Category Archives: Australian culture

Yunupingu dies at 46. Devastating Loss for World Music

I have heard him play and sing at Womadelaide and have many of his tapes to stir me with his haunting music and lyrics. The world will sorely miss this blind Aboriginal artiste from the Yolngu people whose heart and music reached beyond his clan. Michael Roberts

Acclaimed indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu dies aged 46

The world acclaimed blind indigenous music artist Dr G Yunupingu has died aged 46 at Royal Darwin Hospital. Dr Yunupingu’s record label, Skinnyfish, posted a brief statement on Facebook on Wednesday morning remembering Dr Yunupingu as “one of the most important figures in Australian music history”. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under art & allure bewitching, Australian culture, australian media, life stories, performance, unusual people

Beer Temperature: Australia invents the Simplest Gauge

 How to tell the Correct Temperature of Beer…… For the true and discriminating aficionado, a glass of the finest beer should only be partaken if it is the correct temperature.   The subtle nuance of the melded grains…the fragile and fleeting taste of the brewers’ art…can only be truly appreciated if that golden elixir is properly chilled.

No, its not the Beer Fridge … 

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under art & allure bewitching, Australian culture, taking the piss

High Tea at Canberra as Lanka’s Tea Trade stimulates the World Palate

News Item from High Commission — Canberra, 7 July 2017

The Global Ceylon Tea Party celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea got underway on 6th July with the first party in the Pacific region being held in Canberra at the  Sri Lanka High Commission. Specially identified Tea businesses, Tea traders, travel writers & firms and selected academics, officials, diplomats were invited to this unique event.

The programme commenced with a video presentation on the symbol of quality that is Ceylon Tea, and High Commissioner S. Skandakumar addressing the gathering with an overview of the long traditions to ensure the quality and standard that are synonymous with Sri Lanka’s tea industry which has put the country on the world map.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australian culture, australian media, commoditification, cultural transmission, economic processes, education, export issues, foreign policy, heritage, historical interpretation, landscape wondrous, propaganda, sri lankan society, world events & processes

Sydney is now a Chinatown?

Rose Brennan, in the Daily Telegraph

AUSTRALIA’S greatest city is now more Chinese than British — with yesterday’s Census data revealing how much the incredible boom in Asian ­migration has changed the face of Sydney. In the past 25 years, the percentage of overseas born ­migrants in Sydney residents from China has risen an ­incredible 500 per cent. And for the first time ever, the greatest proportion of ­migrants in the Harbour City are from China rather than England.

 Paul Wong was just 18 when his family came to Sydney from Hong Kong

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australian culture, australian media, China and Chinese influences, cultural transmission, economic processes, ethnicity, growth pole, heritage, historical interpretation, immigration, landscape wondrous, life stories, modernity & modernization, plural society, politIcal discourse, population, religiosity, self-reflexivity, tolerance, travelogue, welfare & philanthophy, working class conditions, world events & processes

Tactical Push ‘n Shove on Sea and along Air in Asylum-Seeker ‘War’

Simon Benson,  in The Australian 29 June 2017, where the title is  “People-smugglers downsize to beat barricade”

Border protection officers intercept a people-smuggling boat, whose occupants were sent back to Sri Lanka on Monday
Border authorities are facing a new wave of people-smuggling operations described as “micro-ventures” designed to penetrate the naval barricade, with smaller, less detectable teams using more perilous sea routes.In what Border Protection ­officials claim is the emergence of a new model designed to test the Turnbull government’s resolve, four of the eight intercepts at sea since February last year have carried fewer than eight people.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australian culture, australian media, discrimination, economic processes, foreign policy, governance, historical interpretation, human rights, immigration, Indian Ocean politics, legal issues, life stories, politIcal discourse, population, power politics, security, sri lankan society, the imaginary and the real, truth as casualty of war, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes

Those without a Faith overtake the Catholics in Australia’s 2016 Census

News Item in News.com.au June 27, 2017

DESPITE a scare campaign about Australia becoming a “Muslim country”, those ticking “no religion” in the Census, has now overtaken the number of Catholics. It’s the first time in Australia’s history the number of people who claim “no religion” has overtaken Catholics. The latest Census showed those ticking “no religion” rose from 22.6 per cent to 29.6 per cent — nearly double the 16 per cent in 2001. Meanwhile, those identifying as Catholic dropped from 25.3 per cent to 22.6 per cent.

The number of Christians in total still made up 52 per cent of the population, but this is much less than the 88 per cent in 1966 and 74 per cent in 1991.

 Australia’s Population density before this census—  a/c https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/1nd1vg/australias_population_density/

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australian culture, australian media, economic processes, governance, heritage, historical interpretation, politIcal discourse, population, religiosity, world events & processes

Predator-Proof Fence to create Huge Wild Life Sanctuary

Paige Taylor  in The Australian, 13 June 2017,   where the title is “Predator-proof ploy foils feral-fed catastrophe”

Work has begun northwest of Alice Springs on the world’s largest predator-proof animal enclosure. It has come to this for our endangered species. The 185km electrified fence will separate feral cats from the marsupials they have pushed to the edge of extinction.  The non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy is buying vast tracts of the bush and fencing out feral cats that kill between five and seven animals each night.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Australian culture, australian media, economic processes, environmental degradation, heritage, landscape wondrous, modernity & modernization, performance, population, rehabilitation, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, wild life, world events & processes