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Celebration of multiculturalism at the Victorian Premier’s Iftar Dinner

The Victorian Premier’s Iftar Dinner was a symbol of multiculturalism at its finest, with representatives from all faiths in attendance. I had the privilege of being seated beside Minister Melissa …

What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation

In the ancient Greek epic “The Odyssey,” Homer’s hero, Odysseus, describes the wild land of the Cyclops as a place where people don’t gather together in public, where each person …

Dark days of Disco-bolus

I am fascinated by the discobolus silhouette that adorns the façade of the Greek Centre in Melbourne’s CBD. Viewed from close up, the edifice appears to be populated by disparate …

Features

Old neighbourhoods: Sydney historian Vasilis Vasilas releases festival edition of “Little Athens: Marrickville”

This time last year, Sydney historian, Vasilis Vasilas, would have officially launched “Little Athens: Marrickville” under the auspices of the 38th Greek Festival of Sydney; with the outbreak of COVID- …

“I promised Olympia Dukakis I’d never let the world forget her”

After decades worth of distinguished work, the death of Olympia Dukakis, 89, struck at the core of the entertainment industry where she will be remembered for her talent. Greeks around …

The evolution of the “Greek mum”

There was a time when “Greek mothers” had a bit of a reputation. They were the ones who chased you round the park feeding you rizogalo (rice pudding) by the …

Happy Name Day Zoe and Zissis! Today is the feast day of Zoodohou Pigis

The feast day of Zoodohou Pigis, life-giving spring, is celebrated on the Friday after Orthodox Easter. Those who are named Zoe, Zissis, Ziggy, Zoyia, Pigi, Peggy and other derivatives of …

Harmless parody or insidious racism? NSW deputy premier threatens to sue FriendlyJordies

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro is reportedly threatening legal action against YouTuber and political satirist Jordan Shanks, better known as friendlyjordies, over allegedly defamatory and “racist” comments. Shanks’s …

Pandemic budget 2.0, a window into the treasurer’s soul

What in America they call the State of the Union, in Australia we call the federal budget. As surprising as it may seem, Australian budgets aren’t really about money — …

Guarding the vulnerable from the Guardians

“I don’t know how this guardian was appointed,” Mrs Katina, who has an adult son with a disability, sobs. “I’ve been caring for my son ever since he was born. …

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