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MARGOT SAVILLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS | 3

Pyne and vile Kyle most outstanding sexists

The Ernie awards for Sexist Remarks are great fun — but wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t enough nominees?

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Prepare to question everything you thought you knew about Australian English

Think didgeridoo is an Aboriginal word? Know the etymology of the word posh? Think there’s no English word for schadenfreude? Linguist Gary Nunn explodes some English myths.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rundle: we won’t mourn for Rivers, but my god she was funny

Joan Rivers was far more of a pioneer and innovator than Robin Williams, but she had no sincere schtick. She was all brassy, all bitchy and all funny — the last of her kind, and the best.

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Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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David Bowie is … at it again

The construction of the David Bowie narrative continues with David Bowie is, a new exhibition celebrating 50 years of one of the era’s most influential artists, writes Peter Farnan.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Hollywood and death: a tug of war between nostalgia and the ephemeral

Luke Buckmaster reflects on the entertainment industry’s reluctance to let go — and a business model built on visions of the past.

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Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Crikey survey: which religions ban women from leadership?

Some religions prohibit women from having formal power, while others are open-minded. You might be surprised where some religions fall on the spectrum …

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Want to improve teaching? Ask a teacher

The media has been full of complaints about poor-quality teachers. But does the answer really lie in choosing teachers with better academic marks? Teacher Chris Fotinopoulos is not convinced.

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SALLY WHYTE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Disgraced Harris’ reputation will never recover

We will never be able to hear Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport without cringing.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rundle: Dale’s worst problem was anti-Semitism, not ‘Demidenko’

She’s baaaaaaaaack. Helen Demidenko speaks up to re-claim her controversial book.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Mayne: compulsory civic service not such a bad idea

Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie raised eyebrows when he called for compulsory civic service in the inaugural Di Gribble Argument last night. Stephen Mayne was there for the bunfight.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Jesus is coming — to your local primary school

The government is all about austerity — except when it comes to putting Christian chaplains in state schools. We investigate how the scheme works, who’s using it, and how you become a chaplain.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James has had some silly, nonsensical and flat-out wrong opinions over his long career. But his writing can still ignite passion in any breast, be it adolescent or middle-aged.

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Clarifier: should universities ditch research?

The federal government has suggested that universities be allowed to drop research and instead become teaching-only academies. Is this idea a goer?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

What ASIO might know about you — and how to find out for sure

Some well-known Australians have cracked open their ASIO files — and found a curious mixture of the amateurish and the chilling. Does ASIO have a file on you?

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

#BringBackOurGirls a familiar song, but feminist chorus could be lethal

The Western media is finally paying attention to (one sensationalist, emotional story in) Africa. But our focus on #BringBackOurGirls may have got 300 people killed.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Anzac Day’s disjuncture from the bloody failure it represents

At least the women who protested against Anzac Day in the 1970s and ’80s had a real cause. Lest we forget what the remembrance of a bloody failure has become today.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

Robots are becoming very good at aping human behaviour — perhaps because they have become proxies for the uniform worker drone in factories. Robots are familiar to us because we have become mechanised.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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HELEN RAZER | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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GUY RUNDLE | PEOPLE & IDEAS |

Peaches Geldof, celebocrat, a sign of the failed Glorious Revolution

Celebrities fill a hole left in British society by the aristocracy. Peaches Geldof was a celebocrat — the outpouring of coverage following her death was inevitable, because we needed it to be.

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