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Wednesday 21 May 2014
News

thousands turn out to protest against the federal budget

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Thousands of people turned out in major cities across Australia on Sunday in protest against the Liberal Party’s budget. (Click below to hear audio report.) They protested in response to what has been criticised as an attack on low income earners, among other things. Proposals in the budget included the introduction of a $7 ‘co-payment’…
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Monday 25 March 2013
Culture

in brief: south korea has most plastic surgery procedures in the world

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Much has been said about recent findings that South Korea now has the world’s highest rate of plastic surgery procedures per capita in the world.Attracting attention on the internet are eye and nose cosmetic surgeries, implants as well as bone shaving jaw lines. Double eye-lid surgery – in particular – is one which stands out in…
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Thursday 24 May 2012
Culture Featured

Interview: Catherine Deveny

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  Catherine Deveny  – author, writer for the ABC’s The Drum, a former columnist for The Age, social commentator, and stand up comedian – is a woman with a lot of things to say. She was in Sydney recently for the Sydney Writer’s Festival, where she appeared with Tara Moss, Emily Maguire, Kathy Lette and Julia…
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Friday 11 May 2012
Music

ben wells and the middle names

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Tasmanian band Ben Wells and the Middle Names are on the move. The past two years have been massive for the six piece band south of the strait – winning Unearthed Falls Festival in 2010-2011, performance slots including Festival of the Sun and Taste fest, as well opening for the likes of Art Vs Science, San…
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Wednesday 4 April 2012
Music

album review: laura marling, live from york minster

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You would have difficulty reading anything about Laura Marling that doesn’t mention her age (you can add this review to that list too). At 21, she’s just released her third album A Creature I Don’t Know, after the huge success of her debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, and its follow up I Speak Because…
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Sunday 4 March 2012
Books

The Forgotten Writers Short Story Competition

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Mahmoud Mansi, Egyptian Journalist and writer, one of the founders of the ‘Forgotten Writers Foundation’ started a writing competition a little over a year ago to spread Egyptian culture through the world. “I wanted to achieve globalisation in literature,” he says. “I was in Egypt, and our bookstores are full of books from China, from…
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Sunday 19 February 2012
Music

interview: dallas frasca

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After much hype, and with a unique voice and a successful first album in Not for Love or Money, Melbourne songster, Dallas Frasca, has just released a new song from her upcoming album, Sound Painter. It’s been two years since her band’s last album, and it was a matter of settling down after the release…
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Wednesday 4 January 2012
Featured Music

interview and giveaway: lydia

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For American band Lydia, their music is renowned throughout the indie music community and for their legions of loyal fans. But they almost never got to releasing their latest album Paint it Golden, which came out in late 2011. After a falling out with another band member during 2010, Lydia embarked on what they thought…
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Friday 23 December 2011
Featured Opinion

are men’s magazines fostering rapist attitudes towards women?

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Men’s magazines aren’t generally known for fostering positive attitudes towards women, if at all. However, a recent study conducted by psychologists in the UK has revealed that most participants in the study could not readily distinguish comments made in popular men’s magazines from quotes from interviews with convicted rapists. Men between the ages of 18…
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Sunday 18 December 2011
Music

festival review: festival of the sun, day two, dec 10 2011

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Day Two: Sunday Tenth Ben Wells and the Middle Names were the first band of the day two on my itinerary. The festival floor was noticeably more empty, as most revellers were clearly recovering from the night before. Which is a shame, as Ben Wells were definitely one of the highlights of the day. Harmonising…
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Friday 16 December 2011
Music

festival review: festival of the sun, day one, dec 9 2011

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While thongs are normally a rookie mistake, the sand lined moshpit was ideal for traversing through the sand and even barefoot dancing. As clouds threatened on both days of the festival, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirit of Port Macquarie locals. More surfboards than t-shirts, everyone looked more suited to a day at the…
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Tuesday 13 December 2011
Music

interview: ben salter

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Songster Ben Salter has just released his first solo album, The Cat, after ten years in the Australian music industry in outfits including The Gin Club, Giants of Science and the Wilson Pickers For Salter, after playing solo as well as in a band for over a decade, it was only a matter of time…
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Wednesday 7 December 2011
Music

q&a: larissa mckay

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Ahead of her appearance at Festival of the Sun this weekend, the lovely Sydney-bred, London-based songstress, Larissa McKay, had a chat to Lip about moving across the world, playing festivals, and writing. How are you feeling ahead of your set at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie next week? It feels kinda surreal to…
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Monday 21 November 2011
Music

album review: kate bush, 50 words for snow

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Even if you haven’t heard of Kate Bush, there’s a good chance that your parents are fans (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Her first single, ‘wuthering heights’, based on the Bronte book of the same name, was the song which launched her career in 1978. Since then, she’s released five massive albums that have…
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