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sunday essay: in praise of pardalotes, unique birds living in a damaged country

Sunday essay: in praise of pardalotes, unique birds living in a damaged country

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Image: Shuttlestock I’ve spent more of my life with pardalotes than with most other acquaintances. They are an obscure and odd group of four species of small (thumb-sized) birds. They have little public profile,...
we asked 24 women to reflect on images of ‘hot’ men — and it’s good news for those with ‘dad bods’

We asked 24 women to reflect on images of ‘hot’ men — and it’s...

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Image: Shuttlestock Since the 2012 hit film Magic Mike explored the hedonistic lifestyle of men who strip for women, popular culture has exploded with images of sexy, muscular, athletic and shirtless (or pantless!) “hot” men. In our contemporary digital...
listen to older voices: sam see – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: Sam See – Part 1

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Welcome to part 1 of a 4-part program featuring the Life & Times of Sam See. Four part programs are generally representative of someone whose life story is both well told, and extremely full. This...
sunday essay: a new front in the culture wars, cynical theories takes unfair aim at the humanities

Sunday essay: a new front in the culture wars, Cynical Theories takes unfair aim...

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Image: Liam Edwards/Unsplash In 2017, when a biology professor in a state college in Washington protested against a proposed day-long ban on the presence of white students on campus, radical students shut the campus down. The ban...
sunday essay: alice pung — how reading changed my life

Sunday essay: Alice Pung — how reading changed my life

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Annie Spratt/Unsplash Having survived starvation and been spared execution, my father arrived in this new country, vassal-eyed and sunken-cheeked. I was born less than a month later and he named me Alice because he...
borat’s wet firecracker of an october surprise won’t hurt trump but succeeds as feminist satire

Borat’s wet firecracker of an October surprise won’t hurt Trump but succeeds as feminist...

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Amazon Studios, Four by Two Films It’s January 20th, 2021. Inauguration day. A triumphant Joe Biden salutes the National Mall crowd (way bigger than the last guy’s) and dedicates his victory to Sacha Baron...
my best worst film: pink flamingos – ‘one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made’?

My best worst film: Pink Flamingos – ‘one of the most vile, stupid and...

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New Line Cinemas  While some may know John Waters through his family friendly Hairspray (1988) – adapted into a stage musical in 2002 and back to the screen in 2007 – many know him as the Prince of Puke, the King...
listen to older voices: pasquale colodonato – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: Pasquale Colodonato – Part 2

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This is second part of the 3-part Life & Times story of Pasquale Colodanato. In Part 1 we learned he was born in 1935 and at the age of 6 was sleeping in the...
sunday essay: why we need children’s life stories like i am greta

Sunday essay: why we need children’s life stories like I Am Greta

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Picture: EPA/MANUEL DE ALMEIDA When a young celebrity writes a memoir or has a biography written about them, a common response is: they are too young. This child or adolescent cannot possibly have lived enough...
the power of the grand final crowd recalls ancient times

The power of the grand final crowd recalls ancient times

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Last year’s AFL premiers were definitely not socially distancing. AAP/Michael Dodge The year has been a strange one for sports lovers. We’ve seen athlete protests here and around the world. Where big gatherings have been permitted...