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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Opera House ads are not 'food for everyone'

    • Francine Crimmins
    • 12 October 2018
    5 Comments

    There are a few ways an individual can interact with a public space. The first is to sit in or walk through it while crunching an apple. The second is to inhabit it, grow an apple tree and share it with others. The third is to grow the tree, pick the apples behind your neighbours' backs and sell them to Woolworths for a profit.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Scenes from Tamborine Mountain

    • Jena Woodhouse
    • 08 October 2018
    1 Comment

    Here on pristine Tamborine, the rainforest became the haunt of avian ventriloquists, birds more often heard than seen, whose raised tail plumes would simulate the contours of an ancient lyre, companion to the poet's voice when Sappho lent words to desire in lyrics of such eloquence that hearts of listeners caught fire.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Mekong coconut workers

    • Brendan Ryan
    • 12 December 2016

    Watch the man in his stained shirt barefoot under the palms. Adrift from younger workers he manages a rhythm, a cigarette-dangling-from-the-lip focus. His lined face belies the strength of his forearms, thrusting each coconut onto a metal spike that is his altar. Seven days a week he splits coconuts with the precision required to not sever a wrist in a country with no health insurance. Upriver, in the seamy heat of the Mekong Delta, it could be the 19th century. I don't know where to look.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Xanana on the wall

    • Tessa McMahon
    • 26 June 2012
    9 Comments

    The bed on which I lie is scientifically sprung, approved by chiropractors ... and blessed from on high by Klimt ... Made by a woman Timor-thin, cross-legged on concrete.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Kinglake undone

    • Jordie Albiston
    • 21 June 2011
    5 Comments

    Prayer has not prevailed. She sits silent without lover or friend: she slumps in her blackened skirts: she slumps in black dust: she slumps in her black that was green.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    One year after Kinglake burned

    • Susan Fealy
    • 09 February 2010
    1 Comment

    Black stumps, capped with snow — no, capped with lime, beside the road, tree ferns, fanning their wing in the sun. A sign: children crossing. The road is so large. The CFA building, those three letters almost the three sides of a cross.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Opposing Islamic schools

    • P.S. Cottier
    • 17 November 2009
    2 Comments

    They might not throw beer bottles and therefore shatter the tone of the area. Strip clubs might not reveal themselves to expose odd bumps hidden in the area.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A diaspora of purged peripatetics with holey socks

    • B.N. Oakman, Les Wicks
    • 02 April 2007

    Watching the stained lights of Christendom concede to soft Galician darkness before repairing to the bars of Santiago to commune in broken tongues with penitents of many nations until dawn

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Morning in East Timor

    • Morag Fraser
    • 27 April 2006

    Traces of Rome have become part of the scenery.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Not beating about the bush

    • Alison Aprhys
    • 27 April 2006

    The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is quietly securing important areas of biodiverse bush to preserve and manage for future generations

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