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‘He broke me’: the destructive trail left by romantic con men

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size I had a glass of wine in hand and Facebook on my screen when my world collapsed and truth fled. One photograph showed them on a boat: she was in a sarong; he hugged her close. In another, they were at a …

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Hope lived here: Intimate Obama family images

Before this photo is taken, two staffers pass the bar and do two pull-ups each. Not to be outdone, Obama does three with ease, then walks out to make a speech.Credit:Callie Shell “I was simultaneously awed by this amazing woman, who seemed to balance her career and family so easily, …

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Swarm of bees stops play, sends World Cup cricketers diving for cover

The on-field scenes were reminiscent of a match at South Africa’s Wanderers Stadium in February 2017, when the two sides were forced to take similar evasive action. In that instance, players were forced to leave the field when it became apparent the bees would not move on of their own accord. …

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Non-fiction review: Honourable Exit and three other titles

Bedlam at Botany BayJames DunkNewSouth, $34.99 Credit: From the start early visitors to New South Wales discerned something that was often called colonial madness. This comprehensive study, complete with case studies and drawing on primary material such as colonial reports and reportage from the time, creates a portrait of a …

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Fiction reviews: The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald and three other novels

HitchKathryn HindHamish Hamilton, $32.99 Credit: Amelia is hitchhiking through the desert, a young woman alone but for her dog, and any female Australian reader will be frightened for her from the first paragraph. But she is in a strange and extreme state of mind in which grief for her late …

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Extract: The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

It’s easy to see how this halo effect probably stops a lot of people from going through with it. I, however, am not a quitter, and I gritted my teeth through the happiness spike. I was twenty-five and I was done. All my past suicide attempts now seemed so juvenile …

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Lawyers, lovers, lunches and lies

Barrister and former County Court judge Geoff Chettle, who is representing members of the Human Source Unit.Credit:Michael Clayton-Jones We saw barrister Geoff Chettle, representing former members of the Human Source Unit (the police group assigned to run the excitable, erratic and unreliable Gobbo as an underworld informer) spend a deal …

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‘Next death on government’s head’: Grieving mother’s plea on deadly heaters ignored

Those experts have now spoken out. They warn lives are at risk, and are demanding the government take action – including consideration of a recall. A 2013 coronial inquest into the Robinson boys’ deaths stopped short of recommending legislative change to maintenance requirements, or phasing out the sale of open-flued …

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Like an icon: Madonna on being creative and provocative at 60

It is depressing that the younger generation doesn’t seem to have an understanding of the way Madonna used her iron will to forge a particular type of highly autobiographical, uber-empowered, hypersexualised female pop star who became the dominant model of femininity across the nation. Without Madonna, we don’t have Britney …

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Dicey Topics: Ron McCallum talks money, politics, and bodies

Do you consider yourself wealthy now? Now I live in this $3 million house – well, that’s what it’s valued at. With my Marxist origins, my mother would turn in her grave! [But] I’m certainly not wealthy in the sense of some Australians with very high salaries, like half a …

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