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Bogans R Us?

Bogans R Us? | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The Oxford English Dictionary now includes a definition for 'bogan': "...an unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, especially regarded as being of low social status". Bogan is a fascinating word because everyone knows what it means, everyone agrees there are a lot of bogans and everyone considers themselves to be non-bogan. Which doesn't quite add up.

 

Here, Paul Daley accosts our expansive middle classes, asking whether sore looser Rudd actually had a point when he described Gillard's current home as Bogan-ville.

 

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Loreto Obias's curator insight, March 17, 2013 6:51 PM

Even though Australia is a Multicultural society this article talks about how the term 'bogan' is now in the English dictionary in a rasict matter portraying a negative meaning of a white person. This influences eveyrones view on the culture of an Australian person.

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Australian Olympic trivia

Australian Olympic trivia | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Thanks to Scoop.it user Sydney Expert for this link to a Squidoo lens (topic) on Australian Olympic trivia. There are lots of quick quizzes and some interesting facts. For instance, did you know that, apart from Greece, Australia is the only country to have been in every modern Olympics? Well you do now!

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Uninterrupted train of thought

Uninterrupted train of thought | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

NSW’s CityRail gets a pretty rough ride in the press, but it seems they really do listen.  Following a survey revealing general annoyance with noise on long journeys, a trial of ‘quiet carriages’ was carried out: the first and last carriage of a number of intercity trains would have a voluntary code of quiet conduct.  The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the scheme is to become a permanent feature on some lines.  Just don’t shout for joy...

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Eastern promise: packed congregations

Eastern promise: packed congregations | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

While only a quarter of Australians now actively practise any religion (see Godless Australia below), central Melbourne churches are packed – thanks to devout worshippers of Asian descent. Many Christian services are held in an Asian language – something that happens free of the community paranoia that accompanies Muslim foreign language prayer.

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Weird webs in Wagga Wagga

Weird webs in Wagga Wagga | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

You may have seen the amazing photos of silk-wrapped trees following the devastating Pakistan floods late in 2010. This may be due to a ‘lifeboat’-building survival instinct in spiders, and similar strange seas of silk can be seen in this new National Geographic photoset from Wagga Wagga, NSW – one of the worst-hit areas in the record-breaking floods of 2012.

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Spectacular Aussie traveller's bucket list

Spectacular Aussie traveller's bucket list | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Each item in this newly compiled list links to an illustrated article. Be inspired to jungle surf in Cape Tribulation, fly over the striated Bungle Bungles, or simply stroll through Melbourne’s narrow laneways.


Via Wivian Iacobucci
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The secret a-gender against Gillard

The secret a-gender against Gillard | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

No one wants a bar of Latham, so why is similarly maniacal Rudd so far ahead of Gillard in the polls for preferred PM?  Could it be backward Aussies don't reckon our first female Prime Minister is man enough for the job?

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It’s 3.40pm – time for TAB on Seven Sport

It’s 3.40pm – time for TAB on Seven Sport | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

And don’t worry: if you think gambling might be destroying your life and those of the ones you love there’s a handy phone number on screen for you to get help. See it?

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Any questions for Ben?

Yes? You want to know what new romcom by Rob Sitch is opening on Australia Day? Weren’t you listening?! Right, where were we? Any questions for Ben?

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WTF? AusPost evokes Christmas Island

WTF? AusPost evokes Christmas Island | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

You have got to be kidding me, Australia Post. Less than a year after Australia’s deadliest shipwreck since 1890, they put out a book of stamps headed ‘Christmas Island Christmas’?

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Perth + time-lapse + Decoder Ring = awesome

There’s something compelling about this short experimental video by @antzpantz featuring 1-second time-lapse of residential inner Perth. The electro-rock soundtrack by Sydney band Decoder Ring acts as an antidote to the relentless McMansion-like uniformity.

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Tourists: ‘Eat meat ya bastards!’

Tourists: ‘Eat meat ya bastards!’ | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

I found this, um, arresting ad in the Katherine Region visitor guide, 2005-06. No, I’M not sure why a tourist would be looking for a butchers either. Nor that shouting threats while wielding a cleaver is the best way to attract business. Still, beats “Katherine – less than 1000 km from Wolf Creek”.

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Godless Australia

Godless Australia | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

A new survey has found that only a quarter of Australians practise any religion. Over two-thirds of us are put off church by every one of the following: dodgy clergy, hypocrisy, judgemental attitudes, religious wars, church wealth, homophobia and the concept of a hell. And we can’t stand celebrity endorsements.

 

But we’re open to spirituality and philosophical debate, and quite admire those dedicated to a faith.

 

The number of Christians (both practising and non-practising) has dropped from the 2006 census figure of 64% to 40%. Perhaps they need to give out Frequent Flyer points...

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Cullen's demons trouble him no more [vid]

Cullen's demons trouble him no more [vid] | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Adam Cullen was an artist who liked to shock.  He once chained a festering pig’s head to his leg, and slept with it sticking out of a window due to the stench, or so the story goes.  He shook up the Archibald competition, paving the way for other out-there painters, and his 2000 win was his in for the mainstream art world.  Death was a major inspiration, and now it has claimed him at just 47, his body succumbing to a decades-long onslaught of alcohol and other drugs.

