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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not-quite-right freedom from hunger

    • Anthony Lynch
    • 06 April 2010
    3 Comments

    He walked with his back hunched, his lowered head inches above his toes. As if he feared cavities or his own anonymity. That black dog stopping at every fence post.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Light pollution with a slight chance of stars

    • Sarah McKenzie
    • 26 March 2010
    13 Comments

    According to the International Astronomical Union, nearly 30 per cent of the world's population cannot see the Milky Way. Vincent Van Gogh said 'the sight of the stars make me dream'.  When we over-light our cities, it's not just sleep we're losing, it's the chance to dream.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Chile's tremble

    • Antonio Castillo
    • 04 March 2010
    7 Comments

    Concepción, the second largest city in Chile, was worst affected by the weekend's earthquake. I was there little more than a month ago, visiting old comrades and my sister and her family. At the moment of writing I have been unable to contact them.

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  • RELIGION

    Australians aspire to lift their climate game

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 January 2010
    10 Comments

    For a while we were leading the world on climate change. But once Copenhagen collapsed Rudd assured us 'Australia will do no more and no less than the rest of the world'. The lowest common denominator is not usually the solution to the great moral challenges.

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  • RELIGION

    Best of 2009: St Mary's, Bishop Robinson and the value of dialogue

    • Frank Brennan
    • 07 January 2010
    18 Comments

    Bishop Bathersby and Fr Kennedy are pastoral, down to earth men. If there had been more dialogue between them, and between Cardinal Pell and Bishop Robinson, the Catholic Church would be more the Church Jesus would want it to be. March 2009

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Best of 2009: When Leonard Cohen prays

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 January 2010
    1 Comment

    The world of pop music is dominated by prettiness and skin-deep perfection. In that context, Cohen's greatness is not instantly discernable. Lately a Buddhist, he has spent his latter years in study of religion — 'But cheerfulness keeps breaking through.' February 2009

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Best of 2009: Sexy vegetarianism could save the world

    • Sarah McKenzie
    • 06 January 2010
    10 Comments

    Vegetarians are still seen as antagonistic and self-centred, as if they'd made a selfish decision purely to sabotage dinner parties. Vegetarians have been too polite, and too careful not to offend carnivores, for too long. November 2009

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Christmas cakes in art and war

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 16 December 2009
    3 Comments

    If you ever hear a House Manager admit that her neighbour has made a better Christmas cake, write down the time, place and the names of witnesses, and get it signed by your parish priest. It is the kind of thing that might be useful in the early stages of a canonisation process.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    People are the answer, not the problem

    • Ruth Limkin
    • 02 December 2009
    7 Comments

    There are those who argue that the fight to stave off the negative impacts of climate change is a fight to save the world from humans themselves. Dialogue from population-control advocates fails to recognise the dignity of each person.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Stars point to brighter future for Forgotten Australians

    • John Honner
    • 10 November 2009
    3 Comments

    A sports hall in Berry, NSW, has won a coveted international architecture prize. This has a special significance for this month's Federal Government apology to the 'Forgotten Australians' who suffered abuse in institutional care.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Sexy vegetarianism could save the world

    • Sarah McKenzie
    • 09 November 2009
    26 Comments

    Vegetarians are still seen as antagonistic and self-centred, as if they'd made a selfish decision purely to sabotage dinner parties. Vegetarians have been too polite, and too careful not to offend carnivores, for too long.

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  • RELIGION

    Strange encounters on the Spanish Camino

    • Tony Doherty
    • 14 October 2009
    5 Comments

    We entered the house expecting the warm hospitality usually offered to weary pilgrims. But a small ancient man barred our way and attacked us with a venom normally reserved for carriers of some ancient plague, snarling like an enraged guard dog.

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