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.
Back to school Mandy Nolan is jealous of her kids going back to school. She’s nostalgic about fighting with her mother about the length of her school tunic. She longs for the smell of empty pencil cases and feel of... Read More →
The path to enlightenment is littered with well-meaning but essentially self-serving (or self-pleasuring) hand gestures.
An ageing celebration ‘One of the great crimes of Botox is that it’s hard to tell who’s an arsehole because they erase the arsehole marks,’ says Mandy, who’s celebrating her 45th birthday (no lie).
Gunning for America Mandy can’t understand the US obsession with guns. She doesn’t feel responsible enough to be in charge of an oven, let alone a gun. Video Sharon Shostak
Schoolies aren’t coolies Schoolies Week is not a traditional rite of passage but a marketing racket that involves a mass, cult-like, alcohol-fuelled rampage.
What women want Mandy has the answer to what every woman really wants – and you won’t have to read a trashy magazine to find out.