A New Documentary Explores What It’s Like to Grow Up with Same-Sex Parents [INTERVIEW]

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 05.27.15

the-gayby-project-and-growing-up-with-same-sex-parents-body-image-1432598823In the discussion over same-sex families, the voices of kids are often lacking. It’s an issue Australian filmmaker Maya Newell is familiar with. Maya has two moms and was raised in a family by loving same-sex parents.

Because of this, she’s more exposed than most people to the debate surrounding kids growing up in non-heteronormative environments. For her new documentary The Gayby Project she spent four years documenting the lives of children with same-sex parents. VICE spoke to her about the film and how we tend to underestimate what kids can bring to the conversation.

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Australian Universities Aren’t Recognizing Transgender and Intersex Students

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 05.18.15

australian-universities-are-failing-to-recognise-transgender-and-intersex-students-body-image-1431910753Elliot Downes is a transgender history student at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Growing up in a small rural New South Wales town, Elliot had looked forward to university for the same reasons everyone does. You expect it to be an exciting community, a place where you’re free to express who you are—away from the prejudices of your town, your school, and your family.

“I went to a Catholic high school. The students and teachers—that entire environment—never made me totally comfortable,” Elliot told VICE. “I couldn’t openly identify as transgender there.” So instead, Elliot waited.

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Democratising Art With the Guy Behind the Google Art Project [INTERVIEW]

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 05.12.15

democratising-art-with-the-inventor-of-the-google-art-project-body-image-1431319428One of the most globally recognised examples that art and technology work together is the Google Art Project. A digitised library that holds seven million interactive objects including over 10,000 ultra-high resolution works of art, Google Art Project features works from 600 venues across 60 different countries. It also utilises Street-View technology to let you virtually walk around museums on the other side of the world.

Amit Sood is the director of Google’s Cultural Institute and owns the brain who first came up with the idea of bringing the world’s art to people who usually wouldn’t have access to it.

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Uranium Minefield: Middle Men Are Bleeding Aboriginal Land Dry

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 05.11.15

corruption-allegations-and-indigenous-disputes-didnt-stop-australias-latest-uranium-mine-body-image-1431308139Buried in Australia’s soil is a third of Earth’s uranium, the largest reserve in the world. This means there’s big money in mining it. But standing on it are Indigenous Australians with native title rights to that land. The Martu people, only numbering only around 1,000, own around 136,000 square kilometers in Western Australia.

On the other side of the dispute is the world’s largest uranium company Cameco, which in collaboration with Mitsubishi, want to extend the Kintyre mine that was previously owned by Rio Tinto. It bears the name of an area cut out of the Karlamilyi National Park

Noah Taylor’s Strange, Blankly Beautiful Paintings [INTERVIEW]

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 05.07.15

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Noah Taylor is an artist and musician who has been performing in bands and starring in seminal Australian films for decades. If that doesn’t ring any bells but you’re still staring at the picture above wondering if you served him at a coffee shop or something, he’s also the dude who (spoiler!) cuts a certain Lannister’s hand off in Games of Thrones.

But let’s not get too caught up with his maiming of incestuous antiheroes—there’s a lot more to him. For starters, his darkly sad paintings have been picking up attention in recent years. Long-time friend—and fellow brooding, multitalented artist—Nick Cave describes his pal’s portraits as having a “strange blank beauty.”

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I Went to a Cryptoparty to Ask Why People Want to Protect Their Data

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.30.15

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In light of Australia’s freshly approved data retention bill, ignorance of our personal digital security is no longer an option. The government can access, and now store, everyone’s metadata regarding telecommunication and online usage. This has got a lot of people asking how they can protect themselves online.

Because of this, cryptoparties—where people get together to learn ways to keep their online information safe—are becoming increasingly popular. Last night a software firm called Thoughtworks held one in Melbourne and I went along to see what it was like.

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Delicious and Nutritious Feral Camels Are Destroying Western Australia

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.24.15

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Farmers in Western Australia are facing large numbers of feral camels invading their property and destroying water infrastructure in search of a drink. Patrick Hill, landowner and Shire President of Laverton in WA, told VICE how a 500-strong herd of extremely thirsty animals recently strayed onto his land.

“They smash all the water structures and let all the water out and it doesn’t fill their demand,” he said. “They panic, start climbing over each other in a frenzy for the last drop of water—trampling each other to death.”

