$74m put aside to pay for ‘blatant’ campaigns

"Blatant political campaigns": Prime Minister Julia Gillard with campaigners from 'I Give a Gonski'. Photo: Angela WylieAn extra $74 million will be channelled into federal government advertising campaigns despite the budget's bleak finances.
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The budget papers confirm the new spending includes $21 million to promote the Gonski school reforms,

Baz’s big black jazzy blancmange

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to question Baz Luhrmann’s devotion to his subject. The Great Gatsby - all 150 pages of it - has been consuming the man for a decade. He appears to have gone to some lengths to ensure his lavish interpretation be acknowledged as such.
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Yet this thoroughly

The wrath of Roth: no more Mr Bad Guy

Tim Roth is an utter bastard - the Tim Roth we've come to know on screen, that is. An apprentice assassin in Stephen Frears' The Hit; the squealing, bleeding stuck pig that is Mr Orange in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs; the sadistic dandy Cunningham in his Oscar-nominated role in Rob Roy. The Tim Roth we

Killing time, with a conscience

Jon Bernthal plays an ex-con in Snitch, an ''intense examination of a law that screws people over''. Photo: SuppliedAnyone who knows Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead - in the smash-hit zombie show's first two seasons he was cop Shane, a muscle-bound thug who thought the solution to every problem could be found at the

What a picture is worth

As a business journalist, I have endured a mind-numbing array of PowerPoint presentations about everything from banking to Lower Slobbovian hoe-handle production. Slide after boring slide has filled innumerable screens while presenters droned through scripts, most of which we could read on the screen, but didn't.
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I am told

Radios rise and shine

Some years ago, we went looking for bedside radios that looked good and sounded good. Simple? After a couple of weeks, we found just one. It was a Bose Wave and cost $633. So we lowered our sights and wrote about three $50 models that were ugly and sounded like, well, $50.

Pedal towards improvement

The iBike system.If you're a cyclist who likes tech, it makes sense that you'd want to track your ride stats to give you a fitness post you can brag about on sites such as RunKeeper, Strava or MyFitnessPal.
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The iBike system is a phone holder and app that

Fire on the mountain

Marketing gadgets is a tricky business. You can go the Apple way and keep everything a secret until launch day, building up expectation and excitement, or you can follow the Olympus lead and give the world a good look at your new device months before it hits the shops.
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Clicks and tricks: buyer beware

Patriotic exhortations from the ''Buy Australian'' movement notwithstanding, there are many reasons why more of us are shopping online. The strong Australian dollar gives us buying power on overseas sites, many of which offer product selections unmatched in stores close to home, at much lower prices. And the customer service - often indifferent -