Bowerbirds, a family of 20 species in eight genera
, are a fascinating bunch of birds who range from New Guinea and Australia. Some are flashy, others drab
, but all are named for the "bowers" (avenues, huts, or towers of sticks
) that the males craft and decorate
to attract a mate. There are regional styles
(PDF) in the design of the bowers, and the male Greater Bowerbirds even employ optical illusions
. Some, like the Vogelkop Bowerbird
, add mimicry vocal to their repertoire of courting methods. Add accidental cultivation to the list of fascinating features of the bowerbirds
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 26, 2012 -
The Honeymoon From Hell.
Stefan and Erika Svanstrom had planned a long trip that would start in Singapore in early December and end in China four months later.
But things didn't go exactly as planned. They encountered floods, fires, tsunamis and earthquakes along the way.
posted by mannequito
on May 6, 2011 -
Ryan Strathfield has uploaded hundreds of rock and pop songs from Australia and New Zealand to YouTube, organized by year (full list inside). Here are some favorites, Marcia Hines' Eleanor Rigby
, The Boys Next Door's Shivers
, The Falling Joys' You're in a Mess
, Split Enz' I See Red
and Warumpi Band's Blackfella Whitefella
. Strathfield focuses on the period 1974-89 but it extends back into the 60s and forward into the 90s. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 31, 2009 -
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 20, 2008 -
The Seventh State.
An Australian federal parliamentary committee
with looking into the harmonisation of the Australian and New Zealand legal systems, has concluded
that the two countries
should work towards a full union, or at least have a single currency and common markets.
NZ's Minister for Foreign Affairs
has rubbished the idea
as "parliamentary adventurism", but the Australian constitution provides
for just such an eventuality.
One of the key hurdles
for any union would
Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. Misinterpreted, misunderstood, and hotly debated
Tiriti has long been one of the reasons put for the difficult road facing New Zealand in becoming a republic
. Having abolished appeals to the Privy Council
adopted a new electoral system
, declared itself nuclear free
(.pdf), taken France to court
and opposed the war in Iraq
, New Zealand has
certainly embraced it's 'independence'. But a contracting sharemarket
, muddled coalition building
in government, and an increased
focus on trans-Tasman alignment
has lead some to
support the idea of a less formal separation between the two countries. However a common currency has already been
by New Zealand's Finance Minister.
What hope then
, for ANZAC
union? And does it matter, when the rest of the world can't tell us apart
posted by szechuan
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Biggest Hair in Sports. Ever.
Australia and New Zealand recently played a Twenty20 cricket match in Auckland
- the first time this shortened version of the game (it only
take four hours to play) has been played in New Zealand.
To celebrate the occasion, the New Zealand team (for some unknown reason) spent the weeks before the game going retro: growing 70s style moustaches and sideburns, and wore their much-maligned beige uniforms that the one day team used to wear in the 80s. When the team took to the pitch
in front of a capacity stadium, the crowd was suitably rapturous in their appreciation of the efforts made
Has a bigger mop of hair
ever taken to a field or court in a professional sport, anywhere, ever?
posted by noizyboy
on Feb 24, 2005 -
It's our language, not yours.
So, you were born in an English-speaking country founded by the English, speak English, have a degree in English, write and publish in English, have lived in England for years, and would like to become an English citizen? Sorry, you failed our English test to determine whether you have workable English, so you can't be English.
posted by rory
on Aug 19, 2004 -