Yearly Archives: 2019

Those Aussie Icons We Know and Love Part 1

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While Hollywood is in the U.S., many of its stars actually come from Australia. Aussie culture has made itself known throughout the world, and here we’re going to look at those most famous of Australians who’ve truly made it as bona fide icons. Icons of pop culture are some the world’s most famous celebrities. While some celebrities might not be all that well known outside of their particular sphere, almost every one of us immediately recognises the name of an icon, even if they work in a medium or genre that we wouldn’t consider ourselves consumers in. Who doesn’t know who Madonna is, for example? You don’t have to like […]

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The Weird and Wonderful Animals of Australia Part 2

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Numbat The Numbat is a marsupial that lives in the southwest of Western Australia. It’s so small that it’s hunted by animals such as birds of prey, dingoes, foxes, and feral cats. The endangered animal lives on termites only, and as these termites are active during the day, the Numbat is the only marsupial that’s diurnal. It spends its nights hiding in burrows or logs not big enough to accommodate its predators. To further defend itself against nighttime predators, it takes advantage of its thick-skinned rump when blocking the entrance. Short-beaked Echidna The Echidna has a quoll-like pouch, porcupine-like spines, and lays eggs in a similar manner to that of […]

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The Weird and Wonderful Animals of Australia Part 1

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Some 30 million years ago, Australia had separated from Antarctica and took the journey north. Subsequent changes to climate and land formation, along with separation from the rest of the world, led to the unique fauna and flora seen ‘down under’ today. In fact, over 80 per cent of Australian mammals, reptiles, frogs, and plants are unique to the country and can’t be found in any other country. Some Australian animals, such as wombats, wallabies, and kangaroos, are well known, as are the echidna, platypus, and koala. However, there remain many animals that many of us are unaware of when it comes to those native to Australia. Here, we’ll take […]

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8 Strange Things Australians Say

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Chatting with Australians isn’t always an easy task. Even when the conversation is based around things you both have a passion for, such as sunshine and sports, it can sound like two people speaking two different languages. Australians love a good old abbreviation. In fact, they’ve turned it into something of a pastime, choosing to inject their own version of the English language with some creative phrases such as “selfie”. Let’s delve into a few more here in a bid to try and decipher the “English” language used by Australians. Barbie We aren’t talking here about a doll with blonde hair. When Australians ask you if you’d like to attend […]

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6 Unusual Australian Foods

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There’s no shortage of food to try in a land as vast and diverse as Australia. From scrumptious seafood to unusual offerings like the national animal (keep reading) and reptilian meat, you’ll no doubt come across flavours that just may surprise you. Some you’ll recognise, or a variation of, while others might raise your taste buds’ curiosity. Here’s a selection of foods for you to read up on before you try. Vegemite To be fair, this one is popular all over the world. It just goes under different names. The dark brown paste is made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with spice additives and vegetables. Admittedly, it sounds quite disgusting […]

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