Book Review: You must be very intelligent by Ulrike Trager.

Karin Bodewits’ partly autobiographic book “You must be very intelligent – The PhD Delusion” is a revealing, tongue in cheek tale about PhD life. We first meet Karin as an idealistic, yet naïve student who wants to add to our knowledge of the world and make a difference in the science world. She jumps at the chance to do her PhD thesis at the prestigious University of Edinburgh- surely the best place to accomplish her goals. 42 chapters and three years later Karin is a different person – frustrated, disheartened and feed up with science. What happened? The realisation that working at a high-ranked university does not protect from choleric, over-enthusiastic supervisors, who change your project every five minutes before losing interest in your work; unsocial, power-mad lab mates trying to steal your publications or underfunded labs making it hard to do any meaningful experiments.

The book shows a PhD student struggling with, for academics all so familiar, bouts of feeling insufficient, lonely, anxious and the pressure to perform to your own standards and what you think others expect of you. That and the reality of science politics – authorship in publishing is rarely fair, lack of job perspectives and security – makes this book a revealing and realistic peek behind the curtain of science. This may sound like a depressing affair, but “You must be very intelligent” is full of witty anecdotes, such as professors sending virtual pets to pretty PhD-students or PostDocs blowing up hotel rooms with dry-ice, making the book a truly enjoyable, yet realistic, read.

For academics, this book will remind them of their own journey and that they are not alone in their struggles. Potential PhD students can use it to make an informed decision and not be blinded by the promise of a perfect science world. “You must be very intelligent” is full of good advice, like the importance of choosing the right PhD position. Knowing the pitfalls, you hopefully ask the right questions at your interview. But this book is not just for academics. Everyone thinking PhDs must be very intelligent can learn a lot from this book and understand scientists a bit better in the process. Indeed, that is what the author intended: “I actively chose to write it humorously and, as a friend pointed out, ‘Sex and the City and Science’ style. I do want to show that scientists are a hilarious, somehow odd bunch of perceived brainiacs, but that at the same time we are also just human beings like anyone else.“

By the end of the book, you may wonder if Karin has given up on science, or at least the way science is conducted these days. But asked if she would do it again her answer is clear: “Yes, science is great! I was naïve and unlucky and rushed my decision about which PhD programme to join. I would still choose a scientific field for my undergrad studies if I were to choose again. Scientists have been proven to be more open-minded and flexible compared to other people. At the same time, we are less sociable, more arrogant and dominant. Not surprising; it is a somewhat uncanny bunch of people and in most universities we are not punished for our strangeness. It is scientific output that counts. To a certain extent, academia seems to be a drip can of weird personalities, where everyone is welcome. It makes for a strange but interesting workplace. It is this environment, where you have the freedom of being yourself, which, despite its drawbacks, I came to love. So, I’d probably decide for a PhD again. A different PhD.”  I think this answer sums up the spirit of the book perfectly. While it is in large parts the tragic story of painful PhD experience, it is also light-hearted and full of lessons. It does not mean science is all bad. Just that there are areas that need to be worked on by the science community. And books like this will help as it starts a conversation.

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You must be very intelligent – The PhD Delusion by Karin Bodewits’

Review by Ulrike Träger

Purchase the book here: “You must be very intelligent – The PhD Delusion”

ISBN 978-3-319-59321-0

 

9 Perth rappers to watch in 2018.

Here are 9 Perth rappers to look out for in 2018.

Personally, mainstream Australian hip-hop still hasn’t quite managed to find it’s feet. For me, breakthrough groups like Hilltop Hoods, Horror Show and Bliss N Eso have been progressive for Aussie hip-hop only in that they’ve helped launch it into the somewhat mainstream. However, when artists have to conform to a set of expectations to get commercial play time, their style can become oversaturated. What should be encouraged in Australian hip-hop is originality, innovation, a progressive message, and like Australia’s multicultural society – embrace music and sounds from everywhere. For me, over the past few years, the majority of Perth artists on the scene have been listenable but their lack of ingenuity has failed to really get me excited about hip-hop in my city. However, over the past year, I have been blown away by Perth’s up and coming hip-hop talent. Here are nine artists progressing Australian hip-hop with their own unique sound and making the Perth scene a force to be reckoned with.

TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi has been active on the Perth hip-hop scene since 2012. Toyotomi produces an atmospheric cloud trap sound infused with an unlimited flow of mellow, rugged vocals which seem to hit the beat precisely where they need to. ROCKETSHIPS was released last month and is Toyotomi’s first full-length LP release – Get it while it’s hot here. 

Label: Boogie Nights

 SPLIT FIGURE

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Butter smooth flows and catchy R&B hooks. Fremantle artist Split Figure has only entered the scene a couple of years ago, but bangers like Persian Wine and Brûlée prove he’s got a bright future ahead of him. Stream his latest EP Créme De La Créme on Spotify or Soundcloud.

Label: Unsigned

 T$OKO

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T$oko fka S.O.X aka Tinashe Soko is a Zimbabwean born, Perth based rapper. Solid tracks like Blasphemy/ The Mirror honor hip-hops true roots while hard-hitting singles like Parlay and his latest release 4th Quarter bring the heat to the table. It’s no suprise he supported Future when he came to Perth in September earlier this year. T$oko linked up with Perth producer Jimmy Drones recently for his latest single 4th Quarter, and it BANGS so check it out here… PULL UP!!

 Label: Co-sign A$AP MOB *

LLEHNA

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Llehna is (Including Toyotomi) another member of Perth group TUFFBOYS and has recently released an EP of his own. Llehna’s latest EP Llenhas World is definitely one to listen to. It’s Fast, lyrically creative and almost every track contain hooks that are catchy AF – “swiper no swipey”.  Check out Llenhas World on Soundcloud here.

Label: Boogie Nights

POW! NEGRO

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Fast, crazy and out-of-this-world creative. Fremantle’s hip-hop/ jazz group POW! Negro produce a unique sound that brings a whole lot of energy to the table. I haven’t seen a Perth band blow up as fast as these guys did – and I’m not surprised either. You’re lucky if you caught these guys live at Code Red festival earlier this month – They are killing it and there’s no stopping them. Their latest EP is called Jasmine & Licorice and you can stream it on Spotify here. They will also be releasing a new single ‘Flesh Off The Bone’ on November 25th at Jack Rabbit Slims. See you there.

Label: Unsigned

 HYCLASS

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Maori/Samoan rapper HYCLASS produces some insanely catchy beats which compliments her world-class flow. Her latest project I NEED YOU is a must listen. Her EP offers some ol’ fashioned raps and hip-hop beats that everyone can vibe to. She recently supported Marksman Lloyd at The Sewing Room and you can check out her full length EP on bandcamp here.

 Label: Unsigned

ZIGGY RAMO

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Ziggy Ramo’s music provides an insight into the silent injustices of Aboriginal Australia among other social issues. Ramo’s productions range from poppy funk hits like his latest track YKWD to tracks provide a strong and hard-hitting message like Black Thoughts. Check him out on Spotify or Soundcloud.

Label: Ramo Records

AND BEYOND

And Beyond perth rapper

And Beyond comprises of rapper Insane the Prince and producer ZYTGYST. Insane’s mellow vocals and catchy lyrics make me want to listen for hours. The duo produce a clean, creative and modern sound which compliment their contemporary discourse on topics affecting the youth of today. Check them and their latest single 2 Cents on Soundcloud here.

Label: Unsigned

LBFR MIKEY

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LBFRMikey spits evocative, smooth and R&B infused flows as well as hooks that prove the upcoming artist’s mature talent. Mikey frequently links up with Perth producer talent Dub A and together they create a world-class sound. Stream his latest single KATRINA here.

Label: Unsigned

 

Check out a playlist featuring all these artists below:

 

By Harry Cunningham

Meet your 2018 Guild President: Kombo Mashumba

Murdoch Guild elections might be a relatively low-key affair compared to how things go down at other universities (cough, UWA). I’m never sure whether that’s good (because you don’t get accosted) or bad (because I’d like to think people care about who runs our guild). If you actually attend your classes, though, you probably would have seen the posters up on campus last week – and now we have a new guild executive for next year! I decided to sit down and chat with Kombo Mashumba, our incoming president, so you guys can get to know who’ll be running the show in 2018.

Okay, Kombo – to start us off, tell me more about yourself!

K: I’m from Zimbabwe, spent my whole life there. I took a gap year and got to start my own business, open a bar. It’s very easy to start a business in Zimbabwe, so that way I’m an entrepreneur. Then I was so excited to come to Australia, and it wasn’t what I expected! It was hard integrating in a new country and making friends was also slightly different. I was the only one who came to Murdoch from my school, so everything was new.

