ANZAC Day   

ANZAC (this year Wednesday, April 25 2018), was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps solders who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the morning of 25 April 2015 during the First World War.

However, Anzac Day is more than the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is actually the day in which the nation salutes all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The meaning of Anzac is still fundamental for Australians' sense of national identity.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”
In Canberra the Australian War Memorial, in cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT, will host the Dawn Service, National Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony.
One of the biggest ceremonies is held at Sydney's Martin Place, where dignitaries from Australia and New Zealand laid wreaths.
Anzac Day also draws thousands of Tasmania to pay their respects to the war heroes. The biggest crowds gather at the Cenotaph in Hobart and at Kingston Beach, south of the city, as well as the Cenotaph in Launceston.
RSL Tasmania President Robert Dick said he was glad to see Anzac services to so well attended: “It goes to show how people are remembering those who served our country,” he said. “It's fantastic to see.”
Thousands also gathered in the national capital of Australia, Camberra. There Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson said it was tempting to settle for the broad brushstrokes, headlines and shallow imagery of Australian history.
He said Australian comfortable lives bred easy indifference to the individual sacrifice made in their names. “102,700 Australians are named on the roll of honour. Like us each had only one life, one life to serve others and our nation. They chose us,” he said.


Raise awareness for ovarian cancer  

As the Australian fashion icons gathered to raise awareness for ovarian cancer, white clothes were the predominant of the night.

On its 15th year of partnership between Witchery and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF), local celebs and personalities gathered at the Sydney Opera House to lend their support and celebrate the money they've helped Witchery raise for the foundation - over $6.1 million.
A large number of fashion-minded guests - including South Sydney Rabbitohs' Tom Burgess, Cheyenne Yozzi, Samantha Harris, Jessica Gomes, Matt Moran, Didier Cohen, Amanda Ware, Nicole Pollard and Vogue magazine editor-in-chief, Edwina McCann -turned up in white shirts - the best, most chic dress code - to manifest their support.
Guests took their support to social media with the hashtag “#whiteshirtcampaign” — a movement nationwide that will encourage people to buy the white Witchery shirts, with all profits going towards finding an early detection of ovarian cancer.
This year's message is clear: Wear, Share, Donate. The event also indicated the launch of Witchery's seventh annual White Shirt Campaign in stores across Australia and New Zealand, and online at with the assistance of influential celebrities.
Campaign ambassadors include Cheyenne Tozzi, Didier Cohen, Jordan & Zac Stenmark, Elyse Taylor and Erin Shea.
Nine women's shirt styles and one essential men's shirt will be available for purchase. The selection is more collectable than ever thanks to two designs by Melbourne-based Whitehouse Institute of Design students Erin Haigh and Georgie Dunn. Both are the dual winners of the annual Witchery White Shirt Design Award.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Witchery White Shirt collection are donated to the OCRF to support vital research initiatives to find an early detection test for ovarian cancer.
This is a fundamental help to OCRF since the organisation receives no government funding and relies on the financial support of corporate Australia and the broader community.
Some of ovarian cancer facts are as follow: - One Australian woman dies every ten hours from ovarian cancer, and 350 new cases are diagnosed in New Zealand each year - Ovarian cancer is the main cause of death of all gynaecological cancers. - Unlike other cancers, there is no early detection test. - It is a common spread believe that a Pap smear diagnoses ovarian cancer but this is incorrect. - Ovarian cancer has a lower survival rate than both breast and cervical cancer. The way to chance these statistics is early detection. - When detected and treated early, 80-100 per cent of women survive beyond five years compared with only 20-30 per cent when diagnosed.
How to speak Australian  

Just like every other English-speaking country, Australia also has its own slang. However, Aussies tend to be very expressive with their language. Here are some of the slang phrases they use and their meaning in case you visit Australia:

Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Arvo : afternoon
Amber fluid : beer
Aussie : Australian
Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
Big Mobs : loads, a lot of
Bloody : very
Bloody oath! : that's certainly true
Blue : argument/mistake
Bodgy : poor quality
Bonzer : great, ripper
Bottler : something excellent
Bottling : his blood's worth: he's an excellent, helpful bloke
Buckley's chance : (you've got) no chance
Bull dust : rubbish
Cactus : dead, broken
Cark it : to die, stop working
Chocka : full up
Click : kilometre - "it's 20 clicks away"
Come a gutser : a bad mistake or have an accident
Come good : turn out ok
Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away
Cost big bikkies : expensive
Cream, to : defeat by a large margin
Cut snake : (mad as a) very angry
Dead dingo's donger : (as dry as a) dry
Deadset : true / the truth
Dingo's breakfast : no breakfast
Dinkum / fair dinkum : true, real, genuine
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Docket : a bill, receipt
Doco : documentary
Drink with the flies : to drink alone
Dunny rat : (cunning as a) very cunning
Exy : expensive
Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance / break
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief
Furphy : rumour
G'Day : hello!
Give it a burl : try it, have a go
Give it away : give up
Going off : good fun
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth
Good onya : well done
Grouse : great, terrific
Heaps : a lot Iffy : dodgy
It's gone walkabout : it's lost, can't be found
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually inadequate
Kick the bucket : to die
Knock back : refuse
London to a brick : absolute certainty
Lunch : (who opened their?)
OK, who farted? Mate's rate : cheaper than usual for a friend
Mate's discount : cheaper than usual for a friend
No worries! : no problem / its okay
Plate, bring a : Instruction to bring a plate of food to a party
Pozzy : position
Quid, make a : earn a living
Rack off : get lost! get out of here!
Reckon! : for sure
Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
Right : okay
Ripper : Great
Rooted : ruined, broken
She'll be apples : It'll be all right
She'll be right : it'll be okay
Sparrows fart : dawn
Strewth : exclamation
Stoked : very pleased
Stuffed, I'll be : expression of surprise
Too right : definitely
Turps, hit the : go on a drinking binge
Zack, not worth a : not worth anything
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Apology  


The 29-year-old actress Amber Heard, along with her husband Johnny Depp, issued the most laughably awkward apology from their Gold Coast hotel while in Australia as Heard faced charges over bringing the couple's two dogs to Australia illegally last year.

Heard was issued with a one-month good behaviour bond after admitting to falsifying customs documents in unlawful bringing their pair's dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia from the US in April last year. This was during the time that Johnny Depp was filming another movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
According to the deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, the Hollywood couple were less than willing to participate in this video on Australian biosecurity. As part of the case, Heard and Depp released a video that was played in court, lauding Australia's biosecurity rules.
A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said Heard offered her repentance for breaking the rules, and to cover the costs of the video. However, Joyce seemed unsure.
“It was offered. Whether the court accepts it or not as part of an outcome is really the realm of the court, and in this instance the court did,” he told reporters. “I don't think it is something they would have willingly wanted to do.”
He said everyone entering Australia should respect the country's “particular nuances.” “Every nation has something its red-hot about, and we're red-hot about biosecurity requirements in this nation,” Joyce said.
However, the video was a real punishment for the couple which depicts both Depp and Heard looking very sorry for themselves while certifying their respect and love for Australia, as well as the importance of bio-security laws. Starting off with Heard's solemn statement “Australia is a wonderful island”, the apology goes from bad to worse, and of course, the video broke the Internet and caused mockery of them far and wide.
It could have been worse. In 2015, Joyce threatened to have Pistol and Boo killed. But now Joyce is satisfied with the pair's international humiliation, even questioning Depp's acting skills.
“What I can say is although I don't think he'll get an academy award for his performance, the fact that he did it … he looked like he was auditioning for the Godfather," said Joyce.
"At the end of it we've got a message that is going all around the world right now, it's going off like a frog in a sock telling people that if you come into this nation and you don't obey our laws, you're in trouble."
"As far as me directing this atrocious movie, no, even I could have done a little better than that. Do it again Johnny, do it with gusto mate, a little gusto."
This is the transcript of the video:
Amber Laura Heard: Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.
John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II: That has to be protected.
Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are common place around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.
[Johnny Depp:] And Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law they will tell you firmly.
[Amber Heard:] I am truly sorry Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting Australia is important.
[Johnny Depp:] Declare everything when you enter Australia. (nods head) Thanks.
Chris Hemsworth rewards teenager   

The Aussie/Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth thought his personal cards and a wad of cash were gone for good when he left them at a restaurant. However, fate had a surprise in store for him when 17-year-old Tristin Budzyn-Barker contacted his representatives to say he had found the items and wanted to reunite them with their owner.

