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Television February 14, 2015
Portlandia shines while sketching the truth
How Portlandia’s organic, free-ranging satire makes us laugh at our artisanal pretensions.
Gardening November 29, 2014
Lies, damned lies and exotics
Gardening half-truths go back at least to Joseph Banks, but his more noble legacy is our love of exotic plants.
Gardening January 31, 2015
Singing the praises of kale and cauli, baby
When it comes to being a great green, the brassica family of cauliflower and kale does it easy.
Television November 22, 2014
TV medical dramas suffer from a reality bypass
Only an incurable fan would think today’s medical dramas have any instructive value.
Gardening October 25, 2014
Herb your enthusiasm
Why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket only to watch them decay in your crisper drawer? Get hooked on growing your own.
Television October 18, 2014
Laugh tracks from beyond the grave
Canned laughter kills good comedy. Fittingly, for many years it came from beyond the grave.
Gardening September 20, 2014
A time to kill those pesky garden pests
When uninvited pests come to visit, declare war with sustainable practices – and also an old-fashioned dose of hand-to-hand combat.
Television September 13, 2014
The Brilliant Creatures of Australian culture
Howard Jacobson’s documentary on Australia’s propensity to send its intellectuals packing.
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.
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 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.