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New Zealand’s Sex Workers Are Fighting for Public Toilets in Christchurch

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.20.15

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The 2011 earthquake in Christchurch effected everyone in the city’s limits, but one group who are still peculiarly disadvantaged are sex workers. The issue is their access to public toilets. Much of the city’s basic infrastructure was destroyed in the powerful 6.3 magnitude quake. And despite the disaster occurring over four years ago—many public toilets have yet to be rebuilt. As a result, many street sex workers now venture to far-off petrol stations or relieve themselves in bushes and abandoned open spaces.

“Christchurch is porter-loo city at the moment,” Christchurch sex worker Anna Reed told VICE. “We’ve been asking city council to build new toilets for years. Even pre-earthquake we were talking about the need for more—not just for sex workers, but for the general public”.

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Indigenous Groups Warn Changes to Adoption Legislation Could Lead to Cultural Genocide

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.16.15

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Current South Australian law directs child protection services to place children removed from their parents in out-of-home care. Wherever possible, the removed child is placed in the care of relatives. But if this isn’t possible, children are placed into either foster or residential care. Presently the option to adopt in this process doesn’t exist in SA.

But this week, a proposal to allow the adoption of children removed by child protection was given in-principle support by the South Australian government. The reform was one of 21 recommendations put forward by state coroner Mark Johns, who conducted a formal inquest following the death four-year-old Chloe Valentine at her parent’s negligence.

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The Challenge of Identifying The Dead In a Disaster

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.13.15

HeaderLast month’s Germanwings Airbus A320 crash killed all 150 passengers on board. When a disaster of this scale this occurs, one of the immediate priorities is to retrieve the dead. If the bodies are intact, the job is somewhat more straightforward. But when an event is so catastrophic that bodies are fragmented, it’s someone’s unenviable responsibility to collect and identify the parts.

That job falls to a disaster victim identification (DVI) expert. These specialist volunteers are sent to “closed” disasters, such as plane crashes where the number of victims is known; and “open” disasters, where the dead are innumerable after a large-scale natural events.

Dr. Richard Bassed has been a DVI expert for 13 years. As a forensic odontologist (teeth specialist) for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, he’s used his expertise to identify the dead in the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. VICE spoke to him about the realities of such a confronting line of work.

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Fifty-Five Dead Greyhounds Were Found in a Mass Grave in Queensland

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 04.02.15

maxresdefaultOn Tuesday, the decomposing carcasses of 55 greyhounds were found dumped in remote bushland in Queensland, Australia. The surrounding area was littered with .22 caliber bullet cartridges. The Queensland Police and the RSPCA Greyhound Taskforce are currently investigating the grim discovery and looking for evidence of inhumane treatment.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth described the find as “nothing short of abhorrent,” while Queensland’s Police Minister Jo-Anne Miller called the perpetrators “oxygen thieves.” However, animal rights groups claim the discovery isn’t surprising at all—they’ve been lobbying against mass greyhound executions for years.

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Why Are Indigenous Australian Kids Doing Time in Adult Prisons?

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM – 03.27.15

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This week a Freedom of Information Report obtained by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) revealed children as young as 12 are being held in adult prison cells in Western Australia. The report showed that in the past three years, 197 children in Kimberley had spent up to two nights in regional prisons cells.

The children were detained in Broome and Kununurra while awaiting transfer to the Banksia Hill Detention Center in Perth. Banksia Hill is the only juvenile center statewide for offenders aged ten to 17, but immediate transfers can be difficult to arrange. This and the lack of housing facilities for offenders means the only option police have is to detain the children temporarily in holding cells.

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A Prison Sentence for a Facebook Image Shows How Restrictive Burma’s Anti-Free-Speech Laws Have Become

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.20.57 amLast week, a Burmese court sentenced New Zealander Philip Blackwood to two and a half years in prison for a Facebook image. The picture was a depiction of Buddha wearing headphones that Blackwood used to advertise a bar he managed in Yangon called VGastro.

Burma is 90 percent Buddhist, so it’s certainly possible to see how that image might piss people off, but Blackwood’s action was also apparently illegal. Under Section 295(a) ofBurma’s Penal Code, it is a criminal offense to undertake “Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.” Blackwood maintains that he never deliberately sought to offend Buddhism, and the incident has ignited an international discussion over the charge and the motives behind it.

