Author: tahlialauren16

  • My Gripe with Movie Musicals

    My Gripe with Movie Musicals

    I love musicals. I was in my high school’s production from Year 8 to Year 12 and loved every minute of it. It’s always exciting when you learn that your favourite story is being made into a movie. But as many of us know, film adaptations often leave a lot to be desired. In my […]

  • My New Digital Marketing Business

    My New Digital Marketing Business

    I am excited to announce that I am now a Digital Marketing Strategist! This is a new step in my life’s journey and I want to share it all with you.  I’ve been working as a copywriter for a long time, and I see business owners make the same mistakes over and over. Their products […]

  • Gustave, the Demonic, Bullet-proof Crocodile

    Gustave, the Demonic, Bullet-proof Crocodile

    I’ve already covered crocodiles and their success as apex predators, but now I’d like to introduce you to someone. Gustave is a prime example of his species: a man-eating Nile crocodile who is near impossible to kill. Gustave hatched around 1955 in the African country of Burundi, making him roughly 67 years old. This massive […]

  • Creature Feature: Manatees, The Ocean’s Pacifists

    Creature Feature: Manatees, The Ocean’s Pacifists

    I firmly believe that if we replaced all hippos with manatees, the world would be a better place (I’m joking; hippopotamus dung is great for the environment but their attitude is not). Manatees are the most peaceful, serene animals in existence and it’s beautiful how simple they are. They’re such pacifists that they don’t even […]

  • What is an “Introvert Hangover”?

    What is an “Introvert Hangover”?

    If you’re anything like me, you might be familiar with this – you go out with friends, and before the end of the night, you’re wiped out. You’re exhausted, your head is killing you, you can’t eat, and you feel like you’re hungover despite not drinking. You could be having the time of your life […]

  • Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

    Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

    Madeline Miller’s Circe is a book that I enjoyed so much that I wrote my honours thesis on it. It is a feminist retelling of the character Circe from Greek mythology, which is a topic that Miller is very acquainted with. If you’re not familiar, Circe appears in the Odyssey as another trial for Odysseus […]

  • Creature Feature: Hungry Hippos

    Creature Feature: Hungry Hippos

    Hippos are one of the few animals that genuinely freak me out. Hyenas? Love ‘em. Vultures? They’re my favourite bird! But the thought of meeting a hippo in the wild absolutely terrifies me.  Hippopotamuses – meaning “rive horses” in Greek – should be just as cute and cuddly as manatees. They’re big lazy herbivores who […]

  • The Dark Side of Peter Pan

    The Dark Side of Peter Pan

    J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is a classic that has inspired many adaptations, including animated and live-action movies, sequels, and spin-offs. It’s a fantastical story that inspires millions of children, but the version you’re familiar with probably softens the grimmer aspects. Written in 1911, Peter Pan plays out the fantasy of children remaining happy and innocent […]

  • Creature Feature: The Prehistoric Crocodile

    Creature Feature: The Prehistoric Crocodile

    This post comes at the request of my mum, who said “write about crocodiles and maybe I’ll like them!” And with the crocodile being one of Earth’s oldest creatures, I was more than happy to oblige.  I’m Australian, which means I grew up watching Steve Irwin and worrying I’d see a crocodile in any body […]

  • Benandanti: The Dream-Walking Witch Hunters

    Benandanti: The Dream-Walking Witch Hunters

    The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known witch hunts, but they were prominent throughout Europe during the Catholic Revival. While most witch hunts were terrible tragedies involving the execution of innocent women and other vulnerable people, not all witch hunters did that. The Italian tradition of the Benandanti fought a different kind of witch: malignant […]