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Aussie life

Aussie life

It’s been a long time since the beer garden of the iconic Oaks Hotel in Sydney’s Neutral Bay lost all but one of the trees it was named for. So you might think that its patrons would at some stage have singularised that name – as the residents of Sevenoaks,
Vandalism of the decolonisers

Vandalism of the decolonisers

It is a rare thing in today’s woke world not to be disappointed by our cultural institutions. Thus, on a recent trip to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern Project, I was not disappointed to find it bereft of both art and visitors. I was, however, extremely
Unreal, man!

Unreal, man!

White phosphorus, asbestos, and N Sync. History is replete with examples of horrible inventions. The aforementioned list includes some of the worst crimes against humanity and the music industry, but the largest and most persistent offender is the technology sector. On the list of the worst inventions of the twenty-first
In defence of the EU

In defence of the EU

Eastern Europe is the graveyard of empires. Rome failed on the Danube, Napoleon on the Dnieper. The epic struggle between the empires of Austria, Russia and Turkey in the first world war ended with the destruction of all three and the fragmentation of eastern Europe, giving rise to the word
Were the Greeks right about justice?

Were the Greeks right about justice?

The Sentencing Council, consisting of various legal authorities, has told judges and magistrates to consider, when sentencing the young, their ‘difficult and/or deprived backgrounds or personal circumstances’. To what end? To induct the young into proper moral behaviour, Aristotle thought that family discipline should go hand in hand with the
Somersaulting beauty of the songmaker

Somersaulting beauty of the songmaker

It’s uncanny sometimes how it works. There we were last Saturday in Hamer Hall to hear what Stephen Layton from Trinity College Cambridge makes of Bach’s Saint John Passion commanding the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the massive one-hundred-and-twenty-strong chorus of the orchestra. Well, this great work, the alternate vision to

Aussie life

Aussie life
It’s been a long time since the beer garden of the iconic Oaks Hotel in Sydney’s Neutral Bay lost all but one of the trees it was named for. So you might think that its patrons would at some stage have singularised that name – as the residents of Sevenoaks,

Vandalism of the decolonisers

Vandalism of the decolonisers
It is a rare thing in today’s woke world not to be disappointed by our cultural institutions. Thus, on a recent trip to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern Project, I was not disappointed to find it bereft of both art and visitors. I was, however, extremely

Unreal, man!

Unreal, man!
White phosphorus, asbestos, and N Sync. History is replete with examples of horrible inventions. The aforementioned list includes some of the worst crimes against humanity and the music industry, but the largest and most persistent offender is the technology sector. On the list of the worst inventions of the twenty-first

In defence of the EU

In defence of the EU
Eastern Europe is the graveyard of empires. Rome failed on the Danube, Napoleon on the Dnieper. The epic struggle between the empires of Austria, Russia and Turkey in the first world war ended with the destruction of all three and the fragmentation of eastern Europe, giving rise to the word

Were the Greeks right about justice?

Were the Greeks right about justice?
The Sentencing Council, consisting of various legal authorities, has told judges and magistrates to consider, when sentencing the young, their ‘difficult and/or deprived backgrounds or personal circumstances’. To what end? To induct the young into proper moral behaviour, Aristotle thought that family discipline should go hand in hand with the

Somersaulting beauty of the songmaker

Somersaulting beauty of the songmaker
It’s uncanny sometimes how it works. There we were last Saturday in Hamer Hall to hear what Stephen Layton from Trinity College Cambridge makes of Bach’s Saint John Passion commanding the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the massive one-hundred-and-twenty-strong chorus of the orchestra. Well, this great work, the alternate vision to