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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Religious icons tweaked by Renaissance masters

    • Alex McPhee-Browne
    • 18 January 2012
    1 Comment

    The Renaissance embodied a revolution not only in form, but in content. Bellini's Madonna and Child is enlivened by a zesty piece of human theatre: the baby Jesus, anxious to be on his way, raises one leg in a gesture of defiance, a perfect half-scowl etched onto his tiny features.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book junkie's detox nightmare

    • Brian Matthews
    • 01 September 2011
    7 Comments

    My wife and I are performing a difficult, heart-rending task: culling our books. There are thousands of them, on shelves and in boxes, some of which were sealed and labelled 25 years ago. I know who to blame for setting me on the path to this agonising task. It was Mrs Murphy.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Christian and Muslim bullets and blood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 20 April 2011
    3 Comments

    Nawal, disgraced and exiled from her Christian village for an affair with a Muslim man, conceals her crucifix and hitches a ride on a bus laden with Muslims. Shortly, the bus is halted by a squadron of bloodthirsty Christian militants.

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  • MEDIA

    Losing Mikayla

    • TIm Kroenert
    • 16 December 2010
    6 Comments

    The mainstream media dons a benevolent face. 3AW talkback radio, The Herald Sun, Channels Nine and 7 News carry Mikayla into Melbournians' homes. It's easy to be cynical about their motives. In an ideal world every sick child would be noticed in this way.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The hard life and death of Tyler the Sorrowful

    • Moira Rayner
    • 27 October 2010
    11 Comments

    Tyler Cassidy was a very upset, masked child on the day he was shot dead by police. They saw a boy who sounded like a man, playing 'dare' with a deadly weapon. Any parent will know that confronting an enraged teenage boy and advancing on him with threats is not likely to result in submission.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Auctioning Jane Austen's hair

    • P. S. Cottier
    • 16 September 2008

    Do they stroke it with avid fingers, this palm tree lock that once grew from the full head of quietest genius? .. Scalping would be too much, headhunting too tropical .. but buying the hair of a dead woman you can't know .. is quite the thing

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film locates warmth in Stasi darkness

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The Lives of Others is part of the recent wave of acclaimed German films focusing on the country’s troubled 20th century, while simultaneously seeking out stories of hope, inspiration or simple humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tall tales, but true

    • Kristie Dunn
    • 04 July 2006

    Kristie Dunn reviews Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pride of Erin

    • John Carmody, Morag Fraser, Peter Pierce
    • 05 June 2006

    Pride of Erin | Across the fence | Descending gloom

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Three icon poems

    • John Kinsella
    • 29 May 2006

    Occasionally, the mountain / glows at the summit / an event horizon, / its outcropping and granite folds

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  • RELIGION

    Women of Islam

    • Dorothy Horsfield
    • 11 May 2006

    Dorothy Horsfield speaks to some articulate and revolutionary Islamic women

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The shores of the past

    • Jane Mayo Carolan
    • 29 April 2006

    Jane Carolan enjoys an encounter with Barry Hill in The Enduring Rip: A History of Queenscliffe.

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