Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

An Italian city of ill-repute rehabilitated by three films

Each year when I attend the Italian Film Festival in Melbourne I feel I get a glimpse into the heart and soul of Italy through the films that have been made, and most loved, by Italians that year.

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Bronte Dee Jackson

on

26/6/2017

Footy
Sport

Tracing back the origin of Australian Rules Football

The origin of Australian Rules Football has inspired many books, articles and much historical research. This in itself gives us a clue as to how important this game is to so many Australians.

by

Bronte Dee Jackson

on

4/12/2017

Culture bites
Culture

Culture bites

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ITALIANS AND FOOD? Italians are the only culture I know whose conversation during a meal, is about what their next meal will be.

Culture bites
Culture

Turning in to the real four seasons not just those set to music by Vivaldi

When my Italian husband first told me that spring in Italy began on the 21st of March rather than the 1st, I thought he was joking. “Oh really?” I exclaimed sarcastically. “And what date does summer begin on then, the 8th of June?”.

Culture bites
Culture

Discovering the beauty of winter sipping a cup of cioccolata calda

Why do Italians survive winter without going to Queensland (or Puglia)? The first time I was served a hot chocolate in Italy I thought I must have asked for the wrong thing. For a start it wasn’t liquid, my spoon could stand up in it. Secondly, it was covered in a tower of whipped cream.

Culture bites
Culture

A "human first" approach to life

Lately I have seen a number of pieces of journalism about kindness, its power, and whether we as Australians have enough of it. An article in The Age was about the kindness of some Roman policemen that seemed to touch the hearts of many.

Culture bites
Fashion

Details and tailoring, the way Italians dress to suit their silhouette

We all know that Italians are among the best-dressed people on the earth, but why is this? What is it about their fashion and clothing that always makes it look so good, and distinguishes it? After twenty years of intense observation and attempted emulation, my conclusion is that it comes down to two things – details and tailoring.

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