 

This Lateline clip includes some of his works, and touches on his quietness, rage, mental health, infamous associations and legacy.

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Holding the torch for our indie heritage

Holding the torch for our indie heritage | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Thanks to Peter Bryant for suggesting this link to the latest in a multimedia series exploring the journey taken by Australian independent music. This one takes female singer/songwriters of the 80s and early 90s as its jumping-off point before edging into the choppier water of tracks with heavy rock and punk influences.

 

What’s striking about the first track, Cloud Factory by The Clouds, is how fresh and contemporary it sounds. If you skip the inevitably dated YouTube Clip and go instead for the HQ playlist audio you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a big label 2012 offering rather than a debut indie EP from 1990. Australia has a rich pedigree in sound engineering – all part of our passion for good music. And for some thoughts on the X factor of the Melbourne music scene look out for a post of mine coming soon.

 

The Clouds reformed in 2011, and their music can now be found in the cloud...

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Sydney’s ravishing retro scene

Sydney’s ravishing retro scene | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The vintage scene is becoming a dynamic subculture, and nowhere more so than Sydney town.  Michelle’s Ravishing Retro blog is a personal exploration of the scene, as she breathes new life into post-War fashions and rediscovers the coy allure of the snood.

 

In this post, Sydney gets to prove that it’s the melting pot with the most, as it effortlessly melds 50s England and Ming Dynasty China: Michelle and friends don vintage attire as they bask in the good feng shui of the Chinese Gardens.

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What's Rupert's game in Scotland?

What's Rupert's game in Scotland? | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

With his paper’s infamous 2007 election day noose frontpage conveniently forgotten, Murdoch and centre-left SNP leader Alex Salmond are now allies, united in their desire for a Britain that is not united.

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AFL racism worsens

AFL racism worsens | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

After a decade of seeming progress, new revelations reveal a continuing culture of racism within the League, with at least one football club not recruiting Aboriginal players unless at least one parent is white. (Click above)

 

For background on the related clash of cultures AFL player Liam Jurrah (pictured) got caught up in, click the link below:

 

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/against-all-the-odds-20120308-1un96.html

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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 4, 2013 7:40 PM

This article looks at the still evident, rasism within The Australian Football League.

As a teacher it is extremely important to adress issues such as racism but also make students aware that it is still happening all around us today.

 

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#respill in pictures

#respill in pictures | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

This 10-photo sequence of today’s events at Parliament House is from The Global Mail, a heavyweight – but not heavy – addition to the media landscape in Australia. It is not-for-profit, ad-free and edited by Monica Attard. It also looks amazing in widescreen, blowing away the competition of clunky, vertical scrolling news sites. Its tagline is ‘Our audience is our only agenda’. Welcome to the future.

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Dark cabaret lights up Perth’s Astor

Dark cabaret lights up Perth’s Astor | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Built in 1914, the Astor Theatre’s Art Deco splendour has been lovingly restored, making it an ideal venue for the ‘dark cabaret’ of The Dresden Dolls. This photoset by Anthony Tran captures the quirky vitality of the January 12 event. Pictured above are Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, Boston), Jen Kingwell (The Jane Austen Argument, Melbourne) and The Bedroom Philosopher (Tasmania). Click through for the full set.

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Big Copyright & SOPA vs Wikipedia & sense

Big Copyright & SOPA vs Wikipedia & sense | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Wikipedia’s 24 hour blackout has got the US Congress switchboards lighting up, and SOPA and PIPA are on the back foot. But the music and movie industries, backed by Murdoch and the US State Department, are far from done with their draconian strategy. They continue to adopt self-defeating pre-internet thinking while those, like Apple, who embrace cyberspace clean up.

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He he he, it’s Krap Kringle!

He he he, it’s Krap Kringle! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The Schadenfreude-fuelled practice of deliberately giving appalling gifts at Christmas has now officially become a tradition, thanks to this Age article by Simone Mitchell. And the bar has been set high, with examples such as a stuffed cane toad, a calendar full of pics of the recipient blinking and (in the comments) a full water cooler bottle. Now, if only Christopher Pyne would bring out a single...

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Musos that’ll really move you

Musos that’ll really move you | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

It’s tough for up-and-coming bands to fit in gigs around a nine-to-five, so some talented Melbournians have got together to set up their own business to pay the rent – something musos are ready-made experts at... moving.

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The Ship Song bedazzled

Nick Cave’s ‘The Ship Song’ is a tender, intimate love song you maybe don’t feel like sharing, so it feels rather strange to see it get this multi-star, multi-genre cinematic treatment. But it’s also an opportunity to revel in our world class musical talent.

 

It features Neil Finn, Kev Carmody and The Australian Ballet, Sarah Blasko, John Bell, Angus and Julia Stone, Paul Kelly and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Opera Australia, Martha Wainwright, Katie Noonan and The Sydney Symphony, The Temper Trap, Daniel Johns and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Our cup runneth over.

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