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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hail to the climate geeks

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 22 August 2012
    27 Comments

    The word geek has changed from a term of derision to one of smiling respect and even a badge of honour. The members of the Climate Commission would no doubt be happy to be called geeks. Unfortunately there is far too little 'geek' representation in the halls of power.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australia's mystic river

    • Poet
    • 03 April 2012
    3 Comments

    That river is almost embarrassed at the space it occupies — professionally shocked to be spotted despite the camouflage dust it wears. It scrawls on the grey-soil plains. This consecrated vellum is read by cockatoos.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Gen Y, iPods and isolation

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 April 2011
    1 Comment

    Pavel's meanderings are soundtracked by rock music blaring through his earphones. Increasingly the iPod seems to symbolise some nonchalant skein that isolates self-centred youths from the world around them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fruit half-eaten by animals

    • Libby Hart and Belinda Rule
    • 13 April 2010
    2 Comments

    Lift up a stone, find a spider, fat as a grape ... Run, and I will be tucked up in the heel of your shoe, gnawing at the lining.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Silent sojourner

    • Ted Witham
    • 13 November 2009
    5 Comments

    Sara Maitland feels our culture devalues silence. She travels to an island off the Scottish coast, a desert in Israel, and the mountains of the Scottish highlands. These contrasting experiences of silence open her to new ways of thought and prayer.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Renewed acquaintances: Australia and Russia

    • Luke Fraser
    • 09 September 2009

    The relationship between Australia and Russia is over 200 years old. It began with great promise, but relations cooled following the Russian Revolution. The financial crisis presents an opportunity for both countries to look to each other with optimism once again.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Maori for cannibal

    • Jennifer Compton
    • 27 January 2009
    1 Comment

    There was a custom for Maori warriors to eat the enemy they killed in battle. This was called long pig because it tastes like pork but the bones are longer.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Paying the climate change piper

    • Tony Kevin
    • 09 September 2008
    7 Comments

    In The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a town tries to buy a cheap solution to a terrible problem, and their children pay the price. In light of Garnaut's latest, coservative climate change recommendations, it seems we may need a Class 5 tropical cyclone slamming into Brisbane to jolt us into decisive action.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Crossing the boundaries

    • John Kinsella
    • 18 May 2007

    Crossing the boundaries John Kinsella boards Sarah Day’s The Ship.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Triumph of the tree huggers

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 27 February 2007

    In the past six months, climate change has gone from an idea which may have some future relevance to something which is already happening around us. Each region of the world seems to have had its own epiphany over climate change.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Virtual voyeurism

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 10 July 2006

    Webcams allow us to see ordinary life as it is being lived around the world. A myriad of sites takes us to tourist sites, places of worship, and even to the Antarctic.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Another Waugh brings up a century

    • Mark Carkeet
    • 13 June 2006

    Mark Carkeet celebrates the life and work of Evelyn Waugh.

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