The problematic pronunciation of a town called Utrecht

“I’m moving to Youtrekt!” I shared with excitement “Youtrekt, Netherlands!”. And so it was, that my Australian drawl butchered the name of my future home of Utrecht, my lazy tongue running the syllables into one, the harsh intonations simplifying it to some kind of Russian Star Trek planet. I even led my Australian family astray…

Confessions of a cam-girl studio

Cam-girls conjure up grainy images of trampy girls that broadcast from STD-ridden bedrooms exploited by cigar-puffing men, body sales in pixel-form. But cam-studios have been revamped, and they’re becoming one of Romania’s biggest industries. It’s a big, open-armed welcome to the new generation of cam-studios. Arriving at Studio 20’s head office location on one of…

Terrorists and Tourist Traps

In Brussels, as the Christmas lights twinkle among the sunset of the Christmas markets, the dust settles on the major terrorist attacks of the past eighteen months. Over a year since the Paris attacks, and six months since the Nice attacks, the aftershocks continue to run through the European tourism industry. Owner of several small…

The Meme-ing of Life: The Reform Copyright War

Outdated laws in some member states could make you a criminal for sharing photos of the Eiffel Tower at night, a delinquent for posting a meme, and a teacher an outlaw for screening educational films for students. Under new EU legislation promising “wider online access to works by users across the EU” copyright law will…