The first year I came, all my friends were exchange students so after 6 months I had to start all over! That’s when I actually met people in my classes and all that.

I heard you’re a big fan of beef and onions. Should we expect that to feature a prominent role in Guild next year?

K: I am a big fan, I think everyone is a big fan. If you look at the value pizzas, for 5 bucks, beef and onions is the best. I think I’ll continue pushing beef and onions at Murdoch.

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You must be pleased with the results of the election. What was the key to your success?

K: We had a big team and that was a good team. The people were all from different backgrounds, different societies, different schools so they each had access to their own friend group. It’s like – how can I say? Each person has access to 10 people I don’t. And our tactic was to talk to people, not just hand them a flyer and let them walk away. I guess living in the village I also know quite a few people. But I give all the props to my team.

What have you learnt from being involved with Guild over the past year?

K: I’ve been the president of the International Student Society and I guess I learnt that, ah, things don’t always go your way or to get things going your way it takes time. You’ll be like, I’m always correct, let’s do it my way, but you find out that people might have more experience or know more about certain things than you do, so I guess it’s about being humble but also pushing it because I felt like the guild wasn’t really that involved with students, and we were separate to them in a way. We weren’t on the ground being like: ‘hey come to my event,’ so people don’t know who is actually in the guild.

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What’s you and your team’s plans for next year?

K: We’ve got big plans, big plans. I’m guessing you want more specific! There’s obviously saving campus culture, getting involved in educational reforms at the university. You can see them happening in the business school with blended learning and there are positives and negatives but we want to represent the positives and remove the negatives. And I’ll say a lot of students complain about affordability, we want to make things a little more within their reach. Obviously that takes time and if it’s not us it’s the guys the year after but we want to make something noticeable so students can say the guild actually did this for me.

What’s the first thing you’ll be working on when you get in there?

 

K: The first thing I want to so is combine the smart rider with the student card. One of my team involved with transperth bought the idea to us, and they actually do it at ECU already. So that would be the first thing because one of the first things students get is their ID card.

One less card for my wallet! What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

K: That’s a tricky one! I guess I’m scared of birds. I don’t trust birds.

G: Okay, is this all birds or some particular bird?

K: All birds, All birds are the same.

G: Did you have a traumatic bird related experience?

K: I just can’t read them, we used to have turkeys and turkey’s chase people around. So now if it’s a small bird, a big bird, I just don’t trust it. I know it sound’s crazy, but –

G: No, no. I grew up with swooping magpies, I can understand the sentiment.

K: Exactly, and now I’m hearing about these magpies, you know, they do attack. I’m afraid of birds that don’t attack, now I hear that there’s one’s that do?!

What would you say is your favourite thing about Murdoch?

K: The perfect answer would be the campus but I won’t say that. I will say Newport Tuesdays at the village.

What are your other plans for next year?

K: I’ll be studying full time alongside the guild job. It’s a lot of work but not practical, personal work. There’s a lot of meetings. What I also want to do is visit the people so they can see what I am doing. Being a full time student, that’s where students are, so I can relate. The work is there but there are so many students who also work full time too. I look up to them because that’s what I’ll be doing next year. My door will be open for their tips!

I heard there are people in Guild who are hesitant to work with you next year. What do you think about that rumour?

K: I guess I’d say, there’s no perfect leader. There’s no one where people will thing: “Oh, if this guy gets in we’re gonna all be happy.”  People are always upset about it. I’m looking forward to proving them wrong. It’s gonna be interesting. That’s the good thing about this, it’s a democracy. I come from a country where it’s not a democracy at all. So people can say ‘what you’re doing is wrong’ and then I can ask myself why they are saying this, and think about it.

Some people are against me getting in because I’m an international student. A big part of the reason why I ran is because I felt like international students weren’t getting represented at a higher level. Why should it just be local students getting it?  We all want a great university experience.

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What would you say to the people who voted?

K: Thanks for voting, we won by a landslide. I don’t think there’s been an election where people have actually voted like that, which is amazing, so I’d like to thank them for putting their trust in me. And for being patient because the system was so slow!

And who ran against you?

K: I’d thank them for the fact that they had good policies which I will steal later! Also because they encouraged me to work harder, and gave students more options to choose from. I hope they will be willing to criticise me next year and keep me working hard.

What’s something that you would change about Murdoch if you could?

