Posted on August 18, 2016 by Xavier Toby
  Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Let’s take a stand against morons who stay seated

This woman is not my wife, but both are pregnant.

This woman is not my wife, but both are pregnant and sometimes on trains.

This article first appeared in the Herald Sun

IT’S the little things that annoy me most and when they pile up one after the other — and oh how I wish this wasn’t true — sometimes, I snap.

It’s usually in the most ineffectual, middle class and white way as possible.

I might forcefully close a door, use a stern tone with the dog or, if I’m really angry, refuse to thank the barista for my morning half-caff soy latte.

They’re all tiny rebellions that only I notice and only I regret for days afterwards. Read More

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Xavier Toby
  Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The myth of the “happy hooker”

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This article first appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser

MEN who visit prostitutes often claim it’s OK because ‘‘the girls must enjoy it, otherwise they wouldn’t do it”. Or even ‘‘I wish someone would pay me to do this for a living”.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, statements like these couldn’t be further from the truth.

Some men do acknowledge that for the women it’s just a job. As enjoyable as working in a call centre or selling charity subscriptions on the street, but still a valid choice for earning a living.

Then anytime a prostitute pops up on a panel show, writes a guest column or gets interviewed, they seem to deliver the same message: working in the sex industry is actually pretty great. Read More

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Xavier Toby
  Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

We need the word police – now more than ever

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This article first appeared in the Sunday Herald Sun

ANY time I’m unlucky enough to be caught outside after 10pm and I  wander past a nightclub queue, I think to myself, “Why aren’t there fashion police?”

It’s always a case of too much skin, not enough gym. Also, the sale of leather pants, denim shorts and crop tops to anyone who isn’t a supermodel or rock star needs to come with a fine.

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Posted on July 29, 2016 by Xavier Toby
  Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

I long for Pokemon to simply Go away

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This article first appeared in the Sunday Herald Sun

POKÉMON Go. Is it good? Bad? Or is it a sure sign of the end of the world? Whatever you may think, it’s definitely damn clever.

Instead of wasting months on code and graphics, the makers have used the real world for scenery. It’s just outside with some colourful pixels thrown in to turn it into a virtual reality scavenger hunt.

It’s not the first time something there for everyone has been packaged and sold back to us. Bottled water is one example and there are beauty products, sex and cleaning products, in that order. Read More

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Xavier Toby
  Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

The sad, sad end of $1 dumplings in Manhattan

Fried Dumpling Store

The store in New York where dumplings where 5 for $1 and are now 5 for $1.25. Truly outrageous!

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post

If you’re searching for something hot, fresh and edible in Manhattan that’s only one dollar and not pizza, your options just got a little more limited.

There are the rare street vendors that still do dollar hotdogs, fried things from Papaya stands, and the radioactive-looking offerings from 7–11.

Basically nothing that isn’t cheese or mystery meat.

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