The Myth of Symmetry and Balance
History Today, 3 August 2017
The idea that the ancient Greeks were exemplars of rationality and logic, who worshipped ideas of perfection, beauty and honour, is an enduring one. As a result, many historians and writers, consciously or otherwise, have massaged the stories we tell about the past to fit that preconception.
The Hawks’ nest: The science behind home ground advantage
Roar, 1 Oct 2015
As long as sport has been played, fans have known about home ground advantage.
In the AFL, the journey to Subiaco Oval to play Fremantle or West Coast was long considered the most daunting road trip. But, since 2014, another stadium has held the title of most fearsome venue: Adelaide Oval.
Arizona Fever: Are AFL clubs putting players in danger?
Roar, 13 Feb 2014
To gain the competitive advantage, multiple AFL clubs have turned to altitude training, sending their entire roster to train in the thin air of Flagstaff, Arizona.
It is the latest in the sports science insurgency, earmarked by the pursuit of even one or two percentage points improvement in performance.
Welcome to Curtin
Overland, Autumn 2014
Over the past fifteen years, immigration detention centre workers have given a mere handful of intervies about their work. Those who have talked about life behind the fences tend to do so with the protection of voice ditortion and pixilation.