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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 […]

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The Wilarious Wil Anderson

By Nick Cavaretta Some love him, some don’t. But whichever way you look at him he’s a household personality, and millions of people tune in watch or listen to him each week. (He also doesn’t wear underwear on stage … just saying.) William James Anderson is a television/radio presenter and currently the host of Gruen […]

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Winning, anyone? Charlie is

BY NICK CAVARRETTA Well, you may or may not have not seen Charlie Sheen’s comeback yet, and I’m sure you’re sceptical about a kind of sober Charlie Sheen on television. The eighth episode of the new show Anger Management is about to be released in the US. Meanwhile here in Australia we’re waiting until Tuesday August […]

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Review: The Dark Knight Rises

BY MARK SINDONI Christopher Nolan rebooted and re-imagined Batman in a modern world with his 2005 film, Batman Begins. This allowed audiences into the past of the caped crusader, and explained what drives him to stop criminals in Gotham City. The 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight was the follow-up to the 2005 release.  Mentally tested, Batman […]

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Writer and dreamer Randa Abdel-Fattah

By Merhi Taleb Randa Abdel-Fattah is an author, lawyer and human rights activist of Palestinian and Egyptian parentage. She was born in Melbourne and now lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. Randa Abdel-Fattah is deeply interested in inter-faith dialogue and has been a member of various inter-faith networks. She has also volunteered […]

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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 […]