Alan Saunders

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12 ENTRIES Alan Saunders was a writer, philosopher and broadcaster who contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin and other publications. He was a presenter on ABC Radio National for 25 years where his programs included The Philosopher’s Zone and By Design.



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Good Neighbours

Eugene Kamenka, supervisor of my doctorate at ANU, expert on Marxian thought and a man who would never have thought his name would appear in an article about the twenty-fifth anniversary of Neighbours, once, in his youth, found himself giving …

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Culture

Design masterpiece

Marc Newson - ‘Qantas A380 Economy Seat’, 2008

A recyclable and re-configurable shop design for Aesop by March Studio, Flinders Lane, Melbourne. © Amanda de Simone

Society

Food for thought

The State of Design Festival

Culture

Something about Mary

PL Travers and Mary Poppins

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Politics

Strictly speaking

“I’m not going to bore you with a lot of oratory, because I’m not an orator,” Sir Les Patterson once remarked. “I’m an Australian politician.” He was unfair to his breed and to his country as well. Australia’s reputation for tongue-tied …

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Society

Tried again

Well, at least nobody had to wear tights. We were all clad in a seemly manner – academic robes for most of us – when we stepped onto the stage and into a flashy, Renaissance-lite set curiously reminiscent of an amateur production of Kiss Me, Kate. …

Culture

School for gangsters

‘Underbelly’ and ‘The Wire’

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Society

Socratic dialogues

“My idea of heaven is sitting in my garden with the sun on my back, a cup of tea and someone I love,” says a woman at the back of the room. It’s a philosophical claim that, like so many, invites more questions than it resolves. Is she saying that …

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Culture

City lights

“We’re in the renaissance period of artificial light at night,” says composer and light designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou. “If the city at night is only a place where people drink, what good is the city?” On this warm June night, the crouching pug …

'Reporting America', Alistair Cooke, Allen Lane; $37.95.

Culture

Last man standing

Alistair Cooke’s ‘Reporting America’

arts

Cooking with love

Recent food books

arts

‘The Old Country: Australian Landscapes, Plants and People’ by George Seddon

When is Australia going to stop being young? I may have miscounted but, as far as I can see, of the 193 independent nations states listed in the CIA World Factbook, no fewer than 143 are younger than us. Even if you allow that many of these have ancient …