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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 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

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...

September 5, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 5 September

Para athlete, Ntando Mahlangu of South Africa, is starring in a CITI television commercial. He says, "It's okay, you can stare. If...

September 5, 2021

What is the Question – September

For September’s What is the Question, Roland chatted with former City of Ballarat mayor and current south ward councillor Ben Taylor. Photo:...

August 29, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 29 August

How often must some people be told before it resonates: COVID-19 may kill you! Let there be no doubt. It is imperative...

August 29, 2021

The evacuation of serving Afghanis

-OPINION

THE shameful decision taken by the Commonwealth Government, to abandon those Afghans who worked alongside the Australian forces in the Afghanistan War,...

August 22, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 22 August

We used to believe it mattered not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game. Certainly, it was the...

August 15, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 15 August

If blokes were ordered to wear skimpy bathers to play beach handball we would have blood in the streets; however, when it...

August 8, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 8 August

The anti-lockdown protestors are to be roundly condemned; however, the blatant civil disobedience might be interpreted as a manifestation of a more pernicious malaise:...

August 1, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 1 August

Two things are infinite, as far as we know: the universe, and human stupidity.

TODAY we know that this statement is not...

July 25, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 25 July

The actor, the late Robert Morley, said of banks, “They should be in backstreets with brothels!”

If that offends any member of the...

July 18, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 18 July

There are those moments in life, so profound, either you embrace them with alacrity, or you spiral into the deepest depression.

I...

July 11, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 11 July

The closure of the camera shop on the Sturt Street Boulevard is a sad sign of the times. It proves: Ballarat is...

July 11, 2021

What is the Question – July

For July’s What is the Question Roland chatted with piano virtuoso Wendy Rechenberg.   What is your name? Wendy Rechenberg.   What is your occupation? Accompanist/piano teacher.   What brought you to...

July 4, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 4 July

It is a simplistic concept and probably fraught with danger as a consequence, but it is time. Let the punishment fit the crime! Obviously, there...