Australian Game Fishing on land




Land-based game fishing is a form of fishing where anglers attempt to catch game fish, that are generally caught from ocean going boats, off the shore. Commonly targeted species include billfish (marlin and sailfish) and the larger tunas (bluefin, yellowfin) are the main species recognized as big-game fish.

The amazing photo above is Australian fishing legend Vicki Winter-Lear she is the only woman in the world to capture a Marlin landbased on 10kg line class.

Smaller game fish, such as Spanish mackerel, dolphinfish, wahoo, smaller tuna species such as albacore and skipjack tuna, Australian longtail.

The locations for such activities are generally rock platforms, though wharfs, jetties and beaches are also common. Some species such as sharks can be targeted in shallow water, however most other species prefer deep water, and this often dictates the areas suitable for land based game fishing. Tackle used is usually comparable to that used for these species from boats, but some differences are necessary such as rod length. Different tackle is used according to location and species targeted.





In some areas big-game species can be caught by land-based anglers, with the rock platforms of Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia being probably the most well-known. Black marlin of up to 200 lbs have been caught here by anglers floating out baits on balloons.



Tasmania further south, still receives the East Australian Currents that are so keenly watched by game fisherman, bringing warm water and many game fish. These currents also bring fish close enough to shore for the land based game fisherman to target. Fish such as yellowtail kingfish, tuna, sharks and many bait species have the opportunity to be caught from the ocean rocks.


Peak times for land based fishing would be March and April.







Master Chef Australia 2011




Its just two more sleeps until the third series of Master Chef kicks off on Channel 10, chefs George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Matt Moran and food critics Matt Preston and Donna Hay, have signed-on for season 3.



This year’s Top 50 contestants were announced, and most notably Queensland has double the number of cooks this year compared to last year. There is also a lifeguard, a fighter pilot and an orchestra musician competing this year, along with one person who made it through to the Top 50 in the first season and is determined to make it further this time around.



On Master Chef Australia the very first challenge is on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island when a giant one tonne mystery box arrives suspended from a helicopter. Other challenges see MasterChef travelling to the pit of the Sunrise Dam mine in the West Australian outback, two kilometres out to sea on the longest jetty in the Southern hemisphere in Busselton, plus heading to the vineyards of Margaret River. Rick Stein meets contestants for an amazing masterclass in Kuala Lumpur, and closer to home the contestants cook on the beach at Cronulla.



Australian Video Games





Once viewed as a fad for teens, video games have defied doubters and become an established part of the entertainment scene. Those teens grew up, and continue to play games with the same enthusiasm as they did decades earlier. All the while, new generations of Australians are joining in on the fun.


According to Business Information Analysts IBIS World the Video Games industry is set to grow by 11.9% ($433.85m) throughout 2011, making it one of the sectors to watch this year.



The video games industry is now double the size of the box office and more than 40 per cent larger than the movie disc industry in Australia







In 2008, 88% of Australian households have a device for playing computer games. Of these households, 39% have one device, 27% have two devices and 16% have three devices. 18% of game households have four or more devices for gaming. In other words, ofall Australian households, 34% have one game device, 24% have two devices, 14% have three, 16% have four or more and 12% have no game devices. The majority of installed game devices are consoles (43%), followed by PCs (39%) and handhelds (18%); however, point of sale data shows that handhelds dominated sales of new devices in 2007-2008. 90% of game households have PCs and these are used by most gamers.



The average age of computer and video game players in Australia is 30 years old.

Females make up 46% of the player population in 2008, up from 41% in 2007.

70% of parents in game households play computer and video games and 80% of these parents play them with their children. 67% of mothers and 69% of fathers agree that they play computer and video games as a way to spend time with their children. A third of parents play games with their children as a way to monitor what their children play.





Most of the world's commercial computer games are made by big international games publishers such as Electronic Arts, Sony and Vivendi Universal. Some Australian companies work with these publishers to produce games, while others are carving out their own independent niches. Australia's games production companies produce $100 million worth of games a year according to the GDAA. Analysts say this figure is growing bigger every year.



Working with top global publishers and device manufacturers, Australia’s more than 90 game development studios have won international acclaim for games such as Star Wars: the Force Unleashed and Clone Wars, Bioshock 2, Heroes of the Pacific, Rome: Total War, Flight Control and Puzzle Quest.

