Gold Coast Australia 2018 commonwealth Games


Gold Coast is today known as a world famous tourist destination, with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries.

Tourist attractions include surf beaches, and theme parks are, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Water World, Warner Bros Movie World, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.

Since the opening of the world's highest residential tower in 2005, the Q1 building has been a destination for tourists and locals alike. It is the second highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere after the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. The observation deck at level 77 is the highest of its kind in Queensland and offers views in all directions, from Brisbane to Byron Bay.




Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

One of the key technical aspects of Gold Coast's successful bid was the fact that the city already has 80 percent of the planned venues in place. The vast majority of venues are located within 20-minutes driving time of the Athletes Village in Parkwood and are broadly grouped into three areas; Central Gold Coast, North Gold Coast and South Gold Coast. The only sports that will be held outside of the Gold Coast will be indoor cycling, Shooting and the preliminary rounds of Basketball which will be held in Brisbane and Cairns/Townsville respectively.

There are a total of 17 disciplines planned for the 2018 Commonwealth Games:


Aquatics
Swimming
Diving
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Cycling (road)
Cycling (track)
Cycling (mountain biking)
Gymnastics
Gymnastics (artistic)
Gymnastics (rhythmic)
Field hockey
Bowling  Lawn Bowls
Netball
Rugby union Rugby sevens
Shooting  (Small Bore Rifle, Full Bore Rifle, Pistol and Clay Target)
Squash
Table tennis
Triathlon
Weightlifting
Wrestling


Transport

The Gold Coast light rail system currently under construction will directly service a number of the key games venues including the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Broadwater Parklands and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The light rail system will connect these venues with the major accommodation centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and the proposed Athletes Village at Parklands. The Gold Coast City Council are keen to extend the line to connect with Helensvale railway station before the games begin to enable rail access from Brisbane.

Shearers

 Hughenden Strike Camp, Queensland, 1891.


 In early 1891, central Queensland shearers went on strike. From February through until May, central Queensland was on the brink of civil war. Striking shearers formed armed camps outside of towns. The culmination of the strike came at Barcaldine, when the colonial administration ordered the arrest of the shearers' leaders on charges of sedition and conspiracy.

Working conditions for sheep shearers in 19th century Australia weren't good. In 1891 wool was one of Australia's largest industries. But as the wool industry grew, so did the number and influence of shearers.

The Australian Shearers’ Union boasted tens of thousands of members, and had unionised thousands of sheds. At their annual conference in Bourke in 1890, the Union laid down a new rule, which prohibited members from working with non-union workers. Soon after, shearers at Jondaryan Station on the Darling Downs went on strike over this issue. As non-union labour was still able to process the wool, the Jondaryan shearers called for help. The Rockhampton wharfies responded and refused to touch the Jondaryan wool. The unionists won the battle. This galvanised the squatters, and they formed the Pastoralists’ Federal Council, to counter the strength of the unions. The battle lines were drawn, conflict was not far away; the only question was where and when.

The strike started and quickly spread. From February until May, central Queensland was on the brink of civil war. Striking shearers formed armed camps outside of towns. Thousands of armed soldiers protected non-union labour and arrested strike leaders. The unionists retaliated by raiding shearing sheds, harassing non-union labour and committing acts of sabotage, although the incidents of actual violence or arson were few.



But the shearers were unable to hold out. The summer had been unseasonably wet, and the strike was poorly timed for maximum effect on the shearing season (winter). By May the union camps were full of hungry penniless shearers. The strike had been broken. The squatters had won this time, but it had proved a costly exercise.

Thirteen union leaders were charged with sedition and conspiracy, taken to Rockhampton for the trial, convicted, and sentenced to three years in gaol on St Helena Island Prison. The 1891 Shearers Strike is credited as being one of the factors for the formation of the Australian Labor Party.


