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Life December 21, 2019

The best wines of summer 2020

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants selects her favourite wines, and non-alcoholic beer, for this summer.


Life December 21, 2019

The burial belt

If death is a certainty, so is the fact that the Earth is running out of space for cemeteries. Two Australians are trying to design a solution.

Life December 14, 2019

Thalidomide survivors

A senate inquiry into thalidomide in March called for survivors to be better supported and compensated. Months later the government still has done nothing.

Life December 21, 2019

The Horne Prize: Diary of a wildlife carer

The winner of the 2019 Horne Prize is a quietly devastating account from the front line of the extinction crisis.

Life December 7, 2019

Summer gardening

While reviving her garden after its recent woes, the author is reminded of a handy way to deal with summer weeds – using a trick she learnt from her mother.

Life November 30, 2019

Prison visiting

When it comes to lining up family holidays, the author is committed to planning the perfect escape.

Life November 23, 2019

Coved-shaped waves (part two)

With the discovery that she and her family are predisposed to a rare and deadly heart condition, the author knows what to do – get on to Google and terrify herself.

Life November 16, 2019

Coved-shaped waves (Part one)

An early-morning visit from the author’s mother delivers news that could affect her life and the lives of her children.

Life November 9, 2019

Nimbin’s recreational cannabis trial

Medicinal cannabis may be garnering the majority of research attention but a new study by Monash University is investigating how the ratio of chemical compounds in the drug affects long-term recreational users.

Life November 2, 2019

Tangier, Morocco

Once a wonderland of drug-fuelled hedonism and bohemia for Western artists and writers, today’s Tangier has developed its own cultural identity beyond the legend.

Life October 26, 2019

A whisky quest in Japan

Seven years after hearing about a one-off bottle of a 1961 Japanese single malt whisky, blended in honour of a famed conductor’s 50th birthday, the author tracks it down in a bar named Keith.

Life October 19, 2019

Timor-Leste’s Agora Food Studio

Alva Lim moved from Australia to Timor-Leste, where she co-founded the Agora Food Studio, a social enterprise that celebrates the unique Timorese cuisine.