Tag Archive: Australia

Mar 08

Review: Australian Story by Tania McCartney

I attended a performance by John Cleese this evening before sitting down to write this review (stick with me, this will all make sense soon). During the performance, Cleese took the audience on a journey through his childhood and career, refering to several significant relationships and the impact they had on him personally and professionally. …

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Jan 26

Happy Australia Day

No matter what you’ve done to celebrate, commemorate or ignore Australia Day, we should all end the day with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem. Not that fussed on the traditional version? You could try singing the lyrics to the theme song of Gilligan’s Island (it works, try it) or you could make it …

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Jan 25

Celebrating Australia Day

Australian flag

I struggle each year with celebrating Australia Day. Not the day itself, but the date. Each year, I find myself wondering how we can celebrate cultural unity and national pride on a date that is at best irrelevant to most Australia (ie immigrants from countries other than the UK and residents of states other than …

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Jan 12

Of Droughts and Flooding Rains

Low tide looking from Stamford Plaza towards Botanical Gardens - photo by Annie.

Australia is a land of extremes. Of bushfires and avalanches, beaches and rain forests. Of cute, cuddly mammals and more venomous snakes and spiders than you can poke a stick at (but don’t poke them with a stick, because it just makes them cross and that’s a really bad idea). Of cattle stations and thriving …

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Jul 02

Review: Our Australia series by Phil Kettle

This is a fun new series about Australian geography and culture for primary school kids. Taha is a fun character with a great sense of humour and an eye for interesting people and places as he travels around Australia with his mother in their campervan. My older kids have read the first four books in …

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Jun 18

How Aussie are You?

Parliament House Flag, Canberra

I found this meme at Tina Gray {dot} Me, who apparently borrowed it from Flawed. It’s like the circle of life, but with blog content rather than cute animated Disney characters. So here goes, I’ve highlighted all the one’s I’ve completed and added some extra comments in brackets here and there (you might want to …

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Jun 08

Review: Roadside Sisters by Wendy Harmer

This is a fun, light-hearted, amusing novel. I did find that I could predict the outcome of the story from quite early on, but I found Harmer’s humour and entertaining descriptions of people and events more than offset any predictability. The mobile home plastered with a life-style Elvis Presley decal, the campground adventures and the …

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Jun 29

Review: Me, Oliver Bright by Megan de Kantzow

Presented as a school project, this is the story of Oliver Bright and his family. Comparing Oliver’s life with the experiences of his father and grandfather growing up, Me, Oliver Bright shows just how much life in Australia has changed over the past three generations and also compares the country childhood of Oliver’s grandfather and …

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Apr 30

Review: The Stamp of Australia by Kelly Burke

Despite the fact that I have a (much neglected) stamp collection of my own, I approached reviewing this book with some trepidation. I expected a rather factual presentation of names, dates and places in a kind of extended timeline illustrated with various stamps of significance. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Stamp …

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Apr 24

Review: Aussie Gems Series

The Aussie Gems series features amusing Australian adaptations of well-known nursery rhymes and fairy tales and picture book versions of popular Australia folksongs. Nursery Rhyme Titles Goldilocks and the Three Koalas (Words: Kel Richards, Pictures: Claire Richards) Cindy-Ella (Words: Tom Champion, Pictures: Glen Singleton) The Three Little Bush Pigs (Words and Pictures: Paul Dallimore) Folksong …

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