October 9th 2004

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Articles from this issue:

ELECTION 2004: Will Labor, Liberal big-spending promises swing voters?

EDITORIAL: Election auction ignores the real challenge

NATIONAL PARTY: John Anderson accused of misleading voters

EDUCATION: Behind Labor's church school 'hit list'

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The outlaw seas and international terrorism / Renaissance of Australian unionism?

FEDERAL ELECTION: Major parties gag candidates

BIOETHICS: Embryo research and the tooth fairy

MEDICINE: Coma arousal therapy: Dr Ted Freeman's treatment for PVS patients

DRUGS: Parents reject marijuana decriminalisation

AGEING: Wanted: Loving family to adopt 'granddad au pair'

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: End the UN political stand-off against Taiwan

CHINA: Hong Kong elections a clear win for democracy

INDIA: Secularism an absolute necessity for India

POLITICAL IDEAS: Ten principles of a property-owning democracy

Taiwan's exclusion from UN unjustified (letter)

Australia needs infrastructure (letter)

Time for men's policy (letter)

BOOKS: ANTI-AMERICANISM, by Jean-François Revel

BOOKS: THE EMPTY CRADLE, by Phillip Longman

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Wanted: Loving family to adopt 'granddad au pair'

by Peter Popham

News Weekly, October 9, 2004
A 79-year-old Italian man has advertised in a newspaper for a family to adopt him as a "granddad au pair".

Giorgio Angelozzi, widow, classics scholar and former teacher, is one of three million pensioners living alone in a country with one of the lowest birth rates in the world. He hopes that a family will adopt him so that he can pass on his learning to someone and be appreciated during his final years.

For 40 years Mr Angelozzi taught at one of Rome's most sought-after high schools. "I watched an army of people go by," he sighed. "Now I find myself begging for human contact."

Mr Angelozzi's brain is as alert as ever. For 40 years he stuffed his head with classics.

But today the only beneficiaries of that knowledge and passion are Mr Angelozzi's seven cats.

  • Peter Popham in The Independent (UK), August 31, 2004

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