Working conditions for sheep shearers in 19th century Australia weren't good


Shearer’s camp, Langton Station, 1891

Union camp, Barcaldine, 1891. Located at the head point of the central railway, western Queensland, Barcaldine became a focal point of conflict during the shearers’ strike of 1891. Up to 1000 unionists camped outside the town at Lagoon Creek

Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef




A family on holiday in Queensland Australia, decided they would like to go scuba diving on the Great Barrrier Reef.
 Their 15 year old son wanted a picture of his Mum and dad in all their diving gear, so he got the under water Camera and swam down with them. When it came to taking the picture of his parents the dad realized that the son looked like he was having a panic attack as he took the picture.

The son swam to the surface and back to the boat as quick as he could and the mum and dad followed to see if he was alright..
When they got back to him he was scrambling on board the boat in a absolute panic, screaming "shark shark". When the parents asked where? he said  "there was a effin shark behind you". The dad thought he was joking, but the skipper of the boat said he had seen it as well.. As soon as they got back to their hotel room their son loaded the picture onto the laptop and this is what they saw.










Angry Birds Australia Made

Melbourne bakery chain Ferguson Plarre has been awarded the exclusive Australian rights to the much-hyped Angry Birds empire.

The smartphone game, which has been downloaded over half a billion times so far, is expected to do particularly well in the children's category.

"We anticipate this range to be especially popular for children’s parties and with 100 per cent edible images, they are perfect for children," says Chris Ferguson, retail manager of Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses.

The chain became interested in the Rovio phenomenon - which recently opened its first retail store in China - several months ago after observing the global phenomenon.



"We went straight to the source, [game developer] Rovio in Finland, to ask permission to use the imagery on our products and in November we were granted the license," says Chris.

In the first week of availability the stores received orders for more than 3,500 units of cupcakes with the imagery.

It now hopes to roll out Angry Birds birthday cakes shortly.

Ferguson Plarre is a family owned and operated business that is now in its fifth generation, with it's first site opening in 1901 on Melbourne's Lygon St.

It now has over 50 stores across the Victorian state and is celebrating its 110th birthday this year.




Dragon Fruit Red Pitaya



A red pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) fruit, also known as dragonfruit, together with a cross section.

Dragon Fruits or Pitaya’s originated in South America, it wasn’t until the French took them to Vietnam where they were marketed under the name Dragon Fruit. Since then they have spread too many countries including Australia.
It is currently the number two export income earner for Vietnam.

Being a cacti they have far less water and fertilizer requirements than most other crops, therefore growers overheads are much lower.




Dragon fruit or Pitaya plants are a member of the cactus family but being an epiphytic or vine type they can have stems up to 7 meters in length. They are quite often seen climbing their way happily up the nearest tree.


The flower buds can appear as early as October and flowering will continually right through to May, with the main flowering happening in early January. The flowers are white, 30cm long and are open for only one night. They begin to burst open as early as 4pm and by 9pm have reached their full beauty.



They have a translucency about them and almost seem to glow in the moon light. After one night of glory they start to close with the sun’s rays upon them, but not before the bee’s have had the most incredible feast. On cloudy days they stay open till about 10am.

They have at least seven flushes of buds in one season which is great for the home gardener because they have fresh fruit for six months of the year. It is not uncommon to have small buds, large flower buds nearly ready to open, green fruit and fruit ready to pick on the one plant.



This compound is believed to act as a heart tonic but the most important thing is the wonderful taste, it tastes a little bit like a passion fruit.

The red pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus) taste has a hint of raspberries and its blood red flesh has been used to treat anemia. The white pitaya (Hylocereus undatus) has a taste between kiwi fruit and watermelon and the amazing look of the fruit with its hot pink skin and white flesh it is truly a gourmet’s delight.

They are wonderful chilled and eaten with ice-cream or fresh out of hand just like a kiwi fruit, they are used to flavor drinks, jams and pastries.
They freeze well and make the most wonderful sorbets,they are packed with vitamin C and high in antioxidants.






Go visit  Red Fox Pitaya’s Dragon Fruit Farm in Nanango QLD and see these amazing vine-like cacti.
If visiting from January to May you will be able to see the unique fruit being produced.

