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Matt Okine: ‘I wish we were taught as boys that it’s OK to be hurt’ - the guardian
Matt Okine’s mother died on a Good Friday. On the way home from the hospital in the car with family friends he cracked a joke. It’s all good, because in two days she’s going to come back, like Jesus. No one laughed. Twelve-year-old Okine realised: “People are going to start treating you differently now.” And they did.
AUSTRALIA PREPARES FOR POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC FIRE SEASON - Al jazeera
On a Sunday morning in the southern suburbs of Sydney the sun is shining. There's barely a smudge of cloud in the sky and it's warm. Some seven degrees warmer than usual for this time of year.
PORTRAIT: S SHAKTHIDHARAN - THE SATURDAY PAPER
Somewhere between Sydney’s M4 East and M4 West lives S. Shakthidharan. Shakthi doesn’t even know where he lives anymore. It’s like a Neverland. Where is this place?
the wealth crisis - the guardian
For as long as any of us can remember, society has struck an “intergenerational bargain”. The younger generation agrees to support and look after their predecessors as they age. The older generation agrees to leave the world a better place for their offspring. But now, according to a new report, that bargain is under threat.
HOW TURNING ‘LIKES’ INVISIBLE IS CHANGING INSTAGRAM - BBC WORKLIFE
Every day, some 95 million photos and videos are uploaded to Instagram. And every day, Instagram users can scroll through those pictures and videos’ 4.2bn ‘likes’. Or, they could.
MEDICINAL CANNABIS, AN EXPLAINER - THE GUARDIAN
While there is high community and media interest in medicinal cannabis, the scientific community is approaching the drug with caution, noting that while there is some evidence to back it in some cases, the strength of the research into cannabis needs improvement.
‘BRUISER! BRUISER! BRUISER!’: FROM SCHOOL GATE TO CAGE FIGHT - THE GUARDIAN
Julia Schaefer’s fight name is Bruiser. “Because I bruise easily,” she qualifies. “Not because I cause bruises.”
But that’s probably not true.
ONE WAY TO CLOSE THE ‘MOTHERHOOD PAY GAP’ IS JOB SHARING - BBC WORKLIFE
Puffling encourages matches to meet for a coffee before progressing further; like dating, a match can look good on paper but might not work out in real life.
john marsden on the toxic parenting epidemic - the guardian
But are we engaged in “toxic parenting” en masse? Or is it just a case of extremes worsening?
“No, I think this is a widespread problem,” Marsden says.
to ban or not to ban: victorian school phone ban - the guardian
There is no way of knowing at this stage whether a state or country-wide ban will have any impact on cyberbullying, academic performance or students’ wellbeing.
opinion: A private school gets a castle library… - The guardian
The choice between sending children to a public or private school should be about the bells and whistles, not the basics.
student choice to deepen learning - Australian financial review
In the last week of first term this year, students at Geelong Grammar School’s Toorak campus were the subject of a live test.
THE AUSTRALIAN COMPANY THAT BANNED WORK ON WEDNESDAYS - BBC CAPITAL
On Wednesdays, while most of her friends are at work, Tiffany Schrauwen is on the tennis court, practising her backhand. The Melbourne project manager has a lesson all to herself at 09:00, and it can’t be bad for her game.
PORTRAIT: JOEY ASTORGA, PAPERBARK CHEF - THE SATURDAY PAPER
Astorga would rather not be called a head chef. Sure, if I have to write something down, write that. Like, if I need an official title. But it’s not how it works here. He doesn’t like to think of it that way
GETTING IT RIGHT - QANTAS MAGAZINE
Can a shampoo bottle help clean the ocean? A photocopier protect human rights?
tech is the best medicine - Australian Financial review, Weekend Fin
We're still figuring out what it means for the way we live, how the medical profession treats us, how public health is managed and how we are insured. How much information is too much?
