‘Can we chat?’: A discursive consideration of conversations between casual and permanent academics

‘Can we chat?’ ‘Yeah, sure, anytime’ is what the casual academic is meant to say when facing this question from a permanent academic: particularly one who has employed them in the past. ‘Yeah, sure’ is probably the safest answer for a casual to give to almost any request from The Faculty. You know, if they […]

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James Frey insurance

I recently read this article about James Frey and his book A Million Little Pieces. Frey’s ‘memoir’ talked about a lot of the same things as mine – crime, addiction, prison, rehabilitation – and while a lot of these things did happen to Frey, they were embellished on in the book. (‘Embellished’ feels like the […]

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Mindfullness training

I’m on my lunch break from a learning and development course called Mindfullness in the Workplace.  Here are all the reasons why today is not the day for me to be doing this: First day back at work after six days at home alone suffering from virus-induced vertigo – wanted to come to work and […]

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Gaol behind closed doors: What the media can’t show us when it comes to Home Detention

Paper presented at: UOW Presents: Crime, Cameras, Action, University of Wollongong, 18 February, 2012 Angela Williams A GET-out-of-jail free card will be given to 750 violent and dishonest criminals under a State Government plan to let them serve prison sentences in the comfort of their homes. As criminals were celebrating yesterday, victims groups were outraged […]

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