K: One thing I’d want to change is the campus culture, you know, this place I’d want it to be one where you can meet new people and network, I’d want it to just be a friendly environment. Another one would be cheaper parking. If I could make parking cheaper, that would be amazing.

If you can find a way, I’ll be eternally grateful. What are you looking forward to most about being guild president?

K: Besides the office? [laughs] I guess getting involved in the issues at the heart of students, that’s the thing I’m really wanting to do. I guess because I was an entrepreneur before I want to put forward ideas that should be great but also getting students involved with what the guild does. Like, putting a poll up for ideas. People won’t say a party sucks if they actually planned it. So that’s why I want to be the leader who gets behind everyone, and says let’s do this.

Anything else you want to say?

K: 2018 is going to be a different year. Expect big things.

You can follow the winning party “Growth for Guild” on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/growthforguild/

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Guild President: The king Kombo Mashumba, Vice-president: Jethro Jesse Schoeman, General Secretary: Loic Munso ( and School board of B&G), International Prez: Nelson Mukuvarem MUPSA prez: Alexander Mörtzsch, MUPSA Vice-prez: Louis Williams, Indigenous Rep: Jordan Barham-Shepherd (and NUS/Senate undergraduate), Women’s Rep: the Queen Yakira Venagiam , OGC: Charlene Baniqued (NUS), Brice Gower, Vlad Bychkov (NUS), Sabreen Zia, Samuel Dib (School Board of Health Professionals), Academic Council: Sarah Inglis, Senate postgraduate: Abby Agrawal (School Board of B&G postgraduate) Other positions: Jonty Richardson for NUS , Laura Ives Hicks School Board of Arts, Jack Carruthers School Board of Engineering and IT

Interview by: Georgia Renee
Portraits of Kombo by: Harry Cunningham

 

 

 

PERTH’S SECRET POOL

Bing! I just received a message from my mate who’d sent me an image of an abandoned old folks home. Not only was it an old folks home, but it pictured a large, smooth, dreamy pool located in the home’s recreation area. It was just asking to be skated. He knew the area well as he used to swim in it as a kid, when his grandparents stayed there. We checked the location on Google Maps, messaged the crew and planned the shred the next morning.

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The climb in was pretty standard. The lack of barb wire made a fairly easy entry.

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We had to explore the area for quite a bit, but we eventually found the pool.

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Sunny, quiet and no one around to kick us out. It was shaping up to be a great session.

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While on the roof, I noticed an abandoned room stacked with unopened Christmas presents, two Christmas trees and the original packaging for an old Mac computer. The room was intriguing yet it had an extreme eeriness to it. The door was unlocked but someone had placed a stick in the door slot. I managed to open it just enough to stick my camera through and take a snap. Macca handed me a broomstick to try and get one of the presents, to see what was in them. I managed to topple the pile over. The presents were all empty…

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~ R.i.p

Story and article by Harry Cunningham. Check out his blog here or his website here.

Photography: Sofia-Sekia Atrutkepic

Sofia-Seika Atrutkepic is a student studying photography here at Murdoch University. She loves travel, photography and has a Pug named Potato. I decided to find out more…

 

Hey Sofia, I love the Image you shot for the cover. How did you go about shooting it?

“I shot in the sound studio with my friend Imogen for a class. The assignment was on light gels and we shot Imogen’s sister Astrid.”

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“I love people, I love expression, and I like capturing what I find is beautiful about someone, the special thing that makes them who they are.”

Can you tell us more about these photos from India? When did you go?

“I went last year (2016) in the uni holidays. I used this trip to work on my photography, and experience a different culture that was vastly different from Australia.”

Is there a particular reason why you chose India?

“Not particularly, as a student it was a destination that was suitable for my budget (laughs). But before my travels there I had seen some pictures that made it seem like such a magical place.”

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How did you travel around India?

“I backpacked mostly. I started at the bottom of India (In Goa) and travelled around by bus, taxi, Tuk-Tuks and Rickshaws.”

You seem to love to shoot portraits, why is this?

“I love people, I love expression, and I like capturing what I find is beautiful about someone and what makes them who they are.”

And lastly, how is your pug Potato?

“Potato is great and loving his little doggy life. His best friends Jaffa and Jedha go for a walk together every day down in the field. He hasn’t been in any photoshoots lately but he makes a great assistant!”

Do you have any websites you want to share?

“My Facebook (Seika Photography) and you can follow my intragram @sofiaseika for more of my photography :).”

