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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Alice Springs drinking stories

    • Ellena Savage
    • 19 August 2011
    3 Comments

    On my last night in Alice, we went to the pub, and drank and danced with some locals. Patricia, for whom English was a fourth language, had moved to Alice to be with her husband. Her manner of speech was beautiful. When she invited us to her table, she said, 'Come, I'll tell you a story.'

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    Catholicism at high speed

    • TIm Kroenert
    • 18 August 2011
    5 Comments

    Accused of conflating his Catholic faith with indestructibility, Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna responds, ominously, that he is ever conscious of his own mortality. His story is a tragedy of the highest order. You don't need to be a racing fan to be deeply affected by it.

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    Nursing home subversion

    • James McPherson
    • 16 August 2011
    9 Comments

    'You've got a wicked mind, Padre.' 'All the wickeder for seeing you.' Enter Big Nurse. Big Needle. Big Sleep. I check the stopwatch when I wake. I do not tell Big Nurse her response time is a personal best.

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    Heroes and villains are only human

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 August 2011

    For those who seek role models at the multiplex, through the polarised lenses of a pair of cheap 3-D glasses, Green Lantern contains two types worth considering. One is 'the villain I hope I'm not'. The other is 'the hero that I could be'. 

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    Friday sex and family

    • Margaret McCarthy | Jennifer Compton
    • 09 August 2011
    7 Comments

    There are weary smiling workers recovering from a Thursday night event. There are men planning this, the second weekend, with their family. There are married couples — one in the throes of giving up hope of being touched, the other working hard to ensure the weekend is chaste. 

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    Gandhi and Richie Benaud's perfect storm

    • Brian Matthews
    • 05 August 2011
    1 Comment

    Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm makes one marvel at the way events separated by vast times and distances can conspire to produce unpredictable results. In 1959 Australian cricket great Richie Benaud found himself at the end of a chain of events set in motion by Mahatma Gandhi.

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    My life as a bully

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 August 2011
    8 Comments

    We passed Paul's house each day on the walk to primary school. One day on a whim we knocked and invited him to join us. Once out of sight around the corner we proceeded to berate him, and to rough him up. We thought it was such fun that we did it again the next day. Kids can be cruel. I'm ashamed to say I was.

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    Homeless Grace

    • Brian Doyle
    • 02 August 2011
    7 Comments

    She lived in an alcove outside Saint Brigid's Church. She had been an artist. She drank. She married a man who slept on the avenue, not near the church; he didn't like the church, said it talked to him at night in a stern rumble. He beat her. Her name was Grace.

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    We don't own Amy Winehouse

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 July 2011
    4 Comments

    It sometimes seems celebrities are public property. News of the death of British singer Amy Winehouse was met with both grief and jokes. Hearing her father Mitch speak of her as any father would about a child who has died prematurely, grounds her.

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    No place to talk about death

    • Warrick Wynne
    • 26 July 2011
    2 Comments

    The light is falling away with the tide, but the dark shapes are birds going somewhere. the bubbles in the sand small breaths rising into the air ...

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    Good journalism and Murdoch's pie-gate

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 July 2011
    1 Comment

    Rupert Murdoch's News International has found itself with more than egg on its face over the News of the World scandal. As this case reveals journalism at its most prurient and base, a new film pays tribute to journalism at its most noble and courageous. 

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    Boat people poems

    • Michael Sharkey and Barry Gittins
    • 19 July 2011

    Bought after the wreckage of a shoaled first marriage, the becalmed, calming painting survived a bachelor's anchorage, flotsam and jetsam, to find love. Peace. Safe, prized harbour under muted tiles and a stultifying light orb.

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