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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Lenny Beadell, road artist

I am sitting in a 4WD, belting along the dirt road which heads west from Uluru. I am taking it all in: the remoteness, the redness, the harshness. I am excited, and apprehensive. The photographer Dave Callow drives. He has been to the desert country many …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

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There’s something about Mary

The politics of water in the sunshine state

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

The joy of sport

Manning Clark, historian, writer and lover of the Carlton Football Club, was convinced that sport mattered in Australia. “Football,” he wrote, “is like going to a play about the wilder passions of the human heart, or hearing the coda of Sibelius’s …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

arts

Zero Millimetres in Tooleybuc

In the Cricketers Bar at Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel, shortly after the Swans’ AFL grand final victory, a bloke from Sydney told me the ABC was doctoring the weather. He claimed he had heard from an impeccable source that some towns never ever appear …

Queensland. What is It?

To understand the place you must first understand the Bundaberg Bear

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Queensland. What is it?

To understand the place you must first understand the Bundaberg Bear

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Drought essay: There’s mud in Manangatang

It’s raining at last in the bush, where there is no confidence, only hope.

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

Street talk

On the cover of the first Australian edition of Vice, a free street magazine published about once a month, a bloodied rat lay dead on a metal floor. Inside were lots of cool ads – for Pants General Co, Zoo York, K-Swiss, freedom.of.choice and Asahi …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

nation_reviewed

Stop the pigeons

In The Meaning of Liff, Douglas Adams’s book of words that should exist but don’t, he proposed the term “sheppy”: the closest distance, equal to approximately seven-eighths of a mile, at which sheep remain picturesque. Someone should invent an …

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Run and hide

Ken Trewick and the amazing race sting