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What It’s Like Growing Up on an Organ-Transplant Waitlist

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

growing-up-on-an-organ-waiting-list-body-image-1425946031When I was a kid my eyes were yellow, my skin was jaundiced, my teeth were gross, and I always, always, had a bloated stomach. I could see my body was different from the other kids’ at school. I couldn’t run around; I was always too weak or tired. I would just sit and watch them play.

I was born with biliary atresia. Basically the small ducts in my liver that are supposed to ship out the corrosive bile didn’t work. It just stayed in there, slowly destroying me from within. When I was eight months old doctors gave me a few months to survive. Then I was put on the organ waiting list.

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New Zealand Gangs Are Making Peace and Mowing Lawns

ARTICLE – THIS FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

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Members of New Zealand’s notorious Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs are looking to trade their switchblades for shears. In July the council of Dunedin City, located on the South Island’s east coast, will begin trialling a system where the two gangs can apply for basic community work – such as mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and cutting back foliage.

Since forming in the 60s and 70s, both Mongrel Mob and Black Power share a violent rivalry spanning decades. They’ve been a focal point for drug trafficking, alleged murder, and robbery, but last year the gangs surprised the community by suddenly making peace. The men then joined forces in a submission to the Dunedin City Council, asking for help in acquiring paid work to support their families.

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Melbourne Tried to Have a Tomato Festival and It Was a Violent Mess

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

IMG_8856La Tomatina is a Spanish festival where tourists throw tomatoes at each other and seemingly have a great time. It looks fun and somehow culturally significant, which explains why Melbourne tried to recreate it at the Flemington Racecourse on Saturday. But somehow Melbourne’s version became a tomato bloodbath featuring injuries and people mistaking it for Stereosonic with food waste.

When I arrived the tomatoes were in a huge rotting pile and people hadn’t started flinging them yet. The crowd, dressed in brightly-colored costumes that had nothing to do with anything, ground against each other while a DJ played club bangers. At first I thought the heavy house soundtrack was out of place for a food event, but the advertising girls in tight shorts assured me everything was fine.

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Australia in the 80s was Downbeat and Colour-Drenched

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

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A couple of weeks ago Peter Milne showed us his memories of Melbourne in the 70s. A decade later, it a very different city. Frankston-born photographer Michael Williams shot most of his Chromophobia series in the 80s, when tourists didn’t choke city laneways and suburban outskirts were virtually forgotten about.

With colour as a connecting element, Michael’s photos of red-walled Prahran cafés and twilight skies over St Kilda show there was something transfixing about the city in this period. Ahead of his show at Melbourne’s Colour Factory, we chatted to him about assisting Rennie Ellis and why it’s worth spending time in the outer suburbs.

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Indigenous Australians Are Excluded From Managing Water on Their Own Land

ARTICLE – FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

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The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) spans a million square kilometres and crosses several state borders. It’s by far Australia’s largest water source, and its footprint contains 40 percent of the nation’s farms as well as 70 percent of its irrigated agriculture.

But for the many Indigenous communities dotting its sprawl, the basin also carries deep cultural significance. However, a series of legislation changes has lead to the locking out of indigenous leaders from decisions relating to the basin’s use and future. As a result, they’re claiming huge areas of their land has become uninhabitable.

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The Surprisingly Sensitive World of Men who Own Sex Dolls

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON VICE.COM

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Whether your Valentine’s Day was good or bad probably had something to do with whether your partner lived up to expectations. Every relationship has that issue to some degree, but there is a group of men who have taken unpredictability out of the picture. They’re the guys who date sex dolls.

Sex dolls are generally held to be dead-eyed female mockeries, and the men who use them are assumed to be lonely perverts pounding away at plastic orifices. But The Doll Forum, an online community home to over 18,000 members, presents a different view of doll owners—or “Doll Lovers” as they preferred to be called. For them it’s less about sex and more about companionship. They’re people who prefer the dolls for reasons ranging from social anxieties to simply feeling they’re a partner they can really rely on. » Read on? «

The Next Generation of Telescopes And The Mysteries They’ll Reveal

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON JUNKEE.COM

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The year was 1609 when Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo utilised a telescope he built himself to survey our vast night sky. Through a little cosmos keyhole, he became one of the first to witness our moon’s mountains and craters; the sunspots of our sun; the four moons of Jupiter; and a ribbon of dispersed light later revealed as the myriad stars of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Onwards from these early discoveries, humanity began to unravel one celestial secret after another. We saw the faint glow of distant stars, nebulae and galaxies – and had the groundbreaking revelation that we on Earth revolved around the Sun, not it around us. We had taken baby steps into what has flourished into a grand era of space exploration – one only continually propelled today by our advances in technology.

