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John Elder Last Wednesday, Lisa Lark, 54, underwent liposuction - not to lose weight but so her body fat could be filtered for stem cells as part of a clinical trial to slow the progress of osteoarthritis.
John Elder In the bakery, down from the pub, a woman makes a tomato and cheese sandwich and says she hasn't been sleeping. A man reading a newspaper doesn't look up but says: "Nobody is.
John Elder In the late 1960s, the three Smith brothers, Ballarat boys, had 300 tons of hay that nobody wanted. The produce stores were overrun with a glut of horse feed and the money wasn't good anyway.
John Elder At Sentosa, the pith helmet is taken out of Africa and transplanted to Gippsland.
John Elder, Farrah Tomazin Excuse me, proud youth of this battling town, what do you think of Geoff Shaw?
John Elder If one of Garry Higgins' employees came to work with a black eye and no funny story to go with it, he wouldn't know what to say to her, or how to respond. ''But I want to learn,'' he says.
John Elder The system for dealing with domestic violence is in crisis.
John Elder Cab driver Abinash began work at 4am Saturday. The shift ended at 4am Sunday.
John Elder Geekville has its own theory of relativity. On Saturday, Matthew Chaloupka-Wagner, 24, was walking around dressed as a video game console made from a cardboard box - his version of a character called...
John Elder On Thursday, David McCarthy led a group of birdwatchers on a survey of the old sewage ponds at the Western Treatment Plant near Werribee.
John Elder Trying to pull a lawnmower out of my inner-ear, Saturday. At least in war there are long moments of quiet, and the tension of battle momentarily fades.
John Elder Morwell can be pretty in the morning, when a mist comes off the wetlands on the outskirts of town.
John Elder I am in love with intoxication, an enthusiasm I have followed in a grand variety of ways, many of them stupid.
John Elder Valerie Stow met her husband Barry 44 years ago. She tells the story. I was 24, a single mother with a daughter 3½ years old, and still waiting for a divorce.
John Elder The devil comes in many forms, usually with a cheery smile. So it is at Half Moon Bay as a three-year-old girl rides off the bay and into the beach area ... on a jet-ski.
John Elder and Alana Schetzer Victoria has survived its first major bushfire crisis since Black Saturday, with emergency warning systems and early evacuation procedures - recommended by the royal commission - largely working...
John Elder As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the very rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they live in much bigger houses and so have less opportunity to get on one another's nerves.
John Elder A new imaging technique has uncovered a weak link in the brains of people who obsessively believe themselves to be ugly.
John Elder Tonight is Reymond’s last shift in the kitchen. The Prahran French restaurant that has carried his name for 23 years will be no more.
John Elder If all goes to plan, a new book will be distributed in schools to teach young people grace.