Swimming

Culture

The commoners who marry into royalty

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Megan Willett A former journalist is to be Spain's next queen, joining a long list of 'everyday' royals.

Calibrations

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Sam de Brito You have to wonder whether James Magnussen's underwhelming performance at the 'Lympics so far wasn't sealed the moment he was dubbed the "Missile" and the universe decided to punish him for crimes...

All Men Are Liars

A moment

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Sam de Brito Australians are abusing prescription drugs and alcohol at "alarming rates". Well, derr ...

Culture

Why did I do tatt?

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Megan Reynolds You might love your ink but if you're in a white-collar role, chances are your boss doesn't.

World records

Higher, faster, farther

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Ulrike von Leszczynski From naked sledding to office chair racing - what is behind the human desire to set world records?

Big catch

Seven-tonne fish pulled from water

Georgia Wilkins A 10-metre long whale shark has been pulled from the water off Karachi, Pakistan, with plans to put the giant on display.

Shark!

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Sam de Brito Fat Tony is standing on the cold concrete stairs of the surf club, still dressed, gazing down at the waves at south end like they might bite ...

Historic flight

Anxious wait for 'baby' Branson's space dream

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Eve Branson admits she is eager for the day when her billionaire son's Virgin Galactic venture takes off.

The last six

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Sam de Brito If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know this was the year I became a fat person - and what a joyous experience it's been watching my body's portions super-size ...

Checking in

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Sam de Brito A couple of weeks ago, I watched an interview with Muslim sociologist, Susan Carland, who teaches gender studies, politics, and sociology at Monash University down in our wonderful southern capital...

Sports cars and sky diving

Surviving a midlife crisis

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Tony Davis An affair is the classic response to a man's midlife crisis, but Tony Davis wonders if there isn't a better solution.

Sporting star

I am what I am

Interview: Paul Connolly, Sunday Life Former Socceroo Craig Foster on his sporting start, World Cup failure and life behind the mike.

The Games will begin

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Danny Katz The Great Nostrildamus, Danny Katz, gazes into his crystal ball for the big moments in Beijing.