Dench reigns again as a queen

Dench reigns again as a queen

**1/2 Director: Stephen Frears Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Verdict: Dench reclaims her throne A LONG time after John Brown … came Abdul Karim. There are echoes of Queen Victoria’s “inappropriate” relationship with her gallant Scottish servant in this autumnal postscript to Mrs Brown (1997), based on the true story of the long-reigning monarch’s unlikely friendship with an Indian clerk. But if the courtiers were upset by the undue influence exerted by one of their own, imagine how they reacted when a Muslim infidel usurped their places in the Queen’s…

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Transhumanist

Transhumanist

Image copyrightScience Photo Library Image caption Do we already ‘enhance’ our bodies with everyday drugs like caffeine?To write this article, I drank a beverage containing an effective cognitive enhancer – something that helps me – almost daily – to focus. In my pocket, I carry an extension of my memory, on which I made notes for this very story. Caffeine and smart phones might not strike most people as human enhancements, but in changing how we use our bodies and brains, they are exactly that. They improve our subjective wellbeing…

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‘It’s not about the money’

‘It’s not about the money’

ACTING City of Perth Lord Mayor James Limnios says he wants free half hour or one-hour parking in the high streets of the CBD if re-elected next month. Mr Limnios took over the duties of the top job on Thursday after the Court of Appeal put on hold Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s 18-month disqualification over her failure to properly disclose gifts and travel. Mr Limnios said his priority was to stabilise the council, but said he planned to make free parking available for people visiting the key retail and entertainment…

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US-backed forces move on ISIS in Syrian city

US-backed forces move on ISIS in Syrian city

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of mostly Kurdish and some Arab militias, said the push is designed to force the terror movement from eastern parts of the city — the largest in eastern Syria and one of the largest in the country. The SDF is already fighting ISIS in its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, and is now aiming to clear the eastern bank of the Euphrates River of the militant fighters, a statement said. Deir Ezzor is arguably more important to ISIS than Raqqa. It sits at…

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Silver City Stiletto delivers fabulous cargo to outback

Silver City Stiletto delivers fabulous cargo to outback

Updated September 09, 2017 07:31:42 Photo: Drag queen Maude Boate welcomes passengers to the Silver City Stiletto train. (ABC: Aimee Volkofsky) Related Story: How rural Australia has had to change its tune Broken Hill in far west New South Wales has welcomed the most fabulous train to arrive on its platform yet. Three carriages full of drag queens and fans of drag culture made their way from Sydney on Thursday for the city’s annual Broken Heel festival this weekend, through to Sunday. The 14-hour journey made stops at Strathfield, Parramatta,…

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