Author: Frank O

  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian republicans' Ireland envy

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 08 December 2008
    16 Comments

    Most Irish would be content with the suggestion that the push for an Australian Republic was an Irish plot. When Ireland declared itself a republic 60 years ago, it did so without the awkwardness of a referendum or political grandstanding.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ode to the white cuppa

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 05 November 2008
    3 Comments

    First she gave up sugar in her tea. His Catholic guilt nagged him, and he followed suit. Then came fat-free milk. There is a puritan streak in today's narcissistic culture of gyms and dieting that makes anathema many of life's little luxuries.

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  • EDUCATION

    Humanity lost in digital classrooms

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 01 August 2008
    9 Comments

    Today's teacher has to survive in a world of gimmickry. Students pay better attention to ringtones than to the human voice. In the brave new world of Rudd's Digital Education Revolution, teachers risk being replaced by technicians.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Converting Paisley the Irish demagogue

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 27 May 2008
    3 Comments

    Northern Ireland has celebrated a year of normal political life. If St Paul got hit by a bolt of lightning, what persuaded Ian Paisley to change from a brand-name for bigotry into a reasonable human being?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Meaningless' maths gives way to compulsory multilingualism

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 24 April 2008
    31 Comments

    What Mozart and Michelangelo did with music and art, Maxwell and Euler did with numbers. But students would be better off learning a compulsory second language, rather than maths with little real-world application.

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  • INFORMATION

    Peace drums in Europe

    • Michael McKernan, Frank O’Shea, Mark Deasey, Morag Fraser, John Carmody, Brigid Hains, Pip Robertson
    • 03 July 2006

    Peace drums, Irish visitor, Travellers’ tales, Epiphanies, Deep structure, Counter-terrorism kits, Circling the square

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Writing history

    • Frank O’Shea
    • 12 June 2006

    Frank O’Shea considers Hope and History by Gerry Adams.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Denizen of a disturbed time

    • Frank O’Shea
    • 14 May 2006

    Frank O’Shea reviews Andrew Moore’s Francis De Groot:  Irish  Fascist,  Australian  Legend.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bona fide Bono

    • Frank O’Shea
    • 25 April 2006

    Frank O’Shea discovers some memorable cameo scenes in Bono on Bono. Conversation with Michka Assay.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The boy who would not grow up

    • Frank O’Shea
    • 25 April 2006

    The life and writings of J.M. Barrie gave rise to great creations, controversies and connections

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