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?
was the first song to hit the popular music charts sung in an Australian Aboriginal language, released by Warumpi Band
in 1983. [more inside]
Antony Green's Election Calculator
Compare your own predictions with Antony Green’s. Handy list of recent past polls to see just what sort of caning the Gillard government might be in for. Probably more fun for coalition voters than Labor voters.
Controversial Australian newspaper columnist
and television host Andrew Bolt
has been found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act
when he suggested in 2009 that "fаіr-skinned Aborigines identified themselves аѕ such fοr personal gain" (official court judgement)
. Andrew Bolt has responded
, along with other writers claiming the ruling will "harm healthy debate"
and "stile free speech".
Commentary site Crikey has collected other responses
and suggests that 'he may turn out to be the courtroom loser who wins the propaganda war'.
The people have
spoken mumbled a bit
. The Australian Federal election
held last Saturday has produced an extraordinary result
. A minority government with the support of 1 Green
) 4 very independent independents
will should result
, but which way will it fall
? Every Westminster-style government, claimed to produce strong stable majorities, now has a hung parliament
Even though results may not be known for several days yet, we can acknowledge
the outstanding work of the Australian Electoral Commission
The eccentric independent Australian MP Bob Katter brings bush poetry to campaigning
"It's a barbecue area."
"They call this
, aka Norman Gunston
, aka the "little aussie bleeder
," may be well known out Australia way. For most Americans, however, Norman G
remains far, far down under the radar. But he's the forefather of the UK's Ali G
; he's Canadian Nardwuar thee Human Serviette's
nerdier dad; he's America's Lazlo Toth
(US) with a combover and a microphone; he's Jiminy Glick
's Jack Sprat
. Perhaps you saw Norman long ago
in a segment on USA Network's Night Flight
. [bonus: many many youtubes of Night Flight segments, courtesy of this awesome website.]
But I bet you didn't know he released a KIckaSS single
), jammed with Frank Zappa
, and was at the right place and time to upstage a piece of Australian History
. Not bad for someone whom Keith Moon dumped his drink on and called a "great pooftah." [more inside]
Oodles of past and current interviews with both living
celebrities and interesting nobodies
over at the support website
for Andrew Denton's Australian television show Enough Rope
. You will find video excerpts, some full interviews as audio downloads (the more recent ones), and lots of transcripts.
of Australia's worst mass murder will be remembered today
, on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy in Port Arthur
in Tasmania. [MI]
Nice Beer Ad from Down Under
a 1000 Auzzies in gowns crossing over the sheep strewn plains of Australia.
Ahh..foreign ads..perhaps this indeed the next form of cultural worms? I can see those soulless bastards on Madison Ave.."Yes..lets push hard on the foreign angle and prey/pray some poor sod on MeFi picks it up..we'll be rich I tell ya RICH!!!"
Forgive me MeFiers.