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Helen Reddy and the Aussie who helped inspire I Am Woman

Helen Reddy and her convict past (Thumbnail)

Jeff Apter Helen Reddy's 1970s anthem, I am woman, was one of those once-in-a-lifetime songs that reached its creator in a less-than-conventional way.

Why the WA Senate re-election is that little bit special

It's voting time again

Xavier Toby It's a favourite weekend activity of all Australians. Going for a drive, eating sausages and whingeing about the government. Pity that it also includes the need to vote, again.

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Sydney Film Fest

Sydney Film Festival includes Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Blacktown drive-in


Garry Maddox The first tranche of programming for the Sydney Film Festival has been announced, and pride of place goes to the city's only surviving drive-in.

Rock up and show your support of Sydney's music scene

Leila Abdallah Live music matters to Sydney and musicians are being asked to get involved.


30 Seconds to Mars review: Jared Leto gets inappropriate

30 Seconds to Mars Jared Leto.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Liam Ducey The cult of celebrity manifests itself in unusual ways, and there can be no doubt now that Jared Leto is a celebrity.

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Perth teenager jams with a Rolling Stone

Harry Mitchell

Aleisha Orr Jamming with a member of the Rolling Stones would be a dream even for the most prominent of musicians; for one Perth teenager, that dream has come true.

The Rolling Stones roll into Perth to kick off their 14 On Fire tour

Rolling Stones touchdown in Perth.

Aleisha Orr The Rolling Stones have touched down in Perth to kick off their '14 On Fire' tour across Australia.

Rain fails to dampen St Patrick's Day parade


Catherine Armitage No sooner did the marching band strike its first note than the rain began to fall as the St Patrick's Day Parade set out from Sydney Town Hall.

'What am I looking at?': A non-artistic interpretation of Perth's Sculpture By The Sea

Sculpture By The Sea 2014

Liam Ducey If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you'd be better off keeping your eyes closed with some of the works in the 2014 class of Sculpture By The Sea.

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Bruce Springsteen rocks Perth Arena to start Australian tour

Bruce Springsteen performs live for fans at Perth Arena.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Corey Stephenson Just hours before his first ever show in Perth, Bruce Springsteen said he was determined to "keep changing things up" for his audiences and keep on surprising them.

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'Tiny' crowd for Perth's final Big Day Out

Big Day Out, Joondalup Arena 2014.

Jillian McHugh After more than two decades in Perth, the Big Day Out bid adieu with Pearl Jam, Grammy-nominated Perth rockers Tame Impala and Arcade Fire among those gracing the final line-up.


Big Day Out changes venue to Arena Joondalup after spat with Claremont

Big Day Out Perth 2012.

Narelle Towie Big Day Out Perth organisers say they have been forced to move the music festival to Arena Joondalup just weeks before the event after a long-running spat with Claremont Council.


Latino superstar Ricky Martin shakes Perth's bon-bon

Ricky Martin, Perth Arena

Natalie Nazzari He banged, he definitely moved and the audience shook their bon-bon over Latino superstar Ricky Martin last night.

Fun run

Keeping healthy becomes a family affair for races


Kim Arlington Four out of five Australian children do not get enough daily exercise. One in four is overweight or obese.

Neighbours gather in good spirits around the block

Photographs show scenes from the Vic on the Park Hotel in Marrickville yesterday.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Sunday 26th August 2013.


Rachel Olding Forget thy mother and thy father, Sydney is falling in love with thy neighbour.

Keep it quiet, there's going to be a big party next weekend

L-r, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures' One Direction: This Is Us. One Direction

James Robertson This coming Labour Day long weekend 8000 sailors, rugby league players, comic book nerds, the boy band One Direction, Prince Harry and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will converge on Sydney; a...

Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson tour a spectacular 'rock show'

Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour

Jillian McHugh A few weeks after what would have been the King of Pop's 55th birthday, the world's greatest troupe of acrobats premiered their tribute show in Australia.

Doctor Who gets gold coin tribute from Perth Mint

Doctor Who gold coin

Corey Stephenson The world's longest-running science fiction show Doctor Who has been given a solid-gold tribute by the Perth Mint to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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Not everyone loves Peppa Pig: when TV shows make kids naughty


Elissa Griesser I thought everyone liked Peppa Pig. It turns out many parents don't think so - they blame her for making their kids naughty.

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Comedy gold: cashing in on booming laughs

Tom Ballard

Lucy Hughes Jones They may be funny, but being a stand-up comedian is turning into a serious business in Sydney.