Twitter connects Australian farmers

Apostle birds, Gulargambone, NSW. Photo: Brett Donald/flickr   BY AMANDA PARKINSON Farming is changing. Most farmers are used to the tweeting of birds on their land, but Australian farmers are doing a lot of the tweeting themselves. Farming group AgChatOz is an organisation whose aim is to use social media site Twitter to connect rural […]


Red Riding Hood: a big, bad disaster

Breathtaking: Amanda Seyfried as Valerie in Red Riding Hood. Photo by Kimberly French, courtesy Warner Bros.   REVIEW BY KATE DAWSON Fairy tales have been adapted for the screen many, many times over the years, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Red Riding Hood belongs in the latter category. When interpreted for the 21st century, fairy tales […]


Sofa away from home

Couch surfing: “A great idea that makes the world seem a smaller place.” Photo: Dave Austria/flickr   BY JUSTIN LUND   “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”- Mark Twain   After travelling for six months in South America, Felicia Verkerk is another victim of a serious illness: the one inflicted by the voracious […]


Live exports dead on arrival

Beef Cattle. More than 40,000 sheep also died in 2008, while being exported from Australia to the Middle East. Photo: Brad Smith/flickr   BY STEPHANIE MANKINN The RSPCA is demanding the Australian Government release the cause of death of 263 cattle on board the MV Ocean Shearer, destined for Egypt earlier this year. “A 1.6% […]


The Block looks to a new future

BY AMANDA PARKINSON Aunty Simone calls the kids in for dinner. Silence falls over the street. Looking around, only few homes are lit; most are boarded up, the residents gone. In mid-September The Block‘s 75 residents were issued with 60-day eviction notices as developers prepare to demolish and rebuild the site. The Block is bound […]


Hold onto your hats: Top Cup fashions

Models at Myer Fashions on the Field. Photo: avlxyz/Flickr   BY ASHLEY DYER This season. trends are straight from the track: hoofs, heels, and hats. The Spring carnival isn’t always about what’s racing on the track but who’s leading the pack with the newest spring trends. Dresses lined with lace in feminine neutrals coupled with […]


Usain to Bolt onto Australian tracks

XII IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 2009, in Berlin. Photo: José Sena Goulão/LUSA/flickr   BY KRISTY COLMAN  In less than a week the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, will hit Australian tracks. The 100m and 200m world record holder, Bolt will be in Sydney for the much anticipated Athletic All Stars meet. […]


Urban playground under siege

By Amanda Parkinson Skaters and local council have united to push for a skate park in the $6 billion Barangaroo redevelopment, but local opposition has forced the proposal to be refused twice now amidst fears it would spark antisocial behaviour and noise complaints. Locals fear their community will be ‘tagged’ with graffiti and become a local […]


New chic, Sherlock

Review by Sian Lee Dabin The last twelve months have brought us a steady stream of movies and television shows based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. However, none of them are quite the same as the BBC series Sherlock, created by Mark Gattis and Stephen Moffat, executive producer of Doctor Who. Sherlock gives […]


Kick-Ass: No powers? No problem!

Chloe Moretz stars as Hit Girl in Kick-Ass. Photo courtesy Marv Films/Lionsgate    BY KATE DAWSON The cover of this DVD contains two quotes, one from Empire magazine and one from The Sydney Morning Herald. Empire says: “Five stars. Ridiculously entertaining”, and the SMH says: “Monumentally cool”. To be honest, that about sums it up. […]