Chris wrote back to Tristin and gifted him the entire cash contents of the wallet, which he "never expected to see again".
Chris explained: "I went to pick up my wife and daughter from the airport and we were a little early so we were killing some time and went to have something to eat. It was a pretty rough little area and we sat down and I left my wallet on the table, and thought 'I'm never going to get it back, I'm never going to see it again.'
"My business manager contacts me because it's my address on my license, and this letter from this young boy (...) and he's found my wallet."
The 17-year-old admitted he was “speechless” to find the Hollywood actor's wallet. The everyday hero was bound to have yet another surprise when he was invited onto “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and there Ellen presented Tristin with a $10,000 cheque to be put toward his college fund, donated by image publishing company Shutterfly.
Apparently, the teenaged would have been content just to attend the taping of the talk show. Meeting Tristin on the show, “The Huntsman: Winter's War” actor added: “He sent the wallet to me and he said ‘P.S. Mum saw you were on Ellen this week and asked if we could have some tickets.'”
He said at Ellen's show that they investigated who the wallet belonged to and once he found out he said: “Mum, you know who this is? We found Thor's wallet”.
He asked Chris Hemsworth if he could write him a “thank you” letter because the teenager is trying to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, so Chris Hemsworth gave him the letter on Ellen show. The teenager wants the Eagle Batch to keep building shelters for horses.


Vivid Sydney Festival  

A unique annual event of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney is a multi-award winning winter festival which features an outdoor “gallery” of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, last but not least, the mesmerising illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Next one will be 25 May - 16 June 2018

Every year, the festival returns to illuminate Sydney with new thrilling precincts to explore, new light art to inspire and a feast of entertainment for everyone. This event has grown into the largest of its kind in the world, attracting more than 1.7 million visitors ear year.
Part of the lighting festival also includes performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.
The winter event takes place in central Sydney over the course of three weeks in May and June. The centrepiece of Vivid Sydney is the light sculptures, multimedia interactive work and building projections that transform various buildings and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in and around the Sydney CBD into an outdoor night time canvas of art.
Vivid began as a Smart light festival in 2009 for energy efficiency curated by Lighting Designer Mary-Anne Kyriakou and headlined by Brian Eno. The latter, in collaboration with lighting designer Bruce Ramus, projected Light Painting onto both sides of the Opera House.
Vivid is also a commercial success. According to New South Wales Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Vivid 2012 attracted more than 500,000 visitors to the outdoor exhibition and events, generating around $10 million in income for the state. One year later, the festival attracted more than 800,000 visitors, contributing more than $20 million to the NSW economy.
In 2014, the festival involved the Sydney Opera House, Walsh bay, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Sydney, Darling Harbour, and, joining in for the first time, Harbour Lights, The Star and Carriageworks. In 2015, Vivid Sydney attracted more than 1.7 million visitors to the city.
Vivid Sydney also includes a large range of interactive activities with the unique technology that is offered. While the large light shows are displayed on the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Birdge, there are also multiple smaller exhibits located around the harbour.
One of the interactive activities in the harbour was called Musical cubes. In this activity, a group of 6 individuals would take part in a musical experiment. There is also another activity in the harbour called the Heart of the City.
The Heart of the City resembled a large, solid beanbag chair and was located near the Sydney Opera House. Upon reaching the front of the line, participants would be asked to seat themselves in the middle of the chair. Once seated, they had to insert their fingers into a small hole in the middle of the chair. If your finger was inserted right, the chair would begin to light up red to match your heartbeat. As participants realised this, their heart rate would increase causing the chair to light up very quickly.
Another activity involved Canon Cameras. So if you attend VIVID Sydney with a Canon camera, you are able to participate in special unique activities that are meant to make use of your Canon Camera.


Learn to surf in Australia with Mojosurf  

The idea of surfing might seem extremely slippery. For sure, your first attempt at surfing will feel like there is no way to keep your balance or ever stand on the board. But if you persevere, you'll soon be catching a wave and paddling back to give it another go.