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Meet Murdoch Athletics Captain: TJ Callas

TJ Callas is your Captain. At just 20, he is pursuing a double major in Cyber Forensics and Information Security as well as minoring in Screen Production. TJ is working full time as an intern (Graduate Reporting Engineer) with Empired LTD, a casual retail team member with Super Cheap Auto, training six days a week as WA Athlete (State and National Representatives) and is the Sports and Athletics Captain of Murdoch University. Hailing from Guinea, West Africa 9 years ago TJ has come a long way. As a youth, he was faced with many traumas relating to language barriers, racism, and his own mental health. He says, he owes his success all to his sports and athletics. Today TJ is working hard on his own Athletics Program dedicated to helping youths overcome their trauma. I decided to find out more.

Hey TJ, give me a run down on your involvement in athletics.

So basically I’m a 100m and 60m sprinter as well as a long jumper. My best for the 100m is 10.54, 6.86 seconds for the 60m and 7.20m for the long jump. I train 6 days a week. I am also a Level two Athletics Australia coach with WA Little Athletics as one their coaches for Little Athletics Programs for Schools (LAPS) teaching and demonstrating the fundamental skills of athletics at all levels of athletics discipline which includes running, jumping and through as well as train the Murdoch Vikings Athletics team.

How well did Murdoch Vikings do in the Uni games last year?

We did really well. Last year Murdoch was represented in nearly all event disciplines. Every athlete made it to the final, placing us in the top four or five). 9 out of 13 Athletes made it to either the final or semi-final of his/her competition events. Overall we won 3 medals (two gold and one silver) and we broke a 32 year old record.

What is the main goal for your athletics?

I am hoping to qualify and compete at the Commonwealth or Olympic Games as a 100 meter sprinter. I don’t believe in excuses I believe in results, however with work, uni and training full time it’s very hectic, but I take every opportunity that comes. This is why I tell myself that “I will persist until I succeed”. It does not matter how or when I get there, all on my mind is to make it to one of the games one day by God’s help.

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When did you start using sport to overcome your trauma?

When I first came to Australia I didn’t speak English well, so I used sport to help me learn the language, meet new people and becoming more confident in myself. At that time I didn’t know what depression and anxiety were. I used to get bullied, and when I went through puberty I started to feel insecure about myself at times. When I was in year 8 I encountered racism, as I was the only black kid in the whole school during that time. So to overcome this I started to hang around people who did sports and I associated myself with them. I found when I was doing sport I just focused on what was in front of me instead of worrying about people or other things in my life.

You have a dream project that you’re in the process of creating.  What’s it all about?

Sports Assisting Youths (SAY) is a project I am developing alongside NFP to help youths of this generation grow stronger so they may face their everyday fears and overcome trauma, with the help of athletics. The aim is to have a facility that includes an indoor gym, swimming pool, basketball court and an oval. The facility would be available on a 24/7 basis to anyone who might at any moment be experiencing traumas in their life and cannot see a way out.

What is your goal for this project?

I want to ease the amount of suicide rates among youths. Today too many youths harm themselves due to depression, anxiety and lack of confidence. Reflecting on myself, I once suffered from depression but with the use of sport, it has helped me overcome the many failures, breakdowns, and traumas in my daily life.

How can people help your project or follow your journey?

You can find me on Social Media here:

Facebook Page: facebook.com/athleticsmylife/     

Instagram: @tjcallas

SnapChat: t.callas  

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Interview & Photography by Harry Cunningham

Interview with Perth Comedian: Patrick Marlborough

Patrick Marlborough is a Perth based comedian and freelance writer, namely for Vice and Junkee. Last February Patrick dropped his first comedy ‘mixtape’ “Barley Bombings – Goofs By Patrick Marlborough”. Barley bombings is a collection of Marlborough’s live performances recorded over the past 2 years. His recent debut is fearlessly funny. Barley Bombings provides an unarticulated and unfiltered discourse on topics surrounding suburban Perth, Mental health and the crazy world of Australian politics, policies and Pinga culture. Barley Bombings will make you hate JB-HiFi even more and make you realize that you actually miss Osama Bin Laden. Patrick and I hung out at JB Hi-Fi, I asked him some questions and we checked out what the ‘best of Australian comedy’ section had to offer. We didn’t buy anything.

 Hi Patrick, It seems you have a love hate relationship with being Australian.

