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Bondi's tyre tortoise

Bondi's tyre tortoise | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Q&A with Tread Collective, Newtown trio of students-turned-tyre-wranglers.

 

Check out ‘Tortoise’ at Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi-Tamarama coastal walk; until 20/11/11.

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Street art on Sydney Harbour's Cockatoo Is

Street art on Sydney Harbour's Cockatoo Is | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

 

Free entry with ferry ticket; ends 11/12/11.

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7 Wonders comp - Pope plays favourites

7 Wonders comp - Pope plays favourites | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

 

http://www.new7wonders.com/vote-2

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The 1% best wealth destroyers, not creators

The 1% best wealth destroyers, not creators | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

“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.

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Occupy Sydney and a heavy-handed police

Occupy Sydney and a heavy-handed police | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

"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.

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Possum pox!

Possum pox! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Two Tassie women have contracted a rare disease after being bitten and scratched while trying to rescue a possum.

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The Oz bargained with lives - then reneged!

The Oz bargained with lives - then reneged! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Meet the world's 7,000,000,000th baby

Meet the world's 7,000,000,000th baby | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

The symbolic choice of Danica Camacho, from the Philippines, as the world's seven billionth baby by the UN is a wonderful idea. Adding six others to share the title, not so much!

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Joyce's Qantas strategy 'industrial terrorism'

Joyce's Qantas strategy 'industrial terrorism' | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Brisbane's shark-infested golf course

Brisbane's shark-infested golf course | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Golfers in Brisbane risk a hole in one leg: stranded 10 foot sharks have become a permanent feature of the 14th Hole.

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Biggest sperm bank "refusing rangas"

Biggest sperm bank "refusing rangas" | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Vintage clothing becoming a seller's market

Vintage clothing becoming a seller's market | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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!

 

http://www.wisteriaauctions.com.au/

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Rupert Murdoch to chair Australia’s News Ltd

Rupert Murdoch to chair Australia’s News Ltd | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Two Aussie icons vying for places as New 7 Wonders of Nature – vote now!

Two Aussie icons vying for places as New 7 Wonders of Nature – vote now! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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CO2 set to exceed worst-case scenarios

CO2 set to exceed worst-case scenarios | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Barrier Reef's World Heritage status shaky

Barrier Reef's World Heritage status shaky | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

 

GetUp has set up a petition against this environmental damage here: http://www.getup.org.au/dredging-the-reef

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The Slap: Rosie's Playlist

The Slap: Rosie's Playlist | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

To help prepare Melissa George for her role as Rosie in The Slap, author Christos Tsiolkas gave her a playlist of songs that touch on key moments of the character’s life.

 

Notes on these connections are included. For instance: "Daughter, by Pearl Jam - Wanting to get the f#@$ out of Perth."

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The many faces of John Bell

The many faces of John Bell | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Yes, but can he do happy and sad?

 

Daniel Boud's photo sequence of Bell Shakespeare Company director John Bell.

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Occupy Melbourne sleeps under the stars

Occupy Melbourne sleeps under the stars | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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Ausculture on Scoop.it!

Ausculture on Scoop.it! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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!

 

Scoop.it! wins over Twitter for presenting interesting content, and makes it easy to share and interact with. Here, you will find a smorgasbord of Australian Culture titbits – pieces in a jigsaw of where we’re at and where we’re heading. (Did I just mix three metaphors?)

 

It’s easy to follow this page via Twitter or Facebook, or you can follow my twitter: @ausculture.

 

Ausculture: more fun than going to the dentist, since 2004!

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Third gender option on Australian passports

Third gender option on Australian passports | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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!

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Primitive, ancient life form discovered in WA

Primitive, ancient life form discovered in WA | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

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.

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These drunken Aussie males on the prowl are LOUD!

These drunken Aussie males on the prowl are LOUD! | Australian Culture | Scoop.it

Male koalas have extended, human-like voice boxes making them as loud as a 1 tonne cow!

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