National Park Proposal Threatens Jobs In The Pilliga

Does the Carr Government really know what’s best for the Pilliga State Forest? NSW Nationals Leader, Andrew Stoner, says, “The Greens don’t understand the nature of the Pilliga, and have the hide to say to country people they don’t know what they’re talking about, using dodgy science to try and intimidate local people who have…

Not Another National Park in the Pilliga? Locals See Red Over Greens’ Proposal

Does the Pilliga really need another National Park? The region already has two – Mt Kaputar and the Warrumbungles, plus the Pilliga Nature Reserve. The State Government has not ruled out the possibility, but countless lives remain in limbo. Member for Barwon, Ian Slack-Smith, has called upon the Government several times to end the three-year…

Krakatoa: A Deadly and Destructive Volcano

Whilst many complain about the alleged ‘lack of action on climate change’, along with thick smoke from surrounding bushfires, a far worse disaster occurred during the 19th Century. One of the deadliest and most devastating volcanic eruptions occurred in the late morning on 27 August 1883, with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6. Reverend…

Charles II Hides In Oak Tree To Escape Oliver Cromwell’s Army

Charles II was forced to hide in an oak tree at Boscobel on 6 September 1651, following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester three days earlier. He was crowned in Scotland and had led a small army across the border to reclaim the English throne which had been lost two years earlier, when…

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Engagement, 16 November 2010

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News of the royal engagement between Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton was welcomed by most Australians except by the Republican Movement. A statement from Clarence House said, “His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton are engaged to be married.” “Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a…

The Bombing of Darwin: Australia’s Pearl Harbor

The Bombing of Darwin was the largest attack against Australia by a foreign power, and the worst wartime disaster. It became known as Australia’s Pearl Harbor. The Japanese bombed Darwin on 19 February 1942 with 188 fighter planes. It was the largest attack since Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941). Chaos ensured as at least 240…

Lawrence of Arabia: War Hero and Writer

T E Lawrence’s role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918 was immortalised in the 1962 film, “Lawrence of Arabia”, starring Peter O’Toole. Thomas Edward Lawrence was the second of five illegitimate sons born to Sir Thomas Robert Tighe, an Anglo-Irish landowner, and Sarah Junner. She was employed as his four…

The Dream With Roy and HG: The Alternative Olympic Commentary

Aussie comedians, Roy Slaven and HG Nelson add their style of humour to the Olympic Games with their nightly show, The Dream with Roy & HG.  No Olympic stone is left unturned during their irreverent observations. Who can forget their commentaries on the Gymnastics, including "hello boys, crazy date, hello boys"?  Or "you're supposed to…

The Olympic Torch Relay: Waiting At Woolooware

The Olympic Torch Relay finally reached the Sutherland Shire on 11 September, after its long journey around Australia. Despite being a gold-medal contender for climbing walls after hearing all the Olympic hype, I was curious.  The Torch would pass along The Kingsway, only 50 metres from my home, at approximately 6.20 pm. I left at…