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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Reincarnated goats and the sacrament of change

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 March 2011
    2 Comments

    A hollow booming is the only result of the sickly goatherd's urgent knocking on the church door on the night before his death. The image makes a sad irony of the man's simple faith in the healing power of the ash he earlier swept off the church floor.

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    Mass story

    • Brian Doyle
    • 02 March 2011
    19 Comments

    Not until yesterday had I enjoyed a Mass during which I heard reggae music, washing machines, and an argument about basketball. What could be more beautifully human and holy than sitting over food and telling stories and insisting on miracles, in the company of a child and a dog?

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    Asylum seeker's goodbye

    • Various
    • 01 March 2011

    It was hard to look back .. for hot desert sands were stinging her eyes .. quickly obscuring aging parents .. waving forlornly from the terminal ... It was hard to cry .. for the three year old .. abducted and murdered .. now decaying in a corner of the family vault.

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    Songs of England at war

    • Philip Harvey
    • 23 February 2011
    3 Comments

    Gallipolli was a disaster and a relatively minor conflict, but it is upon such 'minor' conflicts that Empires are built. These songs go to the heart of a contradictory dilemma: the love of country on the one hand and the ugly extremes of patriotism on the other. 

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    Saints and cats

    • Various cat poets
    • 22 February 2011
    4 Comments

    I didn't have much hope. Soon I would be 50. Love was fitful and glorious and painful. There will always be thugs in caves murdering children and crowing. But we are capable of creating wonders beyond our imagination every second of the game.

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    Bothersome buskers and Twitter twits

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 February 2011
    3 Comments

    Like tweeters, buskers can command a certain amount of attention. They can sing in tune or flat, hit the note or miss it, just as bloggers can turn a stylish paragraph or churn out self regarding rubbish, and tweeters can report every breath they draw.

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    Testing marriage

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 February 2011
    1 Comment

    Becca is appalled by the insufficiency of religious platitudes. Howie's emotions are unbridled and barely tempered, emerging as a lunging stallion roar. Separated by the obelisk of grief for their dead son, they seek solace individually.

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    Bilingual parenting

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 16 February 2011
    4 Comments

    When I first moved to Greece, my language skills were reduced to those of a three-year-old. The pain of this was exacerbated when six months after our arrival, my six and eight-year-old sons started speaking to each other in Greek.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Scatterbrained God

    • Aileen Kelly
    • 15 February 2011

    A heavenly choir .. some individual faces at the front .. and all the rest in the careful fuzz of distance .. computer-generated to a full infinity

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Exploiting natural disasters

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 February 2011
    2 Comments

    The Tsunami is recreated in spectacular fashion, but robbed of significance, except as a catalyst for one white-skinned European tourist, who survives despite the deaths of hundreds of thousands of brown-skinned Indonesian villagers. This is exploitative in the extreme.

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    Where children used to play

    • Vin Maskell
    • 09 February 2011
    4 Comments

    After she died — her mind went first, then the rest — he moved across town, where he lived in a different type of street. A busy street with traffic and noise. No place for a street party. Once a year, though, he returns to see the next generation of neighbours. New leaves on old trees.

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    Our blind search for sweetness

    • Kevin Gillam
    • 08 February 2011
    1 Comment

    the tongue is bleeding, but the words come out the same. checking spelling, cursive immaculate, an orderly flight of birds across a yellowing page.

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