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Five fascinating books from 2017 By George Aranda, Deakin University. IN MY MILD-MANNERED persona as an academic in science education, I teach and research ways that science can be better taught in Australia and globally. But every year I also explore the world of science books. I scope what’s new and interesting for

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia

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BOOK REVIEW by Nick Goldie. I love a sunburnt country – and its oceans too Australia (surprisingly) is a maritime nation. We have the third largest marine area of responsibility in the world, almost twice the area of our ‘ragged mountain ranges and sweeping plains’. We have maritime territories in three oceans

FILM REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’

Originally called Granite Mountain, the change of name to Only the Brave should have been a warning to viewers: beware the cliché! The facts of the story are dramatic enough: in 2013, nineteen members of an elite firefighting team called the Granite Mountain Hotshots were over-run by a fierce wild fire

Palestine Diaries: the Australian Light Horse

Book review by Nick Goldie In 2003 Jonathan King published the Gallipoli Diaries, which was re-issued in a revised commemorative edition in 2014. This year, to mark the centenary of the famous charge at Beersheba, he has published his Palestine Diaries, the “Light Horsemen’s own story, battle by battle”. (These are just two

The Mighty West

Incomparable feeling of winning after long drought Book review by Adrienne Ribeny who lived a parallel footy history – part of the Australian legend Being the one true devotee of Australian Rules Football (AFL) in my Canberra-based family, I was the automatic choice to review The Mighty West by Western Bulldog tragic,

Is the President a Russian spy?

Book review It’s 1980, and the Cold War is at its worst. There’s a belief that if the Americans pull out of Europe, Soviet forces will be at the English Channel within weeks. At the heart of the matter, the loyalty of the President of the United States is compromised. This is

Book review: The Bionarrative

The Bionarrative – the story of life and hope for the future by Stephen Boyden ANU Press 162pp   We are in ecological crisis and face collapse of civilisation. This is the grim warning of Stephen Boyden, ANU professor and farmer from just south of QPRC local government area. The warning, however, carries a message

Australian bush to TS Eliot

New botanical exhibition by Sharon Field 25 March – 7 May Acclaimed botanical artist Sharon Field will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 25 March. The Burra resident and Captain of the Burra Bushfire Brigade will show 18 exquisitely rendered watercolour paintings of artefacts typical of summer