When most people turn 60, they decide to take up a new hobby. That wasn’t the case for acclaimed writer, journalist and essayist Michael Pollan. Last night I had the opportunity to watch the author of six New York Times best sellers speak at the Sydney Opera House on his experience taking Psychedelic drugs in his late 50’s. His in depth exploration on the taboo topic revealed what they have taught him about his own mind, and the very nature of consciousness itself.
World War Two and the events that transpired between the years of 1939-1945 have been the subject of fascination for people around the world for more than seven decades now . Whether researching recreationally, or for otherwise prescribed school or university work… everyone, everywhere, knows a thing or two about the gruesome and grisly history that has pervaded the world and still has an impact today. I can’t help but wonder however, how it is possible that humans have changed so much in the last seventy-three years? Would these 18-year-old, social media addicted man-children that I see scrambling mindlessly onto public transport each day be able to fly planes, lead navy missions…. and strategize to ultimately save the life of millions…all in the name of defending their country? How did humans change so much? And is it a good thing?
When I was younger I would avoid the question “how many siblings do you have?” like the plague. I hated the mixture of disbelief followed by amusement that would flit across people’s faces whenever I told them I had “five older sisters”. I came to realise very quickly that people really lacked imagination because the comments were ALWAYS exactly the same….”Your poor father!” “I can just imagine the arguments in that household…!” “Do you all wear the same shoe/clothes size?” and sometimes they were a little bit more offensive…“Didn’t your parents have a television?” or the most recent one ” Six children???That is SO bad for the environment!!!”
In the space of just nine months in 1917 Russia underwent two revolutions, changing the country’s destiny forever. In February the Russian monarchy collapsed.
In October, squeezing out the moderate forces, the Bolsheviks seized power, leading to a bloody civil war. Subsequently, the Soviet government steered the country for 70 years.
1945 post war Italy. Furnivall transports us to the Southern city of Naples to follow the riveting story of Caterina Lombardi and the course of events which turned her life upside down. Historical fiction at its best, this book is a fine insight into the devastation and destruction felt by the Italians at the end of the second world war.
Set in 1938 Paris, France. The story of Romaine and Florence DuChamps – twin sisters whose lives are thrust into turmoil after a shocking series of events that unfolded in their fathers study eight years earlier. Who killed him? And why? Continue reading The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall
South of the chaotic and fascinating town of Naples, the vertiginous Amalfi Coast is memorable for its amazing views, culinary delights and ancient history. With three island outposts; Capri, Ischia and Procida reachable through a simple boat ride, the Amalfi Coast has been a holiday destination since the Roman times.