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Meet Pantone, The Company That Owns Almost Every Colour You Can Imagine

FEATURE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON JUNKEE.COM

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Depending on what circles you run in, you might have recently seen the name Pantone come up in your newsfeed. This is because the company prophecised last week that Pantone 18-1438 – or simply Marsalawill be the next ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2015. Cue trumpets.

Now, if you’re not familiar with that exact hue, Marsala is a “naturally robust and earthy wine-red” intended to “enrich our mind, body and soul”, according to Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman. Or, perhaps you see it more as a subtle blend of dried blood and rust reminiscent of jam, as I do.

 

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Five Iconic Historical Figures Whose Real Faces You Probably Don’t Recognise

FEATURE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON JUNKEE.COM

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What do the death stare of Santa Claus, Ned Kelly’s sultry eyes, the luscious locks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte’s bloated head, and the quaint, unassuming smile of Jane Austen all have in common?

The fact that you’ve most likely never seen them before.

In this age of technology, where we holster our iPhones like weapons at the ready, there is little opportunity for us to escape into anonymity. Our faces are everywhere, littered like glitter across the Internet – and they won’t come off no matter how hard we try. But what about those who lived before Snapchat? Who even were they? Did they even have faces? What the hell did they look like?

Turns out, working that out is both exceedingly difficult and weirdly fascinating. Here’s the story behind some of our most famous unknown faces.

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Thank You, Thank You Love

REVIEWFIRST APPEARED ON RMITCATALYST.COM 

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Tucked away on the floor above the Tuxedo Cat, we’re slurping drinks, submerged in colour and all waiting for a signal for the start of Thankyou, Thankyou Love. Lights are dim, it smells like cigarettes and somebody’s laughing about how the toilet paper in the men’s room is colour-by-numbers.

Written by Tobias Manderson-Galvin—a self-professed actor/playright/poet/dadist—the show we’re all waiting to see is apparently ruminates “dying on stage” in five short plays. The night is part of HYPRTXT, an inaugural festival of performance writing produced by MKA: Theatre of New Writing, of which Tobias is Creative Director and co-founder. But beyond this, Tobias is already a playwright known for his controversy. His play, The Economist revolved around Anders Behring Breivik, a mass murderer who killed 77 people in 2011, generating headlines around the country.

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Gen Y U No Sleep?

OPINION: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON PEEPEA.COM

Most of us will spend at least 30 years of our lives asleep. That’s seems quite a hefty sacrifice of our time to simply lie dormant, blind and dumb to the world around us. I, personally, dread the natural process and have so for years. It needn’t be dramatised though, it’s nothing as inescapable as insomnia; I get to sleep in my own way. There are a few things though that help the most: reading a book, having my lights low and making sure I’m nice and warm.

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Chainsaw Gangs of the Philippines

ARTICLE: THIS APPEARED IN THE REDR AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

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After Typhoon Haiyan obliterated close to two million coconut palms in Eastern Samar Province, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) predicted only six months before the timber would become unsalvageable. In this time ‘Chainsaw Gangs’ were quickly formed to cut and process the wood before it rotted, to prevent not only waste but also the potential pest infestation of newly planted seedlings.

Salvaging the timber was vital to the humanitarian response in the Philippines, as much of the wood was utilised in building shelters for the communities displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. Albert Spiteri, a RedR Australia engineer and shelter expert was deployed to assist the International Organisation for Migration. He oversaw not only shelter construction activities but also the humanitarian effort in improving disaster risk reduction and community preparedness.

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Interview with: DRUNK MUMS

REVIEWINTERVIEWFIRST APPEARED ON THEDWARF.COM.AU 

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At a Drunk Mums gig Adam’s mullet will stab you right in the eye, wayfaring sex-dolls might graze the ear and you’ll watch the VB elbowed clear out of your hand. But you don’t care. You can’t really see anymore or know what’s going on really; everyone’s blood-alcohol level is cranked up as high as the amps.

