October 11-17, 2014
Ukraine’s divided state
“Few thought it would come to outright war. A friend told me on Facebook that conflict in the digital age, here in Europe, was impossible. Information would prevent atrocities. ”
In Ukraine, the shift towards urbane European life has been savagely halted by war, and the gravitational pull of their Soviet history.
Annabel Crabb explores The Wife Drought
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
A chance going begging
It’s a pity Wayne Swan hasn’t spoken to Bill Shorten recently, or that Bill hasn’t understood (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Avarice shrugged”, October 4-10). The ALP, by apparently …
A sticking point
It’s good to see that the Coalition politicians are sticking to their motto, “lifters and leaners”. Leaning on the decisions of the United States regarding the best ways to conduct war, leaning …
John Tiffany hits the stage Once more with feeling
From working-class Yorkshire roots to the toast of musical theatre. John Tiffany talks about his latest triumph, Once.
Believing in secularism at The School of Life
What happens when someone raised fervently Catholic gives up the pomp and ceremony and places her faith in modest, secular teachings?
Cycle of life in southern Africa
Mountain biking in the rugged landscape of Lesotho makes for some uneasy riders.
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“Mila and I would like to welcome Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world.”
The actor announces that he and Mila Kunis have named their daughter Wyatt. Which, incidentally, is what Philip Ruddock and Bill Heffernan called their daughter, who won the seat of Longman at the election before last.
“By all means let Australians who want to say stupid things to say stupid things, but there’s no point importing troublemakers from overseas to stir people up.”
The prime minister takes a dim view of hate speech while talking to Alan Jones, who has fronted various tribunals for using hate speech. His defence of stupidity, while self-serving, was also brave.
“You know it’s your fault. You tempted my father.”
The Hillsong Church leader’s alleged response to a man who was sexually abused by his father, Frank Houston.
“I am not ‘calling into question the authenticity of the ISIS videos’. I don’t KNOW if they are authentic or not.”
The vagina’s unofficial biographer, chronicler of the “goddess array” and apparent conspiracy theorist explains that she is not claiming actors staged recent beheading videos. She just accepts that they might have.
“Your argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other.’ ”
The actor takes exception to Bill Maher’s stereotyping of Muslims, continuing the happy stereotype of liberal-left Hollywood actor.
“In the nature of a fishing exercise.”
The lawyer for Kim Dotcom characterises a court order seeking to disclose his assets. Another way of keeping them secret is to not stud your estate with life-size giraffe statues and be frequently photographed in bubble baths.