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John Seroukas
Resident current affairs and single-life expert. Biggest commitment to date: regularly updating this blog.

Seroukas Sermon: What Happened to democracy?

Allow me to preface this with the fact that I am apolitical. That is not to say that I do not take an interest in politics — rather, I am neither left-wing nor right. I vote for which party serves my needs, and this decision oscillates with each election that …

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Seroukas Sermon: #AtTheRaces Has To Stop

Picture this: In another world, light years away from Earth, lives a civilisation that celebrates the abuse of another species – under the pretext of a “sport” – while viewers get inebriated to the point of quadriplegia. They are admired by their friends for the ostensible affluence displayed, all the …

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Interview: Allan Smithy

There are few artists that are as self-deprecating and authentic as Allan Smithy. Coming from Sydney’s inner city, the music maestro blends Australiana with nostalgia to sing about real issues that affect people like you and me. I caught up with Smithy to talk music, housing affordability and what makes …

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Review: Life, Animated

“We were looking for clues for a kidnapping…It’s like someone took our son…Whatever works to get to Owen.” Fewer words have resonated with me more than the ones above. They came from Ron Susskind, whose son, Owen, was diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder — autism. The Susskind’s lives went …

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Seroukas Sermon: Celebrities Aren’t That Bad

Like most arts faculty students, there is nothing more I love than drinking different types of coffee and displaying cynicism whenever possible. So when I heard that Rihanna was teaming up with Julia Gillard to become a global ambassador for Global Citizen, you can imagine how loudly I retorted. What …

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Seroukas Sermon: A Word on Football Hooliganism

If you took certain mainstream media’s news for gospel, you would think Australia’s “soccer hooligans” were creating mass terror in the streets of Australia. Even writing that sentence sounds imprudently asinine. But it’s happening: To compare a minority of football fans to terrorists in other parts of the world is simply …

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Seroukas Sermon: An Open Letter to Australia

Dear Australia, In the twenty odd years that we’ve known each other, I would say you’ve been a pretty good country. You’ve had a female Prime Minister (that wasn’t given a fair go, but that’s another story), given your people free healthcare and education, and even invented the world’s best …

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Seroukas Sermon: A Soldier’s Hardest Battle

41: that’s the number of Australian soldiers that died in combat during our time in Afghanistan. It is also the same number of returned Australian soldiers that have taken their lives in 2016. Let me unpack this a little more: In the same timeframe we have been in Afghanistan and …

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Interview: The Million

Blitz caught up with The Million’s bassist Tamon Mashimo to talk all things music, touring and their upcoming single, which comes out August 17 *heavy breathing*. His band, from New South Wales, even have a tour van, so you know their music is bloody awesome.  I haven’t been this keen …

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Seroukas Sermon: Welcome to Semester 2

Welcome to the first instalment of Seroukas Sermon, Semester Two edition! For those of you who read my stuff last semester, nothing much has changed. To my new readers, now is your chance to press CTRL + W. Or, if you’re a pretentious Mac user (guilty), hit Command+W. You’re still …

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Yogi John Tries… Fire Cupping

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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Yogi John Tries… Acupuncture

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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Yogi John Tries… Tarot Reading

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: A Guide to Minor Parties

So it’s that time of the year (decade?) where mainstream television, YouTube and now the free version of Spotify are inundated in political advertisements about how to vote and which candidate will save Australia from its fatal trajectory. And it wouldn’t be a federal election without at least one inflammatory, …

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Be Single, Not Lonely: I Tried to Find Love on Tinder

For his final instalment of Be Single, Not Lonely, John decided to see if he could find his Cher, his Yoko, his Princess Fiona in the depths of Tinder. And what a story it would be to tell the kids: Sweetie, it all started when your mother swiped right to a picture …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: We’re Killing Mother Nature

When you look back on history, there are several trends that were acceptable back in the day but today we look at them with disgust and bamboozlement. Slavery? How backward. The Stolen Generations? Diabolical. Gender inequality? Sure, we’ve made progress but we have a long way to go. Well, 200 …

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Be Single, Not Lonely: Are Dating Apps THAT Bad?

A week ago, I had dinner with a friend who had recently gotten a new boyfriend. “Oh my god, how funny would it be if you met him on Tinder,” I jibed. *awkward silence* I shit you not, that is how the conversation went. If I can take one positive …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Lying & Broken Promises

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting (Charles Bukowksi).  When I stumbled across this quote recently, I was skeptical at first. How can you not have …

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Interview: Jonas Reske from Katatonia

Swedish rockers Katatonia spoke with Blitz for the release of their upcoming album, The Fall of Hearts. We caught up with vocalist Jonas Reske to chat about their music, what gives him purpose and all things music.  What can fans expert from your upcoming album?  It’s more dynamic than anything …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Eurovi$ion Sucks

There are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators. George Orwell, The Sporting Spirit (1946) Hey guys, I’m thinking of writing a story and it goes something …

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Be Single, Not Lonely: (In)Experienced Sex Tips

Sex is scary. Growing up, it seems every male teenager – and female, too? – wants to get that monkey off their back so they can proclaim they lost their V Card, their Virgin Airlines ticket, their *insert lame euphemism here*. And truth be told, I was one of those …

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Interview: Sami Yusuf

Blitz caught up with British musician, Sami Yusuf, before his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. The man with over 7 million Facebook fans and founder of a new genre, Spiritique, spoke to us about his new album Barakah, messages of love and peace and all things music. This …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Sydney’s Public Transport

A recent trip on a packed, dirty train made me realise Sydney’s public transport sucks. No, I thought to myself, you’re being cynical. But then… A recent trip on a packed, slightly-less-dirty bus to uni confirmed my belief that yes, Sydney’s public transport system sucks. For decades, state governments have …

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Vegan Chronicles: Gift Ideas

It’s that time of the year again where most of us fortunate enough to have our mothers with us will scramble frantically to buy a suitable present. Admittedly it’s a bit late to be ordering online, but here are a few presents for anyone you love that have been made …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Ethical Purchases

When you buy something organic, you’re paying for high-end, insecticide-free produce. When you shelf out that extra $3 for free range eggs, you’re doing so because these chickens have lived a spacious existence, right? Picture this: I’m Morpheus and I’m offering you two pills that make a proverbial fork in …

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Be Single, Not Lonely: Cheating

I got a call from my friend in Athens a few days ago. He told me that while he was on vacation in London, he met up with an old friend of his and had an affair with her. When I pressed him as to how meeting up with an old …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: Celebrity Activism

Picture this: you have more than 10 million Twitter followers and spend your time brandishing your opulent lifestyle on Instagram. Then, when you’re on talk-back promoting your upcoming tours, you talk about how down-to-earth you are and how grateful you are for your humble roots. Most importantly, you are venerated …

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