Steve Irwin Day Croc Hunter





Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), known simply as Steve Irwin and nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter",

Steve Irwin Day is on the 15 Nov 2011, a day where people around the world join together to raise money for animal coservation.
 
Irwin founded the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, which became an independent charity and was later renamed "Wildlife Warriors Worldwide".

There will be STACKS of fun and activities on Steve Irwin Day, all focused on celebrating and remembering the life of Steve Irwin! So if your in town visit Australia Zoo!

The Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner will be held in the Plaza Terrace Room of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 12th November 2011.





This first-class evening includes a sumptuous three-course dinner, premium beverages, top-notch entertainment and appearances from guests of honour - Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin. Unique experiences and exclusive auction items will be going under the hammer throughout the evening PLUS you'll have the opportunity to meet some of their gorgeous animals on the night.


All proceeds from this fundraising dinner go towards Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, so that they can continue the conservation work Steve was so passionate about and continue to keep his dream alive.

Dress:  Black tie with a touch of khaki



Don't want to fundraise but still want to help, you can by making a one off donation or joining the annual giving program you can become a part of a global ‘wildlife force’ that is working hard to preserve our natural environment.





Sponsorship of the prestigious Steve Irwin Day Gala Dinner will help to maintain your organisations brand positioning as a good corporate citizen, will present exceptional corporate networking opportunities and will allow your organisation to access exclusive Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors opportunities.



Please contact

Murray Munro - Appeals Manager


Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

Phone: 07 5436 2104

Email:  murraym@wildlifewarriors.org.au

















Felix the Cat




Felix the Cat was the most popular animated characters from the silent era. Felix the cat cartoons were made in the United States, but were produced by Australian Pat Sullivan, (born in Sydney in 1887 ) who was a film producer, and pioneer animator, produced the first sound cartoon and in 1928 had the first televised cartoon. Felix and his surreal antics were wildly popular during the 1920s.



In 1917, Pat Sullivan released a cartoon short entitled The Tail of Thomas Kat, more than two years prior to Feline Follies. Both an Australian ABC-TV documentary screened in 2004 and the curators of an exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales, in 2005, suggested that Thomas Kat was a prototype or precursor of Felix the cat.



Pat Sullivan said he named Felix the cat after Australia Felix from Australian history and literature. In 1924.

Felix the cats black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combined to make Felix the cat one of the most recognized cartoon characters in film history.

Felix the cat cartoons began airing on American TV in 1953 in which they added new characters, and gave Felix a "Magic Bag of Tricks", which could assume an infinite variety of shapes at Felix's behest. The cat has since starred in other television programs and in two feature films.

Felix the cat is still featured on a wide variety of merchandise from clothing to toys.

Meteors Australia



In 1991 a meteorite named BA missed us by only 170,000 kilometres, less than half the distance to the Moon. That's about 2.3 hours flight time for the mini-asteroid, or 1.5 hours flight time for the Earth. It was the closest near miss of a meteor the Earth had ever seen. But there have been much bigger rocks which have just missed us. In March 1989 a 100 metre meteor (called 1989 FC) skimmed past at one and a half times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.




 In 1908, a fifty metre long meteor landed in Tungusta, in Siberia. It blew over all the trees for 50 kilometres around and changed the climate over the earth for several years.


Australia has about twenty known impact craters - and more are being added to the list each year.
 
 
 


The most famous one is Wolf Creek Crater (WA, 19º10'S, 127º48'E), about 130 kilometres south of Halls Creek.
The local Djaru Aboriginal people know it as Kandimalal. It was brought to the attention of science after being spotted during an aerial survey in 1947. 
It's the second most perfect crater known on the planet. The American astronauts came to train in it and to get a feel of what the moon craters would be like. It's a very grand crater, about 900 metres across, with a well-formed rim towering 25 metres over the surrounding countryside.





Henbury Craters (NT, 24º 34'S, 133º 10'E) are a collection of 14 craters, about 130 kilometres south of Alice Springs. They are scattered over an area of about one square kilometre. The craters range from 10 metres to about 73 metres across. The Aboriginal name for these craters is ''chindu chinna waru chingi yabu'' which roughly means ''sun walk fire devil rock''. They are quite young, about 15,000 years old.






Boxhole Crater (NT, 22º 37'S, 135º 12'E) is almost perfectly circular - 175 metres across, with the rim rising some 10-17 metres above the crater floor. It also was made about 30,000 years ago in Aboriginal times, about 30,000 years ago .




