Arts & Culture

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell characters return for fundraiser

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An upcoming fundraiser could offer some solace to those mourning the loss of Shaun Micallef’s​ Mad as Hell from our screens, as actors Stephen Hall and Roz Hammond resurrect characters Darius Horsham and Dolly Norman on stage. The Sydney Morning Herald – John Bailey They’ll be appearing as part of Operation Gag, a night of music and political satire presented ... Read More »

History hangs heavily in the struggle against evil

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Jan Kozielewski was always tormented by his inability to stop the Holocaust. “I hated humanity,” he blurted after the nightmare ended. “The Lord assigned me a role – to speak and write during the war when, as it seemed, it might help. It did not.” The Sydney Morning Herald – Vic Alhadeff * The extraordinary story of Jan Karski, as ... Read More »

The poignant tale behind TV’s boy wonder Thomas Frith

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The floor is strewn with boy detritus: a skateboarding T-shirt, train timetables, back issues of The Beano comic. Discarded on the table, between Diabolical Sudoku and some Terry Pratchett novels, is a well-thumbed copy of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. The Canberra Times – Judith Woods Have you read it, I ask the bedroom’s occupant, dubiously; the only ... Read More »

‘Spartan warriors’ march in Beijing PR stunt, police respond

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Beijing: Scores of bare-chested Spartan warriors marched through Beijing’s streets, drawing swarms of admirers, picture-takers – and then suddenly, police. A local salad restaurant’s marketing stunt went awry on Wednesday afternoon when public security officials detained some of the muscular male models – each dressed in sandals, shorts and flowing black capes – that the eatery had hired to muss up enthusiasm ... Read More »

George Brandis arts funding: Australia Council cuts

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The Australia Council will con­tinu­e to support the “arts ecolog­y” of individual artists and small companies, as the agency yesterday responded to a radical shake-up of arts funding that has cut $105 million from its budget. The Australian -Matthew Westwood, Arts correspondent, Melbourne In the May budget, Arts Minister George Brandis redirected funding from the Australia Council to establish the ... Read More »

Remembering EL Doctorow, the conscience of the USA

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Novelist EL Doctorow has died in a Manhattan hospital from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. The Conversation - Michael Wutz * He was the recipient of many distinguished literary prizes, among them the National Book Award, two National Books Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ... Read More »

Thousands lodge submissions to the Senate inquiry into arts cuts

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Australia Council cuts six-year funding in wake of Brandis budget cuts More than 2260 individuals and groups have lodged submissions to the Senate inquiry into cuts to arts funding, showing the depth of feeling around the issue, which could see smaller companies “die of asphyxiation”, according to the head of Australia’s peak arts body. The Age – Debbie Cuthbertson, Arts Editor, The ... Read More »

North Korea: Dedicated bicycle lanes installed on major roads in Pyongyang

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North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through its capital Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents. Bicycles are an expensive but popular mode of transport for many in an impoverished and reclusive country where private car ownership, although on the rise, is still rare. They are often used by women to transport ... Read More »

Huge crowd attends Pope’s final Mass in Paraguay

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BBC – Hundreds of thousands of people have attended the final Mass celebrated by Pope Francis during his visit to Paraguay. The Pope urged Christians to “embrace hospitality” and reject the “logic of selfishness”. Pope Francis leaves Paraguay on Monday, after an eight-day tour of some of South America’s poorest countries. During his previous stops in Bolivia and Ecuador, he ... Read More »

Lowering the Battle Flag

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Just after 10 A.M. on Friday morning, an honor guard of seven members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol marched across the lawn at the State House grounds to a small, fenced-in square, with a flagpole at its center. The New Yorker -By Amy Davidson For the past fifteen years, the Confederate battle flag—the emblem of the side, in a ... Read More »