East Timor solar power

Power to the people in East Timor

It is estimated about 40,000 homes in East Timor – roughly 20 per cent of the still fledgling nation’s population – will never have access to electricity. A small Melbourne-based organisation is taking a small, but significant step to put a dent in that figure. For more than a decade, the Alternative Technology Association has been…

Yarraville food trucks rubbish the age

Yarraville food vans victims of their own success

Dirty toilets and overflowing rubbish bins have prompted a controversial crackdown on Yarraville’s popular gourmet food trucks. Yarraville Gardens used to play host to up to 18 food vendors – hawking creme brulee, burger sliders and tacos. But in October Maribyrnong council staff decided to cap the number of businesses allowed to trade from the public…

Halloween traditions trick or treat costume pumpkin The Age

Halloween traditions blend of pagan and Christian

Pagan rituals and Catholic customs may be behind many of the traditions that have come to define modern Halloween, the world’s most popular ghoulish festival. 1. Hallowed be thy name The word Halloween comes from the term “All Hallows Even”. This was the night before the Catholic holiday All Saints’ Day, which was a religious…

Victorian Rhodes Scholar 2015 The Age

Melbourne Uni student wins Victorian Rhodes scholarship

This year’s Victorian Rhodes Scholar is not dreaming of a career in politics but in neuroscience. Bendigo-born and raised, Alexander Eastwood, 24, majored in neuroscience as part of his science degree at Melbourne University, and spent a year at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health researching autism and communication impairment. Neuroscience is the…

House fire Prahran storm The Age

Family flees burning Prahran house

A family of five escaped unhurt after a lightning strike started a fire at their Prahran home on Monday. Jillian Staton had gathered in a bedroom with her three teenage children and mother-in-law after they were woken by the thunderstorm that hit Melbourne. They then heard a loud crash, smelt smoke and saw flames, forcing…