Keywords: The Spectator

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Critics with the measure of a good film

    • Richard Leonard
    • 03 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Accepting a peer award recently, Sydney Morning Herald film critic Paul Byrnes declared serious film criticism to be in trouble. 'Much of the public now believes that a great film can't be great unless the box office makes it great.' He has a point.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Innocent happiness and heavily curtained windows

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 July 2007

    The Australian character is set against that of the European nations from which the 'new Australians' arrived after World War II. For them, Australia offered "considerably safety and little menace", but heavily curtained windows rather than dancing in the streets they were accustomed to.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Saying thank you to an ambivalent society

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 13 June 2007
    3 Comments

    The Sudanese Lost Boys Association of Australia recently organised an Appreciation Day. The newly arrived South Sudanese community engaged in community work. Despite the jubilant atmosphere and images of the South Sudanese men, woman and children planting trees in the park, the most remarkable aspect of this event was that it happened at all.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Pomp and circumstance

    • Tim Martyn
    • 18 May 2007

    Tim Martyn gets up close and personal on the campaign trail

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Rushdie of the West: Remembering Jean Baudrillard

    • Scott Stephens
    • 04 April 2007

    Scott Stephens on the passing of Jean Baudrillard.

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  • RELIGION

    St Patrick, a man before his time

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 26 March 2007
    2 Comments

    Even though St Patrick's Day has not yet arrived, I have already received several cards and messages. Some came the old-fashioned way, delivered by the postman, but most were like my friend Colleen's, the virtual variety, and arrived with a "ping' in my inbox.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mexican wave ban reflects sponsor tyranny

    • Colin Long
    • 08 March 2007
    4 Comments

    The construction of new stadiums has been accompanied by increased surveillance and control over the spectator space. Entertainment organised by the stadium managers, which they and their sponsors can make money from, is OK – but spontaneous entertainment is forbidden.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    World Youth Day's ecological conversion opportunity

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 08 March 2007
    9 Comments

    More than 100,000 international visitors are also expected at next year's World Youth Day event hosted by the Catholic Church in Sydney. A large number of these will arrive on flights close to 25 hours duration, putting 7-8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.

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  • RELIGION

    What’s wrong with Voting for Jesus?

    • Scott Stephens
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    I must confess to growing bored very quickly when I hear that our real problem today is the erosion of spirituality, of belief in a deeper dimension of life, and the consequent rampant materialism. From a properly Christian perspective, the problem today is not materialism, but religion itself.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Caught behind

    • Alex McDermott
    • 08 July 2006
    2 Comments

    Alex McDermott examines Brett Hutchins’ Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Occasional harmonies

    • Gerard Windsor
    • 04 July 2006

    Gerard Windsor in Sicily.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Blair whiching

    • Brian Matthews
    • 19 June 2006

    Tony Blair was in trouble. Grey-faced, uncharacteristically faltering, he could only reiterate under siege in the press, on television and in parliament that the Weapons of Mass Destruction which had convinced him to take Britain to war really did exist and would be found.

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