‘I never saw my guitar again’: readers on belongings they lost in a breakup

Long after two people have gone their separate ways, some partings still rankle. Readers reflect on the beloved items they left behind Even though my breakup was amicable, I felt a lot of guilt – so when I moved out I said: “Keep it all.” But, in the years since, there have been a few […]

England cricketers demand clarity over Ashes travel restrictions for families

Players may decide not travel to Australia amid hectic schedule Michael Vaughan says a full-strength England team is unlikely England’s players will seek clarity in the coming days over whether their families will be allowed to join them in Australia for this winter’s Ashes series, amid concerns that some might decide not to participate if […]

Johnson may block Chinese takeover of UK’s largest computer chip maker

Post-Brexit trade adviser Tony Abbott ‘heartened’ by review into takeover of Newport Wafer Fab Boris Johnson may block a Chinese-owned company from purchasing the UK’s largest producer of semiconductors, a senior government adviser has suggested, as they warned Beijing was on the brink of initiating a new “cold war”. Tony Abbott, the former prime minister […]

Minjee Lee overturns seven-shot deficit to win Evian Championship

• Lee cards final round 64 to win first major title • Final round leader Jeongeun Lee6 found water in play-off loss Australia’s Minjee Lee overturned a seven-shot deficit before beating South Korea’s Jeongeun Lee6 in a play-off to win her first major title in the Evian Championship. Lee carded a final round of 64 […]

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists

‘Disastrous’ energy policies of China, Russia, Brazil and Australia could stoke 5C rise in temperatures if adopted by the rest of the world A key group of leading G20 nations is committed to climate targets that would lead to disastrous global warming, scientists have warned. They say China, Russia, Brazil and Australia all have energy […]

Australia’s most populous state declares ‘national emergency’ over Covid outbreak

New South Wales announces 136 new local Delta cases with Sydney under the strictest lockdown measures it has experienced Australia’s most populous state has declared a “national emergency” as it struggles to contain a record-breaking surge of the Delta variant of Covid-19 amid a lockdown affecting half the country. The state of New South Wales […]

Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup

Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nations Neither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournament The prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World Cup goes ahead is “highly likely” according to the chief executive of […]

World Heritage Committee agrees not to place Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list

Unesco says ‘the facts are the facts and the science is the science’ after its recommendation is ignored The Great Barrier Reef will not be placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” after a global lobbying effort from Australia against the proposed listing. The 21-country World Heritage Committee on Friday ignored a […]

‘There’s a lot more out at night’: a beginner’s guide to spotlighting

In lockdown there are few things more thrilling than traipsing into the dark looking for animals – in Australia, at least I was about 10 when I first locked eyes with a sugar glider. I caught its eyes shining through the fog that our breath sent wisping across the torchlight. I remember it being tiny, […]

Nature’s Paris moment: does the global bid to stem wildlife decline go far enough?

There are concerns a new UN biodiversity framework is not ambitious enough and calls for Australia to take a leading role Can nature have its own Paris moment? It’s the question facing countries negotiating a new United Nations agreement aimed at stemming the global loss of wildlife. Continue reading…

No entry: symbolism in Fukushima as Olympics begin in empty stadium

Silence and sadness greets a softball match meant to signal the recovery of a city devastated by earthquake and tsunami in 2011 After a year’s delay and months of rancour, finally some Olympic sport. Few will remember the details of Yukiko Ueno’s opening pitch to Michelle Cox in Japan’s softball match against Australia in Fukushima […]

Oval Invincibles edge Manchester Originals in thrilling Hundred opener

Oval Invincibles beat Manchester Originals by five wickets Dane van Niekerk hits 56 as hosts chase down 136 in 98 balls England’s Alfred Shaw sent down the first ball in Test cricket back in 1877, Australia’s Graham McKenzie in one-day internationals in 1971 and in the professional Twenty20 match 18 years ago this particular honour […]

Credit to bold Gatland for picking a Lions side on form not reputation | Robert Kitson

For South Africa’s analysts it will feel like doing battle with an army of unknown warriors for Saturday’s first Test The secret of top-level selection is to heighten the sense of pre-game anticipation. If the team sheet can not only energise your own players but also make the opposition feel faintly uneasy, so much the […]

Never Have I Ever: I binged Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age show. I’ve never felt so seen

When it comes to diversity on screen, Zoya Patel is used to swallowing any crumbs she’s thrown. The character of Devi offers so much more Never Have I Ever is available to stream on Netflix. For more recommendations of what to stream in Australia, click here The first time I felt seen by pop culture […]

Olympics to begin but softball opener is unlikely to distract a fearful nation | Justin McCurry

With Covid cases mounting and local resistance escalating ever higher, the hope is that the actual action beginning on Wednesday will dampen down the criticism The Olympic softball teams of Japan and Australia will have to produce something close to a classic this week if they are to divert attention from an increasingly chaotic build-up […]

Cricket writers unite to salute ‘the finest of all’, John Woodcock | Tim de Lisle