Gosse's Bluff (NT, 23º 50'S, 132º 18'E) is a magnificent crater. About 130 million years ago, a very fast, quite big lump rammed through our atmosphere and penetrated some 600 metres into the ground, where it vapourised and exploded. Several hundred square kilometres of countryside bounded into the air, and a mushroom cloud rose 20 kilometres into the upper atmosphere. The impact formed a huge crater 22 kilometres across.


Meteor Crater map



Tabatha Coffey





Tabatha Coffey is one of our great Aussie exports, hairstylist, salon owner, and American television personality. Her participation as a contestant on the television show, Shear Genius, led to her own television show, Tabatha's Salon Takeover, which airs on the U.S. cable television network, Bravo, and on FOXTEL's pay television network, Arena in Australia.
It is a great relief and refreshing, to hear an Aussie on American Television, actually talking like a real Aussie should. (giv meee yer keeys im takin over)



Coffey has since opened her own salon, Industrie Hair Gurus in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She also styles clients at the Warren-Tricomi salon in West Hollywood. Her approach is transformative, creating a special look for each individual, unlike other stylists who specialize in a certain look. She also works as a platform artist for hair care product company, Joico International. She tours different countries 6-12 times a year doing hair shows for the company, both to showcase her talent and to train other aspiring hairdressers.




Tabatha was asked recently, who has the best hair in Hollywood and who needs an emergency makeover.

"Kim Kardashian has the best hair," "It's lush and its gorgeous. But it's Paris Hilton I would most like to get my hands on. That look just isn't working for her anymore."




How much is too much to pay for a haircut?

Tabatha says "I think there are things that are applicable to every price range, depending on what you're comfortable paying. I think the biggest thing is happiness. And I don't think anyone minds paying for anything as long as they feel that they're getting something that makes them look great, works, lives up to its promise, and makes them really happy. I think a lot of women are dissatisfied with their hair and with the products they're using because they haven't been guided properly and they don't know what they're doing, and they feel like they're paying too much. And it's not because it's necessarily the money, it's just that they're not happy with the outcome."










Pavlova worlds best dessert






Pavlova is a easy made meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.

The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years.



Pavlova is made simply by beating egg whites (and sometimes salt) to a very stiff consistency before folding in caster sugar, white vinegar, cornstarch, and sometimes vanilla essence, and slow-baking the mixture, similarly to meringue. This makes the outside of the pavlova a crisp crunchy shell, while the interior remains soft and moist.

Being polled as one of The worlds best desserts, it is a very popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both countries, and is frequently served during celebratory and holiday meals.






Ingredients


1 tablespoon cornflour

6 eggwhites

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 1/3 cups caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon white vinegar

200ml pure cream

Fruit of choice


Preheat oven to 200°C.



Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites and cream of tartar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until thick and glossy. Add remaining 3 teaspoons cornflour with the last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
Spoon meringue onto a tray with baking paper and dust with cornflour. Shape into a circle, with a slightly higher edge and a low centre. Reduce oven to 100°C. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven and open oven door. Cool completely in oven (pavlova may sink during cooling).

Slide pavlova onto a serving plate. Spread with cream and top with bannana, passionfruit, strawberries, kiwi fruit or whatever fruit you have in the house.

Serve it up and watch the smiles!!



AC DC






After almost 40 years of hits, lulls and comebacks, the business of AC/DC, Australia’s biggest ever rock export, is still in commanding shape.

Scottish immigrants to Aussie icons, AC/DC and its birth began in Australia, and before that Glasgow, Scotland, where Angus and Malcolm Young, the musical core of the band , were born (in 1958 and 1953, respectively). 

 
In 1963, the Young family migrated to Sydney, Australia, where music would make its mark on the brothers.  (As a member of the Easybeats, Angus and Malcolm's older sibling, George Young, was responsible for one of Australia's first international hits, "Friday On My Mind," in 1966.  From 1974 through 2000, George and musical collaborator, Harry Vanda, produced a number of AC/DC albums including "High Voltage,," "T.N.T.," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Let There Be Rock," "If You Want Blood You've Got It," "Powerage," "'74 Jailbreak," "Who Made Who," "Blow Up Your Video," and "Stiff Upper Lip.") 
 
The origin of the band's name came from the electrical safety plate on the Young family's vacuum cleaner.




