Narrow margins of what is said to be ‘attractive’ is outlawing facial expression, with plastic surgery as the big business solution. Sharon Shostak video
Men can get away with wearing the same outfit more than once, but it may be a bit of a faux pas for women. Sharon Shostak video
Random impermanence There’s few things as philosophically provocative as watching someone’s house go up in flames. Video Sharon Shostak
Would you like a loyalty card with that? The constant media bombardment about things that you’re missing out on will soon intensify with the advent of personalised interactive digital billboards. Video Sharon Shostak
The recent political history of our country has seen an array of incidents that have no opposite-gender parallels. Where are the menus, for example, that feature a ‘disappointing shrivelled-up stupid Abbott cock’? Video Sharon Shostak
Who are you? It’s time to get proactive – if Mandy behaves like she really knows you, it’s just to cover her lack of remembering who the hell you are. Sharon Shostak video
Should rape be legitimised or glorified in art? Rap artists seem to make their living from it these days, inciting rape, violence and even torture. Yet some people cheer them on, which says a lot about the rap music industry... Read More →
Mandy ponders on how nice it would be to be nice to other people, but realises she’s time poor, which makes it a little well, harder. Greeting new neighbours with a homebaked cake, sending thank you letters, visiting the nursing... Read More →
If we’re really honest about ourselves, we would say we’re a deeply racist country and our racist attitudes are not so hidden, leaking out like a toxic poison from time to time, as they did last week from the offensive... Read More →
Mandy doesn’t think cafes are quite the place for pooches – and she’s putting her new theory to the test. Video Sharon Shostak
Knowing who you are and what you look like is an age-old preoccupation. Many women have a self-esteem problem, they naturally worry about what they look like in the flesh and in photos, and Mandy’s no different. Video Sharon Shostak... Read More →
Mandy is adamant that men don’t understand women’s love of cushions. Of course, she says, they understand pillows but ‘dont get’ cushions, which are not meant to be comfy, but look nice. Video Sharon Shostak
Merchandising and the big bad world of consumerism gets in Mandy’s face and most of us at the best of times. Video Sharon Shostak
Mandy says giving birth has bad press and now that she’s given up on having babies she’s jealous of pregnant women.
How clever of Julia, since she’s destined for the dustbin of history anyway, to implement some of Tony’s policies before he gets into office – starting with kicking single parents. Video Sharon Shostak
Picture this In the old days, photos were something you took on special occasions and hoped that they turned out. Now there are way too many photos but, alas, all the fabulously ugly ones get deleted. Video... Read More →
Role Model In an era when the PM and the GG are both women, how is it that so many girls have as their highest ambition to become models? Video Sharon Shostak
FOMO syndrome Mandy Nolan suffers from FOMO syndrome – fear of missing out. It surfaces really badly at Bluesfest. While she’s enjoying watching one band she worries she’s missing a better one. Video Sharon Shostak
See Mandy run Mandy thinks the term ‘fun run’ is an oxymoron. But duty calls in the form of a spot of kite flying, so she attempts a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Video Sharon Shostak
Slow motion shopping In our era of instant gratification, Mandy has discovered how to feel frugal and frivolous at once – by putting things on lay-by. Video Sharon Shostak
Comfort girl Stay comfortable and get fat, or burn all your chairs? Mandy Nolan muses on the contrast between her childhood and now. Video Sharon Shostak
Mandy doesn’t think it should be unlawful for people to call her a fat cow. But she’s a bit worried about the future of her career.
Wakin’ up to bacon Mandy could abandon any form of meat except for one – the carnivore’s equivalent of heroin. Vegans and vegetarians be warned: pigs were killed for this video. Video Sharon Shostak
Mandy loves listening to people… in theory. It’s the practice she’s having a little trouble with.
Two-hour solutions Are you disappointed the two-hour Byron community meeting didn’t solve to the town’s problems? Fear not, Mandy has plenty of solutions – even if they are completely ludicrous.