The first cat video, bad graphics and Carrie: The oldest clips found on YouTube

The first cat video, bad graphics and Carrie: The oldest clips found on YouTube

…an this of Juliet and her Romeo. Or, in YouTube parlance, of Jones and her Carrie. “Jones4Carrie” uploaded this clip two weeks after YouTube launched, making it the first trite snapshot of a relationship. Little is known of the titular Carrie, other than her propensity to choke a chicken, but the fact that the tableau spools in silence, replete with a lack of lighting and/or focus transports us into the memory bank of the camera person, the person…

“This is your life now”: Former hostages explain how they endured isolation

“This is your life now”: Former hostages explain how they endured isolation

…naked to ourselves, then with fewer clothes on than before. Both Waite and McCarthy have used the rest of their lives to make the world a better place. McCarthy is a patron of Freedom from Torture and an activist on a number of issues. Waite is the co-founder of Y-care International, an international development and relief agency. He is a patron of Storybook Dads, an organisation that records prisoners reading bedtime stories to their children. An…

Current Affairs Wrap: Should old trauma be forgotten? Welcome back to 2016!

Current Affairs Wrap: Should old trauma be forgotten? Welcome back to 2016!

…eynolds also passed away. The 84-year-old suffered a stroke in the wake of Carrie’s death, with her son Todd describing the stress of Carrie’s death simply being “too much” for Reynolds. Todd also disclosed that just before she passed, she poignantly remarked, “I want to be with Carrie”. Reynolds burst on to the scene as Gene Kelly’s partner, Kathy Selden, in the classic Singin in the Rain in 1952. Her career saw her become one of Hollywood’s lead…

S&M: Barbra Streisand – Here’s to Campster-gram…

S&M: Barbra Streisand – Here’s to Campster-gram…

Carrie McCarthy demands that all the haters on Barbra Streisand’s Instagram foray ask themselves who the hell they think they’re trying to de-camp already… #sheslikebutter   Forget anything you know about camp and prepare yourself, because this week saw an event camper than a Bert and Patty Newton Christmas special. #nowthatscamp Barbra Streisand joined Instagram. I repeat – Barbra Streisand has joined Instagram. And I have to say it is everythin…

The tense psychological character study that is Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s “Lonely Girl”

The tense psychological character study that is Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s “Lonely Girl”

…a rare work or societal insight that provides the opposite. Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s first novel Lonely Girl provides a fascinating, if disturbing, insight as to the ways and motivations of an isolated woman placed in extraordinarily empowered circumstances. The novel tells of Ana, living just outside of Hobart. She’s the daughter of a woman of little regard in the town, and given a life of lacking consequence, finds herself with a dying dog and…