Archive for January, 2011

26 Jan 2011

Chase your dreams

4 Comments Quote of the day

26 Jan 2011

Australia’s New National Anthem?

No Comments Typically Aussie

Fabulous Adam Hills at the 2006 Melbourne Comedy Festival singing what he thinks should be the new Australian National Anthem. What do you think?


For more Typically Aussie things have a look HERE!

26 Jan 2011

Australia Day

No Comments Typically Aussie

It’s January 26 today – Australia’s national day, a public holiday in every state and territory. The day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet (lead by Captain Arthur Phillip) at Sydney Cove in 1788, claiming Australia for the British Empire. Early settlers marked the anniversary, formely known as Foundation Day, and since then Australia Day has evolved from a small commemorative New South Wales holiday into a major national celebration. Australia Day today celebrates diversity and tolerance in Australian society, a day to embrace multicultural Australia, including all ethnic backgrounds, racial differences and political viewpoints. And a day to eat lamb apparently (read about the lamb campaigns HERE)

Though the date is seen as controversial for many Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians, who see commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet as celebrating the destruction of the native Aboriginal culture by British colonists. Therefore there have been significant protests from and on behalf of the Indigenous Australian community and the day has been given the alternative name Invasion Day.

If you’re interested in reading more about the history of Australia Day, have a look HERE.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

 

26 Jan 2011

Happy Australia Day!

No Comments Australia

25 Jan 2011

National dishes?

3 Comments Typically Aussie

Something I noticed when I was in Australia was that Aussies sure seem to love their meat pies and sausage rolls, both of them served with tomato sauce (or ketchup as we would call it).

Unlike other meat filled pies, Australian meat pies are often individual portion sized of buttery, flaky pastry filled with ground beef and gravy. They’re not filled with a lot of runny sauce inside them, that way they can be eaten out of hand as a take away fast food. Australians consume almost 260 million meat pies a year!

I thought I would try to make some home made meat pies and/or sausage rolls to surprise Simon with. I googled recipes and there are heaps and heaps out there, maybe you have a good recipe to recommend?


For more Typically Aussie things have a look HERE!

25 Jan 2011

Interview time

2 Comments Get a job (Sweden), Move to Sweden

 Keep your fingers and toes crossed today for Simon. He has another job interview this afternoon, this time with the surveillance camera company that showed their interest a couple of weeks ago.

24 Jan 2011

Min bror

1 Comment Sverige

Han är snäll han. Vid helgens trevliga besök i Göteborg fick jag nämligen denna present:

24 Jan 2011

Best intensions

No Comments Sverige

Why is it that I always have the best intentions on things to do when I get home from work and then when the evening comes I feel so tired and lack energy (at least during winter)? One of the worst things I know is going grocery shopping in the evening. It’s such a tiring and boring task. But despite that I came home today, picked up Pollux, planned this weeks dinners, went grocery shopping for the week and then cooked myself some dinner. The plan was to exercise too tonight but the classes were fully booked. Stupid January with peoples New Year’s resolutions about getting fit for beach season! 😛

Simon went to Göteborg to stay with my brother, since he has his job interview tomorrow so I’m home alone. A weird feeling, I’ve barely been home alone since Simon moved here.

24 Jan 2011

Postcard

No Comments Sverige

24 Jan 2011

Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure

No Comments Australia

The four episodes of Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure was aired last week in the US and in Australia. Me and Simon of course downloaded them and watched them straight away. She has done a really good job I must say and watching them made us miss Australia. The episodes are filled with great sceneries from Australia and portraits on how kind, open and welcoming Aussies are. Besides clips from all the different adventures she and her ultimate viewers experienced (read more about them HERE) the shows also contained the two live shows she recorded in Sydney outside the Opera House, each with an audience of 6000 people. I truly recommend for you to watch the episodes if you get a chance.

“Take it from me: You have not lived until you’ve waltzed your way through Australia.”

Oprah is known as being very generous and during the two shows she gave away beautiful one of a kind necklaces to each of the audience members. “I believe things are always better when you share them, so all 6,000 are going to get one of these. Something to remember the day!”

 

The audience of the first show was given a beautiful one of a kind South Sea pearl pendant with a silver O medallion created specially for the Oprah Show by Kailis Jewellery. Every Kailis pearl takes 2 years to grow and are only found off the coast of North Western Australia, where some of the largest white pearls on earth have been discovered. You can order the medallion with Oprah The Farewell Season engraving too off the Kailis Jewelry website for $450. I wish I had some extra cash hanging around…. 😛

On the second show each audience member was given a beautiful limited edition white gold and Pink Argyle Diamond “O” Necklace. This necklace you don’t seem to be able to buy but bébé (an Australian baby store) is auctioning one necklace off to help the flood victims in Queensland. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the necklace will be donated to the Premiers Flood Appeal. The winner will also know that by purchasing this item they have helped people in Queensland affected by this devastation. The Charity Auction is open to both Australian and International bidders. The auction ends tomorrow, January 25th, at 5pm (Australian EST). Go HERE to see the latest bid and maybe place one yourself.