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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    In search of Henry Lawson's mother's birthplace

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 June 2007
    3 Comments

    A literary pilgrimage to rural lands near Wellington, NSW, while writing a book about Louisa Lawson. You never arrive: there is no pub, no post office, no CWA; no change in the benign parquetry of land ploughed, harvested, under crop, straggling with native scrub.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    A nuclear reactor in my back yard

    • Colin Brown
    • 13 June 2007
    2 Comments

    In 1996, Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge, in order to preserve property values. Few people enjoy living near a nuclear reactor. Many also doubt that building more nuclear reactors will provide an answer to our run away greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • RELIGION

    Is New Zealand a Christian country?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 13 June 2007

    The question of whether New Zealand should see itself as a Christian country has bubbled up in an unexpected way. The word ‘Christian’, itself, has become, almost unusable, associated in the public mind with fundamentalist bookshops and the like, or with short lived political parties which tout moralistic codes.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Building blocks for a compassionate society

    • Barry Jones
    • 05 June 2007
    9 Comments

    Tackling the problem of terrorism by the application of force is unlikely to succeed. Pouring blood on the Iraqi desert produced an upsurge of terrorism where none had been before: cruelty, genocide even, but not terrorism, let alone fundamentalist terrorism.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Grieving at Amazon.com

    • Daniel Donahoo
    • 18 May 2007
    7 Comments

    We can only imagine the shelves of an online bookshop to be dustless. But this does not preclude the very real presence of the spirit of a close relative who died two decades before the Internet took hold.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowledge that eludes the search engine

    • Philip Harvey
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    The poetry of Peter Steele is well-tempered, even when the subject is not. His themes are often modesty, doubt and brokenness, but his uses his grand style to produce measured tones and educated observations.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kizitos and Angels

    • Bryan Pipins
    • 12 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Bryan Pipins on Angels, Kizitos, working in Uganda, the LRA, Meningitis and Cholera.

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  • RELIGION

    Only books for politicians at Christmas

    • Morag Fraser
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    In the ideal world, the Christmas stockings of politicians would be filled with books. No bottles of single malt. No Tom Waits triple CD (alas). Only books.

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  • MEDIA

    A generation of online material girls

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 30 October 2006

    Members of the Zebo online community are encouraged to blog with a commercial focus, to keep a shopping journal of shopping experiences and tips.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Deft turns pepper Napoleon's final lap

    • Clive O'Connell
    • 16 October 2006

    Belgian-born Australian, Simon Leys, follows an elliptical path, allowing his readers enough latitude to bring their own experience to bear on the novella. He maintains his ironic position both amused by his hero’s progress and sympathetic to him.

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  • MEDIA

    Lonelygirl15 exposes the Net's illogical sense of community

    • Marisa Pintado
    • 18 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The outing of popular YouTube personality, Lonelygirl15, as an unemployed Kiwi, has prompted many to ask the obvious question—why are we still so trusting of what we find on the internet?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Poor People's Summit on the Niger River

    • Anthony Ham
    • 24 July 2006
    1 Comment

    As the leaders of the world’s richest and most powerful countries gathered in St Petersburg this month, a few hundred activists were meeting in a dusty frontier town 350km beyond Timbuktu, for what they dubbed ‘the Poor People’s Summit’.

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