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Obama faithful brave the squall for democratic convention climax

Published at The Australian online, September 7

ANOTHER storm sweeps through Charlotte, cooling the air and sending people running to bus shelters and the awnings of skyscrapers. The downpour is intense and those caught in the squall are saturated. But the rain won't dampen the enthusiasm of the people of this southern city for perhaps the biggest event in their history, the speech tonight by Barack Obama. Within minutes the storm is over and the t-shirt vendors are out peddling their wears again.

 

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On Oasis for Democrats

Published at The Australian online, September 6

BOOKER welcomes me to the Oasis and wanders barefoot through the space. She points out the restaurant, the lounge, the meditation centre and the yoga studio. We stop for a while at the "lyfe kitchen" and check out the steel-cut oatmeal and wholegrain pilaf. This menu hasn't been designed by anything as clumsy as a chef. A team of experts has worked on it to produce the tasty low-calorie food, with its gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

 

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Farmers suffer in extreme drought

Farmers suffer in extreme drought

Keith Martz surveys the corn at his farm in bluegrass Iowa, where drought has hurt this year's crop.

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER, SEPTEMBER 3

KEITH Martz is the fourth generation of his family to toil in the fields of Bluegrass, Iowa, and the drought that's gripping the corn belt has not spared them.

 

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Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

Lone Star mayor Julian Castro is the face of the coming generation

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother Joaquin, right, wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.Source: AP

 

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER, SEPTEMBER 6

 

JULIAN Castro is quick to play down comparisons between himself and Barack Obama, but the personal and political similarities between the pair are there.

 

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Writing for the sake of writing

I have always believed that writing for the sake of writing is just a form of intellectual masturbation. I deeply believe that there could hardly be anything creepier when it comes to journalism and in general to creation of a written product than this type of creative self-sufficiency.

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Hard lessons

Hard lessons

This blog post is a journey through time and space. The look back at the last six weeks feels like a desperate attempt to hold a handful of sand. The specks fall through the fingers as lost pieces of puzzle, portraying the images I encountered on this journey. Chaotic gallery of faces, odors and feelings rushing into each other to create a thin cobweb, held together by a fragile sense of consistency.  

Chapter 1

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Time

Time. That is the currency for the world populace in a movie from 2011 called „In Time“ (I am sensing a little bit of a general theme here). Once you turn 25 you develop a digital clock, glowing from beneath your skin. The clock is ticking and you will live only one year more. It is beginning to turn up and tick. The movie is not very good, the IMDB Rating is 6.6. So you better either make your last days count or you try to somehow get more – time.

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The antidote to Miami's vice

The antidote to Miami's vice

A LOT of things are available in Miami. I took a short walk from the hotel and every kind of vice was on offer. Strip joints, video rooms, bong shops, hookah, bars, restaurants, clothes, jewellery. Whatever your pleasure. It's here. And more often than not it's accompanied by a giant picture and someone offering a special discount.

On first impressions, it doesn't seem like a well-behaved town. (Boston, for example, is a well-behaved town. The place is well-dressed, considerate, refined, with excellent table manners.)

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In Boston looking for the real Romney

In Boston looking for the real Romney

Martin Baron has been the top editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years and during that time has become a close observer of Mitt Romney.

Romney was governor of Massachusetts for four of those years (2003–2007) and also ran an unsuccessful senate race in that state against Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Like any good local paper, the Globe has scrutinised their man.

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