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‘Absolute hell’: The luxury homes making London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods unliveable
ABC / Academics / Architects / Researchers

‘Absolute hell’: The luxury homes making London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods unliveable

“We’re probably walking above someone’s swimming pool now.” Roger Burrows has become used to walking on “icebergs” on dry land. In many areas of “super-prime” London, where the city’s super-rich have their homes, planning restrictions and conservation guidelines mean you can’t extend your property laterally or add floors on top. The solution? Dig down. Burrows … Continue reading

What if we rid our galleries of ‘sex pests and paedophiles’? The brothers asking hard questions
ABC / Activists / Painters / Sculptors

What if we rid our galleries of ‘sex pests and paedophiles’? The brothers asking hard questions

They flicked on the television just in time to see the second plane crash into the World Trade Centre. Moments before, 14-year-old Abdul Abdullah and his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (older by nine years) had been playing Gran Turismo on their PlayStation at home in Perth; now they watched in horror as smoke poured out of … Continue reading

How unlocking the joys of ‘slimy, slithery and rubbery’ food can bring you joy – and improve your quality of life
ABC / Chefs / Researchers / Scientists

How unlocking the joys of ‘slimy, slithery and rubbery’ food can bring you joy – and improve your quality of life

There are some people who would be nervous to hear the food they are about to eat has “a high grapple factor”. Fuchsia Dunlop is not one of them. Dunlop is a celebrated expert in Sichuan cuisine and the author of a number of bestselling cookery books. An ingredient like duck tongue, she explains, requires … Continue reading

Celebrated Indigenous playwright takes on the life and times of tennis legend Evonne Goolagong
ABC / Activists / Actors / Writers

Celebrated Indigenous playwright takes on the life and times of tennis legend Evonne Goolagong

Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai theatre maker Andrea James has been thinking a lot about her parents lately. They died at just 54 years old when the actor and playwright was in her 30s; she is now 52. Being reminded of her family — and of mortality — seems inevitable, given the subject matter of her latest project, … Continue reading

Would you hang out with your dead relatives? It might be life-changing
ABC / Anthropologists / Photographers

Would you hang out with your dead relatives? It might be life-changing

Warning: The following story contains confronting images, which may offend or disturb some readers. Wayan Juli likes to invite tourists to visit the dead. “The people of Trunyan actually practice a spiritual custom that you are unable to find in other parts of Bali. It is unique,” Bali-based tour guide Juli told ABC RN’s Return Ticket. … Continue reading

A woman shopping for a gun; a doctor considering the unthinkable: the novels going where fiction fears to tread
ABC / Writers

A woman shopping for a gun; a doctor considering the unthinkable: the novels going where fiction fears to tread

Jane Caro’s new book begins with a woman shopping for a gun. In The Mother, Caro’s first novel for adults, we meet 50-something-year-old Miriam Duffy, a successful real estate business owner and grandmother of two. Miriam, recently widowed, is not someone you’d expect to find contemplating a glass cabinet full of lethal weapons. At first, … Continue reading

A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up
ABC / Activists / Conservationists

A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up

As befitting a riverkeeper, Charlotte Sterrett lives just three doors down from the waters she watches over. On a warm, clear day, there’s a swimming hole in the Yarra (Birrarung) river she likes to go to with her daughter, partner, and dog. The bank there isn’t too steep, and the current is gentle. The air … Continue reading

Pachinko adaptation by Apple TV+ translates historical sweep of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel into high-budget K-drama
ABC / Actors / Directors / Historians / Writers

Pachinko adaptation by Apple TV+ translates historical sweep of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel into high-budget K-drama

When Min Jin Lee published her multi-generational saga Pachinko in 2017, it took the literary world by storm. It landed on 75 best-of lists, was a finalist for the National Book Award — and made it into the ‘must read’ recommendations of former US president Barack Obama. The sprawling saga of sacrifice, oppression and resilience … Continue reading