May
12
2013
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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 [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 [more...]

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Jul
28
2011
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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 [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 [more...]

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Oct
27
2010
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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 [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 [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 [more...]

Jun
21
2010
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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 [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 [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, [more...]

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