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Life May 18, 2019

Bias-free dietary guidance

Canada’s new 2019 healthy food guidelines illustrate what public dietary advice might look like without the influence of powerful food industries. Should Australia follow suit?


Life May 11, 2019

Studying language, history and culture in Toledo, Spain

As a descendant of Sephardic Jews forced to leave Spain during the 15th-century Inquisition, the author visits Toledo seeking citizenship, only to discover ties to the ancient city can sometimes be set in stone.

Life May 4, 2019

Private grief and public memorials

Where once grief was kept under wraps, it now seeps into the collective consciousness via social media and public memorials. But what are the consequences of this new openness?

Life April 27, 2019

Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School

A two-way learning program founded through collaboration between an Indigenous community in the Kimberley and an exclusive Melbourne private school could one day become a model for other education projects across Australia.

Life April 20, 2019

Whisky business at the Laphroaig distillery

A wee dram at the Laphroaig distillery in the Scottish Hebrides turns into an invocation of a whisky-loving soul.

Life April 13, 2019

Apartment living in Hong Kong

While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.

Life April 6, 2019

Dad’s Excel diary

Reading a summary of his father’s life in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet prompts a reflection on memory, connection and the strange profundity of small moments.

Life March 30, 2019

The new taxidermy

The tricks of the taxidermy trade were once held tight by older, male enthusiasts. But today a new generation of young women are lending their artistic and scientific talents to preserving dead animals in the most lifelike manner.

Life March 23, 2019

The best wines of autumn 2019

The beverage director for Andrew McConnell’s restaurants recommends her favourite drinks as the weather cools.

Life March 16, 2019

Cruise ship holidays

When it comes to making holiday plans, some are happier abandoning terra firma and giving in to the pull of the ocean.

Life March 9, 2019

Astrology and tarot cards

Where once religious faith was used as a guide with which to navigate life’s bleak realities, astrology and tarot are today filling a void for many minority groups who feel marginalised by more traditional spirituality.

Life March 2, 2019

Surviving a lightning strike

While deaths from lightning bolts instantly make headlines, for those who survive, ongoing and little understood health issues may continue to manifest long after the initial strike.