Welcome to Sikamikanico Blogs, home on the web for politics, social issues and mirth by me, Nico Bell.

I'm a Newcastle bred, Sydney based policy wonk, social commentator and freelance writer, tea drinker and sloppy dresser (I blame the fact I'm a really weird bra size. Also, I've got the widest feet you've ever seen. Really! They're bizarre. Like flippers). Following a long, pointless career in jobs both corporate and cruddy, I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Policy in 2018, and in 2020 will begin a Master of Human Services Leadership through Charles Sturt University.

I'm a moderate radical democratic socialist. Yes, that's a thing. My focus issues are economic justice and inequality, women's and children's rights, disability, queer liberation and socialist democracy. We need to overthrow neoliberalism and create a new socio-economic system that respects human dignity and guarantees everyone a basic set of human rights. In the mean time, respect people's pronouns. I'm currently working on research into LGTBQ people with disability - and that's apart from the new degree I'm about to start, because I enjoy pain apparently.

For the purposes of disclosure, I've been a Greens member for several years. They're like family - we have our ups and downs, and I certainly don't agree with them about everything but I feel their agenda is the closest match in the mainstream political sphere to the values I hold dear.

I've been on Blogger since 2004, originally at the now-retired Xander and Nico Pod (though I've moved some of the less-heinous content over here) and now at Sikamikanico Blogs since 2011. Either way there's tonnes of archives there to wade through.

I've haven't published in a number of years - too busy killing time - but in the past my writing has been featured in Opus, the University of Newcastle student paper; Crikey; the online Wall Street Journal; No Fibs and the Down Under Feminists Blog Carnival. I've also been interviewed on radio including ABC Sydney 702, ABC Newcastle 1233 and 2SER; and for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. I've got a great face for radio.

I'm always interested in opportunities for writing, media, and social activism, so if you think we could work together, please drop me a line. Or just say hello - I love to hear from the tremendous people who read my blog.
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