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Australian Culture

A good week for ...

Hirotaka Takeuchi

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Dame's glorious exit hails end of era

Dame Edna Everage narrates Peter and the Wolf City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall March 31

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing like this Dame

'Hello, Possums!' There are stars, there are superstars, there are megastars, but there is only one 'gigastar' - Dame Edna Everage.

Madonna, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, even Britain's Queen Elizabeth, pale into insignificance when Dame Edna appears. Applause, please, for Australia's housewife, personal friend, and self-proclaimed 'gigastar'.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dame Edna Everage narrates Peter and the Wolf

Dame Edna Everage narrates (in English) and sings, and Simon Over conducts the City Chamber Orchestra of HK performing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and David Haslam's Juanita the Spanish Lobster. Mar 31, 2.30pm, 5pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$200-HK$650 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2864 2156

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

The controls are very strong. They are very insecure. They are not ready for any change

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei after his microblog was shut down

Football is not the be all and end all. What happened to Fabrice puts everything in perspective

Bolton Manager Owen Coyle on midfielder Muamba's collapse

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The fact of the matter is that I'm beginning to feel a bit senior

Australian comedian Barry Humphries, 78, explains why he is retiring Dame Edna Everage

You come back and you realise that everyone in Hong Kong is working for money, but we don't really live a very meaningful or enriching life

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking possums

It is, perhaps, a slightly hoarse Dame Edna Everage who picks up the phone at her London agent's office. Either she's got a cold or something's seriously wrong.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wild side of Australia

Dear Travel Guru,

27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Five-ringed spirit emerges after hesitant start

After reading reports of the low-key response to the first day's equestrian events at Sha Tin, hopes were not high for a thrilling night's entertainment last night.

One of the biggest complaints of those who went on the first day on Saturday was a lack of Olympic atmosphere. They were banned from clapping, cheering or generating any Olympic spirit.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Women take the reins in the Outback

They are the cowboys of the Outback, the embodiment of Australia's frontier spirit.

But jackaroos, who spend their days on horseback mustering cattle and sheep, are being pushed out of the saddle by their female counterparts - jillaroos.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Olympic champ visits in-law 'support team'

Former Olympic swimming champ Kieren Perkins' talk at the Australian consulate on Thursday might have been a hastily organised affair - the sportsman's people called just a few days before to say he was coming through town.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK's Antipodeans a 'Mite relieved

One month ago, Hong Kong was gripped with a Vegemite shortage. Now the city is in danger of being swamped with jars of the black yeast extract consumed by most Australians and New Zealanders.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Vegemite back soon after gaining flavour with the Japanese

Vegemite addicts, your staple spread will return to Wellcome supermarkets by next week.

Investigators at the product's manufacturer, Kraft, believe Japanese foodies visiting the city may have been responsible for the recent disappearance, rather than any problems with the Hong Kong-based supplier.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge, Queensland

Where is it? Perched on an escarpment by Queensland's Mitchell River, within a large working cattle station. Established in the 19th century to feed gold miners, this remote property (300km west of Cairns) allows guests to experience rural Australian life without compromising on luxury.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Australian expats carve out a life far from home

New York City may not look like Australia, but many Aussies have found a little bit of home in the metropolis

New York has long had its Chinatown, Little Italy, Spanish Harlem. More recently, it's also had a Little Australia.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am