May
12
2013
1

What are some links to free golf participation reports for the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia?

Golf (photo by chispita_666– CC-BY) United States From the National Golf Foundation: Golf Participation in America, 2010-2020 From GOLF 20/20: Participation Reports Canada From the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA): Golf Participation – “SNG estimates that approximately 70 million rounds of golf were played in 2008, a level of play that was as much as 10% lower than the average [&hel[more...]

Apr
30
2012
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What Australian questions were asked at GA and Uclue?

unusual-australian-meatsMany interesting questions about Australia were asked and answered at the now-defunct Google Answers service, and are still being asked at Uclue. Questions about Australia from Uclue Research on the NGO sector – Australia What they do, what they buy, how they are organized Australian sport information Attendances, prices, broadcasting, fitness… Australian reporter “embedded” with [&hel[more...]

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Jul
28
2011
1

Why was the “Southern Aurora” train so significant?

southern-auroraIn 1965, my school classroom was decorated with two large posters. The first was of a young Queen Elizabeth. The second was of the Southern Aurora train arriving in Melbourne after its inaugural run. Why was this train so important? To appreciate the significance of this train, we need to look back to the formation [&hel[more...]

Jan
12
2011
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What cricket jokes are circulating at the expense of the Aussies?

rusty-wicketThe Australian cricketers performed rather poorly in the 2010-11 Ashes Series against the English. Bear in mind that England has a population almost three times that of Australia. Not surprisingly a raft of jokes is now circulating at the expense of the Aussie cricketers. A regular Quezi reader, Probo, has made sure that we are [&hel[more...]

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Oct
27
2010
0

What are the native Australian spices?

wattle-seedsAustralian cooking generally follows the European style, with increasing influence from Asia. The European and Asian culinary traditions were settled before westerners colonised Australia in the late 1700s, but if you look beyond the long-established northern hemisphere spices you will find a fascinating range of native Australian spices. Dorrigo Pepper comes from Dorrigo in northern [&hel[more...]

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Jul
07
2010
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What were Australians discussing from 1968 to 1971?

sydney-opera-house-construction-1968Towards the end of the 1960s Australia found itself embroiled in the unwinnable war in Vietnam, in support of the US Government’s campaign there. A 1968 debate strongly supported withdrawal from the war (by 35 to 5), but the withdrawal didn’t happen until after a change of government in 1972. Of the debates held by [&hel[more...]

Jun
23
2010
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What were Australians discussing during the late 1950s?

junior-farmers-picnic-transistor-radioJohnnie Ray’s music was somewhere between jazz and what was about to become rock’n’roll. He also made metaphorical waves with his “animated stage persona”, so it’s not surprising that a lively debate about Johnnie Ray was one of those held in the late 1950s by the Mosman Debating Society. That we would tear the pants [&hel[more...]

Jun
21
2010
0

What were Australians discussing during the early 1950s?

1950s-beachThe early 1950s saw post-war rationing replaced by mass production, and an increased interest in the discussion of lifestyle and cultural issues at the Mosman Debating Society, including these topics: That the influence of Hollywood is beneficial (tied) That the modern emphasis on soap proves we are dirtier than our ancestors (tied) That the arts [&hel[more...]

Jun
19
2010
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What were Australians debating during the late 1940s?

new-look-christian-dior-1948World War II was over, but there was still fear and uncertainty, and international topics featured strongly on the agenda of the Mosman Debating Society during the second half of the 1940s: That Mr Churchill is the right man to govern the Empire in peace (carried) That it were better for the world if the [&hel[more...]

Jun
17
2010
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What were Australians debating during the early 1940s?

world-war-ii-marchThe Mosman Debating Society debates of the early 1940s started with topics related to World War II: That the centre of the British Empire should be transferred to Australia That Britain should bomb Germany That women like war That Australia is capable of defending itself unaided All of those took place in 1940. After that, [&hel[more...]

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Jun
15
2010
0

What were Australians debating in the late 1930s?

speed-limit-30Just as the world was lifting itself out of the Great Depression, major tensions were developing in Europe and Japan that would lead to the outbreak of another world war by the end of the 1930s. Not surprisingly, topics relating to world affairs featured heavily in the debates held by the Mosman Debating Society from [&hel[more...]

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Mar
10
2010
3

What does a dogman do on an Australian construction site?

dogmanThe dogman is the assistant of the crane operator, responsible for assuring that the load is safely on the crane’s hooking and then directing the crane operator by radio when it can be raised and advising him until the load is properly placed for the riggers to remove it from the hook. Why is the [&hel[more...]

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Jan
01
2010
1

What is the Australian game of two-up?

Photo by Niffty - CC-BYThe Australian game of two-up is a simple game of chance, being not much more than “heads or tails” with two coins thrown at once. Nevertheless it has been played for over two hundred years. It is particularly remembered as a way that the troops amused themselves during World War I. The game is straightforward. [&hel[more...]

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Dec
14
2009
0

What is the difference between a city, a town and a village?

Leeds, a city in Yorkshire (photo-painting by digitalrob70 - CC-BY)There are many definitions of what constitutes a “city”. The distinction between a city, a town and a village varies from country to country, and throughout history. Here are just a few of those definitions. In the United Kingdom, the monarch declares that a town has become a city. However, a few cities were grandfathered [&hel[more...]

Jul
14
2009
2

Where Can I Find Free Newspaper Archives Online for Australia and New Zealand?

Australian Infantryman (Flickr Commons NKCR)Quezi, I am told, is Australian slang for question, as in, ‘scuse me, mate, I’ve got a quezi for ya’. Don’t believe me?  Try looking up the history of the word in old newspaper archives.  There are a number of free online newspaper archives covering Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the major ones you [&hel[more...]

Jun
19
2009
0

What is Australia’s National anthem?

Australia's flag - courtesy James Cridland - CC-BYThe name of the Australian National Anthem is “Advance Australia Fair.” Before it was adopted as Australia‘s national anthem, Advance Australia Fair saw other use. The Australian Broadcasting Commission, used it to announce its news until 1952. It was also often played at the start or end of official functions. Proclaimed the National Anthem in [&hel[more...]

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Jun
15
2009
1

What is Melbourne city profile?

Melbourne and Yarra River - Courtesy adselwood - CC-BYMelbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria and the state’s largest city. It is also the second largest city in Australia after Sydney. It was established by free settlers in 1835, declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, and became the capital of Victoria when the area was declared a separate colony [&hel[more...]

Jun
15
2009
0

What are the key facts about Australia?

Australia (photo by reinn - CC-BY, flag by Ian Fieggen - PD)Australia is a large but lightly populated island country lying between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It was constituted in 1901 from a merger of six former colonies of the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth of Australia comprises five mainland states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia) plus the island state [&hel[more...]

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May
22
2009
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What is Adelaide city profile?

Adelaide along River Torrens - courtesy o b s k u r a - CC-BY Adelaide is the capital of the Australian state of South Australia, and is Australia’s fifth largest city. Adelaide was founded in 1836 as the capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia. The wide streets, city squares and green areas make Adelaide an interesting city to explore. It is not possible to provide a [&hel[more...]

May
21
2009
0

What is Brisbane city profile?

Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point - courtesy Richard.Fisher - CC-BYBrisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and its largest city. It is also the third largest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Melbourne. Queensland was named a separate colony in 1859 with Brisbane as its capital. It was not incorporated as a city until 1902. The original settlement grew from a [&hel[more...]

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