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Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.


Get crafty, and the Force will be with you

June 22, 2010 1 Comment

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Force was strong with craftspeople. Here's some fun, easy projects floating around the internet, like objects in the air under a Jedi’s mental control.

Midwinter Ball red carpet special: fashions on the hill

Midwinter Ball red carpet special: fashions on the hill

June 17, 2010 12 Comments

After last year’s colourful train wrecks, it seems black, ruffles and old-fashioned glamour were the order of the evening for the Midwinter Ball. With not a fedora in sight.

I couldn’t help but wonder … how much booze makes SATC2 enjoyable?

June 1, 2010 8 Comments

The Sex and the City franchise has become decidedly uncool -- the pleasure lies in anticipating the next catty, bilious review. They're well deserved, says Mel Campbell from the red carpet.

Watch the original sexed-up vampire series

May 31, 2010 3 Comments

So you like vampires. Well, forget your wimpy Twilight crap. Forget Daylight, Blade, True Blood or even Buffy. Kindred: The Embraced, a cult TV series from 1996, sexed up vampires first.

When online media outlets pay peanuts, they get monkeys

May 28, 2010 28 Comments

Freelancers are increasingly waking up to realise that if their work is good enough for a commercial outlet, they deserve to be paid.

‘Miaow, Prime Minister’: the bureaucats of Downing Street

May 19, 2010 11 Comments

As David Cameron prepares to move into No.10 Downing Street, a vastly more important British civil service post has yet to be filled: the resident Downing Street cat. It has strong historical significance.

Become the monarch of lame jokes

May 19, 2010 1 Comment

You don’t have to be a dad to take pride in telling lame jokes. Today, add some joy to your life and learn some terrible gags to impress your family, friends and colleagues!

The forgotten heroes of war. An Anzac Day special

April 23, 2010 5 Comments

The Anzac legacy is a contentious one, but if there’s one aspect of war we can all agree on, it’s that military animals -- goats, elephants, dolphins and bear cubs! -- are pretty adorable, writes Mel Campbell.

If today’s giving you lemons … make lemonade

If today’s giving you lemons … make lemonade

March 8, 2010 1 Comment

Make the most of the last sunny (or not-so-sunny, if you're drowning in Melbourne) with these homemade lemonade recipes.

Fold the perfect paper plane

Fold the perfect paper plane

February 23, 2010

What are you doing tonight? How about making paper fly? An activity only improved when you're three sheets to the wind.