SO DELICATE, SO DELICIOUS…

The famous White Rose prawn dumplings of Hoi An: Compared to South Melbourne Market Dim Sims? Well, think of Snow White next to Shrek. I told the owner the “garnish” – crunchy dried, fried onion bits – made my hair re-grow, as I scoffed the lot. Tip: don’t eat the green thing in the dipping juice, it’s hothothothot… The post...

Logging burns conceal industrial pollution in the name of ‘community safety’

High intensity logging burns and the resulting smoke plume near Mount Baw Baw, April 2018 Photo Chris Taylor., Author provided Earlier this year, Melbourne and large areas of Central Victoria, experienced days of smoke haze and poor air quality warnings as a result of planned burns. It’s a regular event occurring every autumn. This smoke has been reported by both government and media outlets...

Why are ‘feminine’ crafts like basket weaving disparaged by politicians?

Basket weaving is an important cultural and economic activity in many parts of the world, including Australia.  IM Swedish Development Partner/Flickr Basket weaving. It doesn’t sound much of an insult does it? But Education Minister Simon Birmingham appeared to use the term in this way in an interview following opposition leader Bill Shorten’s budget reply speech. Birmingham reacted disdainfully to Shorten’s commitment...

DUCK OUT FOR A LIGHT BITE…

The words “light” and “duck” should not be in the same sentence when describing food; duck is fatty. But to borrow from incomparable TV cook Rick Stein, this duck congee (rice soup often unkindly named gruel or porridge) “is just so surprisingly refreshing”.  Not unlike myself it is way better than it looks. US$1.30 at locals’ eatery, Hoi An,...

TEA WITH THE DAMES

TEA WITH THE DAMES is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s...

THE BOOKSHOP

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name; The Bookshop is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself...

The Great Moscow Circus

The legendary GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS returns to Adelaide for the first time in five years with an all new Extreme show playing from 31 May until 8 July across three locations; Glenelg (Wigley Reserve) 31 May–10 June; Port Adelaide (Hart’s Mill) 14–24 June; and Elizabeth (Ridley Green Reserve) 28 June–8 July. The 2018 Adelaide season, part of a national tour...

WIN TICKETS TO GET YOUR ROCK ON!

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Grattan on Friday: Fixing citizenship imbroglio is not just a matter of better paperwork

According to the committee more than half of all Australians would have to reorder some aspect of their affairs if they wanted to nominate for parliament.  The government would have us believe there’s really no fundamental difficulty with the citizenship provision in the constitution, which has cut a swathe through the federal parliament. It is just a matter of...

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?

The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use. Shutterstock.com Groundwater being pumped from a highland aquifer, only to be whisked away in tankers and sold in little plastic bottles by a multinational corporation – it’s a difficult concept for a small farming town to swallow. Just ask the residents of Stanley, Victoria, whose...