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The TV Week Logie Awards is coming up next week (its held on Sunday May 1 at Crown Casino in Melbourne). It’s the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. First known as the TV Weeks Award but renamed by Graham Kennedy in 1960 after he won the first ‘Star Of The Year’ award. The name Logie Awards honors John Logie Baird, a Scotsman who invented the television as a practical medium.
Awards are given in many categories, but the most widely-publicized and prestigious award is the Gold Logie, which is awarded to the most popular personality on Australian television. Two favourite nominees for this year’s Gold Logie are co-actresses Rebecca Gibney and Jessica Marais from Packed to the Rafters. Even though Jessica has announced that she’s leaving the show to pursue a career in Hollywood – traitor! 😉
Remember when Rebecca played Emma the mechanic in The Flying Doctors back in the days? The Flying Doctors (or Doktorn kan komma as it’s called in Swedish) was a very popular TV show here in Sweden back in the 90’s.
Rebecca and Jessica are up against four other nominees; Adam Hills, Asher Keddie, Karl Stefanovic and Chrissie Swan. I don’t know all of them but I do know and like Adam Hills, he’s hilarious (check him out HERE and HERE).
As I mentioned before I don’t know much about Australian Easter traditions so I had to read up on the subject and this is what I’ve found, correct me if I’m wrong.
Easter is the most significant event in the Christian calendar as it is associated with spring and new birth. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion on Good Friday. In Australia it also marks the beginning of the autumn since spring does not occur in April in Australia. Australia is a land with people originating from a lot different countries bringing different traditions with them and hence the Australian Easter celebration take place in a variety of ways. It is, just as in Sweden, celebrated as a public holiday with church services, rabbit and eggs as the major Easter attractions. Read more
Easter is just around the corner and this year the Aussies actually get a five day weekend. This because Easter Monday actually falls on the same day as ANZAC day. If this happened in Sweden it would just be “tough luck you lost a free day off work, better luck next year“, but in Australia you get another day off just to compensate for the fact that you had two public holidays fall on the same day. I like the Aussie way better. 😛
This year’s Dirt & Dust Festival takes place in Julia Creek in the Australian Outback this weekend. It’s a festival about bulls, bikes and butts apparently.
It all started back in 1994 when a couple of locals tried to come up with ideas on how to put Julia Creek on the map. And in one of Queensland’s hottest and harshest climates the idea was born to run a triathlon!
The triathlon continues to grow both in numbers and esteem. It’s not easy – but then nothing is in this part of Australia, that’s the challenge! There is however something for everyone else that doesn’t run, ride or swim. The festival has also over the years offered magicians, country music talent quests, amateur boxing, dance groups, cultural performers, fireworks displays, tobacco rolling contests, local iron man/woman contests, sanctioned Bull rides and the list goes on. Read more
Another random post from Annas mind. 🙂 I somehow came to think of Akubras today. Akubra is the Aboriginal word for head covering and it’s a hat. And not just any hat, it’s the famous typically Australian hat as you’ve probably seen being worn by Prime Ministers, Presidents, movie and sports stars, royalty and people all over the world. This felt hat is a true Australian icon.
You’ll find the longest fence in the world in Australia, the dingo fence. With it’s over 5300 km it’s one of the world’s longest man-made structures. It was built back in the 1880s originally as a rabbit proof fence but it was more successful at keeping out pigs, kangaroos, emus and brumbies. In 1914 it was converted into a dog-proof fence used to keep the continent’s wild dog at bay and protect the sheep being grown for wool and meat production.
Just picked up a slab of Coopers Sparkling Ale (no 89047), Australian beer that we ordered from Systembolaget. It’s not in the standard range but has to be ordered and you have to order at least a whole slab (24 bottles). Quick delivery though, it only took 4 days. It was a bit more expensive than normal beer, 24.5 kr/bottle which is about $3.9, but sometimes you just need to have a little piece of home.
The Sparkling Ale is an English style golden ale. It has a distinctive cloudy appearance due to the sediment being left in the bottle. Therefore you should gently rock the bottle from side to side before you drink it to stir the natural sediments. The Sparkling Ale has a slightly different flavour and higher alcoholic content than the Pale Ale.
Now I’ve put a couple of cold ones in the fridge for Simon when he gets home from Malmö. A good Friday surprise (he doesn’t know I’ve picked them up yet) and another good-girlfriend-point for me don’t you think? Especially since I had to carry the slab up the stairs (to the fourth floor) since someone is moving and occupying the elevator. 😉
I read today that on March 27 a toad killing spree took place in Queensland where 14 000 toads were eliminated on the third annual Toad Day Out. Cane toads are native to South and Central America and they became pests after being introduced into Australia to control destructive beetles in Queensland’s sugar cane crops back in 1935. Cane toads are capable of poisoning predators that try to eat them and they continue to spread across Australia, moving westward at an estimated 40 to 60 km per year. The number of cane toads across Australia is estimated at more than 200 million. Read more
The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) started today. It’s the third largest international comedy festival in the world (alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival) and the biggest ticketed cultural event in Australia. It is generally regarded as the least commercial and most relaxed of the three major comedy festivals.
MICF was established in 1987 and this year it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary. Each autumn the festival takes over Melbourne with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. The Melbourne Town Hall has served as the festival hub since the early 1990s, but performances are held in venues throughout the city. Read more