Search Results: plastic

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Confessions of a videogame junkie

    • Ben O'Mara
    • 15 December 2008
    2 Comments

    I spent untold hours playing on my Commodore 64. I upgraded to a PC, to fight the beasties of Duke Nukem 3D as I chugged too many coffees and Mars bars. Interactivity is videogames' strength, and can be applied in socially constructive ways for marginalised communities.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    The nun and the burqa

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 02 December 2008
    20 Comments

    When Germaine Greer savaged Michelle Obama's dress, I sighed. The 'beauty' market is a challenge to feminism. In France, two extremes of fashion ideology — burqas and plastic-surgery 'mannequins' — line up to buy bread.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The skeleton dance

    • Margaret Cody
    • 31 October 2008
    2 Comments

    Mexico's Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is not a gloomy celebration, it is a recognition of death as part of life. Skeletons lean precariously out of every doorway and window, smiling, bejewelled and ready for the party.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Obama masks and New York monks

    • Alexandra Collier
    • 31 October 2008
    1 Comment

    In Brooklyn, politics and Halloween overlap. On one house, a 'Vote McCain' sign abuts another, declaring, 'Haunted House'. As the West Village prepares for its annual parade, the homeless sit in a curve, supplicating to the wealthy.

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  • ECONOMICS

    The chuckling economist

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 13 October 2008
    16 Comments

    On the day the markets bled we rushed to hear Stiglitz's diagnosis. The Nobel Laureate used to be Chief Economist of the World Bank, ending his term in fisty cuffs with the IMF and the US over their financial bullying of developing nations. Stiglitz had schadenfreude written all over his face.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Noor's ambiguous curry

    • Cara Munro
    • 08 October 2008
    5 Comments

    Noor, an Albanian refugee, ran a slick kitchen; a vital, sunny-windowed place. Since his accident, a piece of his skull is missing and a thick line of cable stitching closes the place where his brain was exposed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Modern parents' toy story

    • Daniel Donahoo and Tania Andrusiak
    • 12 September 2008
    4 Comments

    Our children are not our children. They live in a world saturated in brands, commercialism and all manner of hyped-up toys. So when, over a pre-dawn hot chocolate, our son told us he wanted to buy a Ninja Turtle, we just smiled.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 August 2008

    What happens when a renegade architect goes head to head with the US government in an effort to gain permission to build houses out of garbage?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The place of plastic

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Plastic is for when when durability is required. The use of plastics in the manufacture of household appliances has enabled them to be priced at a level affordable to most people. But single-use bags and bottles are just too costly to the environment.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Country war memorial

    • Bob Morrow and B. N. Oakman
    • 22 April 2008
    1 Comment

    A bunch of plastic pink carnations.. two white roses, limp.. scorched by frost.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bars not always made of iron

    • Jen Vuk
    • 11 April 2008

    By their very nature, zoos are perverse places. But this 'story of survival from the West Bank' is as much about a scarred community clinging to normality as it is about empathetic veterinarian Dr Sami and his endeavours.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life of the party

    • Les Wicks
    • 08 April 2008
    1 Comment

    My first meeting greeting is almost hummed, vestment of thongs.. rough hands shake across meeting room circles of disposable chairs.. Avocado oils, unleavened bread and cheap coffee

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