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Memory lane

July 3, 2017 - 12:11 -- Admin

In February 1967, EMI released the double-A-side single of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Only the previous month, my family had moved from the Beatles’ home town of Liverpool to a Kentish village on the outskirts of London – w, suddenly, here was the Beatles’ most Liverpudlian recording, the titles of both songs mentioning places in the city itself. To this nine-year-old, the record was already a matter of stalgia.

Dealing cities in

July 3, 2017 - 10:48 -- Admin

Lindy Deitz wants to make life better for “squinters,” those residents of Western Sydney who face the rising sun as they drive east to work in central Sydney every morning, and then squint into the setting sun on their long commute home. Deitz is general manager of Campbelltown City Council, one of eight local authorities that have teamed up to negotiate a City Deal for Western Sydney with the federal and state governments.

Going under

July 3, 2017 - 10:05 -- Admin

Imagine you are lying in a hospital bed, facing an operation that you must endure without anaesthetic for medical reasons. The surgery is so painful that a drug is administered to erase its memory. Waking from sleep, you ask a nurse whether you have had the operation or whether it is still to occur. The nurse is unsure whether you are the patient who had a ten-hour operation yesterday or the one who will have a one-hour operation later today. Which patient would you rather be?

War games

September 5, 2014 - 09:37 -- Admin

Prime minister Tony Abbott (right) and former prime minister John Howard at the opening of the “Menzies: By John Howard” exhibition in Canberra on 3 September.
Lukas Coch/AAP Image

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