But despite being frequently referred to as just another band that “gives no fucks”, the music of Drunk Mums transcends this stereotype. Hightailing off their venerated EP ‘Eventual Ghost’ and a debut self-titled album, these self-professed “rock n’ roll yobos” prove there’s still backyard talent churning hot and steamy in the guts of Australia.

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Emergency Preparation & Response in Laos

ARTICLE – THIS FIRST APPEARED IN THE REDR AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

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The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is subject to many disasters during the wet season (July—October) ranging flooding, landslides, and the impact of large scatterings of unexploded munitions from the Second Indochina War. The country is rated the 42nd most vulnerable country to climate change, citing high sensitivity and exposure to climate related hazards, and a low capacity to cope with the impacts of weather variables.

Throughout its monsoon season the landscape is embattled with floods, causing destruction, displacement of people, and loss of life. This severely affects the food security of many communities, and heightens the chance of disease and epidemics.

Assisting the ongoing humanitarian response, RedR Australia’s Training Manager Alan Johnson is working with WFP as Head of Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer in Vientiane, Laos.

For the last 100 days Alan has been involved in a multitude of responsibilities, ranging from Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) trips, development of preparedness and response SOP’s, to staff training & capacity building.

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The Philippines: Coordination in a Disaster

ARTICLE: THIS APPEARED IN THE REDR AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

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In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Sutapa Kabir Howlader found herself faced with a community which had lost millions of homes, and thousands of lives. As an Interagency Coordinator for Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Sutapa was responsible for giving a voice to the people afflicted by the tropical storms.

The aim of AAP is to ensure that community feedback and accountability mechanisms are integrated into future policies and planning. The importance of facilitating a dialogue between the people affected by a disaster and the organisations assisting them is vital to ensure that all decisions and policies made are properly informed.

While this regards actively seeking out feedback to improve humanitarian policy and practice, Sutapa also sought out breaches in these areas, such as violations, physical and psychological abuse.

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Reality Reimagined: Why does magic realism, as used by Gabriel Garcia Màrquez in One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), reflect the Colombian identity?

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In One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Màrquez, readers become intimately intertwined with seven generations of the Buendia family in the isolated town Macondo. Jose Arcadio Buendia, patriarch of the family, erects the town near the “ardent city of Riohacha” (Màrquez, p.10) – a real city in Colombia – and begins what is to become a thriving community. However, while Macondo is initially idyllic, the entirety of the narrative reveals its inevitable destiny with ruin: the town succumbs to political warfare, is beleaguered with modernity and engulfed by the progress of the outside world. To illustrate this, Macondo is completely obliterated at the end of the text by the “wrath of a biblical hurricane”, one foresaw in the parchments of Melquiades (p. 422).

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RedR Australia Monitoring Relations & Training

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED IN THE REDR AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

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RedR Australia considers it a basic duty to maintain familiar, face-to-face relationships with all their deployees and the humanitarian agencies they’re working for.By keeping our human relations strong, both RedR Australia and their deployees are able to work together openly, comfortably and to their full capacity.

To ensure this RedR Australia recently sent Carolyn Cummins, one of our Programme Officers, to monitor relations with our deployee Carly Learson in Yangon & Sittwe in Myanmar.In these regions, which have endured ongoing bouts of ethnic infighting between the Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists, approx. 140,000 people are currently displaced and living in makeshift camps.

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Philippines Up Close

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED IN THE REDR AUSTRALIA ANNUAL REPORT

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Each year, at least 20 tropical storms damage communities across the country, with the worst resulting in extensive casualties and loss of property and livelihoods. In November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most savage storms ever recorded in the area, struck the Philippines.

Its winds, which reached unprecedented speeds of 300 km/h, wiped out millions of homes and killed over 6,000 people.

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Food Security in the Solomon Islands

ARTICLE – THIS FIRST APPEARED ON REDR.ORG.AU

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When flash floods ripped through the Solomon Islands in April 2014, the country and its people were faced with unprecedented destruction. The relentless downpour of rain, caused by a tropical depression which was later grew into Cyclone Ita, heavily affected the capital Honiara and the eastern plains of the Guadalcanal province.

Entire riverside communities and infrastructure, built alongside the Matanikau River through central Honiara, were completely washed away when its banks broke. Overall, the floods resulted in 24 confirmed deaths and displaced a further 50,000 to 60,000 people. This meant that thousands were forced into basic and limited evacuations shelters, with up to 5,500 reported in one centre alone.

