Biography

Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68

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GREEK singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed. Herald Sun AP NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalisation, but ... Read More »

Graeme Hugo, distinguished demographer and academic, dies aged 68

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One of Australia’s most distinguished demographers, Professor Graeme Hugo, has died at the age of 68 after a short illness. ( ABC ) Regarded by his peers and students as an academic giant, the University of Adelaide professor was also director of the Australian Migration and Population Research Centre. Professor Hugo was named an Officer of the Order of Australia ... Read More »

Vale Kostas Nikolopoulos

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“Institutions and organizations are not eternal. People are.” Agora Dialogue – Dean Kalimniou It was with these words that the late and much lamented journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos accosted at me at the Greek Film Festival last year, Kostas’ propensity to apparate seemingly out of the ether, flash a smile as enigmatic as that of a Cheshire cat, pose a contentious ... Read More »

Was van Gogh Killed? New Research Says He Was Shot

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The troubled life and demise of Vincent van Gogh follows a well-known trajectory: the precocious genius, the art world’s indifference, the onset of angst and madness, and then, tragically, his suicide at age 37. Or so we thought. But according to the groundbreaking research of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the painter didn’t shoot himself: he was ... Read More »

Obituary: Gough Whitlam’s Ideas Must Live On

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The local embodiment of a global movement, Gough Whitlam made himself a symbol of Australian social democracy. Remembering his life is a wake-up call to a new generation, writes Ben Eltham. E. Gough Whitlam, Chifley Memorial Lecture, 1957: “The way of the reformer is hard.” Edward Gough Whitlam, the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, died this morning. It’s a measure ... Read More »

Yves Klein: The man who invented a colour

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The Frenchman was an artist, showman and inventor – who created a hue that had never existed before. How did he achieve this? Alastair Sooke reports. One summer’s day in 1947, three young men were sitting on a beach in Nice in the south of France. To pass the time, they decided to play a game and divide up the ... Read More »

Robin Williams’ Death Reveals How Hard It Can Be To Climb Out Of Depression

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The suicide death of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams shocked many of his fans. But those who knew him were aware of his ongoing struggle with depression. According to his publicist, Williams, 63, was completing a 12-step program for drug abuse and had been battling severe depression. “You’re standing at a precipice and you look down, there’s a voice and it’s a little quiet ... Read More »

Peter Sculthorpe, composer of Kakadu and Earth Cry, dies, aged 85

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AUSTRALIAN music’s elder statesman, composer Peter Sculthorpe, has died in Sydney. He was 85. Best known as a composer of orchestral and chamber works, Sculthorpe had a long career that started from his earliest compositions at age nine. From the 1960s he was a pioneer of music that sought an authentic expression of Australia, its landscape and people. He introduced ... Read More »

Baydzar and Galya: Legacies of Defiance from Diyarbakir to Stepanakert

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‘Special for the Armenian Weekly Two remarkable women passed away in June—one in Diyarbakir, the other in Karabagh. One symbolized resilience in the face of continued anti-Armenian policies of Ankara, the other defiance against the policies of Baku. Baydzar Eken and Galya Arustamyan embodied the Armenian struggle for survival on two hostile fronts. Baydzar greeted us in May, a bright ... Read More »

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

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Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »