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THE WATCHER: Dec 05, AU Edition

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ALAN RM JONES The year of the monkey… It was an annus horribilis for an increasingly isolated and beleaguered Republican president under attack from a scathing media and irresolute Democrats in Congress. Each day’s news […]

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THE ARENA: Dec 05, AU Edition

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JAMES MORROW Get ready for a long, hot summer… Anyone who has ever taken a holiday in a beach community knows that such places can be fairly insular places. When so much time is spent […]

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TRAVEL: Dec 05, AU Edition

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‘NAM PLUSSED Patricia Rodriguez discovers the joys (and hassles) of Vietnam, but falls in love with it anyway LAU CAI, Vietnam – After sleeping fitfully on the night train from Hanoi – note to self: […]

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FOOD: Dec 05, AU Edition

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SEEING RED Eli Jameson celebrates summer and separates the ripe tomatoes from the hoary chestnuts Hear the word ‘tomatoes’, and what do you think of? Spaghetti piled high and swimming in marinara sauce? Garden vines […]

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HEALTH: Dec 05, AU Edition

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PERCHANCE TO WALK Sleep is still barely understood; sleepwalking, even less so. A look into the bizarre world of people who go bump in the night So I sleepwalked the other night. I didn’t go […]

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TECHNOLOGY: Dec 05, AU Edition

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RAIN AND TERROR What makes a storm a killer? Scientists are searching for the early warning signs, say Jeremy Manier and E.A. Torrier The two hurricanes that roared into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this […]

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SCIENCE: Dec 05, AU Edition

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TO HELL AND BACK Was life on early Earth as bad as all that? And what does that mean for life on other planets? Robert S. Boyd reports A scientific quest called “Mission to Really […]

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FINANCE: Dec 05, AU Edition

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OFF THE STREET New breeds of community banks are getting customers out of queues and into high interest, says Todd Parker Australians love to hate their banks. It’s a constant staple of talk-back radio; one […]

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Money, Dec 05, AU Edition

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PETRONOMICS Who’s getting rich off high gas prices? Hint: think ballot boxes, not bowsers Let me take you back in time, to a land that existed long, long, ago. A time when life was vastly […]

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Dec 05, AU Edition

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YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN James Morrow speaks to Zimbabwean actor and filmmaker Chloe Traicos about life in exile, her documentary about the brutality of the Mugabe regime, and the growing community of escapees from […]

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DIARY OF A CABBIE : Dec 05, AU Edition

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NIC FIX One 21st birthday bash plus two divorced parents minus cigarettes equals a very tense ride Just after dark recently I was dropping off a passenger in an Eastern Suburbs Housing Commission neighbourhood. As […]

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THE ROUGH LIFE: Dec 05, AU Edition

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EARLY START Eli Jameson hopes his kids don’t wind up inheriting his handicap Frank Sinatra famously sang that he’d had regrets, but that they were “too few to mention”. (One has to wonder what those […]

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MUSIC: Dec 05, AU Edition

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HIT AND MISSY Elliott’s latest fails to impress. Plus: soul survivors, and a moving tribute to Sublime Missy Elliott “The Cookbook”, Goldmind/Atlantic 2 stars Missy Elliott has a remarkably consistent track record of combining stylistic […]

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MOVIES: Dec 05, AU Edition

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MORE LIKE PURGATORY Reece Witherspoon’s latest fails to thrill, while Russian Dolls is more than just kid stuff Russian Dolls Release: December, 2005 Rated: M French with English sub-titles 3 stars Russian Dolls is a […]

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Dec 05, AU Edition

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LAST FLIGHT OF THE DRAGONFLY A mystery from inside the Pacific’s Bermuda Triangle In February 1962, an ageing bi-plane on a scenic flight became the first victim of an area they’re calling the Pacific’s Bermuda […]

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DVDs: Dec 05, AU Edition

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RINGS AND THINGS James Fletcher has two good reasons to stay home on a hot summer night Submariners: The Complete Series 4 stars During the 1980s the Australian government took the dramatic step of constructing […]

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BOOKS: Dec 05. AU Edition

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FLY ME TO THE MOON Plus: Guinness’s records are not so stout anymore, and falling in love (again) with Venice GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2006 Edited by Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records, $45.00 Up until recently […]

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Dec 05, AU Edition

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ALL THOSE BURNING FRIDGES A former appliance serviceman claims a bad fridge design could burn someone’s house down, another finds a string of safety faults in other brands of appliance. Is there a big problem […]

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He’s the “reason for the season” as the saying goes, but there’s still a surprising amount of controversy over the historical Jesus. Was He the Son of God, or just the imaginINg of an obscure […]

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GOD IN THE MACHINE Is Intelligent Design the answer to the holes in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? Or is it a rear-guard action by fundamentalists to mix religion with science? And why are its supporters […]

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FIRST DRAFT: Dec 05, AU Edition

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MATT HAYDEN The address we like to imagine Dominique de Villepin almost gave France… A POET SHALL LEAD US! Noble citizens of France, I address you as your Prime Minister and as a humble poet […]

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TOUGH QUESTIONS: Dec 05, AU Edition

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IAN WISHART Exorcism – when belief becomes reality Hollywood has a long history of milking the religious and/or supernatural veins of our culture for material, and usually it’s a blockbuster. Last season Mel Gibson’s The […]

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RIGHT HOOK: Dec 05, AU Edition

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MELINDA TANKARD REIST RU-486 is not the solution for women in crisis In her campaign launch to bring the abortion pill RU-486 to this country in last month’s Medical Journal of Australia, Cairns obstetrician Dr […]

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SPIN CITY: Dec 05, AU Edition

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ALAN ANDERSON State Libs need to look for trouble – not avoid it Liberal Party faithful attending a recent function in the “dead red” North-western suburbs of Melbourne got more than they bargained for when […]

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