Another year goes by and, again, I find myself huddled up in the Honi office for a few more weeks. I’ve been overusing Facebook ‘stickers’ as unrelated reaction images amidst a flurry of typing, laying up and begging my contributors to please send their work in so I can edit it!
I’ve been so snowed under over the last few weeks that I didn’t even have time to read the nutrition information on a bottle of Coke Life that I decided to try. I’m not a regular consumer of Coke, so don’t take my word for it, but I wasn’t impressed by the flavour. I was however pretty incensed to find that the ~healthier~ Coke Life I thought I was trying during this editing saga wasn’t entirely sweetened by Stevia. Shockingly, 250mL of this liquefied glucose contains a ridiculous 17g of sugar! Compare that with the 27g of sugar I would’ve had by drinking 250mL of regular Coke, and you can see why I felt utterly betrayed by this measly 10g drop in sugar.
Stevia Coke Life: not worth all the hype. 3/10, do not recommend. Would not try again. Editing Indigenous Honi, however, is something that I’ll always come back to with fondness, no matter how much stress and heartbreak it causes me.
To be blunt, there’s so much pressure on me as an Aboriginal girl to make this newspaper perfect – there are always people around you waiting for you to trip up so they can pigeonhole you as flawed, lazy or incompetent. Not because you’re human, or because your task is challenging: but because you’re Aboriginal.
I hope I have delivered. I hope you enjoy what I’ve pulled together for you to learn, to see and to consider.
– Madison x