A DROP IN THE OCEAN - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW, WEEKEND FIN
From the shore, it looks beautiful. With Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background and boats politely bobbing in front of Lavender Bay's cliff-clinging mansions, the water appears almost smugly clean. On a scrap of sandy shore bounded by sandstone walls, Laura Stone is pulling kayaks to the water's edge.
adoption law changes in nsw - the saturday paper
Sandra fears a knock at the door. A knock from the Department of Family and Community Services to say they’re taking the kids. She fears that she’ll go to pick them up from school one day and they will have been taken.
PORTRAIT: MISS FILLY - THE SATURDAY PAPER
Sometimes multiple piece poles that are poorly put together shatter and people can get impaled on them. Not like Vlad the Impaler impaled, but a little bit impaled. It’s a dangerous sport.
HOME CROWD - THE SATURDAY PAPER
This is deeply personal music in a deeply personal space, and no one is ducking to the bar for a round between songs.
DISPATCH: SYDNEY'S SPECTATOR PROPERTY AUCTIONS - tHE ECONOMIST-1843 MAGAZINE
A smartly dressed woman with greying blonde hair bids an extra A$30,000. “Go mum!” shouts her daughter. Her son paces up and down, giving updates to someone over the phone: “Mum’s killing it.”
HOPE FOR HOMEBIRTHS - THE SATURDAY PAPER
Homebirth is still rare in Australia, accounting for only about 0.2 per cent of all births. Fear and regulation have pushed it to the margins of maternity care, where private homebirth is costly and public facilities are hard to find.
THE SMASHING SUCCESS OF RAGE ROOMS - The saturday paper
I watch the person with a dented baseball bat swagger on the CCTV. They are taking long strides within a small square room, their face obscured by a mask, the baseball bat waving loosely behind them. They lean back on their right heel and … Smack.
HANDS ON DAD - sunday life magazine
Michael has energy. Lots of it. Running through the rain, he dashes crying baby Coen from the car into the house, returning to do the same with his big brother Remy. Once inside he scoops Coen up. It occurs to him that Remy hasn't peed for a while. And, yes, he needs to now.
Who's zooming who? - essay in 'the best music writing under the australian sun'
Kylie and I both knew that she wasn’t cool. That she was not. Not back then. Breathe. Breathe. It won’t be long now, breathe.
GONE WALKABOUT - THE MONTHLY
This is the last walkabout in London.
CAMPAIGNS ABROAD - THE AGE
At 10.20am on August 9, the truck is nowhere to be seen. Somewhere in central London, it is weaving through red buses and black cabs, pulling behind it a giant poster about Tony Abbott's contract with Australia. But the Liberal Party team doesn't know where it is.
DROUGHT ESSAY: ORANGE - THE MONTHLY
“I’m going to die,” pants Jess Wright. “Good,” says Mrs Jennings. “Do it quietly.”
A SENSE OF HUMMUS - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
It’s late Saturday night at Newtown’s Istanbul on King and Patrick is making no sense. “You know,” he slurs. “When you find yourself in a bottle of whisky filled with oil and a bunch of liquid fat in a desert, you don’t really know what’s going on around you.”
she is somewhere - the monthly
All she could do was retreat. And she would sweat all the time. She was short of breath. She would shake. Her heart raced
GUMS AMONGST THE IVY - The Age
BOARDSHORTS ON SUNDAY - The Monthly
BEST THING ON TWO WHEELS - The Age
SCHOOL FOR LAUGHS - New Statesman, UK
REVIEW: 'BODIES' BY SUSIE ORBACH - The Monthly
REVIEW: LUDMILLA'S BROKEN ENGLISH BY DBC PIERRE - The Monthly
REVIEW: SET TV, ABC - The Monthly
PARENTING AND WOMEN'S ISSUES
I DROPPED THE MENTAL LOAD FOR ONE WEEK - Sunday Life (Sun-Herald & Sunday Age)/Daily Life
AUNTS: THE ULTIMATE WINGWOMAN OF MODERN PARENTING - DailyLife/Sydney Morning Herald