A major showcase of Australian and international street art has begun on Cockatoo Island, featuring over 150 artists. Everything from one-of-a-kind tees to major installations are on show, with content changing over the month.
This mural is by Belgian artist Roa, whose distinctive style places fine art animal depictions in incongruous poses and locations.
Pope Benedict XVI, formerly of the religious order once known as The Inquisition, has given his ‘Apostolic Blessing’ to the Polish entry in the search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature. As devout Catholics believe him to be infallible, and there are well over 1 billion Catholics in the world, this is likely to skew the competition significantly.
It’s a shame that this process should be becoming so politicised, but the countries whose natural wonders are chosen for the seven on Friday will doubtless all receive substantial boosts to tourism. Australia is the only country to have two entries amongst the final 28. You can vote for your seven wonders using the link below.
“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” George Monbiot brilliantly shatters the illusion high-flyers paint of themselves as exceptional, and points to new research revealing instead psychopathic tendencies and judgement calls no better than the throw of the dice.
After 30 years of disastrous parasitism by The 1 Percent, over which our communal wealth has been drained almost to bankruptcy, a rapid and historic change in perception is taking place.
"We are the workers, we are the indebted, we are the immigrants and the indigenous. We are [the] homeless, we are the students, we are the unemployed, we are the under-represented people of the world. We are the 99 per cent. We are Occupy Sydney."
Despite no clear laws having been broken, police moved in today and attempted to end the peaceful Occupy Sydney protest against capitalist greed. Of course, police still have vague charges at their dispolal such as 'hindering police'. This is the second time in a month Sydney police have used strong-arm tactics to try to end the protest.
Former editor of The Australian, Paul Whittaker, bargained with police over how many lives would be lost if the newspaper published its scoop on an anti-terrorism operation before raids took place. The Oz agreed not to publish before their execution in return for a confidential briefing on the operation, but papers carrying the scoop were on the streets several hours before the raids!
This blows News Ltd's contention that the News of the World scandal is an isolated case wide open.
Crikey’s Bernard Keane ponders Qantas’ cynical strategy and sees a concerted effort to rip it apart and forsake all its former values. It also stands front and centre of corporate Australia in staring down Gillard’s Fair Work Australia and seeking ever lower wages for ordinary workers, offshoring wherever possible.
Yes, the Nine Network news site really did use the word 'rangas' in their headline. Here at ausculture, we think some of the most beautiful women in the world are redheads. (OK, so maybe not Catherine Tate.) So here's hoping the gene survives. And Nine hauls its knuckles off the ground.
Interest in vintage fashion from a variety of eras – particularly the 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s – has surged recently, helped on by popular TV series Underbelly: Razor. And now Australia's first auction house specialising in this area has opened in Sydney – Wisteria Auctions. Prices sought and attained are certainly not old money, and will likely prompt many an attic rummage!
Rupert Murdoch is to take over as News Ltd chairman, after John Hartigan’s ‘resignation’ during Murdoch’s visit to Australia. The announcement comes one day into a federal government inquiry into “unethically slanted coverage that aims at ‘regime change’ in Canberra”. The FT article describes Hartigan as a thorn in the side of the Labor government.
Uluru and The Great Barrier Reef are amongst 28 spectacular world locations which are finalists to become the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Earth Hour co-founder, Andy Ridley, is our ambassador in the competition, and Tourism Australia is pushing hard.
They’ve set up ‘the world’s most remote polling booth’, on the tiny sandbank island of Upolu Cay, 30 kilometres northeast of Cairns, to spruik our entries: you can snorkel up to it and vote electronically. (Upolu Cay certainly has to be a better location for the stunt than Gladstone Harbour!)
Follow the link to see all 28 finalists and vote. Voting ends 11/11/11.
2010 saw record global CO2 emissions after a 6% jump. New projections are worse than the worst-case scenarios of the IPCC's 2007 report, and could see a 5°C temperature rise - or higher - by the end of the Century, with catastrophic results. Urgent global action is needed to avert this.
THE Great Barrier Reef is in danger of losing its World Heritage status, as dredging of Gladstone Harbour releases dangerous amounts of contaminants such as aluminium, copper and chromium.
Extensive sea life poisoning has already been detected - as reported on tonight's ABC Four Corners program - and only 1.5 million of a planned 46 million cubic meters have so far been dredged. This 20 year dredging program associated with the construction of three coal seam gas plants risks World Heritage status, warns the UN's UNESCO.
Occupy Melbourne have found a loophole in a regulation the Council is trying to use to end their occupation. It states "unless in accordance with a permit, a person must not camp in, or on, any public places in a vehicle, tent, caravan or any type of temporary or provisional form of accommodation". So they are now sleeping under the stars with none of those things.
"We aim to create a more socially, environmentally and politically just world through direct democracy and participation in it", said spokeswoman Sam Castro.
Welcome to ausculture’s latest incarnation. Ausculture has been a frothy blog, a social bookmarking site and a more in-depth blog. And now it’s all three!
The site at http://www.ausculture.com/ (pictured above) has been unable to accept new posts for over 6 months due to a server problem, and Patrick is about to take it offline due to high hosting costs. But fear not, ausculture addict/s – this will be better!
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A new 'X' gender classification is available to intersex people who choose it. Those who identify as transgender (with doctor's certificate) can choose 'M' or 'F'. Travellers not appearing to match their passport's gender have previously faced long questioning. Shame we were beaten to it by the Yanks!
No, it’s not Andrew Forrest. It’s the earliest evidence of life ever discovered, at 3.43 billion years old, preserved in Pilbara rock and brought to life (so to speak) by Australian and British scientists using the latest 3D imaging techniques.