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  • AUSTRALIA

    Lessons in Greek prejudice

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 November 2009
    3 Comments

    My generation of Australians grew up with bigotry: the cordial loathing between Catholics and Protestants has faded only recently. But only when I married into a Greek family did I learn of the bitter and complicated antipathy of the Greeks for Albanians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Learning from suicide

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 September 2009
    3 Comments

    The first known suicide document is an Egyptian New Kingdom papyrus entitled 'Dialogue of a World-Weary Man with his Ba-Soul'. In 1996 my sister Jacqui killed herself. Three years later our cousin Andrew did the same thing. Suicide has always been part of the human condition.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lessons from Greek and Australian 'quench-fires'

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 02 September 2009
    3 Comments

    In Australia it would beggar belief to see elderly nuns directing garden hoses against the fires that threaten their convents. But that is what happened last week in Greece. Australia and Greece resemble each other in many ways, but not in the way they cope with fire.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Daughter of the disappeared

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 June 2009
    5 Comments

    Malign influences seeped into the cracks that brain damage had caused, and in his mind flowered into poisonous paranoia. I found myself facing a most complicated bereavement: mourning the living is often worse than mourning the dead.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The case for publishing poetry

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 20 May 2009
    6 Comments

    Les Murray describes himself as a poet who is religious rather than a religious poet, and celebrates a sense of wonder and mystery. In an increasingly secular age, poetry has a new function as an alternative or complement to religion.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Death, despair and global economic fallout

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 27 April 2009
    4 Comments

    Australian Shareholders Association says the BrisConnections 'lifeline' offered by the Macquarie Group won't cover 'the bulk of desperate investors'. Sometimes bad things happen to good people at the mercy of the clever and the greedy.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Against the waning of bushfire grief

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 February 2009
    3 Comments

    My brother, who has been working with the SES, tells me of the eerie silence in the burnt-out bush: there are no birds. He also tells me of quirks of fate: some chooks had a miraculous escape, as did their owners, who later collected 40 eggs.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The persistence of memory

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 January 2009
    5 Comments

    As the bush scents drift, I remember: the aroma of fish and chips floating along the platforms at Flinders Street Station; the smell of dust that heralds a storm, as moisture hits bone-dry earth. When your life is sliced in two by migration, you do not scorn nostalgia.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Train story

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 26 November 2008
    6 Comments

    We know it's a suffering world. Many of us plod through a vale of tears, often forgetting to count our blessings. Yet once in a while we are stopped dead in our tracks. By the human, which occasionally turns out to be the miraculous as well.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Life of a perpetual migrant

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 October 2008
    4 Comments

    The Rudd Government's rationale for cutting migration to Australia is economic, rather than humane. Migrants are forever tapping at the window of the past, unable to ever truly go home.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Blue mood

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 06 October 2008
    5 Comments

    Mental illness has always been with us. Hippocrates attached melancholia to an excess of black bile. Christ cast out demons from the afflicted. My sister suicided after years of suffering, undiagnosed because of fear of stigma.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Matters of life and deaf

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 25 August 2008
    9 Comments

    Imagine the horror of a completely silent world. The deaf person requires strategies: they must make requests, or provide tactful reminders. Lip-reading is a useful skill, but beards and moustaches can provide difficulty.

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