McAlister


Snow and the City, with Bonus Frostbite

Daylight saving started in New York City on Sunday March 8, where I now reside.

Completely unlike Australia, where the days are already getting longer when the clocks change, in New York the streets are still covered in snow, and the top temperature is often below freezing.

Xavier Toby


Recurring Nightmare

I have this recurring nightmare.

The year is 2022 and Qatar have just bribed sorry I mean won the world cup. The Queens throne now has jetpacks so she can really be above her subjects, One Direction have released their 562nd album and it's just them burping and farting down the mic but people s

Paul McDougall


Geez yer money for charity. Irony.

I like charity. I give to charity but like everyone else I hate the harassment of it all. Whether it's on the street or being visually mugged of your tears on Comic Relief I really get aggravated by that.

When I am stopped by one of these people in the street I'm aware they are just doing their job.

Paul McDougall


Beach Bounty

I am greeted by a million twinkling stars glistening on the sunlit sea. Blue sky above me, ocean before me, coastal forest behind me, beach sand beneath my feet, mountains hazy in the distance – what more could I desire? There is nowhere else I’d rather be.

Deb Williams


Car troubles did not deter us

We confidently prepared and set off from South Africa in 1984 for a three week holiday in Namibia. My husband had converted an old 1600cc Kombi into a camper, serving as living quarters for our family of five.

When the first puncture stopped us, we soon had the spare in place.

Deb Williams