Boab in Broome.

Boab in Broome
A mighty Boab tree in the town of the northern town of Broome, Western Australia.
Every boab tree is unique. They have character and personality as you would expect of such an ancient creature.
Some individual boab trees are 1500 years old and older, which makes them the oldest living beings in Australia, and puts them amongst the oldest in the world. Aboriginals used the giants as shelter, food and medicine.
ABC Open contributor feelbetterpublishing
Source: Boab – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Lister makes Sydney his canvas.

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In vogue: A work by Sydney street artist Antony Lister. Photo: Steven Siewert
You may not know Anthony Lister’s name, but you have probably seen one of his faces.
Not the one beneath his cap – hairless, narrow and altogether younger-seeming than his 34 years – but one of the mammoth Joker-esque “Lister faces” that grin widely across walls in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and other parts of the city.
You might have seen his superheroes too, and his frenzied ballerinas, or the enormous sunbathing woman sprawled near the boat ramp at North Bondi, waves crashing at her feet and the word “Lister” crawling up her leg.
The work of street artist Anthony Lister around Sydney. Photo: Steven Siewert
With just a few cans and the cover of night, Lister has made Sydney his canvas – he had already done Milan, LA and New York – and established himself as the country’s premiere street artist.
Painting since the late 1990s, today he exhibits across the world, and charges big bucks to cool-chasing customers in Miami, Milan and London.
He talks of his fellow graffiti artists as “his kids” and describes council cleaning crews as “Neanderthals with buffers”.
The work of street artist Anthony Lister around Sydney. Photo: Steven Siewert
He is about to set off on a world tour of book launches; he has just been in Vogue; there is an exhibition in London in.
He knows he is big– before anyone has an issue with one of his less legal works, he says, “they’re pulling it down and sticking it on eBay” – but do not call him Australia’s Banksy.
via Street artist Anthony Lister has made Sydney his canvas and the world has noticed.

Armistice: The origin of the minute’s silence.

The little-known origin of the minute’s silence
Photograph by Miyuki Jokiranta
Soldiers stand to attention at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Melbourne, November 11, 2015.
Using silence to remember war is now an ingrained tradition, but few know its origins are Australian.
Across the road from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, a humble plaque set in a constellation of rocks reads: In memory of Edward George Honey who died in 1922, a Melbourne journalist who while living in London first suggested the solemn ceremony of silence.
Honey, who served during World War I, was the first to publicly suggest silence as a vessel to hold the sorrow and loss of war — and even thoughts of triumph.
The idea came to him after November 11, 1918 — when news of the Allies’ victory sparked rowdy euphoria in the streets of London. Rather than celebrating, Honey’s thoughts turned to the colossal cost of the Great War.
“The world [had] been torn to pieces and he [was] clutching for a new vocab of remembrance,” says historian Bruce Scates from the Australian National University.
Close-up photo of Edward Honey plaque in Melbourne.
Edward Honey isn’t a household name — but his legacy lives on in memorial ceremonies today.
Photograph by Miyuki Jokiranta
Honey found a vocab more powerful than any words: silence.”Silence can mean something to everyone,”
Professor Bruce Scates says.”It’s an empty space you can fill with any thought you need to.”But most important for Honey, what it’s saying is we can share this silence, even if you haven’t lost someone immediately close to you
The moment of silence filled a deep need in people to make sense of what had happened to them.
Source: The little-known origin of the minute’s silence – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sunset at Horse Paddock Lagoon by Chris Grounds.

Horse Paddock Lagoon
This week’s reader photo of sunset at Macquarie Marshes, New South Wales, was captured by Chris Grounds.
“The Macquarie Marshes is a Ramsar site at the downstream end of the Macquarie River catchment.
The lagoon is opposite the Hall family homestead on the Carinda Road, one and a half hours north of Warren on the Western Plains of NSW,” says Chris.
“This photo is of a special sunset experience that was part of a September field trip to the Macquarie Marshes to witness the results of an Office of Environment and Heritage environmental flow release from Burrendong Dam into the Macquarie River for Marsh replenishment.
Our Dubbo Field Naturalist group was hosted by local grazing family Garry and Leanne Hall.
Most of our group headed for the homestead late in the day but I took our group back to the lagoon, which we had visited early on the same day, on the suspicion of a great sunset and some good photography.
They were pleased I did. I was pleased I did.”
Source: AG Reader Photo of the Week: Horse Paddock Lagoon

‘My Rusty Outback Ute’,


My rusty outback ute: Photo by Jacinta McLoughlan.
I have been waiting a while to do a photo like this. This is a composite image.
The ute was shot while still light at 20mm and then I did the night shot at 11mm for maximum stars.
This is the combined result, my rusty outback ute!
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Source: ABC OPEN: My rusty outback || From Project: Pic of the Week

‘Let’s ava Barbie this Arvo mate.’


If you’d lost your mobes in Melbourne at a barbie on a Sunday arvo you couldn’t be anything but Australian.
In fact, Australians use abbreviations and diminutives more than other English-speakers – and a new study is trying to find out why.
“There are many theories,” says Nenagh Kemp, a psychologist specialising in language at the University of Tasmania, who’s leading the work.”
“Australians who use these diminutives might be trying to sound less pretentious, more casual and more friendly than they would by using the full words.”
Nenagh and her colleague Evan Kidd at La Trobe University in Melbourne have asked more than 100 Australians aged 18-90 to write down as many abbreviations and diminutives (which can be shorter or longer than the original word) as they could think of in 10 minutes.
Abbreviations and diminutives
The most common words they’ve identified so far were barbie (barbecue), arvo (afternoon), footy (football), sunnies (sunglasses), rego (registration), servo (service station), brekkie (breakfast), cuppa (cup of tea) and sanga (sandwich).
But people also came up with a lot of abbreviations for brand names, like Maccas, Woollies, Subie (Subaru) and Suzy (Suzuki).
While there’s a good deal of overlap between the abbreviations used by older and younger Australians, there are also seems to be some differences.
Nenagh and Evan’s preliminary analysis of their results suggests that older people use ‘cosier’, family-oriented words like cardi (cardigan), lippy (lipstick), rellies (relatives) and oldies more often than younger people.
From Australian Geographic