From pizza to placenta via pineapple and Clive Palmer. Peter Munro takes you through the week's news in six associative leaps.
In a dramatic turnaround the Australian sharemarket has posted a gain for October, led by the banks, and is now 3.4 per cent ahead for the year. The month began with shares spiralling towards a technical correction, having wiped out all the gains of 2014 in a September slump.
Eating is also about atmosphere ...the sounds and the smells and the spring evenings, says festival director Joanna Savill.
Uncertainty about federal government deregulation plans leave the university unable to plan for next year.
Italy is the most ignorant of 14 countries with high internet penetration when it comes to understanding its own people, according to a survey.
The Commonwealth Bank might have escaped a royal commission into its scandal-ridden financial planning division but its chairman David Turner will be called to address “concerns” in a public forum next year.
The latest survey of SMSFs from Multiport shows that for the June quarter, cash holdings in SMSFs reached a record low of 18.29 per cent.
The letters that spell out ANZAC have been stolen from the commemorative site at the North Beach in Turkey.
Julie Bishop has swapped mobile phone numbers in what she says was a "warm and engaging" first official conversation with her Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.
Seven Group Holdings has extended a $165 million loan to Nexus Energy for two weeks as it continues to seek regulatory approval for the troubled takeover of the debt-laden oil and gas explorer.