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two-up, gallipoli and the ‘fair go’: why illegal gambling is at the heart of the anzac myth

Two-up, Gallipoli and the ‘fair go’: why illegal gambling is at the heart of...

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Spinner tosses the penny during a Two Up game at Flemington Racecourse during the Anzac Day in Melbourne in 2021. Diego Dedele/ AAP Two-up is an Australian gambling game in which two coins are placed on...
how tolkien and lord of the rings inspired the commercial and artistic success of the fantasy fiction genre

How Tolkien and Lord of the Rings inspired the commercial and artistic success of...

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Image: Shutterstock When Allen & Unwin requested a sequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s first novel The Hobbit (1937), they could not have known that it would be one of the best publishing decisions of the century, if...
mount kosciuszko: how australia’s highest peak came to be named for a freedom fighter against russian aggression

Mount Kosciuszko: how Australia’s highest peak came to be named for a freedom fighter...

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Eugene von Guérard, Mount Kosciusko, seen from the Victorian border (Mount Hope Ranges) 1866. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1870 Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Most Australians could name this country’s tallest mountain, Mount...
guide to classics: the tibetan book of the dead

Guide to classics: the Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Image: Wheel of life and death. Wikimedia commons Since it was first published in English in 1927, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has proved to be the most popular book on Tibetan Buddhism in...
flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing

Flow state, exercise and healthy ageing: 5 unexpected benefits of singing

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Image: Miguel Bautista on Unsplash Singing with others feels amazing. Group singing promotes social bonding and has been shown to raise oxytocin (the “bonding hormone”) and decrease cortisol (the “stress hormone”). But it’s not just about singing in groups. There...
‘a gentleman with the mad soul of an irish convict poet’: remembering chris bailey, and the blazing comet that was the saints

‘A gentleman with the mad soul of an Irish convict poet’: remembering Chris Bailey,...

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The Saints (Chris Bailey, Bruce Callaway, Janine Hall). Picture by Judi Dransfield Kuepper, Author provided (no reuse) Inala in the early 70s was bleak. A Brisbane suburb of wide dusty streets, treeless and bland. A planned community,...
sunday essay: empathy or division? on the science and politics of storytelling

Sunday essay: empathy or division? On the science and politics of storytelling

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Why don’t chimpanzees rule the world? Is storytelling - the mysterious glue that enables millions of humans to cooperate effectively - the answer? Shutterstock Writers can’t always be trusted when they talk about the power and...
if animals could speak, would we understand them?

If animals could speak, would we understand them?

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Image: Wikimedia commons Turin, once briefly the capital of Italy, is famous today for its coffee, delectable hazelnut chocolate, Fiat cars, Juventus FC and the architectural wonder, the Mole Antonelliana. It also happens to be...
encanto, tiktok and the art of social storytelling: why music is not just for listening anymore

Encanto, TikTok and the art of social storytelling: why music is not just for...

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Image: IMBD We need to talk about Bruno. The theme song from Disney’s hit movie Encanto (We don’t talk about Bruno) has become the first song from an animated movie to top the US charts for...
sunday essay: single parenting with a disability – how my 9-year-old daughter became my carer in shining armour

Sunday essay: single parenting with a disability – how my 9-year-old daughter became my...

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Shakira Hussein (seated in chair) with daughter Adalya Nash Hussein. Photo by Leah Jing McIntosh. Author provided My daughter started to describe me as disabled long before I was ready to do so myself. For several years after...