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Australia's big things - Wikipedia
"The big things of Australia are a loosely related set of large structures, some of which are novelty architecture and some are sculptures. [...] There are big things in every state and territory in Australia."
australia  architecture  art 
9 weeks ago by kevan
BBC News - How can birds teach each other to talk?
"So the [escaped] pet bird begins to say things it's been taught by its owner and the rest of the flock learns and starts speaking too, to mimic the pet bird."
birds  language  australia 
september 2011 by kevan
Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater | COSMOS magazine
"Duane Hamacher, an astrophysicist studying Aboriginal astronomy at Sydney's Macquarie University, used Google Maps to search for the signs of impact craters in areas related to Aboriginal stories of stars or stones hitting the ground."
maps  history  australia  space  via:duncan 
january 2010 by kevan
Australian couple served with legal documents via Facebook - Telegraph
"The Facebook profiles showed the defendants' dates of birth, email addresses and friend lists - and the co-defendants were friends with one another. This information was enough to satisfy the court that Facebook was a sufficient method of communicating with the defendants. [...] The judge stipulated that the papers be sent via a private email so that other people visiting the page could not read their contents."
law  australia  society  web 
december 2008 by kevan
Science News / Reviving Extinct DNA
"[To] re-create the thylacine [would] take years and be would be extremely costly, not to mention that at some point, a chimeric animal (part-mouse, part-thylacine) would be unlikely to survive."
genetics  science  rodents  mutation  australia 
may 2008 by kevan
Clive Thompson on How the Next Victim of Climate Change Will Be Our Minds
"They're suffering symptoms eerily similar to those of indigenous populations that are forcibly removed from their traditional homelands. It's [that] the familiar markers of their area, the physical and sensory signals that define home, are vanishing."
memory  nostalgia  psychology  depression  australia  society  plants  pollution 
january 2008 by kevan
Tank driver 'had beef' with phone towers | NEWS.com.au
"A former Telstra worker allegedly stole a tank and used it to demolish six mobile phone towers as he led police on a wild two-hour rampage through western Sydney yesterday."
phones  transport  demolition  australia 
july 2007 by kevan
Go to Australia or use your own judgment | Guardian Unlimited Politics
"As prime minister, [Brown] has to write a letter, in his own hand, giving instructions detailing what the UK's response should be in the event of a pre-emptive nuclear attack. [It] will be opened only by the commander of a British Trident submarine."
politics  war  australia  paper  secrets  via:lmg 
june 2007 by kevan
MHFA- Home
"Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves."
psychology  medicine  australia  via:mindhacks 
august 2006 by kevan
cityofsound: The Shock of the New World, with respect to the flora and fauna of Australia
A rambling travelogue of an alien world, quoting and framing masses of good sources. "34 degrees and 93% humidity. To call this 'Autumn' is an inversion of the word indeed, like swans here are black not white, like the coriolis effect."
travel  australia  society  history  via:plasticbag 
july 2006 by kevan
Bigger than Christmas - Entertainment - smh.com.au
The Sydney Biennale. "Gormley has shipped out his Asian Field, an installation of 180,000 hand-sized clay figurines. Three hundred and fifty villagers in [China] individually crafted the figurines in just five days from more than 100 tonnes of red clay."
art  australia  todo 
july 2006 by kevan
Melbourne: great baking from Australia
"In Victoria, bakers share information freely with one another, they help each other out, and (on the quiet) they compete with one another. Here in Britain they'll compete for customers, [...] to be the biggest and most lucrative bakery in the region."
food  australia  business  via:jones 
april 2006 by kevan
Apple iPod: One Giant Leap for Advertising - boakes.org
"The ad, which depicts Apple's flagship iPod product has been constructed on the site of an abandoned mineral mine in remote western Australia." To be unveiled on April Fool's day. Actually just a salt farm.
advertising  space  australia  hoaxes  via:webb 
march 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | The writing on the wall
"Melbourne is the proud capital of street painting with stencils. [...] Preparations for the Commonwealth games brought a tidal wave of grey paint, obliterating years of unique and vibrant culture overnight."
graffiti  australia  paint  politics 
march 2006 by kevan
Northern Territory News: Free beer for toads
"Anyone over the age of 18 who captures a toad and delivers it alive to the Darwin RSPCA qualifies for a glass of icy cold Coopers beer at the Cavenagh Hotel."
frogs  drinks  australia  death  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
Dispatch Online - Birds mimic cellphone ring
Here we go, from June 2001: "With one of the highest rates of mobile phones per head of population in the world, common Australian mimic birds such as the bower and lyre are increasingly hearing the ringing of mobile phones in rural areas."
birds  phones  music  memetics  australia 
july 2005 by kevan
The Morning News - Tricks of the Trade
Strange tips and tricks and secrets (I know the graphic designer one well). "In Australia, the butchers have a secret language called 'rechtub klat' that they use to gossip about customers without getting caught."
australia  clowns  language  secrets 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Hungry world 'must eat less meat'
Too much water's being used up in food production. "Australians were astonished to find that although their country is short of water, they're net exporters of water in the form of meat."
apocalypse  australia  famine  food  future  water 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Super ant colony hits Australia
Genetically-similar imported ant colonies merge to form a single, giant ant utopia, instead of fighting each other like they're supposed to.
ants  apocalypse  australia  cities  genetics 
august 2004 by kevan
ZEN-STYLE | Fool's World Map
Drawing a map on the instructions of idiots. "Since Aussie seems not to know the exact shape of their country, the shape of Australia has been changed to the shape of Shikoku (prefecture in Japan)."
australia  lunacy  maps  world 
august 2004 by kevan
The Age : On Ya Trolley
"All trolley collectors have this dream that they're chasing them down the street." Interview with a lost-supermarket-trolley hunter. (Why are all Australian hunters called Steve?)
australia  interviews  shops 
july 2004 by kevan
TV Will Change Your Life - from Australian House and Garden, September 1956
"But it has been shown overseas that while children were glued to the set when it was new - and who wouldn't be? - after a time they became more selective."
australia  history  television 
may 2004 by kevan

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