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Video: Teenagers and alcohol

Cigarettes and alcohol. Photo illustration: PsychopathicSponge/DeviantArt BY TINA ZUNIC AND ATHENA BAMBALIAROS The lead up to being ‘legal’ is keenly anticipated by a large number of young people in Australia’s society. Our mission was to find the ‘newly legal blood’ in our area and find out just how much they use – and abuse – […]

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Remembering The Majestic

The Majestic Roller Rink, formerly a cinema known as The Odeon, in 1947. Photo Ted Hood, courtesy The State Library of NSW BY KALON HUETT With its strikingly symmetrical art deco facade, the former Majestic Roller Rink dominates the block of New Canterbury Road and overshadows its neighbours in both size and splendour. If Petersham […]

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Swept off their feet

The magic of dance … love blossomed on the dance floor.   BY KATHLEEN DALY  Love blossomed on the dance floor at Petersham’s Town Hall in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. But ballroom dancing – and love – weren’t new to the auditorium. My own parents met there in 1953 and sparks flew. And […]

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Faces in the Street

Gary Mudler, one of the faces of Petersham. Photo: Millie Dondas   BY TROY WALSH Then, flowing past my window, like a tide in its retreat … … But, Ah! to dreader things than these our fair young city comes – Taken from ‘Faces in the Street’ by Henry Lawson The aubergine and green-coloured minimalist […]

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Confessions of a Twitter addict

By Andrew Garland Hi, my name’s @AndriouxGarland and I’m a twitter addict. I’m fairly new to Twitter.  In fact, it was forced upon me as part of my journalism and communications course at TAFE.  With Twitter, it wasn’t that I didn’t fully understand the concept. I just didn’t really care.  So when @babelfishes insisted we start an […]