• Searching for love, laughter and adventure? Read a book

    Margot Hillel     |      January 3, 2020

    Whether you’re spending the holidays at the beach or at home, the summer break from school offers a great opportunity for teens to catch up on some reading.

  • The weird world of Christmas traditions

    Hannah Harewood Gould     |      December 29, 2019

    Christmas is over for another year.  How did you celebrate it?  From wrapping presents to decorating a tree, some of the traditions many of us associate with Christmas get their own cultural spin in very different ways around the world.

  • Art is good for your health

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2019

    Regular visits to museums, art galleries, the theatre or concerts is linked to a longer life, according to a new study in Britain.

  • The changing face of the park barbecue

    Open Forum     |      December 26, 2019

    Gathering around the barbecue in public spaces is a time-honoured tradition, but the utilitarian barbecues in our local parks need to change to reflect the diverse needs of our communities.

  • The evolving story of Hanukkah

    Rebecca Forgasz     |      December 25, 2019

    The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah began on Sunday, December 22, and although its roots lay in the distant past, it has evolved markedly in recent years, particularly in America.

  • Whatever happened to Christmas films?

    Lisa Needham     |      December 25, 2019

    Every festive season for years, we’ve been served Christmas schmaltz at the movies, but that’s now changing. And while we’re on the subject, why is Die Hard a Christmas film?

  • All I want for Christmas is … an earworm

    Kenny McAlpine     |      December 25, 2019

    Christmas songs package up all of the joy and nostalgia of the ‘ideal’ festive season into a three-minute ditty. But, my goodness, they can be annoying.

  • A ghost story for Christmas

    Sally O'Reilly     |      December 22, 2019

    Our fascination with ghostly tales around Christmas time goes back thousands of years and is rooted in ancient celebrations of the winter solstice.

  • Remembering William Cooper

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2019

    William Cooper is best known as a visionary campaigner for his own indigenous people, their equality under the law, and their right to be recognised as their land’s original custodians.

  • Are 1 in 4 young people ‘addicted’ to smartphones?

    Open Forum     |      December 2, 2019

    A metastudy by researchers at King’s College London has estimated that one in four young people have a “behavioural addiction” to smartphones, but doubts have been raised over the validity of this interpretation.

  • Don’t confuse luck with skill when rewarding performance

    Open Forum     |      November 25, 2019

    A new study reveals that managers and coaches reviewing people’s performance in the workplace or the sports field often confuse luck with skill when handing out awards.

  • What is a festival for?

    Caroline Wake     |      November 23, 2019

    Should Australia’s arts festivals focus on bringing the world to us – or make us reflect upon ourselves?