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January 23, 2022

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 26 January

Once upon a time, in another century, women’s most popular knickers were cottontails, and men wore baggy, white underpants, called Y-fronts. Both...

January 16, 2022

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 16 January

An army of Martians, visiting Ballarat as part of a reconnoitre for a proposed imminent invasion of Australia, could be forgiven for...

January 9, 2022

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 9 January

Beer loomed large in the lives of kids who grew-up in the heat of the north-eastern goldfields of Western Australia, where the...

January 2, 2022

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 2 January

When I think about it I shake my head incredulously. The notion is too absurd to be true! This year, 2022 marks...

December 25, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 25 December

Christmas is that time of year when, around the world, Christians gather together in towering cathedrals and small parish churches, to celebrate...

December 19, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 19 December

Victorian Senator David Van’s yobbish behaviour in the Federal Senate, and for which he later apologised, is an unsettling manifestation of power-drunk,...

December 12, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 12 December

“It’s un-Australian”, whatever that means? Erroneously, one hears it from politicians wanting to condemn a situation, or a happening, which does not...

December 5, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 5 December

What the Australian test cricketer/wicketkeeper, Tim Paine, does in his private life is categorically none of our business. We have become a...

December 5, 2021

What is the Question – December

For the final What is the Question for 2021, Roland Rocchiccioli talked with Trevor Walker, a Ballarat specialty baker, about his new home-delivery bakery...

December 5, 2021

Turn off the current lake lights plan

-OPINION

  THE proposed installation of two-hundred and twenty-five, five-and-half-metre-tall aluminium lamp posts on the perimeter of the lake is both wrong and regrettable. It...

December 4, 2021

Third parties in the health system

Over the last four weeks ROLAND ROCCHICCIOLI has looked at different aspects of our health care. So far he’s discussed chronic disease,...

November 28, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 28 November

It used to be said that ‘manners maketh man’ - and women, in this egalitarian age. Somehow, somewhere, along the line, good...

November 28, 2021

Health system funding and challenges

Over four weeks ROLAND ROCCHICCIOLI is looking at different aspects of our health care. So far he’s discussed chronic disease and our...

November 21, 2021

The medical boom: hospitals post war

Over four weeks ROLAND ROCCHICCIOLI is looking at different aspects of our health care. Last week it was chronic disease still to...

November 21, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 21 November

The Labor State Government is to be applauded for providing the necessary funding to light the perimeter of Lake Wendouree. Clearly, the...

November 14, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 14 November

War is not the opposite of peace. War is a breakdown of civilisation. War is what happens when language fails, and leaders...

November 13, 2021

Whose health is it? Chronic disease

From the patient’s perspective, the question is: “Hey! Whose health is it?”   PATIENT B presents with morbid obesity; develops diabetes type 2 and dies...

November 7, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 7 November

Ballarat is not some sleepy hollow sequestered in a 20th century time warp. It is an important regional city. Only a pessimist...

November 7, 2021

What is the Question November

This month Roland caught up with photographer and environmental campaigner Peter Kervarec.

  What is your name? Peter Kervarec   What is your occupation? Professional photographer...

October 31, 2021

Vale Bert Newton: Roland reflects

Albert Watson Newton AM, MBE (23 July 1938 – 30 October 2021)

THE death of Bert Newton marks the end of a...

October 31, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 31 October

There are those comments which are so profoundly stupid it leaves you questioning everything – even the very existence of the universe!

THE...

October 24, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 24 October

It is a statistic which pours shame on every post-war Australian government; and one which should galvanise every thinking person to take stock! INCREDULOUSLY, forty-three...

October 17, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 17 October

Theocracy: literally - a government of God; a country which is governed by religious leaders. A form known to many ancient peoples...

October 10, 2021

What is the Question – October

For October’s What is the Question Roland chatted with long-time 3BA on air talent Paul Taylor.

What is your name? Paul Taylor.   What is your...

October 10, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 10 October

Since when did the musings of the next-door neighbour, or the person who lives across the street from the scene of the...

October 3, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 3 October

The death of actress Jane Powell, who starred in the screen musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, set me to thinking about...

September 26, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 26 September

You need to wonder about keyboard warriors. They are so brave while they are tucked-away under their dark rock, anonymously spewing their...

September 19, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 19 September

This requires a fleeting suspension of disbelief. Imagine if a shark were to wander into the middle of a main street. There...

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