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Students fight fees with fire

ARTICLE – THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECITYJOURNAL.NET

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Hundreds of students gathered at the State library in Melbourne today to protest against the deregulation of university fees proposed by the Abbott government. Many argued that this reform, one of many delineated in the Coalition’s contentious budget in May, would result in education costs skyrocketing.

Deputy Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt, who spoke at the demonstration, aligned himself with the students.

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Gravy train; the secrets behind a Ballarat staple

FEATURE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU

 

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Most people refer to the gravy that “mother used to make” but for Fiona at Breezway this was a tough starting point; her mother’s gravy was dreadful.

But it turned out for the best, her mother’s penchant for packeted variety of gravy has motivated Fiona now to always make it from scratch.

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Mothers do all the work, still

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED IN THE COURIER (PRINT ED)

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With the school holidays almost in full swing, one woman is stressing the need for flexible workplaces so fathers can “share the responsibility” of childcare.

Catherine Ogata, a full-time child carer from her home through Kids Matter, says she deals almost entirely with just mothers.

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Campaign supports employees facing mental health

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU & PRINT ED

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Catherine Witteveen knows all about suffering in silence.

When the accountant went to her boss to discuss her feelings, she was told to get on with her job.

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Support Red Nose Day to help SIDS and Kids

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU & PRINT ED

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Sids and Kids New South Wales and Victoria are asking the community to put their “best nose forward” this Red Nose Day.

Red noses will be available for sale for $3 all day today.

The organisation helps prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and is working with Red Nose Day to raise “heavily” needed community donations.

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Ballet students to compete in Sydney

ARTICLE: FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU & PRINT ED

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Students from the Anita Coutts School of Dance in Ballarat are thrilled to be going to a major dance competition next month in Sydney.

The McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, which hosts a variety of performance events, draws more than 30,000 participants from across Australia each year.

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Medical procedure results in less pain for patients

ARTICLE: FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU & PRINT ED

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Ballarat’s St John of God Hospital is the first in Western Victoria to use a new procedure for removing haemorrhoids.

General surgeon Mr Douraid Abbas, who was the first to use the method last week, said pain reduction was the greatest benefit.

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Health scare for dogs after eating toxic compost

ARTICLE: FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU 

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Little Stampy and big George have survived a serious case of poisoning after eating some toxic compost.

The compost, which contained inedible toxins from rotting vegetables, caused the dogs to suffer borderline seizures.

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Resident unaware of loss of letter collection as Australia Post cuts services

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU 

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When Joyce Currie went to send her daughter a birthday card, she didn’t know Australia Post had cut back on services.

Ms Currie, who lives in Wendouree, said that when she tried to deliver a card on Sunday so it would arrive in time, a new notice said Australia Post had stopped collecting letters at weekends.

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Communal hub for artists a First

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THECOURIER.COM.AU 

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Those with a burning hunger for creativity can now turn to BigSpace, a new collaborative art environment opening in Ballarat. Located on Sturt Street, the open environment will serve as a communal hub for artists of all creeds to network, collaborate and create together.

Founded by graphic design artist Sam Brown, photographer Aldona Kmiec and cross-artform practitioner Amy Tsilemanis, BigSpace will be the first of its kind in Ballarat.

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457 Visas: Who Do They Really Benefit?

FEATURETHIS FIRST APPEARED ON RMITCATALYST.COM 

“You don’t know how lucky you are to be Australian,” he tell me. “All I’ve ever wanted is to live here and have a proper life”. These are the words of Camillo Moreno, my friend, fellow bartender and another immigrant struggling to have a future in this country.

Camillo first travelled to Australia three years ago in an attempt to escape the widespread poverty of his homeland, Colombia. Motivated to quickly find work and make money, he settled down in Queensland. Despite being educated, fit and healthy, he struggled to find consistent work during his first year on a working holiday visa.

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Rising Rent Pushes Out Polyester

ARTICLE: THIS FIRST APPEARED IN CITY JOURNAL 

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Melbourne’s rising city has forced the closure of his city store, a record store iconic to its former home on Flinders Lane. Despite the recent rise of music piracy and online sales, Polyester owners Sam Karris and Nate Nott said it was the “out of control” commercial rent that forced their closure.

“It was always kind of expensive,” said co-owner Sam Karris.

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