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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael McGirr's waking life

    • Morag Fraser
    • 10 July 2009
    4 Comments

    McGirr seems more the magpie than the dormouse. Even when he's curling up under his desk for a post lunch kip you figure he's just giving his brain a few horizontal minutes to organise and file the prodigious miscellany that might otherwise leak out.

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    How Rafters had its pro-choice cake and ate it too

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 July 2009
    5 Comments

    When Julie learned she was pregnant, Dave advocated termination. Julie could see his logic, but was also overcome by powerful mothering urges. The writers of Packed to the Rafters are adept at unpacking every skerrick of emotional baggage.

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    Malcolm Turnbull and the parable of the pelicans

    • Brian Matthews
    • 08 July 2009
    3 Comments

    Years ago, a trout fisherman with 'irresistible' bait was outsmarted by a flock of pelicans. Like a punter with unshakeable conviction, Malcolm Turnbull also learned the hard way that there's no such thing as a dead certainty.

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    Treeless Eden, oasis of wealth

    • Peter Matheson
    • 07 July 2009

    I spot the odd ornamental shrub .. And even the occasional bird .. Though only sparrows, it seems .. Beloved of the Lord .. Survive this sterile affluence.

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    The adventures of Malcolm Turnbull

    • Jonathan Shaw
    • 03 July 2009
    2 Comments

    The great wave of Utegate has passed over us, leaving Malcolm Turnbull on the sands, chastened but apparently unrepentant, and far from exhausted. Reports of his political death are manifestly exaggerated.

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    Masterchef cooks up fine reality trash

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 July 2009
    6 Comments

    The original UK Masterchef is the pinnacle of reality TV. Masterchef Australia is the theme park version, sacrificing excellence to entertainment. It may be a different beast to its predecessor, but it's not all bad, either.

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    Not a freakin' travel article

    • Susan Merrell
    • 01 July 2009
    6 Comments

    I try to guard against stereotyping, so on arrival in New York I had not given a thought to the loud, brash New Yorker of legend. Yet, they were all there, en masse. New York is full of ... well ... New Yorkers. And boy, are they loud!

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    Five poems by Kevin Hart

    • Kevin Hart
    • 30 June 2009
    2 Comments

    Are you the rain my Grandma knew so well? .. You're cold enough and sharp enough, my friend .. Perhaps you're rushing from the same wet hell .. Perhaps you're lines some minor devil penned.

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    Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 June 2009
    6 Comments

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound.

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    Bird stories for a dry country

    • Tony Smith
    • 26 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Australia leads the world in mammalian extinction and in threatened species. The rag-tag group of contributors to Boom & Bust provide a timely scientific reminder that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to our own.

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    Indigenous Robin Hood's just desserts

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 June 2009
    6 Comments

    Jack Charles is an Aboriginal elder, professional actor and part-time criminal. He describes his acts of burglary as 'collecting the rent' from white suburbanites who dwell on what could rightfully be considered Aboriginal land.

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    The wobbly Anglican

    • Eleanor Massey
    • 24 June 2009
    5 Comments

    Neither lapsed nor nominal, but wandering — squizzing through church doors to check the whereabouts of altar, cross and candlesticks, before slipping into the back row. Last up to Communion, first out the door. A True Anglican.

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