Foster parenting: triumph and trauma

By Kimberley Siauw There are countless positives for children in foster care, and undeniably, it saves children’s lives. But there can be no denying it also leaves emotional scars. And while foster parents are more usually regarded as white knights rather than as victims, that trauma can take its toll in their role as carers. […]


The elation of flotation therapy

By Simon Edds It sounds like the opening line of a traveling medicine man’s big sell: “In just one hour, the debilitating symptoms of your anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress and even jet lag can be greatly improved!” Hordes of eager customers gather round, hands raised in the air, each stuffed full of cash, wanting to […]


The week in football

The only good news for Sydney this week: the talismanic Alessandro Del Piero will be back for a second season with the sky blues. Photo: Marco Estrella/flickr   BY JIMMY RAYNE   Sydney FC subdued by Brisbane Brisbane Roar put Sydney FC to the sword on Thursday night, as the last round of the regular […]

Multimedia Photos

Photo essay: facing fear

Fear: an emotion everyone experiences strongly at least once in their life. Photo: Eliza Cashman   BY ELIZA CASHMAN   When I was asked to create a photo essay on a topic of my choice I knew immediately that I wanted to do something addressing human emotion. I asked myself what is an emotion that […]


Sports Central Weekly

Kurtley Beale playing for the Waratahs. Photo: paddynapper/flickr Kahlia Kim-Sheppard joins Jimmy and Wes as they talk about all the hot topics in sport for the week. Ben Barba, Kurtley Beale, the A-league, both Rugby codes and some frivolity with the AFL all get a mention over 30 minutes or so of sport, chat-style.   […]


I got it bad: hot for Diamond Dave

David Lee Roth: ridiculously self-indulgent, shameless, vainglorious ham and colossal turn-on. Photo: Jon Iraundegi (aterpeirun)/flickr   BY JUSTINE HAMILTON   Let’s get this straight. I’ve always been an avid indie music listener (that is, independent music). Ever since high school when I discovered the irony of Morrissey, the curious sex appeal of Japan’s David Sylvian, […]