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Stem cell trial hope for osteoarthritis sufferers

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.

Hey Joe, this isn't working

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.

Making hay the old school way

Smith Family Chaff Mill

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.

Johan Jansen: The hunting game has already begun at Sentosa

Johan Jansen

John Elder At Sentosa, the pith helmet is taken out of Africa and transplanted to Gippsland.

Frankston people divided on MP Geoff Shaw

Frankston State MP, Geoff Shaw

John Elder, Farrah Tomazin Excuse me, proud youth of this battling town, what do you think of Geoff Shaw?

Maryborough takes on domestic violence through special programs

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.

The brutal price of domestic violence

Generic domestic violence

John Elder The system for dealing with domestic violence is in crisis.

Cabbies on the road for an eternity to earn more cash

John Elder Cab driver Abinash began work at 4am Saturday. The shift ended at 4am Sunday.

Supanova: Come out, come out whoever you are

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...

Use of citizens a scientific breakthrough in data collection

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.

Grand prix: big noise, big action, everywhere

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Albert Park , Ferrari fans Michael Morello and Anthony Venuto
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Saturday the 15th of March 2014

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.

Besieged Morwell left blinking in dismay


John Elder Morwell can be pretty in the morning, when a mist comes off the wetlands on the outskirts of town.

Birds and bees --- and then just birds

John Elder I am in love with intoxication, an enthusiasm I have followed in a grand variety of ways, many of them stupid.

In love, sometimes the shoe just fits

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.

More angel than Hells Angel in jet-ski furore

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.

Black Saturday lessons an aid for survival

Darren Jasper and MIck Dalziel

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...

Super rich's peninsula playground mansions bought and sold invisibly

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.

Ugliness condition link uncovered by Melbourne researcher

John Elder A new imaging technique has uncovered a weak link in the brains of people who obsessively believe themselves to be ugly.

Jacques Reymond passes the baton at his popular Melbourne restaurant

Jacques Reymond

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.

New book gives Heidelberg's village people a voice

John Elder If all goes to plan, a new book will be distributed in schools to teach young people grace.