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How ping was transmitted across the centuries

In 1926, Ping was a baritone in Turandot. Then a Chinese duck stole the limelight, the title character of a picture book my kids can still recite. …

I'm A Celebrity Australia 2015 intruders Julie Goodwin, Freddie Flintoff enter

The 44-year-old food lover may have reservations about her future diet, but she's determined to overcome any obstacle she faces in this "massive …

Celebrity (Australia)

Fifty Shades of Grey has record debut at Australian box office

Such has been the phenomenal success of the novel that even before the movie premiered in Australia, it had sold out 400 sessions.<p>While the …

Movies

Ballet dancer Harrison Lee wins prestigious Prix de Lausanne prize

The Lausanne win comes just shy of a year since Lee took out the equally prestigious Youth America Grand Prix: the one-two punch puts him among the …

Dancing

PM must not dismiss child abuse

Stopping the boats to "save lives", which I think is a sop of an excuse anyway, still lacks any moral authority when children are being sexually, …

Missing piece of economic puzzle: smart policy

"You want a surplus and low debt because on a rainy day when the government needs to expand the economy you want the scope to do that," Mr Stevens …

Economics

Fifty Shades of Grey for the average couple

"It's like being locked in a basement with a madman," said Jocasta.<p>"Exactly," I replied, as I arranged all eight series of <i>It Ain't Half Hot Mum</i> in an …

Shades of Grey

Submission is a fraught mixed message for the church

According to this doctrine, a man is the head of a woman, and wives are to submit to their husbands. The verses usually drawn on are from Ephesians …

Domestic Violence

Mike Baird walks high wire as voters not sold on power sale

Voter support for his privatisation plan has slipped six percentage points since it was tested in November, just before Baird unleashed his …

Australia

The eyes have it: why we give our selves away

Is the few yards between us and our televisions such a very sacred space? We have willingly handed over our personal information, our privacy and our …

Personal Information

After the spill, we all want that sinking feeling

Given then that it seems a matter of no import for you to toss whole fleets of submarines at any passing backbencher in return for their uncertain …

Comfort Food

Tony Abbott ripe for the knockout blow

Certainly, there was a lot of talk about alternatives, and Malcolm Turnbull in particular, but that was a symptom, not a cause, of Abbott's implosion.<p>…

Telstra makes Apple look cheap

On enterprise value multiples (market capitalisation adjusted for cash/earnings before interest and taxation), Apple is trading at a whopping 31 per …

Investing

Glencore has a tax transparency problem: Uniting Church

But Glencore says it is working on streamlining the complicated corporate structure of its Australian business.<p>The church's Victorian social justice …

Glencore

Peter Severin is the jailor who wants prisoners to see daylight

Rosemary married Berthold and they had their first child, Peter, in 1956. They settled in Emmerthal, a village outside Hamelin, where Berthold and …

Crime

10,000 Year Clock projects a future for humanity far beyond the harried now

Back in the olden days - 1964 - one of the great futurists, science fiction writer and inventor Arthur C. Clarke described his vision of what was to …

Singularity

Personality rules in Northern Territory politics

By the time a party meeting was called, Giles had persuaded enough of his colleagues to switch, warning of mass resignations which would undermine …

Australia

Malcolm Turnbull's 2015 dish best served cold

Which is why desperate Liberals argue the green-tinged former businessman offers the best, indeed only, chance of recovering the middle-ground …

Australia

The inside story of how the Liberal leadership duo of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop cracked

But the analogy does not extend beyond that point. In Gillard's case, she and her lieutenants seized the opportunity to precipitate their immediate …

Australia

Nutty parents brand children as accessories, but there are limits

Numbers are forbidden, the digits at least. Though clearly New Zealand has a more liberal outlook, condoning a suckling called Number 16 Bus Shelter …

Research

Open garden: Tropical oasis defies Sydney's blistering dry heat

Helen Curran calls her garden in Seven Hills Tropical Breeze and it was living up to its name the afternoon I visited. Under lush shade cooled by a …

Landscaping

Political leaders poach an opportunity

<b>Voter: But someone in politics must know how to cook an egg!</b><p>Christine Milne: The Greens, for your information, know perfectly well how to cook an …