author: Gillian Bouras

  • AUSTRALIA

    Olympics a good time to start wars

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 15 August 2008
    5 Comments

    Politics is never far from the surface at the Olympics. Even at the so-called friendly Games in Melbourne in 1956, the famous 'Blood in the Water' water-polo match reflected tensions surrounding the Soviet invasion of Hungary ten days before.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Guilt edged leaders

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 01 July 2008
    4 Comments

    'Iguanagate' pariahs Belinda Neal and John Della Bosca can hardly be compared with Bush, Blair and Howard, but they are arguably on the same continuum. Surely the notion that leadership and responsibility go together still has some meaning.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Nothing smart about Rudd cluster bomb intransigence

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 30 May 2008
    6 Comments

    This week's international conference in Dublin has agreed on a draft treaty to ban cluster bombs. The Rudd Government has become the bad guy, by ensuring the 'smart bombs' purchased by the former Howard Government were excluded from the treaty.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Big Brother cameras inhibit teacher performance

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 April 2008
    6 Comments

    The proposed performance-related pay structure for teachers, whereby short videos will be made of teachers in the classroom, seems geared towards extroverts. Individuals with a more flamboyant style will likely be deemed the better performers.

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  • RELIGION

    Nonconformist Aussie anticipates traditional Greek Easter

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 17 March 2008
    3 Comments

    In the Orthodox Church, Lent is a fairly strict period of austerity, which is one reason for Carnival: traditional societies have long understood that sessions of high spirits are needed before and after difficult times. They are also undisturbed by the blurring of the sacred and the secular.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A great leap year for reconciliation

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 29 February 2008
    2 Comments

    According to the Ethiopian ecclesiastical calendar, a leap year belongs to St Luke. Having made its national apology to the Stolen Generations, for Australia this leap year has more in common with China's Great Leap Forward.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The purest of pleasures

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 04 July 2006

    Or is it? Gillian Bouras gardens in Greece.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The last goodbye

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 10 May 2006

    Gillian Bouras looks at the role of the body in death

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  • RELIGION

    The comforting word

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 29 April 2006

    In extremis, we seek what we know, or something very close to it.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The power of the word

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 27 April 2006

    Ulm Minster is a testament to the eternal longing humans have always had for understanding

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The dance goes on

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 23 April 2006

    Forty years after she first saw the film Zorba the Greek, an Australian in Greece takes a second look and finds herself deeply shocked

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tracking twins

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 20 April 2006

    Gillian Bouras examines the intertwined lives of two extraordinary 19th-century sisters.    

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