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I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times

How do we keep gardening in the face of a changing climate?

how do we keep gardening in the face of a changing climate?
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Keep the climate in mind when you’re choosing what to plant Since 1880, the average global temperature has increased by 0.8℃, with large changes in rainfall redistribution. With these changing conditions upon us, and set to continue, gardeners will have to alter the way...

Sunday essay: the revolutionary vision of Jane Austen

sunday essay: the revolutionary vision of jane austen
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Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility: a competent moral agent drawing only on her intelligence and experience It started with a throwaway line in a conversation with an Adelaide musical entrepreneur. We were planning a day of...

Do you know what’s in the herbal medicine you’re taking?

do you know what’s in the herbal medicine you’re taking?
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Vitamins are often seen as benign since they’re meant to be natural, but the list of ingredients isn’t always accurate Complementary medicine has received a lot of attention in the past couple of weeks. First, a study focused on potential safety concerns about taking...

Cream of The Crate: Album #110 – The Pardoners: Indulgences

cream of the crate: album #110 – the pardoners: indulgences
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"New Indulgences from Industry Stalwarts." (Australian Musician) "What we've got here is the smartest pop record for ages, full of hook-filled melodic songs" (Jeff Glorfeld - Sound vault) "You will struggle to find many recently released Australian albums better than this one." (This review) This was album number...

Australia’s 2016 environment scorecard: rains return but in some cases too late

australia’s 2016 environment scorecard: rains return but in some cases too late
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Green shoots: a mangrove in Cairns enjoys the wet. Not all of Australia was so lucky After several dry years, vegetation across much of Australia received much-needed rains in 2016. But this broad pattern of improvement belies some major environmental damage in parts of...

Grattan on Friday: Penalty rates – Shorten’s own goal becomes Turnbull’s political problem

grattan on friday: penalty rates – shorten’s own goal becomes turnbull’s political problem
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In an ironic twist, Bill Shorten when employment minister paved the way for the Fair Work Commission decision The latest reflection on just how appalling things are in Canberra politics came this week from former Treasury head Ken Henry, who’s now chairman of NAB. “Our...

Seven Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star

seven earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star
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An artist’s concept of what it could look like on the surface of one of the exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1. NASA/JPL-Caltech An international team of astronomers has found that a nearby star is accompanied by a swarm of at least seven small, rocky worlds. One of...

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most

cutting sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most
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Hospitality workers, along with fast food and retail workers, will have Sunday and public holiday rates cut under the decision The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries...

Trainspotting on stage brings a disturbing reality vividly to life

trainspotting on stage brings a disturbing reality vividly to life
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Calum Barbour as the drug dealer in Trainspotting Irvine Welsh’s in-yer-face, anti-fairy tale of no-hope NEDs (non-educated delinquents), and the mega-highs and ultra-lows of skank (heroin) in Thatcherite Scotland, may now be seen by those who, when it first appeared, were no more than...

Which supplements work? New labels may help separate the wheat from the chaff

which supplements work? new labels may help separate the wheat from the chaff
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How do you really know if vitamin and mineral supplements really “help your heart” or “boost your mood”? New proposals from Australia’s drug regulator should give you a better idea if your complementary medicines do what they say on the packet. One change proposed by...