The secret ingredient in Geoff Beattie’s rich dark fruit cake.
Need a heartwarming story? "Geoff Beattie had arrived. Show after show, city after city, state after state, word began to spread about the mysterious widowed dairy farmer who was toppling the greats of Australian show cooking." Might you or someone you know have had a similar experience?
posted by gusset
on Sep 20, 2014 -
March in August: thousands rally against Tony Abbott by taking to streets
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets for the latest wave of protests against the federal government.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Aug 31, 2014 -
Demonstrations were held in cities across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, to protest against a range of of social and economic policies being implemented by the Abbott government.
About 3,000 protesters marched through Sydney, voicing their concerns on a range of issues, from Australia's asylum seeker policies, to education cuts and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Featured in the Australian literary journal Meanjin
, Restless Indigenous Remains
is a Paul Daley essay on how the Australian government's National Museum handles the remains of Indigenous people accumulated during Australia's colonial period. An engaging, thoughtful and sobering piece, it covers the history of 'remains collection' in Australia, as well as the current debate concerning whether the Indigenous defenders against colonial expansion should be recognized by the Australian War Memorial.
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Aug 6, 2014 -
It's NAIDOC week in Australia. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which dates from the 1920s. NAIDOC Week
is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. ... Music and more inside. [more inside]
posted by valetta
on Jul 7, 2014 -
From the album of the same name
recorded in Jamaica in 1979, Serge Gainsbourg smokes, samples and sings "La Marseillaise"
to a loping reggae beat, leaves out some words and titles it "Aux armes, et cætera"
, thereby deeply offending some of his co-citoyens. I was recently discussing the Marseillaise with a French person, who linked me to Gainsbourg's version. My friend agreed that musically his country's national anthem was wonderful, but said the violence of the lyrics disgusted him. It's interesting to consider a nation's official anthem in the cultural and political setting of its birth, and then contrast with the present day. [more inside]
posted by valetta
on Jul 2, 2014 -
The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jun 6, 2014 -
We’re all familiar with the stories of Russian oligarchs buying up mansions in London, but this is a much broader phenomenon. A torrent of capital from wealthy people in emerging markets—from China, above all, but also from Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East—has flowed into the real-estate markets of big cities in other countries, driving up prices and causing a luxury-construction boom. ... The globalization of real estate upends some of our basic assumptions about housing prices. We expect them to reflect local fundamentals—above all, how much people earn. In a truly global market, that may not be the case.
James Surowiecki writing in the New Yorker on the rise of a truly global market in real estate
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear
on May 25, 2014 -
Australia's 2014-2015 budget
was just released. Amongst the casualties: television
, young people
(and the organisations that help them
) and old people
, tech startups
, postgraduate students
, people with disabilities
and anyone seeking medical care
, foreign aid
, Indigenous people
, the arts
, renewable energy
, and the environment
. However, if you are in defence
, or Indonesian immigration
, you should be fine.
posted by divabat
on May 13, 2014 -
When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview
posted by scalefree
on Apr 17, 2014 -
How Reader's Digest Became a Chinese Stooge
Larkin was delighted when Reader's Digest said it would take her work for one of its anthologies of condensed novels. Thirst would reach a global audience and – who knows? – take off. Reader's Digest promised "to ensure that neither the purpose nor the opinion of the author is distorted or misrepresented", and all seemed well. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad
on Mar 30, 2014 -
When Australian prime minister Tony Abbott paused on the lawn of Parliament House to engage a group of high school students in conversation, he may have been hoping to impress some future voters. However, the questions fired at him by the 14-year-olds - about asylum seekers, gay marriage and why he has appointed himself Minister for Women - seemed to take him aback
(warning: camera is level with Abbott's crotch.)
The students involved
later participated in the March in March
– a series of protests against current government policies which took place in 29 locations across Australia over three days. Despite over 100,000 turning out, the protests was little coverage by mainstream media – leading to criticism
even from within
the media’s own ranks
posted by andraste
on Mar 18, 2014 -
Chris Lilley is an Australian comedian, television producer, actor, musician and writer
, who got his major start as the drama teacher, Mr. G.
, in the sketch comedy series Big Bite
. The series ended after one season, and Lilley went on to create four subsequent mocumentary-style series, We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year
, Summer Heights High
, Angry Boys
, and most recently Ja'mie: Private School Girl
. Each show consists of primary characters all played by Lilley, ranging from a 47 year old woman with skeletal dysplasia
, a 13-year-old school boy with a Tongan accent
(NSFW language), a 24 year-old African American rap artist from Los Angeles
(NSFW language), and a 16 year old girl from a grammar school
, to name a few. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 8, 2014 -
Hard right Conservative
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi
, who in 2012 year was removed as parliamentary secretary and opposition whip to Tony Abbott as a result of arguing that same-sex marriages would lead to legalised polygamy and bestiality
, is no stranger to controversy.
A noted climate change sceptic
, and critic of both Islam
and publicly-funded broadcasting
, Bernardi has just published his manifesto -- The Conservative Revolution
-- calling for "a reversal back to sanity and reason"
Reviews on Amazon have been less than favourable
, but his book has put contentious issues such as abortion
, the structure
of the modern family and WorkChoices
firmly at centrestage as the unpopular conservative government seeks to reconnect with voters
who so comprehensively removed the Labor Party from Government in September 2013.
that the danger in Bernardi's comments is that they shift the goalposts on what is considered outrageous
, and re-ignite
the culture wars
. Or is it too late
The Prime Minister has again been forced to distance himself from Bernardi's views
, and Warren Entch has criticised him for his "gay obsession
In 2012 the Global Mail called him Australia's Sarah Palin
, but he also shares the Six Fs philosophy
of Rick Santorum
: Faith, Family, Flag, Free enterprise, Federation and Freedom
posted by Mezentian
on Jan 7, 2014 -
Do not return after an encounter. Australian magpies have an incredible memory (as with all members of the Corvid family, they are very intelligent) and will attack the same people again and again. It is also too bad if you happen to look like someone they attacked before.
-- Thoughts on Australia fauna
posted by Chrysostom
on Dec 9, 2013 -
West Australian MP Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow have become the first same-sex couple
to legally marry in Australia. But the High Court of Australia may declare the legislation that allowed them to get married — and thus their marriage itself — invalid next week. [more inside]
posted by Georgina
on Dec 7, 2013 -