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  • What Happened to Petronella Albert?
    WARNING: This article contains images and discussions of people who have died. This article takes a deep dive into the disappearance of Petronella Albert and the investigation that followed.
  • Hand-Rearing: The Pros, the Cons, and When to Start
    Analysing the pros and cons of cockatiel hand-rearing, discussing optimal hand-rearing ages, and identifying possible exceptions to the rules.
  • Scams, Misinformation and Adopting the Perfect Bird
    Looking to adopt a new feather-mate? These are some of the scams, lies and misinformation you need to watch out for.
  • Defending Jacob: Series Review
    Review of the Apple TV Original Series ‘Defending Jacob’ starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell.
  • Retail: Engaging the Customer
    Utilising verbal and non-verbal communication to provide positive customer service experiences in a retail environment
  • Morning Song by Sylvia Plath: Literary Devices, Discussion and Analysis
    A deep dive into the poem ‘Morning Song’ by Sylvia Plath, discussing the background of the poem, literary devices, themes and a stanza-by-stanza analysis.
  • Hand Rearing: Young Birds and Stunting
    Stunting is a common disease with young birds and can be fatal if left untreated. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies and treatments to help get your bird back on track.
  • What Happened to Tej Chitnis?
    On the 27th of April 2016, 21-year-old Tej Chitnis went missing along with his car, phone and wallet. But how is it possible, in this day and age, for someone to vanish without a trace?
  • Coronavirus: Your Ultimate Lock-Down Shopping List
    Your ultimate Online and Downloadable lock-down shopping list
  • Hand Rearing: Common Cockatiel Chick Illnesses and How to Cure Them
    Young cockatiels are especially vulnerable to illnesses. This article highlights common illnesses that your cockatiel chick may experience and how to prevent and cure them.
  • Ted Bundy was… Surprisingly Dumb
    Thanks to original streaming channels like Netflix, serial killers have been all the rage lately. Shows such as Mindhunter, The Ted Bundy Tapes and the most recent drop Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez have really been putting violent criminals in the forefront of public interest. And it’s understandable, right? Humankind has always been drawn to […]
  • The BTK Killer Was… Surprisingly Dumb
    Thanks to original streaming channels like Netflix, serial killers have been all the rage lately. Shows such as MindHunter, The Ted Bundy Tapes and the most recent drop Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez have really been putting violent criminals in the forefront of public interest. And it’s understandable, right? Human kind has always been drawn […]
  • BBC’s Dracula: Series 1 Episode 1 – Review
    So, I guess I’m a pretty big fan of Dracula. He’s a blood-sucking nightmare of a vampire with a charming demeanour and a dark, unsavoury sense of humour… what’s not to love? However, no matter how many Dracula adaptions we get – and we get a lot – there never […]
  • Writing and Publishing Workplace Information
    At your workplace, you will come across a range of different information. As a staff member of your company, it is your job to ensure that the information you receive is transferred into a document of the appropriate format. Understanding the format your information must take and how it must […]
  • ‘Keeping Faith’ Season One Review
    When it comes to English crime shows, I’m pretty much always in. If there’s anything that ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Luther’ taught us, it’s that the British sure as hell know how to make a damn good crime show. So, as soon as this show called ‘Keeping Faith’ popped up on ‘ABC […]
  • William Tyrrell – The Case of the Boy in the Spiderman Suit
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or outside of Australia – for the last few years, you’ve probably heard of the case of William Tyrrell. Maybe you’ve seen his photo in the news; that iconic image of the young boy dressed in a Spider-Man suit caught mid-roar, beaming […]
  • Closer Than You Think by Lee Maguire – A Review
    As far as I’m aware, I don’t think I’ve ever read a published debut novel. I mean, being an editor and all, I’ve come across my fair share of first novels, but a published debut just isn’t something I come across very often. I usually stick by the well-known authors, […]
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin – A review
    I’ve got to admit, I never really planned on picking this book up, but the moment I set eyes on it, I knew I had to read it. With its silver, almost holographic cover design, I couldn’t not pick it up. It wasn’t until I held the book in my hand and […]
  • The Epidemic of Showing AND Telling, and How You Can Avoid it
    As a newbie editor, I’ve come across my fair share of errors and faults in writing. Usually, when I pick up a piece of writing, I’m on the look out for grammatical errors: spelling mistakes or words used in the wrong context. Sometimes I’ll pull up on a sentence that […]
  • Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’: An Underrated Horror
    With the immense popularity of 2017’s ‘IT’, it seems like every Stephen King novel is getting the thumbs-up for TV and movie adaptions, and rightfully so. Earning 700.4 million dollars at the box office, IT smashed records, becoming the highest grossing horror film of all time. However, ‘Pennywise the Dancing […]
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