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Interview with photojournalist Tim Page - part two

Interview with photojournalist Tim Page - part two

The air in Kabul - particularly in summer - is literally full of flying faecal matter. Your shit turns into dust and when the evening winds start up the city fills up with this dust that is literally full of shit. And it covers every surface. You can walk around your room with a damp cloth 24/7 just cleaning a coating of shit-dust full of faecal matter off everything. It is in the air, in your eyes, it is up your arse and down your throat.

A Western Arrernte song poem about rain

A Western Arrernte song poem about rain

Bedrizzled with rain he sits without a move; Among the rippling waters he sits without a move. Bedrizzled with rain, a reddish glow overspreads him; Among the rippling waters a reddish glow overspreads him. The sky is clouded with water-moss; The sky sends down scattered showers.

An interview with Tim Page, photographer. Part One.

An interview with Tim Page, photographer. Part One.

I ran into Tim Page at the airport on Horn Island in the Torres Strait a few weeks ago on my way back from my trip to the north-eastern Torres Strait islands of Boigu and Saibai islands that I wrote about here and here. Like a lot of people I was broadly familiar with Tim’s […]

Marie Munkara wins 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year!!

Marie Munkara wins 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year!!

Congratulations to Marie - and her family - on winning this richly deserved award. By all accounts at least one of the other authors thought that they had the prize in the bag - and was somewhat crestfallen when Marie walked away with the goods.

Dear Mike Rann, Show us the money...please

Dear Mike Rann, Show us the money...please

Mike Rann to Crikey: “Any payments associated with teams or cyclists taking part in the Tour Down Under are commercial in confidence. This has been the case since the inception of the race 11 years ago”.

Valverde, the

Valverde, the "Texan", TDU2010 and what The Australian didn't tell you...

As the recent fall from grace of the 'world's greatest golfer' Tiger Woods has illustrated, there are very real risks associated with the deification of sportsmen. When they are inevitably proved human both they and their sport suffer. There are some in the Australian media that would rather gouge their eyes out with their pen than write a negative word about the demi-god that is Lance Armstrong.

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

"Unveiling Tunisia" on the hijab: 'I have noticed quite the opposite and in fact notice that many women wear hijab, especially the younger women, and at the same time mostly wear western dress, that is very tight jeans and sometimes figure hugging, revealing clothes, so perhaps the hijab is part of a modern and trendy fashion statement. When a Tunisian woman wears a veil, it is always with style.'

Barbeque of the week - Armadillo Veracruz style

Barbeque of the week - Armadillo Veracruz style

Armadillos make common roadkill due to their habit of jumping to about fender height when startled - such as by an oncoming car.

Every Secret Thing - Interview with Marie Munkara, Part 2

Every Secret Thing - Interview with Marie Munkara, Part 2

It is not right that these horrible things were done when the Church was supposed to be protecting children. I think it should be investigated, we shouldn’t just let it go. There was, and still is, a real fear of the church at times.

Every Secret Thing - Interview with Marie Munkara. Part 1

Every Secret Thing - Interview with Marie Munkara. Part 1

Every Secret Thing is one of the best books written about life in the Northern Territory since Xavier Herbert's Capricornia - that's a pretty big call but I reckon this book is just as funny, brave and deadly serious as that grumpy old curmudgeon's masterpiece.