Since forming in 1973, AC/DC's high voltage rock 'n' roll has flowed out into the world via consistently sold-out concert tours and global sales totaling more than 200 million albums and counting. Sony BMG Music Entertainment's #1 best-selling catalog act worldwide,

AC/DC has sold nearly 80 million albums in the U.S. alone, making AC/DC one of the five top-selling bands in American music history.

In 1980, the band began work on a new album that would eventually become Back in Black, but Bon Scott would not live to see the project being finished. On 19 February 1980, Scott passed out in the car on the way back to friend Alistair Kinnear's house after a night of heavy drinking at the Music Machine club in London.  Pulmonary aspiration of vomit was the cause of Scott's death, and the official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure".


Following Scott's death, the band briefly considered quitting; they eventually concluded, however, that Scott would have wanted AC/DC to continue, and various candidates were considered for his replacement, including Buzz Shearman, ex-Moxy member, who was not able to join because of voice problems, ex-Back Street Crawler vocalist Terry Slesser and ex-vocalist of Slade, Noddy Holder. The remaining AC/DC members finally decided on ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson.




The AC/DC concert – filmed at the Pavillon de Paris on 9th December 1979 – is to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 7th 2011 (postponed from January). The movie includes concert footage taken from the “Highway to Hell” tour as well as interviews from band members.




AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Limited Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
This title will be released on June 7, 2011.


Sponge Bob Square Pants in Australia




Is Sponge Bob Square pants real?  Australian scientists have found proof of links much closer to the sea floor than with apes, with a study revealing that sea sponges like Sponge Bob Square Pants, share almost 70 percent of human genes.




Genetic sequencing of Sponge Bob Square Pants relatives from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, showed the ancient marine animal shared many of its genes with humans, including a large number typically associated with disease and cancer.




Lead researcher Bernard Degnan, of the University of Queensland, said the findings "would shed light on a whole range of different things," and could lay the foundation for breakthroughs in cancer and stem cell research.





"Sponge Bob Square Pants and friends have what's considered the 'Holy Grail' of stem cells," Degnan told AFP.

Exploring the genetic function of Sponge Bob Square Pants stem cells could provide "deep and important connections" to the genes that influenced human stem cell biology, he said.

"It might actually inform the way we think about our own stem cells and how we might be able to use them in future medical applications," he said.
The study -- published in the journal "Nature" this week -- is the result of more than five years of research by an international team of scientists.
It required the extraction of "really pure DNA" from Sponge Bobs embryos (does that mean Sponge Bob Square Pants is a girl) and a complex sequencing exercise, Degnan said.

This finding confirms that Sponge Bob Square Pants is real!

"Oh" and so is Patrick!





"Who you callin pinhead?"








Gold Logie 2011 Odds firm


North Queensland Boy does good!




Favourite son of North Queensland Karl Stefanovic, has done all Queenslanders proud, by being nominated for the Gold Logie for his role as co-host of the Nine Networks Today show.

A nice country kid, Karl worked very hard to get where he is today. He studied at the Queensland University of Technology to graduate with a degree in journalism, and then began working for WIN Television in Rockhampton and Cairns as a cadet reporter, before going to New Zealand for 2 years, working for TVNZ.

In 2003, Karl was posted to Los Angeles as one of the Nine Network's US correspondents

Veteran TV actor Shane Bourne will host the 2011 Logie Awards. Shane said "I've always enjoyed myself immensely at the Logies, and since the chances of a nomination coming my way this year look pretty slim, I figure it's not a bad way of making sure I score an invitation."




The first awards, known as the TV Week Awards, were instigated by TV Week magazine after the first voting coupons were released in the magazine in late 1958, two years after the introduction of television in Australia. The first awards saw no formal ceremony; they were presented on 15 January 1959 on an episode of In Melbourne Tonight. Only Melbourne television personalities were nominated and awards were given in eight categories, including two for American programs.




The following year, Kennedy coined the name 'Logie Awards'. In the same year, the first Gold Logie, considered by some to be equivalent to the 'Star of the Year Award' presented in 1959, was presented.




Former Gold Logie winner Rebecca Gibney heads Gold Logie betting at $2.60



Karl Stefanovic 3.00



Jessica Marais 4.50



Adam Hills 9.50



Asher Keddie 100.00



 
Chrissie Swan 500.00