Christmas in Australia
I was going to write a lot more about Christmas in Australia but it is already the 22nd of December and I ran out of time. I hope you enjoy the following article, and wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Ode to the Australian pub
Recently this TV commercial caught my attention because the voiceover is a wonderful poem about Australian pub culture. Listen to the advertisement then read the poem and see if you understand all the language.
Australian Government – a brief overview
I prepared this article to help my English language students learn about the three levels of government in Australia – Federal, State and Local. The Parliament of Australia is officially known as the Federal Government or Commonwealth Parliament.
Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Sydney
I have been meaning to compile a list of zoos and wildlife parks with my comments. I stumbled upon the Lists feature of Google Maps so I created a list with my comments. Unfortunately these places are closed because of the lockdown but they should reopen before the end of the year. Go to my…
St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day is an Irish cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March every year. The date is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Countries I have visited in my life
Here is a Google map showing the places I have visited in my lifetime. You can explore the interactive map below.
What is Australia’s National Anthem?
What is Australia’s National Anthem? Do you know the words and can sing the anthem? For the first 26 years or my life Australian’s national anthem was God Save The Queen. Of course I can sing it and the words are imprinted into my memory. In 1984, Australia got a new official national anthem, Advance…
The Flag of Australia
How much do you know about the flag of Australia? Try this quiz of ten questions
Introducing Sydney – my home town
I am starting a new series of articles about Sydney and Australia in response to the many questions I get from my students learning English and exploring life in Australia. This first article is about Sydney – the first city in Australia. The photo of Sydney skyline view was taken by me from the Manly ferry…
Flame Trees – song by Cold Chisel
Flame Trees” is a song by Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel from their 1984 album Twentieth Century. It is one of their best known songs, and was written by drummer Steve Prestwich and organist Don Walker. According to the band’s official website, Walker’s inspiration for the lyrics was a combination of his memories of…