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Five common myths about raising bilingual children

Surprising as it may be, I was once a child, but one who happened to grow up in a multilingual environment but dominated by English. That I actually ended up having a career using my languages from childhood did not come easily. I had to overcome some major hurdles ๐Ÿšง in the form of widely-accepted […]

Watch out, here comes the Aussie version of The Office…

Are you a fan of the cult TV comedy show The Office?๐Ÿ•บAnd which version: the UK one ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง? The US one ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ? The French one ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท? The Indian one ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ or any of the other 13 variants made? ๐Ÿ“ฃ News in is that an Australian ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ version of The Office will be hitting our screens […]

Happy 50th anniversary to the Adelaide Festival Centre!

๐ŸŽ‰ 50 years ago today, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the premier performing and visual arts venue and precinct in Adelaide, Australia, opened. The centre to this day remains one of the symbols of Adelaide. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐ŸŽญ I know what some of you are thinking… it looks like a boxy version of that more famous Australian […]

Tina Turner… Major Australian Cultural Contributor!

Did you know that Tina Turner has been one of the biggest contributors to Australian culture? ๐Ÿฆ˜ Honestly, her impact has been huge! Here’s how… Go to any Australian wedding ๐Ÿ’ or social event ๐ŸŽ‰ and you’re bound to hear the rock guitars ๐ŸŽธ that herald Tina Turner’s 1973 hit Nutbush City Limits. The long […]

How come Australia is at Eurovision? It’s actually a perfect marketing opportunity…

Time to get out the sequins and huge props. The world’s most watched non-sports TV show is on, the Eurovision Song Contest ๐ŸŽค. Tonight is the second semi-final, with 16 acts from Europe… and Australia. But wait! ๐Ÿชƒ Australia is nowhere near Europe. How come it’s at Eurovision? ๐Ÿ“บ Well, for one, it’s massively popular […]

Vale Barry Humphries!

Last Saturday Australian ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐ŸŽญ comedy legend Barry Humphries passed away aged 89. You might know Humphries better as Dame Edna Everage ๐Ÿ‘“๐ŸŒบ, the vicious-tongued housewife-turn-international gigastar from the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds (yes, such a place does exist). What is less acknowledged is that as one of Australia’s most widely known cultural exports, […]

Move over Easter Bunny ๐Ÿ‡ … make way for the Easter Bilby! ๐Ÿชƒ

Bunnies are considered cute and loveable… except in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, where they’re a major scourge๐Ÿคฌ. Famous Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby (check out her special Nanette on Netflix) even makes mention of this, to much comic effect, in her latest show Body of Work. After humans, rabbits have been the most catastrophic species introduced in Australia, […]

Hand gestures, i.e. the time when George Bush Senior figuratively told the Aussies where to go…

Have you unwittingly done a hand gesture that meant something completely different in another country? Here’s a true story… During a state visit to #Australia in 1992, US President George Bush Senior was confronted by protesting sugar industry workers angry at the US dumping cheap, subsidised sugar in Australia’s traditional markets. How did Bush greet […]

Green and red banner with "Chestit Ramazan" on it, with balloons above it, and above that a neon sign on the side of a house with "Ramadan" written

Ramadan or Ramazan?

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts today โ˜ช๏ธ For the past few years there has been debate in some countries over what to actually call the month. In Bulgaria, where over 10% of the population is Muslim, online forums have been going off about whether to call it ‘Ramazan’, the traditional Balkan way (originally […]

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Calisthenics: body strength training or a performance art for girls?

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Calisthenics (US English) or Callisthenics (UK English), one the biggest crazes in fitness worldwide, is a form of strength training using bodyweight exercises and minimal equipment… except in Australia, where it means something rather different. Do a search for “calisthenics” in Australia and what you’ll get are loads of images of young girls dressed […]