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Australian Prime Minister has made a joke video about the supposed end of the world coming on the Mayan Calendar. It’s hilarious!
Peter Greenberg visits the truly “underground” arts scene in Hobart, Tasmania at the Museum of Old and New Art, which features subterranean galleries. Investigate unusual works of art including an installation that replicates Greenberg’s heartbeat.
Developer Sandy Sound has released a fun new iPhone app dedicated to Australian English. It’s an app that features common Aussie slang, lingo, phrases and more.
By far the coolest feature are the recording for each word of phrase and how they’re used in a sentence.
We had a chance to review this app and it’s a ton of fun – especially if you got inspired by our list of Top Australian Slang.
Here are more details from the app description:
The language used day to day by Australians is unique, colourful, extremely amusing and often indecipherable to those not native to the land down under.
Aussie Lingo Audio Companion contains over 400 fun, uniquely Australian, slang words and phrases each with an explanation of their meaning and a professionally recorded and produced audio example of their usage.
The audio will not only help you understand the lingo’s meaning but also provides a clear example of how us Aussies pronounce words and the Aussie twang we are known for.
The app costs just $.99 (USD) and is a great way to explore the language aspect of Australian Culture.
Sydney the best ever? Keen grasp of the obvious, right? Maybe, but read on for a few things you might not know about the best place on the planet to call home. Read more here.
Original 1954 synopsis: A portrait of the sub-tropical city of Brisbane, Queensland. Queensland’s capital city lies near the sub-tropical parts of Australia and its way-of-life has a more leisurely tempo. Outdoor life provides a colourful pattern and night life has its gay spots. Made by the National Film Board 1954. Directed by Hugh McInnes. Do you know anyone in this film or some of the places featured?
You don’t immediately associate Australia with cars, but it could be time to have a second think. Not only does Australia have their own manufacturers, but they have also factories that put together the vehicles for other brands before they get flown off to their destination countries for sale.
Although a few years out of date for a statistic; Australia made 171,000 cars for domestic sale in 2008. Since then there has been a slight downturn as the majority of vehicles they make are of a larger variety and demand for these has dropped slightly. It was in 1896 where Australia produced their first steam powered car and in 1901 where the first petrol powered car was put together in Melbourne.
There are currently 3 major brands who manufacture cars in Australia and a wealth of other smaller companies who also have a slice of the pie:
- Ford Australia
Ford Australia is a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company and was setup in 1925. This division also tune up cars under the Ford Performance Vehicles guise. As for Holden, they are the most well-known Australian manufacturer, making many cars that have influenced other parts of the world. It is now a subsidiary of General Motors but they still continue to make exciting pick-up trucks, saloons and ‘utes’, which are a blend of a performance saloon coupe and pick-up truck merged into one. Apart from these brands; others to have a presence in Australia include Mitsubishi, Nissan and Chrysler.
There are over 60 small vehicle manufacturers who also operate out of Australia contributing to the overall industry. They are a range of specialist manufacturers run by people with a passion for the automotive industry. Manufacturers such as Alpha Sports, Bolwell, Daytona, Finch, Joss, PRB and Southern Cross are carrying the flag for the country, showing they are able to make cars as good as anyone.
The Australian brand to really look at though is Holden. They’ve been around since the 1940s making exciting cars for the masses. The Monaro has been their recent success and as Holden are now a part of GM, it has been shipped around the world with other badges on it. For example the Vauxhall Monaro is just a rebranded Holden for the UK market. The secret to success for this model was the power and practicality coupled with a price that other German brands could not compete with. The Monaro often gets compared to rivals such as the BMW M5 and Audi RS6, which both cost nearly twice as much.
Steve is a motoring fanatic and travel lover. He leases a car from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts that doesn’t get used much whilst away!