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Lawrence Money, one of Australia’s most experienced journalists, has twice been voted Victoria’s best newspaper columnist by the Melbourne Press Club. He has written four books, invented a best-selling board game and treads the professional speaking circuit with the Saxton agency. His Money’s Melbourne column profiles the famous, the outlandish and the quiet achievers of Melbourne.

AFL's music man Mike Brady has an Irish awakening

Lawrence Money He wrote the anthem for Australia's football code but he's just discovered his Irish heart.

Musical magpie Richard Bonynge chooses Greta Bradman for opera lead as swansong nears

Maestro Richard Bonynge with  Greta Bradman, the cricketing legend’s granddaughter and a rising opera star.

Lawrence Money Famed Australian conductor Richard Bonynge chooses Don Bradman's grand-daughter to star in what may be his farewell operatic performance in Melbourne.

Bethany Simons gets a great reception for her office-life musical

Ringing endorsement: Country girl Bethany Simons is enjoying success, away from the reception desk, in the big smoke of Melbourne.

Lawrence Money After four years at the reception desk of Melbourne's National Music Academy, Bethany Simons turned her job into a stage musical.

Lunch with Celia Pacquola

Cloud nine: Celia Pacquola has been working on <i>Utopia</i> with Rob Sitch, one of her comedy heroes.

Lawrence Money Celia Pacquola can make light of almost any situation but just don't mention Swedish room service.

Werewolf study gives Melbourne artist paws for thought

Lawrence Money The tomato, ingredient for the 'dead horse' Aussies traditionally slop over their meat pies, was once a less celebrated vegetable.

Lady Chatterley's cover flowers at Rare Book Week

Lawrence Money The dust jacket on one rare edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is made of silken cloth but it is the graphic design that catches the eye - a woman’s groin with embroidered flowers in...

Lunch with perennially perky musician Leo Sayer

Lawrence Money He's had his ups and downs, but former chart-topper Leo Sayer remains perennially perky.

Familiar twinkle stands the test of time

Johnny Young loved to entertain as a teenage pop star.

Lawrence Money Decades have passed since Young was a star, but he's still a very recognisable face.

Dolly Parton still exudes a touch of magic

Dolly Parton

Lawrence Money Dolly Parton is witty. ''I buy dresses one size too small then have them taken in.'' She delights in one of the world's most famous superstructures.

Jamie Durie

Lunch with... Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie.

Lawrence Money Landscaper, interior designer, furniture maker, skin-cream manufacturer, and multi-national TV star Jamie Durie is a man of many trades. Not bad for a former beefcake.

Hallelujah for Handel's Messiah

Money's Melbourne.

Lawrence Money When Sally-Anne Russell tells people she is a singer, their response is usually: which band? ''I tell them - the opera band''.

Lunch with ... Moira Kelly

Lawrence Money Moira Kelly wonders at a world in which her own brand of altruism is outside the norm.

Lunch with ... Suze Demarchi

Rock royalty: Suze DeMarchi, 49, has an exotic, porcelain beauty.

Lawrence Money Suze Demarchi has had a bumpy journey, but is back on home ground with her (slightly smelly) band.

Sparks flies to LA on the rhythm of Melbourne Bounce

Will Sparks.

Lawrence Money Until two months ago 20-year-old Will Sparks was living with his mum in Camberwell.

Money's Melbourne

Star singer glad to be back at the counter

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Lawrence Money Before the funeral of her father Lew years ago, singer Diana Trask placed a handwritten note against his heart.

Lunch with ... Kate Ceberano

Lawrence Money Kate Ceberano juggles the modern woman's life with a love of music that runs deep.

Lunch with Alan Hopgood

Lawrence Money Alan Hopgood survived prostate cancer, wrote a book about it, then penned a new chapter in his life.

Animated horror

Frame by frame, Butterflies prepared for flight

Isbael Peppard

Lawrence Money Melbourne animator Isabel Peppard is a cheerful 36-year-old with face piercings, tattoos and a taste for theatrical horror.

My Nine Lives

The good life at last

Jane Leigh

Lawrence Money At 13, she was sent out for dinner with a sex predator. When she told her mum, the response stunned her.

Rivals keep mag war dramas alive

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Lawrence Money Nene King says it is a beat-up and that she needed a stiff drink after watching a preview. Her best friend Val Hopwood burst into tears after the screening.