Yeah, definitely. It’s a tricky one. I always have since I was a little kid. Australian jingoism – there’s something extremely off-putting about it – essentially we’re a country founded on the destruction of the world’s oldest most intricate culture. And all that we have to show for it is like, the ARIA Awards, Li’l Elvis and the Truckstoppers, and the collected eye-rolls of David Marr (laughs).

Have you really been arrested 5 times in Bali on drug charges?

No, I’m a good boy. I don’t do the drugs – well, only prescription meds and coffee.
I’ve actually never been to Bali, too many Perth folk there. Second only to Melbourne.

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Do you think Australian pop-culture will ever mature into something more than Pingas, Bunnings sausage sizzles and Bali tats?

I actually think we have an amazing culture. But I know what you mean. You have to remember that our cultural cringe has been driven by government policy and a collage of ingrained bigotries. You have a generation of Australian’s who were raised by the Howard curriculum and don’t know any better. We’ve been told to hold the arts in disdain because that means we hold critical thinking in disdain. Our scope has been limited, it’s hard for any young artists anywhere to get their voices heard – our cultural gatekeepers are Sydney good ol’ boys jerking it to Vivaldi and dropping anecdotes about feuding with an unaware Bob Ellis. It’s tragic, but a change is gonna come. You’d hope. How is Philip Adams’ health, anyway?

Can you have national pride in Australia and not be a racist?

I’m yet to see it. I mean, my parents are very patriotic but they’re incredibly left wing. It does often come at the cost of ignoring our past, however. Look at our national discourse. Just look at the past two weeks, with the Elijah Doughty decision, and the government denying the rights of the LGBT community for marriage equality. This turd wrangle of a plebiscite, cooked up by callous intellectual nomads who wouldn’t know a loving embrace from spraying Lynx Africa on their balls. I’m only very patriotic when I’m overseas (laughs). I do take pride in the fact that we have a good minimum wage, but again, I’m raised by unionists (laughs).

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Do you think Australia needs to rebrand itself to show it’s more than its pop-culture stereotypes?

The ‘Crocodile Dundee’ stereotypes (if you travel) can be condescending – but Australians also revel in that. The world perceives us as these laid back, cool, funny guys but in reality…we’re  essentially a nation of fuckbois. Australia is like the guy your ex-girlfriend starts dating who is seemingly just a cool scene-kid, but actually has a deeply problematic history of abuse.

Hilariously, the larrikin myth stems from two satirists – Lawson and Patterson – taking the piss out of the very people who would later adopt it as our defining trait, their persona. It’s our great, fundamental, national irony.

And how we relate to the USA? America is the 80s sports movie douchebag doing coke and threatening to tear down the community center, we are their gimpy side kick named ‘Percy’ or ‘Tum-Tum’ or some such.

I guess I want to put the ‘nah’ in Australiana.

Your various personas on stage are hilarious. Where did you learn this skill?

I’m on the autism spectrum, and I’m hypomanic and hyper-associative – so mimicry is how I learned to communicate with people. As a kid, I was obsessed with imitating every cartoon character, Buggs Bunny is my biggest influence as a comic. My favorite impression to do as a kid was John Howard. I used to put an orange swim cap on and fake glasses and ape his blubbery drawl.

I have vivid memories of being sent to the naughty bench the day after 9/11 for performing a bit that was essentially Kermit reporting the news as it happened, and The Count doing the body tally. Weird kid, for sure.

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What do you find off-putting about today’s mainstream Australian comedy?

I find mainstream Australian comedy offputting because it’s the same gaggle of ‘faildads’ in their mid-40s that have been in the spotlight for what feels like my entire life. Our comedy, particularly our standup, bends towards the tame, the status quo. It’s incredibly middle class and reactionary, there’s a reason we have little to no history of serious political stand-up in the Bruce or Pryor mold. It’s depressing, but we’ve always been like that as a nation. Australians love to punch down: we love cruelty, we love slurs, we love alienating those without a voice. We hate it when that is turned back on us. This is why Chris Lilley is showered in Logies when he should probably be showered in shit and day old mayonnaise from the Bayswater DOME. This is why people like John Clarke, Rob Stitch, Gina Riley, Jane Turner, and more recent voices like Briggs and the Kates are important. But there’s few like them in Australian stand-up, it caters to the festival crowd, which weirdly, is its own kind of conservative. We make progress with content sometimes, but almost never with form.

