Sidney? Sydney!

December 30, 2006

Ouch, a German boy, Tobias (21), travelled from Berlin to Sidney in the United States. He thought he had bought a ticket to Sydney, that marvelous place in Australia (but Melbourne is better ;). But that was not the case. German newspaper Bild can’t believe his adventure and is really amused that it can cover this story.

In the end, the boy reached his destination -and his girlfriend Laura (19). I hope he liked traveling by plane, ’cause Australia is a long trip, but this is mad.

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The Courrier Mail Calendar

December 29, 2006

The Courrier Mail Calendar

The Courrier Mail sells a calendar with marvelous pictures from Queensland. This picture is my personal favorite. It’s an image taken by Peter Wallis and shows trawler skipper Lex Mackay “at work in his office”, the Bindi, on Moreton Bay.

You can order the calendar through a PDF-order form.

In & out

December 28, 2006

67,853 people left Australia. There were 131,593 arrivals (one day, I hope to be one of them…).

“What it is, is an international market for labour. People will take advantage of opportunities they can’t get in Australia, and people will come to Australia for opportunities they can’t get elsewhere. There would be concern if we were getting information that said they’re leaving because Australia can’t compete (with other countries), But we haven’t seen any compelling evidence that there’s a brain drain happening, a la New Zealand.”

Paris Hilton

December 27, 2006

This post will spur extra clicks… Paris Hilton, the famous party girl, will celebrate New Years Eve in Sydney. Next day, on New Years Day, she’ll be working, as she has to choose the next bikini babe that will be the face of a beer.

News.com.au: “Mr Singleton secured her services for an undisclosed fee”.

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

The Big Dry

December 25, 2006

Phil Mercer, journalist for the BBC, has written an article about the drought in Australia. There’s no rain, it’s hot. Some think it’s part of the climate change. Australia hasn’t signed the Kyoto protocol. The rough weather conditions has sparked an intense debate about Kyoto, climate change and lack of rain. There’s some panic as well, because some experts think the dry climate is there to stay for a couple of years. Some say even fifty.

“I can imagine Australia being a desert in a few decades’ time in some of these agricultural areas. The soil is blowing away, the rivers are drying up”, says Cate Faehrmann from the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales.

The Ashes

December 21, 2006

Oh yeah, Australia regained The Ashes from England. Australia has won the three first test matches. There two to go, but England is defeated.

Bikini booze offer

December 21, 2006

Interesting offer, but I think the unlimited booze was a bit over the top. The homepage of Amber Lounge is blocked by my Firewall as ‘Adult content’.

Robbie Williams

December 18, 2006

Robbie Williams in Brisbane
Picture taken in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, by Larinalou

Robbie Williams has to pay a fine of 90 euro, because he lit up a cigarette on stage. After the first concert Robbie was reminded that smoking was prohibited, but the day after he smoked again a cigarette. The smoking is part of the act, is his explanation. Moreover, smoking is his last addiction. He quitted drugs and alcohol, but is still smoking.

The British superstar doesn’t have to pay his fine himself. Peter Beattie, the premier of the Queensland state, offered him to pay his fine. Explanation: “The entertainer is guest of the state”.

5,60 AUD for a Qantas share

December 15, 2006

The Qantas board accepted the bid worth 11 billion Australian dollar. The airline company is taken over by a group of foreign and Australian investors. Some participants of the consortium are Macquarie, Texas Pacific Group and Onex from Canada. 60% of the shares will remain Australian, but Qantas will be delisted from the stock exchanges.

The new owners of the airline company don’t want to change the strategy. Qantas will not be broken into pieces, they said. But it isn’t clear what they will do with the national carrier.

Politicians fear that the bid will damage the airline and that the public will chose another carrier. Moreover, they think this deal can have a backlash on them as well, as next year Australians go to the poll.