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Bird of the Week: Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace Eagles soar in the Premier League

Australian player Mile Jedinak joined Crystal Palace three seasons ago. Palace has been a home to a number of Aussie bone-shattering defenders in recent years – Kevin Muscat, Craig Moore, Craig Foster and Tony Popovic – all powerful Socceroos with a nose for blood, have been Palace Eagles. Jedinak’s performance at Palace is one of the great sporting stories of 2014.

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Why Darwin must have something to say

Darwin bucked the trend at the turn of last century in the way Asian settlers underpinned whatever successes the tiny frontier town could claim, potentially becoming a model for a non-Eurocentric form of belonging to this continent. Unfortunately this prospect so alarmed the whiskered white men in power down south that the White Australia Policy was crafted instead.

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ASADA, the AFL and WADA – The main game

The bloody-minded focus upon a possible assertion of a possible anti-doping case against Essendon players, staff or even Stephen Dank, may well be found to be lacking if and when it comes to be tested in the proper forum and at the proper standard of proof.

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Bruce Davidson and the myth of a northern food bowl

‘Dr Davidson’s’ lectures combined a sweep of history and a breadth of disciplines with a fund of anecdotes and not a little eccentricity.

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Reporting From Arnhemland

Another day in the office for a journalist on the Arnhemland beat. “The corrugated iron is covering a litter of dead puppies …”

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“Learning to play the typewriter” – Andrew McMillan’s life of words and rock ‘n roll

“The best advice that I ever got was given by members of Status Quo “Whatever you do, don’t puncture your skin.” Snort it, drink it, smoke it, swallow it … but don’t ever stick a needle in.”

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What to do if pulled over by Queensland police? Make a movie.

Anyone on a bike or wearing biker clothing can be reasonably suspected to have criminal associations in Queensland. That is nothing short of discrimination and “profiling”, yet it is now enshrined in Queensland law. “The difficulty with that is a police officer can say to a person that they have a reasonable suspicion, but in reality that would be totally unreasonable,”

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Persons of Interest: ASIO, the NT Special Branch, blackfellas and Yippies – the struggle for Land Rights in Darwin

I know that the Special Branch of the NT Police was following us around. The Police gave a lot of Aboriginal people the impression that – and this is a story I heard so often – “You are causing trouble. You are troublemakers. You are getting us all into trouble.”

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Alice to Africa: a Territory Tojo to Tanzania – and beyond

The trip changed from a year in Australia to Africa over a few drinks – how else? Kira got long service leave and well, I helped work out how to use it.

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Bird of the Week: M. Krishnan’s “Thuggery in the Treetops”

A look at the work of Madhaviah Krishnan, an Indian journalist and photographer who for 46 years wrote the “Country Notebook” column for The Statesman of Calcutta that ranks among the finest nature writing out of the sub-continent.

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