27 Calvert Rd, East Nanango
Queensland Australia.
FOLLOW THE SIGNS FROM THE CENTRE OF TOWN

Pig shooting in Australia



A wild pig attack can be very scary!
Whether it’s a 180 kg  boar with five-inch tusks or an enraged sow defending her litter, feral pigs are formidable and can attack human beings. Perhaps the greater risk, though, is that of contracting a disease from an infected feral pig.

Adult male wild pigs develop tusks, continuously growing teeth that protrude from the mouth, from their upper and lower canine teeth. These serve as weapons and tools. The upper tusks are bent upwards in males, and are regularly ground against the lower ones to produce sharp edges.



Male wild pigs attack by lowering his head, charges, and then slashes upward with his tusks. The female, whose tusks are not visible, charges with her head up, mouth wide, and bites. Such attacks are not often fatal to humans, but may result in severe trauma, dismemberment, or blood loss.

In Australia and New Zealand  Wild pigs or Feral pigs have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of exotic diseases. Control methods include poisoning, trapping, exclusion fencing, ground shooting and shooting wild pigs from helicopters.



Ground shooting of wild pigs is undertaken by government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and professional or experienced amateur shooters. Although intensive ground shooting operations may reduce the local populations of feral pigs, it is rarely effective for damage control and is not suitable as a long-term control method. Shooting from a helicopter is a more effective method of quickly reducing feral pig populations.
If dogs are used to flush feral pigs out from vegetation, they must be adequately controlled to prevent them from attacking pigs. In the event that a dog latches onto a pig, the dog must be called off and be made to stay behind the shooter until the pig has been killed.


Brazil Football Feijoada Macaws and Holden Cars?









Brazil and Australia have become good mates they have recently negotiated joint actions in the areas of trade; investments; agriculture; mining; energy; science and technology; education; sports and culture. There are also cooperation possibilities between Brazil's agricultural research agency Embrapa and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), as well as between CNPq (technological and scientific development council) and Australian Research Council.

 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff  in November 2011


Trade is sizable between the two nations. Two-way merchandise trade between Australia and Brazil was A$1.98 billion in 2007–08. Merchandise trade comprised exports of A$938 million to Brazil and imports of A$1,040 million from Brazil. Major exports to Brazil included coal, nickel ores and medicaments, as well as motor vehicles—the Holden Commodore has been sold by General Motors do Brasil as the Chevrolet Omega since 1999. Major imports from Brazil included aircraft, animal feed, pulp and waste paper, fruit juices and pig iron.



The Chevrolet Omega is an executive car sold by General Motors do Brasil for the Brazilian market. Replacing the Chevrolet Opala, which was a development of the Opel Rekord C, the original Chevrolet Omega was based on the Opel Omega A, and built locally between 1992 and 1998. After 1999, local production ceased, and GM imported badge engineered versions of the Holden Commodore from Australia.






Manufacturer Chevrolet (1992-1998)
Holden (1998-2008, 2010-present)
Production 1992–2008
2010–present
Predecessor Chevrolet Opala
Class Executive car


The second generation Omegas were only offered as a four-door sedan (the Commodore also had wagon and pickup variants), and identical Australian-made left-hand drive models were also exported as the Chevrolet Lumina.



Australia is becoming an appealing destination to learn English after the United States and England – with a much more temperate climate and a smaller Brazilian community. There has also been an influx of Brazilian students who have come to attend Australian universities. These students come independent of their families on study visas, and usually stay after completion of their studies.



