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Matthew Flinders – hello, sailor! Michael Burge


SPECULATION about the sexual orientation of iconic English seaman Matthew Flinders rose like a colourful maritime flag over a decade ago when previously unknown letters surfaced, including emotionally charged passages written by Flinders to fellow explorer George Bass. In his 2007 Meanjin article “Exploring love: did they or didn’t they?” […]

The question we forgot to ask.


BCW reflects on last week’s general election and pledges to make a difference. It’s been a bleak few days in the UK for most of us. By ‘us’ I mean normal people who like other people and were raised with compassion.  You see, something happened.  Something that broke my heart. […]

An open letter from Tim Cook


Tim Cook is chief executive of Apple. There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national […]

School’s Out For Bummers


“I was part of the 90210 generation.  The original one with Tori Spelling, Jason Priestly and Shannon Docherty before she was universally acknowledged to be a massive cock.  It wasn’t just a zip code, it was a place where anything could happen and boy did it”. Barry Church-Woods Beverly Hills was everything I wanted out of […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin


Barry Church-Woods I use the word kismet far too much for someone who is only a little bit Arabic in the face. I guess beshert would be a better fit for my cultural sensibilities, though again, I’ve never been to temple. Either way; you catch my drift. I live in […]


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