Good Weekend

Adult Education

Benjamin Law.


I was baptised by mud at Splendour in the Grass; blessed with sunburn at Big Day Out. But at some stage, I got old.


Benjamin Law.

Speaking to someone with limited English? Don't shout, don't repeat, and consider this...

Safe spaces

Benjamin Law.

Can you think of a place where you feel totally comfortable? I've always found this hard.

Game time

Benjamin Law.

Two more sleeps and winter's finally here, people. No, I'm not talking actual, literal winter I mean that in two more sleeps Game of Thrones is back.

Giving back

Benjamin Law

Occasionally, I'm reminded of why I love the internet.


Benjamin Law.

I grew up in Queensland, so I romanticised the idea of winter as a kid. All that time indoors! Soups and books, crackling fires! How cosy and lovely and … hygge (or whatever that Danish concept is that everyone talks about but no one can pronounce). Cut to adult life in a southern city, though, and I've come to realise: winter is shit. 

Taking note

Benjamin Law.

One reason writer Joan Didion takes notes: to keep track of older versions of herself.

Water polo

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If I were marketing this sport, I'd be targeting bawdy women and plying them with rosé.

Public transport

Benjamin Law.

I reckon everyone should be allowed one interest that's objectively, indisputably, scientifically dull. Mine is – wait for it – public transport.

Trash TV

Benjamin Law.

I don't trust people who don't have some trash in their TV-viewing diet.

Book awards

Benjamin Law.

Literary awards don't make authors rich, but they do help readers discover local treasures.

Gay uncles

Benjamin Law.

I'm not going to pretend I'm essential. But there's one thing gay uncles can offer.

Naked art

Benjamin Law.

ASK YOURSELF: when was the last time you were naked that didn't involve showering, sleeping or having sex? 

Chinese astrology

Benjamin Law.

In today's Chinese zodiac, a female tiger represents something quite different compared to the past.

Selling the family home

Benjamin Law.

I've never committed arson, but nothing makes you dream about burning down a house and everything in it more than clearing out your childhood home.

Muay Thai

Benjamin Law.

Fun-wise, this combat sport packs some serious punch. Just don't forget the shin pads.