In 2017, if your comedy isn’t punching up, advocating for something, or making this country face up to its barbarism, then get off the pot, we don’t need more of your middling shit.

Thanks, Patrick. When and where can I catch your next show?

I have a couple of shows at Fremantle Comedy Factory in September (Sail and Anchor), and will hopefully be doing some gigs over East this October. There also might be another surprise audio thingy dropping soon.

Check out Patrick’s comedy page NERT here and catch him on Twitter here.

 

Interview and photography by Harry Cunningham

BEST MURDOCH EVENTS THIS MONTH

Murdoch Casino anyone? To help you find something positive about going back to uni for semester 2, we’ve picked the best events and things to do on campus this month.

Cafe Crawl! – JULY 15

Saturday, July 15, 3 PM – 6 PM / Murdoch Admin OfficeScreen Shot 2017-07-09 at 8.56.35 AM

It’s well known that some of Perth’s best cafes and restaurants are located in Leederville. For just $10 you can join a crew off caffeine enthusiasts for a Cafe Crawl. All leaving from the Murdoch Uni admin office.

RSVP Here!

Trivia & Pizza Night at the Tav! – JULY 24

Monday, July 24 at 6 PM – 9 PM / Murdoch Guild Tav

Is being a trivia whiz your secret talent? Or maybe you just like pizza. Form a squad of 8 and head down to the Tav for food, beers and a whole lotta fun.

RSVP here!

Murdoch Open Day – JULY 30

Sunday, July 30 at 9 AM – 3 PM / Murdoch University CampusScreen Shot 2017-07-09 at 9.02.00 AM

Murdoch Open day is an event held every semester on campus. This semester you can free your so called “Think”. Although this event is designed for new students, there’s plenty of fun activities for all, whether you’re around campus or just looking for something fun to do that day. Maybe you’ll even find an elective unit that you’ll enjoy – if that’s possible? Here are our top Open Day picks.

Play virtual reality games made by Murdoch Students:  when? All day. Where? Games Zone 450.2.042

Meet the players from the Wild Cats: When? All day. Where? Sports Recreation Centre 412

Petting zoo! When? All Day. Where? Agricultural Sciences Marquee Tea Tree Loop

Free Food:

Suppa Club (free soup). When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Sausage sizzle: When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Wetlands Safari Field Trip. When? 11:45 – 12:30, 1:15-2pm. Where? Starting from Tea Tree Loop

Have a go at 3D Printing

When? All day. Where? Physical Sciences 340.2.026 & 340.2.027.

Student films + Free popcorn When? 9-11am, 1:45-3pm. Where? Hill Lecture Theatre 450.2.035

Check out the full program here!

Murdoch Winter Festival Day – AUGUST 3

Thursday, August 3, 10 AM

When it comes to events at Murdoch, the Guild usually delivers, and this one is looking to be no different.

Hot Flush Casino: Hot Flush Casino is a Perth-based events company specialising in a mobile casino service. Although you can’t gamble or win real money, this will still be a whole lot of fun, with plenty of prizes to be won. They offer Blackjack, roulette, the spinning wheel and poker.

Photo Booth: One of Perth’s best, most creative and fun Photo-booths will be there. Photo-booths are pretty fun If you’re into that stuff. Add something cool to your instagram.

So many freakin prizes!

+ Double pass to Origin NYE 2017
+ 3 tickets to Kehlani
+ Sail & Anchor $50 Bar card

Marquee: Live Music + a comfy Marquee sounds pretty chill. Plus it will be heated. #comfygoals

Find the FB event here!

 SHAG WEEK 2017 – AUGUST 22

August 22nd – 24th / Murdoch University Campus19665604_1601286189881764_1738824238398527368_n

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week is run collaboratively with Murdoch University Health, Murdoch Guild and Counselling.

SHAG Pub Quiz:  Knowledge is sexy. Get a team together for an afternoon of sexual quizzery at the Murdoch Guild Tavern. Free Entry. Spot prizes and the winning team will get a bar tab!!! Starts at 5 pm

Bondage workshops: Kinda cool how the Guild is removing the stigma around a taboo topic. Peer Rope Perth will be running a Bondage Workshop again. It’s weird, it’s fun – check it out.

Find the golden condom!:  a treasure hunt for a golden condom. What can you win ?Sexy time items, a Masssage at Bodyriches in Fremantle and a special suprise item.

Find the FB event here!