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Latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. But that’s not the end of the story

latest isolation rules for critical workers gets the balance right. but that’s not the end of the story
Image: Albert Perez/AAP Thousands more essential workers will be allowed back to work rather than having to self-isolate for seven days, under new rules agreed by national cabinet. High-risk close contacts – those living with someone who has COVID-19 – must have a negative rapid antigen test on day one, have no symptoms and must stick to certain rules. These include wearing a mask at work,...

63.5% of Australia’s performing artists reported worsening mental health during COVID

63.5% of australia’s performing artists reported worsening mental health during covid
Image: Hailey Kean/Unsplash 92% of performing artists experienced significant changes to their work during early stages of the pandemic – and at least half experienced depression. These shocking figures comes from new research talking to hundreds of performing artists from across Australia. The impact of COVID-19 was particularly devastating for performing artists because their artistic practice is highly ingrained in their identity. The disruption to...


zig & zag
In my early 20's I was working on the reception desk of the Travelodge Hotel, when I befriended a grey haired elderly gentleman who ran the hotel's kiosk/newspaper stand. Un-beknown to myself at the time, that elderly gentleman who always hid a copy of the TV week under the counter for me, was in fact Doug MacKenzie, one half...


adriana xenides
  Australian television show hostess Adriana Xenides was born 9 January 1956, and is best known for her role as ‘television show hostess’ alongside game show hosts, Ernie Sigley, Tony Barber, John Burgess and Rob Elliott on the successful show ‘Wheel of Fortune”. Born to a Greek father and Spanish mother in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Xenides moved to Adelaide with her family...

 Announcing the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

 announcing The 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Melbourne International Jazz Festival  1 – 10 June 2018 melbournejazz.com   A multitude of styles and influences from classic to funk, soul, hip-hop and electronica   Returning for its twenty-first year, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival continues to demonstrate that 'jazz can happen anywhere' for ten days with over 100 events that feature nearly 400 Australian, international and emerging artists.   This year jazz will hit all...


christopher reeve
Best known for his lead role in four of the Superman Movies, Christopher Reeve was a fictional character with superhuman characteristics and abilities, which were used to benefit mankind. But in 1995, sadly Reeve’s fictional powers, couldn’t save him from his greatest challenge ahead, after an equestrian accident, left him paralyzed from the neck down. Christopher Reeve was born September...

Listen To Older Voices: Kate Kennedy – Part 3

listen to older voices: kate kennedy – part 1
  Welcome to the 3rd and final Part of the Life and Times of Kate Kennedy. When Kate was interviewed in 2013 she was 88 years of age. Sadly, late in 2021 Kate passed away at the age of 96, leaving behind her family and friends who have retained not just memories of her, but her stories. So it is, we...


yoko ono
Yoko Ono an artist, first met her late husband John Lennon of the Beatles when he visited a preview of her exhibition at a gallery in London. The couple then began dating and collaborated on art, film, and musical projects until 1980 when a deranged fan shot him dead. After his death, Ono continued on with her art career,...

Omicron is overwhelming Australia’s hospital system. 3 emergency measures aim to ease the burden

omicron is overwhelming australia’s hospital system. 3 emergency measures aim to ease the burden
Image: Luis Ascui/AAP Public hospitals – never with much spare capacity – have been severely stressed by the latest COVID wave. The current Omicron outbreak has loaded even heavier demands on hospital beds, both for those who need oxygen and for the severely ill in intensive care wards, as well as those who cannot be cared for at home or in...

Listen To Older Voices: Pat Wilson – Part 1

listen to older voices: pat wilson – part 1
Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is...