Since it takes quite a while to master the art of surfing, the best way to learn is at a surf camp - a guesthouse with guides who take you to the beach every day and teach you in the water. It will force you to learn how to surf, instead of taking single lessons every once in a while, and you will meet people in process as well as you will find spots only the locals know. One of the best surf camps in the world is brought to you by Mojosurf.
Mojosurf caters specifically for beginners and intermediate surfers who want to learn how to surf or improve their surfing in a fun and safe surf culture environment. The surf instructors and guides will take you to the most suitable surf locations according to your progress and help you understand the surf conditions, locations, local cultures, customs and other need to know jive around. Beyond the surfing adventures, Mojosurf also offers a vibrant nightlife, adventurous road trips and stunning remote locations. You can find surf camps along the East Coast of Australia, such as Spot X in Arrawarra, Byron Bay and Brisbane.
Mojosurf was founded by two friends Nat and Dan, who were born and bred surfing on Australia's East Coast. They met in the surf and shared the same dream to give up their day jobs and enjoy a life of fun, surfing, adventure, travel and meeting new people.
In 1998 the mates turned their vision into a reality when they created the guided Mojosurf adventure cruising the Coast between Sydney and Byron Bay. This was the life: meeting new people, surfing every day, teaching surfing, travelling to the best surf spots, eating great food, having fun nonstop day and night, and living the dream.
Such a great experience could not remain a secret for too long and soon word spread that they best way to learn surfing and experience the surfer's lifestyle was to catch a ride with Mojosurf and let the good times roll.
Mojosurf's idea that everybody should experience surfing, the lifestyle and the culture in a fun and safe way has seen them expand and become one of the world's biggest surf tuition, travel and adventure groups.
Mojosurf now operates surf schools, guided surf adventure and surf camps in awesome surf locations like Australia's East Coast between Sydney and Byron Bay; Raglan in NZ and Bali and beyond.
The breaks around Byron Bay are a good place to start. Mojosurf takes you to the best beach for your ability and will get you back in time for happy hour. Accommodation includes dorm room, waterfront cabin or tipi.
There are also other activities you can do at the campsite. For instance, you can play some beach volleyball/football/cricket, paddle a kayak, kick back in a hammock or beanbag, shoot some pool, amongst others.
Nightlife include drinks around the campfire or a rowdy night in Byron Bay.


Australian wisdom  

Although Australian culture was born in the convicts era, Australians have some very interesting things to say.

“I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated” - Russel Crowe, actor
“It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them” - Hugh Mackay
“Never complain, never explain” - Personal motto of Kerry Packer - billionaire
“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop” - Robert Hughes - art critic and author)
“ If the section cannot remain here alive, it will remain here dead, but in any case it will remain here. Should any man through shell-shock or other cause attempt to surrender, he will remain here dead” - Lieutenant F.P. Bethune - clergyman by trade
“It's dead easy to die; it's the keeping on living that's hard” - Douglas Mawson - scientist and polar survivor.
“You never want an Australian with his back against the wall. You put any 12 blokes together and you'll get a job done. Whether it's getting a bogged four-wheel-drive off the beach or standing in front of a cricket wicket and making sure we're in a dominant position. It's the same dog, different leg action, so to speak” - Matthew Hayden - cricket player.
“Not lip service, nor obsequious homage to superiors, nor servile observance of forms and customs...the Australian army is proof that individualism is the best and not the worst foundation upon which to build up collective discipline” - General Monash
“We are not so much as disillusioned but illusion free” - Miranda Devine - journalist.
“The bigger the hat, the smaller the property” - Australian proverb
“A champion team will always beat a team of champions” - Early Collingwood Magpies team
“Where there are Torres Strait Islanders, there is a community” - Bill Stephens
“Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen” - Phillip Adams - journalist
“As a leader you must celebrate life, you must celebrate success and paradoxically, you must celebrate heroic failures” - Lieutenant General D.M. Mueller
“All our best heroes are losers” - Richard Clover - radio presenter
“There are people who wish to draw attention to themselves by attacking me” - Don Bradman - cricket player
“Always back the horse named self-interest, son. It'll be the only one trying” - Jack Lang - Labor premier
“As a work of art, it reminds me of a long conversation between two drunks” - Clive James
“I've never seen anyone rehabilitated by punishment” - Henry Lawson - poet
“The true Aussie battler and his wife thrust doggedly onwards: starting again, failing again, implacably thrusting towards success. For success, even if it is only the success of knowing that one has tried to the utmost and never surrendered, is the target of every battler” - Michael Page & Robert Inapen - authors.
Axl Rose AC/DC New Singer   


AC/DC officially announced the departure of longtime frontman Brian Johnson and his - at least temporary - replace by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose. Brian Johnson was suffering of hearing issues that impeded him to carry on with the tour prompting the band to find a replacement for the vocals that could do justice to Johnson. Rose seemed to be the right replacement at the moment as AC/DC are currently touring and they have shows to perform ahead.

