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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – A SUBJECT THAT RAISES PEARL’S HACKLES

One doesn’t normally associate the horrors of domestic violence with designer handbags and luxury personal care items. But designer handbags were definitely on Michaelia Cash’s mind last Christmas when the Minister for Women promoted an ‘initiative’ whereby Perth’s wealthy elite filled their passé Prada and Chanel handbags with items designed to make women in domestic […]

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Photo: Shaun Tunnicliffe

LOCAL BLOKES STRIP OFF THE CONSTRAINTS OF MACHO MASCULINITY

Be a man. Grow a pair. Boys don’t cry. The expectations surrounding masculinity both within Australia and the world are harmful not only to the women who are victims of male assault, but also to men who are expected to conform to stereotypes of violent masculinity, and to eschew their emotional and mental health. According […]

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LOCALS HAVE NO SAY IN MERGER

What’s going on with the so-called ‘Super Council’ and the pending amalgamations and why are they even going ahead? Since Premier Mike Baird issued the edict that local councils must prove themselves fit to stand alone or merge, neither Randwick nor Waverley Council – which have both agreed to merge – have provided any insight […]

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FLICKERFEST SET TO LIGHT UP THE PAVILION WITH A STELLA RANGE OF SHORTS

Short films are a very particular art form. They belong to a medium that does not receive very much funding or attention, but when done well, they are able to move an audience to tears or send them into fits of uproarious laughter within the space of a few minutes. That is no mean feat. […]

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MAROUBRA BODYBOARDERS TAKE THREE FOR THE SEA IN SUMBAWA

Bodyboarding, environmentalism, and Eid are not three things you usually find in the same story. And yet, as it turns out, they actually work in perfect harmony. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, the bodyboarding scene in the Eastern Suburbs was really kicking, with the Eastern Suburbs Bodysurfers Club hosting regular contests and encouraging […]

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NOW IS THE TIME TO EMBARK ON YOUR ZERO WASTE JOURNEY

Looking to cut back the amount of rubbish you toss? We asked founder of Zero Waste Sydney and local Second Nature (secondnature.org.au) champion Madolyn Garnham about her last 12 months of trying to do just that. What made you embark on your zero-waste journey? I started to think about what happened to the stuff that […]

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Christmas Present Drive Embodies the Spirit of Giving

At Christmas time we all focus on those we love. Regardless of whether we believe in God or not, chances are that we believe in family, and Christmas time is when we really sit back, take stock, and appreciate who (and what) we have. For some families, Christmas is the hardest time of the year. […]

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CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND DELICIOUSNESS AT KINGSFORD NOODLE MARKETS

While Pauline Hanson may not be a fan of the Halal Snack Pack, and though she seems to think that “98 per cent of Australians don’t believe in halal certification”, here at The Beast we couldn’t think any more differently. In fact, we love and celebrate all the amazing multicultural cuisines we are lucky enough […]

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BRONTE POOL BACK IN THE SWIM – FINALLY

The historic Bronte Pool has withstood the test of time for more than a century, but this year it failed to withstand the test of human error. Earlier in the year the pump broke down and after much deliberation from Waverley Council it was decided to send to Germany for a new one. And so […]

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F**k off ! We’re the People’s Front of Judea!

CEMETERY HERITAGE LISTING LEAVES LOCALS DIVIDED

There is an incisive scene in Monty Python’s The Life of Brian that pretty accurately encapsulates the nonsensical factionalism that occurs within many political causes. Brian apprehends a group of people and asks them whether they are the Judean People’s Front. Flabbergasted and provoked, they respond, “F**k off! Judean People’s Front. We’re the People’s Front […]

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