sunday essay: it’s possible — how we can create a fairer, greener australia beyond covid

Sunday essay: it’s possible — how we can create a fairer, greener Australia beyond...

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Picture: Joe Castro/AAP We are living through the greatest disruption of the postwar era; what is likely to be the defining historical period of our lives. And the disrupter is a piece of RNA...
a nice warm bowl of porridge: 3 ways plus a potted history

A nice warm bowl of porridge: 3 ways plus a potted history

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Picture: Alex Motoc/Unsplash As winter begins, porridge makes an excellent choice for breakfast. For many, porridge is redolent with memories of childhood. It is warm, filling, high in fibre and associated with lowering blood cholesterol. Its very reliability...
listen to older voices : olive nicholls – part 1

Listen To Older Voices : Olive Nicholls – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 3-part program featuring Olive Nicholls. When interviewed in 2009, Olive was 86 years of age. Olive was born into the years we refer to as the Great Depression and...

Great time to try: starting a vegetable garden

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Picture: Tania Malréchauffé/Unsplash There is a long history of looking to one’s own garden or small farm when the weight of economic and political chaos becomes too much to bear. Since the first major depression that...
imdb ‘that’s not us’. wake in fright at 50, a portrait of an ugly australia that became a cinema classic

That’s not us’. Wake in Fright at 50, a portrait of an ugly Australia...

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  Screenshot: IMDB In recent years, Wake in Fright (1971) has cemented its reputation as one of the most important Australian films. But for decades after its release it was almost impossible to find a version to...

Sunday essay: YouTube apologies and reality TV revelations – the rise of the public...

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Beauty YouTuber James Charles recently made numerous apology videos following a public feud. Such videos are now so common they have become the subject of parody. Nina Prommer/EPA/AAP A little over a year ago,...
cream of the crate: album review # 140 – various artists: so you wanna be a rock ‘n’ roll star – vol.2

Cream of The Crate: Album Review # 140 – Various Artists: So You Wanna...

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      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...

Sunday essay: the library – humanist ideal, social glue and now, tourism hotspot

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China’s five-storey Tianjin Binhai Library occupies an area of 33,700 square metres with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves which can contain up to 1.2 million books. Roman Pilipey Last year two Danish librarians – Christian Lauersen and Marie...
ammonite: the remarkable real science of mary anning and her fossils

Ammonite: the remarkable real science of Mary Anning and her fossils

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 Transmission Films This story contains spoilers for Ammonite Palaeontologist Mary Anning is known for discovering a multitude of Jurassic fossils from Lyme Regis on England’s Dorset Coast from the age of ten in 1809. Her discoveries included...
listen to older voices: ron caddy – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: Ron Caddy – Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 2-part repeat Golden moment program, from our Vault of Treasured Memories, featuring the story of the then 87-year old Ron Caddy. Ron takes us in a journey from his...