Here's the complete press release: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.
"As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment." AC/DC will continue their Rock or Bust World Tour with Rose on vocals. The band will resume their 10 postponed U.S. shows with Rose on vocals, and then tour around Europe before the end of the World Tour. Following this European concerts with AC/DC, Rose will resume the Not in This Lifetime summer stadium tour with Guns N' Roses.
In the meantime, Brian Johnson has released a heartfelt message to fans explaining why he has quit the world tour. However, he has promised he will be the voice of AC/DC on upcoming studio recordings and hopes to be able to tour again the future.
"I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness,” stated Johnson. “While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.”
“Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC," he added.
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances."
Fans were shocked when they band cancelled their Atlanta show and issued a formal statement of their website about the rest of the tour. It stated: "AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour," it said.
“AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Tuesday's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in April 2016."
However, the greatest shock happened when Axl Rose was spotted rehearsing in Atlanta and news broke that he might be replacing Johnson. “Yes, it's true,” said Ross Malcolm Young, son of AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young.
When some fans criticised the new choice of frontman arguing that Rose wasn't able to uphold the band's legacy, Ross Young responded by posting on Facebook: “He can and he will.”
Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" tour dates for North America later this 2017 are just announced including two nights at Madison Square Garden and two nights in Los Angeles arenas.
Chris Hemsworth leaves LA for Byron Bay  

Movie star Chris Hemsworth - famous for his performance as Thor - has moved back home to Australia so his children can have a ‘normal existence'.

The Australian actor and his Spanish wife, also a Hollywood star, Elsa Pataky recently bought a property near Byron Bay on the NSW north coast.
'We travelled so much anyway with work that our base didn't necessarily need to be in Hollywood so much anymore and it's just sort of chaotic with the paparazzi,' said Hemsworth. Accordingly, it was the “best decision” they ever made for their three children.
'We can walk straight down (to) the beach, we can have a normal existence and the kids have a hell of a lot more fun there than they did back in the States,' said Hemsworth.
Hemsworth's career is currently on the rising. He recently starred in Ron Howard's new film In The Heart Of The Sea, a true maritime story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.
The 32-year-old actor confessed he has lost track of the number of scripts he is sent, but said he probably reads five or six a week. “You go through periods, certain seasons, when there's just a mad rush of films to get financed and set up,'” he said.
“A large percentage of what I get sent would be superhero-based action films but the ones you really want to do, in order to do something different, are the ones you've usually got to fight for and are a little more difficult to get made.”
Although he usually has the pick of the scripts, Hemsworth is humble enough to say a couple of his contemporaries would eclipse him. 'Leo certainly is probably top of the food chain along with Brad Pitt and then you've got Tom Hardy and (Michael) Fassbender,' said Hemsworth.
Hemsworth bought a $7 million Byron Bay home. The Australian-turned-Hollywood actor has spent no less than $7 million on a luxurious Balinese-style, seaside property near popular holiday spot Byron Bay. “Kooeloah” on Seven Mile Beach Rd in Broken Head spreads over 4.2ha and features a multi-level main house and multiple, separate villas.
The property has a total of 8 bedrooms and 11 barthrooms as well as a lap pool and a lagoon. The luxurious beach-side buy has taken place less than a year after Hemsworth and his wife snapped up their Malibu home for US$4.8 million.
The house is no doubt big enough for the Hemsworth and their three children, two of which are twin boys.
The Hemsworth haven't wasted any opportunity to enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer. They were seen on all loved-up at the 27th annual Byron Bay Blues Fest, on the New South Wales northern coast. They posted a photo to Instagram ahead of the Cold War Kids performance at the four-day music event. The Spanish actor captioned the post: ‘Byron/Enjoying' and added a number of hashtags to the snap: “blues fest en Byron”, “cold ward kids”, “music”, “love”, “partners night” and “yayyyy”.

Next film we're eagerly waiting for is Thor: Ragnarok release date: November 3, 2017 (USA).

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