Tuesday December 30, 2008IT WAS a year with a welcome arrival and a tragic departure. Vladimir Ashkenazy, who becomes the Sydney Symphony's principal conductor and artistic adviser next year, returned in November for another single-composer festival (Elgar) and coaxed from the orchestra its best playing as well as an outstanding performance of the First Symphony and an anguished reading of the Cello Concerto by soloist Jian Wang.
Monday December 29, 2008IT was a missed meeting with a friend that led to Simon Marlan wandering around Blackbutt Reserve on an afternoon in November.
Sunday December 28, 2008SOME people are careless with radioactive stuff. North Korea, with its nuclear tests, is one example. Another is Homer Simpson who, in the opening credits of The Simpsons, leaves a nuclear plant with a green radioactive rod lodged in his shirt. Now there's Cadbury Schweppes, which in late November lost in Melbourne two pieces of radioactive equipment that remain at large.
Monday December 15, 2008VICTORIAN-BASED companies fared better on the sharemarket last month than those based in most of the other mainland states, according to the Deloitte stock index for November.
Friday December 12, 2008Helfgott brilliant My wife and I are grateful for William Verity's article (Mercury, November 18), alerting readers to David Helfgott's Shine On piano recital at Mittagong Playhouse on December 8.
Tuesday December 9, 2008Harbour lovers unite I had a feeling of dread and desperation after reading Paul Myjavecs letter (Saturday, November 29) about developing Wollongong Harbour.
Saturday December 6, 2008Accusing a scientist of falsifying data is a grave and professionally damaging charge, about the worst one can make. Michael Duffy was careless and wrong to allege that Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "fudged" climate data during his recent public lecture in Sydney ("Truly inconvenient truths about climate change being ignored", November 8).
Friday December 5, 2008THEATRE BELLE'S LINE Old Fitzroy Theatre, November 30 Until December 23
November Lake Macquarie Named After Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Area: About 750 Sq Km. Population: 183,139
Thursday December 4, 2008NOVEMBER LAKE MACQUARIE Named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Area: About 750 sq km. Population: 183,139
Wednesday December 3, 2008THE summer heat has arrived after a drier-than-average November that yielded Newcastle's coldest day in 20 years.
Wednesday December 3, 2008SERAPHIM TRIO Melba Hall, November 28 www.seraphimtrio.com
Tuesday December 2, 2008MSO CHAMBER PLAYERS Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank November 30 www.mso.com.au
Tuesday December 2, 2008I write to correct some inaccuracies in the article about Jeffrey Gilham ("Guilty of killing parents, 15 years on", November 29-30).
Tuesday December 2, 2008Keep historic harbour I read with interest the letter from Paul Myjavec (Mercury November 29, re Wollongong Harbour).
Tuesday December 2, 2008SYDNEY SYMPHONY MICHELE CAMPANELLA Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, November 28
Monday December 1, 2008QUEEN C Belvoir St Downstairs November 28 Until December 21
Monday December 1, 2008Lack of transparency Wollongong Harbour Consultative Committee chairman David Fuller calls community groups such as ROC and the wider public, such as the 300 who attended a public meeting, as "naysayers"(Mercury November 26).
Monday December 1, 2008RABBIT Wharf Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, November 27 Until January 18