Brazil was the most popular South American destination for Australian travellers, with more than 60,000 people flying between the two countries in 2007. As a result, in 2008, the Australian Government agreed to new aviation agreements which meant airlines in Brazil and Australia will have their entitlements doubled to 14 weekly passenger flights and seven freight services

Australian Sayings







About as useless as tits on a bull ......... about as useless as it gets




A kangaroo short in the top paddock ...... not very bright , simple



All piss and wind ..... a show of bravado



All the go ....... popular



A lot on your Plate ........you have a lot to do



Ants in your pants ..... restless



Arse about face ....... back to front



Arse over tit ........ fall over



As mad as a cut snake ..... very angry or crazy



Av a go ya mug ! ........... 1 . an expression of annoyed encouragement often shouted during a sporting match to urge a player to improved performance ... 2 . A challenge to fight



Away with the fairies ..... day dreaming



Awning over the toy shop ....male beer belly



Back of Beyond ....a long way from suburbia



Back of Burke ..... a long way away



Bald as a bandicoot ....... hairless



Banged up ..... unmarried and pregnant



Bangs like a dunny door in a cyclone .... (derogatory) very sexually active female



Bar flies ...... usually in country towns , old men who sit outside the pub (hotel) drinking from opening to closing



Bastard of a thing ...... exclaimation of frustration at an object or situation



Beating around/about the bush ........ not getting to the point on a subject



Bend the elbow ..... drink alcohol



Bend your ear ....... talk



Better then a poke in the eye with a blunt stick ...... something is okay but could be better



Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick ..... same as above






Between a rock and a hard place ........ in a difficult or seemingly no win situation



Bet your bottom dollar ...... very sure of an outcome



Beyond the Black stump ...... a long way from anything



Blown up like a poisoned pup ...... full of food



Big note yourself ............. to say you are better or more important than you are



Blue rinse set ...... elderly ( particularly ladies )



Bobby dazzler ....... it's excellent or striking



Bold as Ned Kelly .. Ned Kelly was an Australian bushranger , made famous for the metal suit of armor he made and wore during the Kelly gangs final illfated showdown with the law at Glenrowan in Victoria , November 11th 1880 . At the time of his hanging Ned was aged 25 , his last words were "Such is life "



Boots and all ...... everything , giving something all the effort you can muster



Built like a brick sh*t house .........something or someone is built very stongly



Bust your gut ...... work extra hard , try very hard to do something



Busy as a one legged bloke in a bum kicking contest ......... doing nothing



Busy body ..... someone who is overly interested in other peoples affairs



Buzz off ....... depart



Can't kill it with an axe ........ something which appears indestructable



Can't kill it with a stick ........ as above



Carry on like a pork chop ........... make a big fuss



Chew the fat ....... discussion



Chief cook and bottle washer ....... In charge



Christmas on a stick ...... think highly of self



Chuck a reggie ......... have a tandrum



Chuck a wobbly ....... have a tantrum



Clap trap ........ utter nonsense



Clapped out .......no longer any good



Coat hanger , the .......... The Sydney Harbour Bridge



Cock and bull story ...... A tale of lies from beginning to end



Cock arse about .......... Procrastinate or back to front



Cop the crow ...... get the worst end of the deal



Come a cropper ..... have an accident



Couldn't give a rats arse .. don't care , not interested in the slightest degree



Crook as a dog ...... feeling very ill



Cunning as a dunny rat ....... astute or sly



Dead set ...... really



Dogs are biting .... sore feet



Done like a dogs dinner ...... bested convincingly



Down the Gurgler ............ something has failed



Down the plug hole ............failure , loss



Dragging the chain ........ moving or working slowly



Dressed to the nines ...... dressed and groomed to your best



Drinking with the flies .... drinking alone



Driving the Porcelain bus ........... vomiting



Eat a horse, and chase the rider ......... very hungry



Emma Chisit ........ how much is it ?



