australian culture and customs

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Straya (our way of saying Australia)

This is a nice lighthearted video with the usual Australian self-mockery – we love a bit of that. How many of the people and places can you identify? Kudos to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Australia – arms around you

The ABC, or ‘Aunty’ as we like to call her, is Australia’s independent government-funded broadcaster. This beautiful promotional video shows some of the best sides of Us, this multicultural country.  … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

sorta dunno nothin

I have a 14 year old. Now some Australian 14 year olds can be pretty uncommunicative. How about in your country? There are a number of Aussie cultural references in … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’

One Australian’s view of Aussie culture from online news site, WA Today Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Aussie Football League grand finals time!

For the first time since the club’s inception 19 years ago, the Fremantle Dockers has reached the grand finals of the Australian Football League (AFL).  The AFL began as the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Australia is going to Rio 2014!

Woo hoooo!  The Australian Socceroos soccer (or ‘football’ if you must) team  just beat Iraq 1-0 to qualify for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil next year.  I can’t wait … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Former Yothu Yindi frontman M Yunupingu dies aged 56 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Internationally acclaimed musician, political activist and leader, and educator, M Yunupingu has died at home on 2 June 2013, in the Northern Territory. Yet another Aboriginal man claimed by kidney … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we really that racist?

By The Hoopla May 30, 2013 “Sometimes, whether it’s offhand, whether it’s deliberate, or in this case whether it’s a complete mistake, the hurt still is there…” Mistakes, brain fails, blunders, … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013

Did you know that many Australians LOVE Indian films?  Check out the Indian Film Festival Melbourne which includes Bollywood and arthouse Indian film as well as a short film competition … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ita Buttrose, the mother of Australian style and business

Ita Buttrose has been an inspiration to generations of Australian women playing a leading role in the Packer media empire as the creator and first female editor of major women’s … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we ashamed of Australian culture?

Read the article in Daily Life, my latest blog find on Australian Life – Are we ashamed of Australian culture?. It’s all about what we call the ‘cultural cringe’ where (anglo) … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Valentines’ Day in Australia – 14th of February

The day of love originates from the European saint, Valentine.  It began as a Christian tradition which is gradually being taken up around the world, largely, I might suggest, because it … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australian workplace traditions

Originally posted on Vipbackpackers's Blog:
So you’ve come to Australia to work, or you’re thinking of it, and trying to work out all the lingo and what’s going on.…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on michaelboultonblog:
So 6 months done Down Under, how is it going? In short, great. Move away from everyone and everything familiar and you find out a lot…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australian music – Triple J’s hottest 100 tunes of 2012

Australia’s top 100 music tracks as voted by listeners to JJJ, the public youth indy radio station. Get the CD here. Hottest 100 – 2012 | triple j.

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment