Neverending stories – why we still love Unsolved Mysteries

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neverending stories – why we still love unsolved mysteries
Picture: Artem Kovalev/Unsplash, Since the mid-1980s, the Unsolved Mysteries television program has investigated thousands of weird and wonderful tales. The popularity of the series over almost 35 years, more than 600 episodes, and five reboots, is testament to the high level of interest in narratives that don’t have a neat resolution. The latest incarnation – from Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy, an...

By persisting with COVIDSafe, Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing

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by persisting with covidsafe, australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing
Image: Scott Barbour/AAP Image Australia has ruled out abandoning the government’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app in favour of the rival “Gapple” model developed by Google and Apple, which is gaining widespread support around the world. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth told The Project the COVIDSafe app was “a great platform”. In the two months since its launch, COVIDSafe has been downloaded just over...

VIKA & LINDA this Saturday at 7:30pm AEST!

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vika & linda this saturday at 7:30pm aest!
THIS WEEKEND Delivered Live presents a special one-off show, shining a light on some of Victoria’s best, and up and coming talent - all kicking off from 7:00 pm AEST! Featuring the incredible music of sublime sisters of song, Vika & Linda, who have just released their anthology which shot to number 1 on the ARIA charts! PLUS featuring some of Victoria's...

Be careful what you claim for when working from home. There are capital gains tax risks

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be careful what you claim for when working from home. there are capital gains tax risks
Image: Shuttlestock Nearly all of the income tax focus in the context of “working from home” during COVID-19 has been on claiming “running expenses” – things like electricity, heating and internet/broadband fees. These are pretty straightforward. The Australian Tax Office released a temporary shortcut for claiming running expenses to make it easier: it’s 80 cents for each hour you work from home between...

Why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good

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why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good
Last week the federal government’s Office of Drug Control announced changes to the importation of nicotine-containing electronic cigarette fluids that will seriously affect the estimated 227,000 regular e-cigarette users in Australia. From January 1, 2021, users will no longer be allowed to import nicotine-containing fluids for use in e-cigarettes, even if they have a prescription. The measures, which were initially set to come...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019) The Movie Review

motherless brooklyn (2019)  the movie review
This neo-noir crime thriller based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, is set in the 1950s. Written, directed, produced and starring Edward Norton (Fight Club, The Illusionist) draws its locations from the crime-ridden, very corruptible back street slums and bars of New York’s Brooklyn and Harlem. Presented in the style and pace of the old...

Cream of The Crate: Album Review # 186 – Stereo MC’s: Connected

cream of the crate: album review # 186 – stereo mc’s: connected
        This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.This is album retro-review number 186 in the series of retro-reviews of...

Let there be no doubt: blame for our failing environment laws lies squarely at the feet of government

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let there be no doubt: blame for our failing environment laws lies squarely at the feet of government
Picture: Harley Kingston/Flickr A long-awaited draft review of federal environment laws is due this week. There’s a lot riding on it – particularly in light of recent events that suggest the laws are in crisis. Late last week, the federal Auditor-General Grant Hehir tabled a damning report on federal authorities’ handling of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Incredibly, he...

Trump is struggling against two invisible enemies: the coronavirus and Joe Biden

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trump is struggling against two invisible enemies: the coronavirus and joe biden
Picture: AAP The US presidential election is being shaped by the two crises that have defined 2020 so far: the coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning over police brutality and racism. COVID-19 has infected millions of Americans and killed 125,000, while causing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Camera phone footage of George Floyd’s brutal killing sparked America’s largest wave...

Paprika

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paprika
World’s children dancing the “Paprika Dance”!! With a strong belief in “Spreading the unity from Japanese children to the world’s children”, the English version of “Paprika was released. The song that is becoming the most successful us. Kenshi Yonezu, the Japanese number one singer-songwriter, whose song “Lemon” ranked top music charts in Japan for 2 consecutive years, has become the Japanese artist...