• Travel Tip: Variety is key for currency!

    I've been watching the recent news in India with keen interest. In case you missed it, in November 2016, PM Modi announced all 500 and 1000 denominations would no longer be accepted. This would remove...
    Monday, December 5th, 2016
  • Biodiversity and Culture

    This is a proud sister post :-) One of my brothers is studying his PhD and in amongst his regular research, he recently co-published a paper on how culture impacts levels of biodiversity conservation spending. ...
    Monday, October 24th, 2016
  • Inspiring Ted Talk – Reading the World

    Today I just wanted to share an awesome Ted Talk I came across. Ann Morgan thought she was "well read." But she looked at her bookshelf one day to realise she had only read US...
    Monday, March 14th, 2016
  • Dunbar’s number and cross-cultural ponderings

    Robin Dunbar is a renowned anthropologist. I was introduced to his most famous concept last year and it has been on my mind for a while. In essence, he hypothesised that people will tend to...
    Monday, January 18th, 2016
  • 4 more random items I learnt from Professor Gillian Triggs

    Hard to get a good photo in lecture theatre...or at least that's my excuse! I couldn't really fit these into my last blog post, but I wanted to mention them anyways. They are completely random,...
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
  • App Review: Memrise – Updated

    So in January last year (can't believe it has been that long!) I wrote a review of a language learning app called Memrise. At the time my one complaint was that the Hindi language had...
    Sunday, April 19th, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 4b – As I was saying…

    Following on from my last post where I concluded that we need to be more purposeful about promoting cross-cultural understanding and not presuming it will come by default from visiting other countries... I then heard...
    Friday, January 23rd, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 4: “Us” vs “Them”

    The ol' "Us Versus Them" theory is one of the oldest in the book...of Modern History and Politics anyway :-) If you do these subjects at university you are bound to come across this concept...
    Monday, January 19th, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 3: Who benefits?

    Voluntourism started off as something "different" and, by natural course of society, became the trendy "different" thing to do. As with all trends, there are those who extol the virtues of volunteering abroad with all...
    Monday, December 15th, 2014
  • Quick language tip: Internet radio

    Today I thought I'd share a quick language learning tip.One of the trickiest things about learning a language is often you are doing so from your own country. To really learn a language, you need...
    Sunday, July 6th, 2014