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Pure heaven, but also hell: my trek to find the Disappearing Tarn

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Growing up in Hobart in the 1980s, I traipsed all over the stunning dolerite uplift of the mountain framing our harbour city – Mount Wellington, today dually named kunanyi. We regularly drove up the mountain road to p...

The Dante Project review – Wayne McGregor moves heaven, earth and hell

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For his new ballet, Wayne McGregor has enlisted some big hitters. Dante Alighieri for one, Italy’s greatest poet, author of The Divine Comedy, which McGregor reimagines here, but living artists, too: composer Thomas A...

The Sparks Brothers review – a match made in heaven

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“They are a band who you can look up on Wikipedia and know nothing!” So says long-term Sparks fan Julia Marcus, just one voice amid a dizzying array of interviewees (from Sex Pistol Steve Jones to Weird Al Jankovic vi...

It Must Be Heaven review – Elia Suleiman’s comedy creeps up on you

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The Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, known for his deadpan observational comedies and the most expressively quizzical eyebrows in the business, returns after a decade’s absence. In common with his other films (Divi...

Some Kind of Heaven review – a deadpan eye on Florida’s retirees

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“You don’t come here to die, you come here to live!” cheers one of the residents of the Villages, in Florida. The postcard-perfect community of some 120,000 old folks has been called Disneyland for retirees, and is th...

Heaven on the Rock – the best food, beaches and sights on Gibraltar

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My best friend is Gibraltarian and I’ve been going to visit her a couple of times a year for about 15 years, first as a student staying in a hostel and more recently in nice hotels with my wife. I love everything abou...

Some Kind of Heaven review – trouble in retirement paradise

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“After my wife passed, I started nightclubbing.” The speaker is a resident of The Villages in Florida, the US’s largest retirement community, home to 130,000 wealthy boomers. The town has more than 50 golf courses and...

Chocolate and peanuts, a marriage made in heaven

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Chocolate and peanuts has long been a marriage made in heaven for me. When I was pregnant with my first child they advised you not to eat peanuts – and back then I did everything I was told. But one day, craving a Sni...

The Wedding Coach: glossy reality TV format is a marriage made in heaven

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Boom time for reality TV weddings. Just when I thought I’d shaken Ines from Married at First Sight: Australia out of my life for ever, Netflix comes out fighting with Marriage Or Mortgage and The Wedding Coach (from W...

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump as raging bull in a China policy shop

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Covid-19 has left more than 530,000 Americans dead and China’s standing with the US at a historic low. Only Iran and North Korea fare worse. US opinion is no outlier. China’s reputation has taken a beating in Australi...