The Times’ long-serving cricket correspondent, who has died aged 94, has been hailed as ‘the doyen … the Godfather’ With the death of John Woodcock, at the age of 94, the world of cricket has lost not just one of its greatest writers, but one of its best-loved characters. Woodcock was the cricket correspondent of […]

Idiocracy: a disturbingly prophetic look at the future of America – and our era of stupidity

Mike Judge critiques the nonsense of the modern world in this dystopian 2006 comedy – which, in 2021, feels more like a documentary Idiocracy is available to stream via Google Play, Amazon and iTunes. For more recommendations of what to stream in Australia, click here Are we living in the age of stupid? The era […]

‘Not in this town’: artwork about Britain’s ‘nuclear colonialism’ removed

Tory councillors are accused of censorship over installation on atom bomb tests in Australia in a Southend park An Australian artist has accused a group of Conservative councillors of using “bullying strategies” to silence and censor her work after an installation she created to highlight Britain’s “identity as a colonial nuclear state” was removed from […]

UK ‘very interested’ in hosting US Space Force radar station

RAF chief says system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth is ‘incredibly important’ An American space force plan to develop a global monitoring system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth could establish radar stations in the US, UK and Australia. The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir […]

Meet the humanists: ‘You don’t have to be Christian to think of yourself as a good person’

Humanism, the secular philosophy that seeks meaning in life outside religion, is undergoing a revival in Australia When Heidi Nicholl moved to Australia five years ago, she remembers thinking: “Where is it – where is humanism?” The British-born Nicholl had been drawn to humanism, a secular, values-based movement, in her 20s. In her work as […]

Covid live news: Ardern blames spread of variants on ‘vaccine nationalism’; WHO calls for new Wuhan lab audit

New Zealand PM says ‘vaccine nationalism’ behind fast-spreading virus variants; WHO proposes second phase of studies into Covid origins ‘Extraordinary surge’ in Covid cases across US driven by Delta variant England’s Covid unlocking a threat to the world, experts say ‘I am just heartbroken’: Balearic travellers’ fury with Covid U-turn Despair in Australia as lockdowns […]

Coronavirus live: riots hamper medical services in Covid ravaged South Africa; record cases in Indonesia and Vietnam

South Africa vaccine rollout disrupted by unrest; Indonesia reports 54,517 new cases; Vietnam has 2,934 new cases EU not adding UK to safe travel list Delta variant gains ground in US amid vaccine divide ‘Safe and secure’ Olympics promised as Tokyo Covid cases soar WHO warns of ‘chaos’ if individuals mix Covid vaccines Battle for […]

New babies to see – and a need for sun: why we’re saving for a holiday-filled 2022

For Krishan Parmar and his husband, Matthew, travelling has always been a big part of their life. That’s why they’re using the saving habits they picked up over lockdown to pay for some memorable trips next year Krishan Parmar and Matthew Weeks had big travel plans for 2020. A wedding in Italy, a birthday trip […]

Covid origins: Australia’s role in the feedback loop promoting the Wuhan lab leak theory

Blanket reporting in News Corp papers has been denigrated for relying on dubious sources – yet the theory itself has taken on new life “BAT MAN” screeched the headline in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on 28 April 2020. “Chinese scientists linked to virus probe worked in Australia.” “An exclusive investigation can reveal the Five Eyes intelligence […]

The world’s greatest dessert: 10 superb pavlovas – from peach melba to beautiful banoffee

There are no end of delicious variations on the meringue, cream and fruit original, whether you’re a vegan, have a sweet tooth or like sophisticated pink peppercorns When the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, she was honoured with the world’s greatest pudding. The influence of the pavlova – […]

Scientist Prue Hart: ‘Sunburn causes havoc in the skin – we should avoid it’

The inflammation researcher explains the health benefits and dangers of soaking up the sun Prof Prue Hart is head of the inflammation research group at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Australia, which studies the beneficial effects of sunlight exposure on our health and whether these are the result of UV-induced vitamin D or other […]

‘A tragic and wasted opportunity’: Australia’s inglorious exit from Afghanistan

Was two decades of war worth the price in human life, enduring suffering and monetary cost? It depends who you ask During the two decades in which Australia was ensnared in an unwinnable war after trailing the US into Afghanistan, a succession of our political leaders spoke reassuringly about how they would not desert the […]

Covid live: proposal for compulsory jabs for France frontline workers; worst of pandemic ‘over for some countries’

France recommends mandatory jabs for professionals coming into contact with vulnerable; WHO director says many countries have done ‘a good job’ First year of pandemic claimed lives of 25 young people in England Pfizer to ask US to authorize third Covid vaccine shot as booster South Korea raises restrictions in Seoul amid ‘maximum crisis’ Stronger […]

‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfired

The prime minister jumped the gun in November 2020 when he declared ‘we can look forward to a much better 2021’ Eight months ago, in November 2020, Scott Morrison faced the cameras in a laboratory in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and promised hope after a torrid year: “Today is another day when we can look forward […]