Fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper  Eaten with mayonnaise, salt and pepper, lemonBritainThe development of the steam powered trawler brought fish from all ov­er the North Atlantic and Iceland, then the steam rail­ways ensured fast distribution of produce around Britain. The earliest purpose-built fishing vessels were made in Leith in 1875 when they converted a drifter to steam…

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Enrico Caruso as The Duke in Rigoletto, 1904. WikiBorn in Naples, Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was said to be one of many babies of a poverty-ridden machinist. Caruso’s father thought his ­son should adopt the same trade, so at 11 the boy was ap­p­renticed to a mechan­ic­al engineer. But at his mother’s wish, he also at­tended…

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                                              John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, and CarolinetownandcountryNeil Diamond’s interest in music began at 16, when he got his first guit­ar. He studied at New York Uni, apparently intending to do medic­ine after.…

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Old Parliament House, CanberraThe need for a national capital city arose when the col­onies united to form the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new Australian capital city of Can­berra would soon grow, but Parl­iament couldn’t relocate from Melbourne until the pro­visional building in Can­berra was ready. Scottish John Smith Murdoch (1862–1945), first Common­wealth Government archit­ect…

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Felix Werder with music score, date?Arts Centre MelbourneFelix Bischofswerder (1922-2012) was born in Berlin. He received his first music lessons from his father, the Jewish cantor Boas Bis­chofs­werder in a leading Berlin synagogue. Felix's German heritage also greatly impacted his music. His father had also been a composer in Schoenberg's musical circle, and from prim­ary school…

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Jan Hendrik Scheltema (1861–1941) was the youngest child of Lieut-Col Nicolaas Scheltema and his wife Anna Maria, who had 4 surviving children. This patrician family lived in Haar­lem and Rott­erdam, then moved to Gouda when Jan was 15. Brother Petrus Her­man became an ar­ch­itect, then editor of an archit­ect­ural magazine, and overseer of the Hague’s…

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Leonard Warwick and his daughter on a hunting trip, c1982Guns in Australia were not illegal back then, but they were not a good look.In a progressive programme of the Whitlam Federal Government, the Australian Fam­ily Court started in Jan 1976. But despite the high ideal­ism of the court's creators, they failed to realise one truth: that…

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Fairy penguins, Phillip Islandphoto credit: rove.meBenjamin Preiss has told the most amazing story of Dr Peter Dann, Research Director at Phillip Island Nature Parks, is to retire after 40+ years in research and conservation.   Penguin colony has expanded significantly in the time Dann has worked at Phillip Island. A property buy back in the 1980s helped consolidate the colony’s…

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Many herders, especailly in the Sub-Arctic, are threatened by the increased number of wolves, eating entire reindeer herds. In Australia they go the opposite way now: they try to revive a species of wolf that went extinct in the early 20th century, the last one from Tasmania in 1936. It’s a genetics lab experiment that…

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Olen väitöskirjassani tutkinut, kuinka tiettyjen brittitoimijoiden ryhmät osallistuivat Australian mannerta koskevan tiedon tuottamiseen 1800-luvun keskivaiheilla. Tutkimukseni näkökulma on ajankohtainen ja nykyhetken kannalta kiinnostava, sillä kysymykset siitä, kuinka ymmärrykset globaalisti tunnustetuista ”tosiasioista” ovat syntyneet, ovat läsnä monien nykypäivän ilmiöiden kohdalla.

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