Australia’s Dark secret

It is a delight to discover a well crafted book from Down Under, which seems to contradict the assertion that Australia is not yet in full possession of its own culture. The facts suggest otherwise.

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Another day, another murder

Across the border from Tucson, Arizona, where six people were killed and 13 injured in last week’s “shooting incident”, lies Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico. 3,100 people out of a population of more than a million were killed here in the course of 2010. Now, the name of another woman has been added to the death toll. Continue reading Another day, another murder

Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Simon Rattle, and the curious incident of the missing symphony

2011 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Elgar’s symphony No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 63. It was completed on 28 February 1911 and first performed two months later at the London Musical Festival by the Queen’s Hall Orchestra with the composer conducting.

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