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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Odd puzzles about sexual practice

    • Chris Wallace-Crabbe
    • 24 November 2009
    3 Comments

    Some kinds of issue offer themselves like particles becoming waves, where your elbows go in bed, acceleration into a curve, how to draw hands and especially feet, or who was up there before God.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Latin bruise and purgatory itch

    • Jennifer Harrison
    • 27 October 2009
    1 Comment

    on my way to the gospel gig, I watch .. the bible buskers Trucking for Jesus on Sackville Street ... Once, I heard a priest say, perhaps in a dream, .. It's useless to nail oneself to the wall.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The gospel according to John Hughes

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 August 2009
    4 Comments

    I don't use the word gospel lightly. Here was a secular film that extrapolated, in teenagers' language, the notion of 'love thy neighbour'. Filmmaker John Hughes died last week. The Breakfast Club remains his masterpiece.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    That effing rain

    • Margaret McCarthy
    • 04 August 2009
    2 Comments

    The drops are not an army ... Each promised drop gives the roof .. a temporary rash which .. fades before the next gob hits. .. The water does not rain as a team.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Aurin: a parable of inter-faith friendship

    • Cara Munro
    • 24 July 2009
    6 Comments

    Multi-faith dialogue is just a conversation, over time, between dear friends.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Russia's Soviet nostalgia trip

    • Colin Long
    • 07 July 2009
    15 Comments

    It is strange to see so many symbols of the Soviet past alive and well in Russia. It is too simplistic to say this reflects nostalgia for Soviet times. Much of it is personal nostalgia. The intertwining of private and public memory is complex.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 June 2009
    6 Comments

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Machiavelli and the jam-makers

    • Anna Griffiths
    • 27 May 2009

    Machiavelli would surely have loved the complex political environment of the community garden. We would have welcomed him on the evening we turned up to strip the apricot tree and conduct a community jam session.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Affectionate portraits of 'the outsider'

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2009
    13 Comments

    Mary is a socially awkward adolescent, growing up in 1970s suburban Melbourne. Her penpal Max is a lonely New Yorker, a chronic overeater with Asperger's. Adam Elliot's films are not just about difference. They are about justice.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Grand Prix: anniversary for a meaningless death

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 25 March 2009
    2 Comments

    Dennis was the neighbourhood character. Full of good humour, he had a capacity for quipping his way through life — no one out-quipped Dennis. One day Dennis went to the Grand Prix. That evening he did not come home.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Towards a carbon dictatorship

    • Michael Mullins
    • 16 March 2009
    17 Comments

    A business-friendly carbon emissions reduction scheme is an oxymoron. The draconian action which the Government must take will lead to further unemployment and short-term damage to the fabric of society. But there is no choice.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Why humans rule the world

    • Jen Vuk
    • 06 March 2009

    Science journalist Hannah Holmes turns a cool, scientific eye back on us, reminding us of our mammalian origins and bringing us down to size. 'Knobby', pink-skinned and ludicrously top heavy, our peculiarity is also the key to our success.

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