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Television June 25, 2016
ABC TV’s ‘Cleverman’
Breaking from TV's tradition of explaining Indigenous causes, the ABC’s sci-fi drama Cleverman makes no attempt to heal or instruct.
Television May 21, 2016
ABC TV’s ‘Comedy Showroom’
The ABC’s sitcom incubator Comedy Showroom includes those who mistakenly believe comedy is a tool to fix the world’s problems or protect our freedoms.
Gardening June 04, 2016
El Niño, La Niña and flowering annuals
With the Bureau of Meteorology declaring El Niño over, the time is ripe for gardeners to replant.
Television April 16, 2016
AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’
Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul offers the same luminous insights into society’s chinks as its predecessor.
Television February 27, 2016
Ascribing meaning to reality TV
Reality TV shows should be left as an enjoyable way to unwind, instead they’re treated as touchstones for debates that matter.
Television November 21, 2015
Aziz Ansari’s new TV series ‘Master of None’
Aziz Ansari’s smart and funny new show firmly focuses on the disappointment of commodities.
Television November 07, 2015
Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina adapted for ‘The Beautiful Lie’
While the brilliance of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina may be muddied in this TV adaptation, The Beautiful Lie remains a pleasure.
Gardening October 31, 2015
Waterwise tips to beat this summer’s killer heat
With El Niño conditions on the way, gardeners wishing to defy the odds need to prioritise and get waterwise.
Television October 10, 2015
TV’s new prime-time soap opera ‘Empire’
Dressed to thrill, the family saga Empire sings from the same song sheet as the fabulously over-the-top prime-time dramas of the 1980s.
Television August 29, 2015
Local news satire lacks bite
As Jon Stewart bows out at the top of America’s rich “fake news” comedy roster, local attempts offer little more than glib cynicism.
Gardening August 08, 2015
Growing raspberries, strawberries and berries
Their claim to being true berries is curiously spurious but, when homegrown, raspberries and strawberries leave other summer treats in the shade.
Television July 25, 2015
Mr Robot’s fresh take on hacking
A new drama on cyber spying thrillingly – and accurately – up-ends cliché to portray the complex power of information.