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  • RELIGION

    Prayers of connection and disconnection

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 06 March 2019
    12 Comments

    I've recently been reading about people who disconnect in radical ways, or else manage a balancing act between connection with society and disconnection. The recently deceased Sister Wendy Beckett was one such. So too is Brother Harold Palmer who, like Sister Wendy, began his seclusion in a caravan.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    At an angle to the universe: Remembering Brian Doyle

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 30 May 2017
    14 Comments

    Brian's work was notable for its firm yet subtle control, the great tumbling yet disciplined lists of adjectives, the elevation of the quotidian, the appreciation of the natural world and its creatures, the sheer love of life. Re-reading one recent piece I find the references to the 'lovely bride' and 'the house wolf' almost unbearably touching. One reader wrote he was not initiated into Brian's 'grand mysteries', but that the joy and awe conveyed rang out with love and goodwill. How very true.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The persistence of memory

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 28 January 2009
    5 Comments

    As the bush scents drift, I remember: the aroma of fish and chips floating along the platforms at Flinders Street Station; the smell of dust that heralds a storm, as moisture hits bone-dry earth. When your life is sliced in two by migration, you do not scorn nostalgia.

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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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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Afghan stranger's homecoming

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 January 2008

    Amir returns home to confront the guilt from his childhood. He finds the Taliban is in power, and his home city of Kabul lies in waste. The film's heavy-handed pathos detracts from the political sub-plot.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The great novel

    • Andrew Coorey
    • 06 June 2006

    Andrew Coorey proclaims The Middle Parts  of Fortune by Frederic Manning.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Allan James Thomas, Zane Lovitt, Gil Maclean
    • 30 April 2006

    Reviews of the films Bad Santa; Team America: World Police; Finding Neverland and Napoleon Dynamite.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The boy who would not grow up

    • Frank O’Shea
    • 25 April 2006

    The life and writings of J.M. Barrie gave rise to great creations, controversies and connections

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