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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has declared the word “shirtfront” to be Australia’s word of the year.
Here’s what our PM said about Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to meeting him at the the G20 in Brisbane in October:
“Look, I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin … you bet you are, you bet I am,”
The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest social sporting events for Australia. It is often referred to as “The race that stops the nation”. In Victoria it is a public holiday and in other states a TV set is usually brought into the workplace and employees are allowed to stop work and watch the race.
You may have noticed a bit of a pattern developing over the past week here on Australia Great. In addition to all the great content being posted every day by you all over at the Australia Community on GooglePlus, I thought it’d be fun to allocate a day for each state of Australia. If you have a pearler of a yarn, some juicy gossip, grouse news, specky photos, or interesting info about your state please share it on your state’s day.
We’ve been trying out the ‘daily state’ theme over on Twitter (@AustraliaGreat) and been having a lot of fun with it. Jump in too if you like, either on Twitter or GooglePlus.
Here’s the schedule (with suggested hashtags):
Monday: New South Wales & the ACT (#NSW / #ACT)
Tuesday: Tasmania (#Tas)
Wednesday: Western Australia (#WA)
Thursday: Victoria (#Vic)
Friday: Northern Territory (#NT)
Saturday: South Australia (#SA)
Sunday: Queensland (#QLD)
Come and hoof it over to the Australia Community, say G’day, and let’s show what makes each state of Australia GREAT!
The show’s over cobbers, Bowen’s Big Mango has finally been returned. What a bloody drama! First the ginormous tropical fruit was reportedly stolen in the middle of the night by blokes with a bloody big crane. It seems that the plan was to make it look as though Bowen’s Big Mango was then smuggled out of Queensland and taken to Victoria, as a fibreglass replica of the Big Mango was set up in Melbourne for all to see.
And it probably would have worked too if it weren’t for those pesky locals who spotted Bowen’s missing monster mango in the scrub just a few hundred metres from the original site.
Disappointingly though, the speculations that it was going to be turned up the right way once it is returned, as suggested by that bloke in the shed appear to have been wrong.
Well I’ll be buggered! It looks like the Big Mango that was flogged from Bowen has been spotted in Melbourne!
— Pearcour (@Pearcour) February 26, 2014
Big Mango found in the scrub
It’s location was also revealed on Twitter by Alex Chambers:
— Alex Chambers (@HyperactiveAlex) February 25, 2014
Bowen’s Big Mango was pinched in the middle of the night and the locals are left scratching their heads over how it happened. There were no plans to give it scrub up or to move it, it’s all a bit of a spin out.
The crooks were snagged on film using bloody huge machinery to flog the big mango.