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Review | ‘Hecate’ is a powerful and inspiring production

Hecate | Subiaco Arts Centre | Until 16 Feb | ★ ★ ★ ★   Yirra Yaakin deliver a theatrical project that has been years in the making, decades, centuries and eons. It’s a journey the company has been on close to a decade. An ambitious plan to present a play by Shakespeare completely in Noongar language. The […]

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Here’s a queer thing about language

Here’s a queer thing about language

I’d read that comedian Pam Ann had once performed a special gig for Sir Elton John. The story was Elton had hired a 747 for Pam Ann to deliver her airline themed comedy in, all for partner David Furnish’s birthday. As we chatted on the phone, a few years ago now, I  was eager to […]

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Is homosexual a bad word?

Is homosexual a bad word?

Last week the New York Times highlighted that the word homosexual is falling out of favour with, well… homosexuals. In the article Professor George Chauncey, an academic from Yale University, argues that the word homosexual now sounds like your grandmother describing someone as a ‘coloured person’. In the article it’s highlighted that the New York […]

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Linguists Attempt to Make the German Language More Gender Neutral

Linguists Attempt to Make the German Language More Gender Neutral

For centuries the German language has allocated masculine (der), feminine (die) and neutral (das) gender articles to its nouns, but due to changing attitudes towards gender roles, they may be set to change. Mark Twain wrote despairingly of this in his essay ‘The Awful German Language’, in which he said “In German, a young lady […]

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