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FIRE: new ‘normal’ and urgent management lessons

‘LESSONS FROM THE fires’ was the topic that attracted more than 60 people to a public meeting with a panel of three experts mid-March at Cooma’s Ex-Services Club. FROM LEFT: Jason Sharples, Kevin Tolhurst, Peter Dunn spoke in Cooma on fire and human behaviour management. (JO ODDIE) First up at the meeting,

Kitchen Goddesses refound

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Exploring two amazing lives The lives and works of Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher are revisited by Nick Goldie. Nick’s interest in both good eating and food writing resides in his daily life extended to reviewing. He was the former presenter of the radio series ‘Nick’s Kitchen’ on ABC radio. Now

Larger, faster, hotter: the megafires are coming

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IN 2006 JERRY WILLIAMS, formerly of the US Forest Service, visited Australia to talk to workshops organised by Australian bushfire authorities, and he used the term ‘megafires’. These fires, he said, are essentially ‘unbounded’, but there’s surprisingly little agreement about what the term actually means. Is it a measure of a

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

Why are we stuck on climate change action?

Shadow Minister Mark Butler explains the Australian federal policy sink hole Climate Wars Mark Butler Melbourne University Press, 2017. Book review by Nick Goldie As Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler could be expected to come up with the goods in his new book Climate Wars. And that’s just what he does:

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

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