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Television September 13, 2014
The Brilliant Creatures of Australian culture
Howard Jacobson’s documentary on Australia’s propensity to send its intellectuals packing.
Television August 09, 2014
Food shows overcook reality
Shows like MasterChef have little to do with food, but instead reveal how we’ve become gluttons for meaning.
Gardening August 23, 2014
Enjoy the fruits of tomato-growing labour
Join the ranks of the fearless fighting rot and rain to nurture a nightshade – the tomato.
Gardening July 19, 2014
When it comes to producing flavoursome spuds, you can’t beat homegrown. The question is, do you dig it?
Television July 05, 2014
Politics is fertile territory for the small screen, but it has always been the sharp comedies that reveal the truth of the dark arts.
Gardening June 28, 2014
Coming up roses
Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.
Gardening May 31, 2014
Dirty deeds of soil health
Improving the quality of your soil is a time-consuming labour of love, and compost is a rotten way to go about it.
Gardening May 10, 2014
Propagate and prosper
It may not be sexy, but nothing beats the satisfaction – or the economy – of growing plants from scratch.
Television May 03, 2014
The past imperfect
Mad Men’s glimpses into another era make us just as uneasy about our present.
Gardening April 19, 2014
Despite the regal appearance of spring flowering bulbs, their simple cultivation makes them a common pleasure.
Television March 29, 2014
National Geographic Channel’s Cosmos a win for learning
When a man known for vulgar humour combines with a beautiful mind, the resulting TV is no joke.