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Lana Lyric – a look that captures attention

By day Lana Lyric is a security professional, training security officers around the globe with a file hosting service. By night she is an artist in the music industry (as well as a performing artist, music producer and sound engineer) with her own company, working on her music as well as producing other artists’ work. […]


Dr Feelgood drummer Kevin Morris is an emotional rock

At 63, Dr Feelgood’s leader Kevin Morris still tries to thrash the drums as hard as he did when he joined the band in 1983. He seems reluctant to pass the torch to a generation either unwilling or unfit to wrest it from him. “We carry on touring because we all love it,” he told […]


Action urged on radiation risks

Worried Kingsford residents have turned to Randwick City Council for help after telecommunications company TPG began installing small cell base stations near homes and schools. They object to a lack of community consultation from the telco as well as the possible adverse health impacts – especially on children – of long term exposure to radio-frequency […]


Protestors demand end to live sheep trade

About 500 protestors gathered at Sydney Town Hall last week to call for a ban to the live export industry. The protestors braved wet weather to demand immediate action by the federal government to end live exports. The rally was held by the Animal Justice Party NSW in response to government reactions to TV footage […]


Residents angry at recycling bin noise

7am on Sunday mornings is usually a time for sleep ins, but not for Malabar residents who have to put up with the sound of bottles crashing into trucks collecting recycled drink containers. Angry locals say they had no idea what was happening when what looked like shipping containers were placed in the car park […]


Panthers overcome injury woes to beat Bulldogs

The Penrith Panthers secured their sixth win of the NRL season in round 8 on Friday night, beating the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 22-14 despite losing their fullback Dylan Edwards to a shoulder injury. Edwards injured his shoulder in the 13th minute meaning he will now join halfback Nathan Cleary on the sidelines. The Bulldogs were […]


Swans beat Cats in thrilling finish

A seven goal to one final quarter from the Sydney Swans propelled them to a much-needed away victory over the Geelong Cats at Geelong’s Kardinia Park/GMHBA Stadium on a sunny afternoon yesterday. Sydney 12.14 (86) defeated Geelong 10.9 (69) in a seesawing affair where the result was confirmed only two minutes from the final siren […]


Council attacked for ‘archaic’ zoning laws

A Randwick City Council community forum has been told that current zoning laws are “archaic” and should be changed as they are causing unnecessary distress. Angry residents said they were worried about impact on property values and problems selling their homes. There was standing room only as 73 registered speakers expressed their views in two-minute […]


Review: Mine

Mine is a military thriller written and directed by the two Fabios – Guaglione and Resinaro – and starring Armie Hammer in the lead role of US Marine Mike Stevens. Sergeant Stevens and partner Tommy Madison wander into a desert mine field in a North African war zone after a mission unravels. Without disclosing too […]


Top scientist seeks volunteers for allergy vaccine

Nobel Prize winning scientist Barry Marshall is calling for volunteers to help test a vaccine that could help allergy sufferers. Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in causing inflammation in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall […]


Hipster-cool comes to the suburbs

Hipster trend no. 54 – open a café in a previously uncool suburban shopping strip, add some bare brick and graffiti, offer simple but appealing and well-cooked fare, and voila – you have a bustling hipster-cool business. Hipster-cool has come to the semi-rural eastern Brisbane suburb of Gumdale in the form of Cement. It’s so […]


More than lines on a page – the power of drawing


Prepare to have your appreciation of drawing stretched beyond comprehension when you visit the Sunshine Coast University’s Art Gallery current exhibition, showcasing works from the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. The light, open space at the gallery is filled with a collection of travelling works from the Grafton Regional Gallery. So much more than lines on […]


Bottas thrills with split-second Russian Grand Prix win

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first-ever Formula One victory at the Russian Grand Prix overnight. Bottas, parachuted into the Mercedes team in January after the surprise retirement of defending champion Nico Rosberg, has struggled to come to terms with his new car in the opening three races of the season. But in Russia Bottas […]


Crowds flock to film and video exhibit

If you’re itching for something out of this world what could compete with travelling back in time with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image? Australia’s national museum of film, tv, video games, digital culture and art is in Melbourne’s Federation square. Screen Worlds is an exciting and free new exhibition at ACMI showing the […]


Review: Queen of Katwe

Based on a true story, Queen of Katwe is a classic and inspiring tale of overcoming extreme adversity to pursue and achieve dreams, against all odds and in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Set against a backdrop of an impoverished Uganda over the last five years, the film chronicles recent events as they unfolded. Directed by […]


‘Bad Science’ author to tour Australia

Prominent sceptic and science writer Ben Goldacre will visit Australia in September for a debut speaking tour. Author of bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma, Dr Goldacre will speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Suzi Jamil and Desh Amila of Think Inc said he had always been on their list of people to bring to […]


Thinking superheroes attract young audiences

Making intelligence cool again is the aim of a company that brings internationally renowned intellectuals to Australia. Run by glamour couple Desh Amila, 34, and partner Suzi Jamil, 24, Think Inc is seeking to bring ideas to a younger audience. Mr Amila was inspired to create Think Inc in 2013 after going to an intellectual […]


Turnbull urged to raise torture claims with China at G20

Protesters have called on the Prime Minister to raise allegations of persecution, torture and organ harvesting with China at next week’s G20 summit. Members of Falun Gong called for government support at a public media conference in Brisbane’s King George Square on Wednesday. “Immediately end the brutal and senseless persecution of Falun Gong in China […]


Good pickings in strawberry festival

A Sunshine Coast school celebrates 30 years of its community fundraiser Strawbfest on 3 September, with live music, prizes and plenty of strawberries. The Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm opposite Chevallum State School donates the fruit from one of its fields for the event. Children from every grade help pick the strawberries, with the motto “pick […]


Surfer inspires kids to go to school

In the slums around Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor in Kerala, India, poverty is everywhere. In one village children as young as 10 work on fishing boats instead of going to school. Just 2km away from Vizhinjam waves break cleanly on the shores of Kovalam Beach. It was here that Jelle Rigole, a 32-year-old Belgian, realised surfing […]


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