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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Superman Returns

    • Donald Russell
    • 27 February 2007

    The new Superman movie by Brian Singer packs a punch. It retains some of the best elements of the 1970's and 80's films, and also brings the Man of the Steel up to date, or so says Donald Russell...

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
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    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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  • RELIGION

    Stark contrasts on Aboriginal Rights in Pope's Alice Springs address

    • Laraine Crowe RSJ
    • 27 February 2007

    On 29 November this year, many Australians call to mind the most fondly remembered Address given by Pope John Paul II during his 1986 visit to Australia. Most striking is the depth and decisiveness of the Address, and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women who work to alleviate the disadvantage of Aboriginal people.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    What it feels like to have to run

    • Christine Kearney
    • 22 January 2007
    2 Comments

    Ten months after the renewed violence and lawlessness in East Timor, nobody is holding their breath for a simple resolution. It seems the dirty politicking will continue until a new order order has been established to properly replace the vacuum left when the state imploded in 1999. The first of two runner up essays in Eureka Street's Margaret Dooley Young Writers Award 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Studying spiders as medicinal venom factories

    • Hamish Townsend
    • 23 December 2006
    2 Comments

    Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven says spider venoms have an amazing number of uses. A Year 12 science class at Maningrida (NT) helps him map the the molecules of venom, which will makes certain drugs much cheaper and more effective.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    "Australian values" learned in Budapest uprising

    • Michael Danby
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    Today, Hungary is a country as free as Australia. But 50 years ago—on 23 October 1956—Hungarian students rebelled and issued a manifesto demanding free elections. The Soviets reacted ruthlessly.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An inconvenient but upbeat truth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 September 2006

    Despite the bleak prognosis, An Inconvenient Truth is an optimistic film. Al Gore is no doomsday prophet, but an engaging orator who believes humans can change to meet the threat posed by global warming.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No ordinary coming-of-age drama

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 September 2006

    At Midnight Mass and blissed-out on the music playing on his Walkman, the newly atheist Zac daydreams that he’s floating up to the rafters, taking flight as the congregation below 'ooh-oohs' to the refrain of the Stones’ 'Sympathy For the Devil'. More than escapism, the scene reflects Zac’s unconscious desire to transcend the natural order of his world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Drilling into Eureka Street

    • Morag Fraser
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    Our former editor writes that her dentist always asks curly questions when she is defenceless with a mouthful of wadding. 'I don’t think it’s a power thing because he is a gentleman in every sense.'  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heartfelt account of life in Mutijulu

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 August 2006

    Aided by stirring imagery of the Central Australian outback, Uncle Bob’s melodic vocal tones draw the viewer deeply into his description of the indigenous concept, “Kanyini”—a holistic sense of “connectedness” that encompasses family, belief system, spirituality and relationship with the land.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deep truths revealed with deceptive simplicity

    • Tony Smith
    • 21 August 2006
    1 Comment

    Powerful prose from a young indigenous woman that makes you remember the feelings of your home, your family, your losses and regrets, and yet makes you determined to continue.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Jesuit premise fails but resilience of humanity proved

    • Richard Leonard
    • 21 August 2006
    2 Comments

    As the fascinating Seven Up documentary series develops, the supposed principle of St Ignatius—'give me a boy until he is seven, and I will give you the man'—is found to be increasingly untrue.  

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