Drew Rooke
is a Sydney-based freelance journalist.

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Culture November 03, 2018

Nils Frahm’s melody makers

Nils Frahm brings a playfulness to his serious compositions for piano and electronics, which leaves audiences delighted as well as enraptured. He vividly remembers crying when listening to English jazz saxophonist John Surman’s 1987 album, Private City, which mixes synthesisers with improvised saxophone.“It’s overwhelmingly powerful, emotional music that made me feel things that I didn’t know were in me. And that’s a great discovery – when you realise that music is not just invoking emotions, but creating emotions.”

News July 29, 2017

Redeveloping social housing in Sydney’s Waterloo

As the NSW government moves towards redeveloping a pivotal public housing area of Sydney, many residents believe its motives are purely to profit from the planned ‘social mix’.

News July 09, 2016

Cycling laws in NSW at the crossroads

NSW Police is cracking down on cyclists in a bid to ‘educate and promote awareness’. Some riders, however, claim the aim is to drive them off the streets.

News March 12, 2016

Sydney’s casinos escape lockout laws, smoking bans and more

Not only are The Star and forthcoming Crown casinos omitted from NSW lockout zones, they also enjoy exemptions from smoke-free laws, the ‘Three Strike’ liquor licence scheme and violent venues list.

Travel October 17, 2015

The Birdsville Races and Fred Brophy’s famous boxing tent

The annual Birdsville Races draw thousands to the remote outback town, for a gathering of self-described ‘real Australians’.

News June 13, 2015

Recycling food waste gaining support

Food waste due to aesthetic standards is being combated by dumpster divers, a restaurant that uses scrapped ingredients and supermarkets now selling less-than-perfect stock.

News May 23, 2015

Misery and lies for problem poker machine gamblers

Amid a maze of poker machines, time stands still for gamblers hankering after the next win as their cash slides ceaselessly into a void.