The plan to bury corruption, not prosecute it

The current government has recognised that there is great public concern about corruption in politics, and sincerely want to do something about it. About the concern, that is, not the corruption. Hence the proposed legislation that would deal with accusations in secret. That way they can say they have a watchdog, but ensure it barks […]

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Healing Spirits

Earlier this year at the hospital, where I am in training as a psychiatry resident, some colleagues were discussing the case of a young woman who had presented with worsening headaches. On CT scan she Source: Healing Spirits

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Miles Ahead

Jennifer Harrison reviews Miles Ahead for Australian Book Review’s Arts Update Beautiful film. How accurate? Don’t know, don’t care, just glad I saw it. Source: Miles Ahead

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Love Revisited

Remember 7 and 7 Is? In 1966 it was a hit for the Los Angeles band Love. Dramatic as the song is, with a driving rhythm and ending in a thunderclap, it is unrepresentative of their work, at that time or in the future. The band dominated the local scene, but Arthur Lee, the idiosyncratic […]

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Nepotism!

In the middle of The Empty Hearse, the first episode of season 3 of Sherlock, after a couple of trivial clients pass before our eyes, Sherlock bundles an elderly couple out of the door. He admits that they are his parents. In fact they are his parents. That is, they are Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents, Timothy […]

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Write it down! Now!

The other night I had a really nice idea. It was beautifully circular and would have made a great post. But rather than flesh it out in my head, and risk spoiling it, I decided to leave it until the morning. Of course, by then I had forgotten everything about it. I have pen and […]

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Victoria in 2050

At the end of an Environment Victoria survey I was asked: “Imagine that you are living in the new Victoria. We made all the right choices in time and we are now living in a truly sustainable society. What is daily life like?” An offer too good to refuse. In 2050 Mooroolbark is still my […]

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