Emu parade ...... to have a clean up



Even Blind freddy could see that ! ........what someone would say to you, if you are not understanding or have missed something obvious



Fair dinkum ....... seriously , genuine or Australian



Fair crack of the whip ..... requesting someone gives a fair go , an equal chance



Fair go mate ! ........ Someone is not doing or saying the right thing



Fair suck of the sav ........someone is not letting you do or say something



Fart arse around ........ not coming to the point or doing the job



Feeling butchers .... unwell



Flash as a rat with a gold tooth ........... dressed and groomed nicely



Flash in the pan ...... one off event , out of the blue



Flat out like a lizard drinking .......... doing something very fast or very busy



Fly by nighter ....... a person or business whos intention it is to trade and then disappear quickly (often involves illegal activities )



Fiddle fart around ....... not doing the job or coming to the point



Fit as a mallee bull ......... very well , very fit , very strong



Full ....... drunk



Full as a fairies phone book ....... no room left



Full as a goog ........ eaten too much



Full of it ........ speaking absolute rubbish



Full of yourself ...... placing too much emphasis of your own importance



Garbage guts .... someone who eats to excess



Gave someone the razz .... stirred them up



General dogs body ....... a rousabout , lacky , a person expected to do many jobs many of them meanial



Get a grip ........... stop being overly emotional



Get a grip on yourself ...... as above



Get a wriggle on ........ hurry up



Get your arse in gear .....hurry up



Get your act together ..... be sensible



Get your rocks off ........ enjoy yourself



Give someone curry ..........give someone a piece of your mind or a hard time verbally



Give it a bash ........ try something new



Give it a burl ......... try something new



Give it a whirl ...... attempt something new



Give something the once over ,.........examining something



Glad rags ............ best clothes



God's great garden .... Australia



Go have a butchers .... go to look at something



Go butchers hook ........ be very angry



Go for broke ....... last ditched effort , bet everything



Going like a blue-tail fly ............doing something very fast



Go like the clappers....... go very fast



Gone a gutser ..... fallen over



Gone walkabout ...... wandered off somewhere or lost



Good looking sort ........ admiring a woman



Good set of snarlers ...... prominant teeth



Gutter Snipe ......... dirty child



Gutsy effort ...... tried hard



Hair pin bend ....... a very tight corner in the road which doubles back forming a U shape



Happy as Larry ........ very content



Happy as a pig in sh*t ........ very content



Happy as a sandboy ............very happy



Happy clapper ......... born again christian



Happy little vegimite ....... contented , pleased



Has to run around in the shower to get wet .......... a way of describing someone who is very thin



Have a coldie ......... drink a beer



Have a cold one ..... drink a beer



Have a cuppa ................have cup of tea or coffee



Have a go ya mug ....... telling someone to try harder (often yelled out at sporting events)



Have a go ya mug ........ a challenge to fight



Have a quiet one ..... to have an alcoholic drink



Have kangaroos in the top paddock ..... crazy



Haven't got a Brass Razoo....... No money



Haven't got 2 cents to rub together .... broke , no money



Have someones guts for garters ..... very angry



Hoe the boots in ...... in a fight and kicking



Hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down ..... a curse (immortalised in song ... who wrote that ? ... help please)



Hows Tricks ? ........... How are you ? How is everything ?



Howsit going ..............How are you ?



How ya goin ? ........... How are you ?



Hugging the toilet bowl ........vomiting



In like Flynn ..... jumped at an opportunity ( can have sexual overtones )



In the club ..... pregnant



In the lock up ..... in gaol ( jail )



It's a Broken packet of biscuits ......... looks good on the outside, but is a mess on the inside



Its a bit tricky ....... temperamental , difficult



It would kill a brown dog ....... very potent



Just down the road a bit ...... a distance from a couple of hundred metres to a couple of hundred kilometres



Keen as mustard .... very eager (Keen's is a brand name for mustard and curry powder)



Knee high to a grasshopper ..... a child , small of stature



Knocked off ...... finished work for the day



Knocked it off .....stole it



Knock one back ...... have a beer



Knock shop ..... brothel



Knuckle sandwich ...... a punch in the mouth



Like a fish on a hook ...... addicted to something , caught up in something (often illegal) , deeply involved , having someone exactly where you want them .



Like a fish out of water ....... awkward , uncomfortable , not fitting in



Like a rat up a drain pipe ........leave in a hurry



Like a shag on a rock ............ alone , out of place



Little Aussie battler ....... someone who works very hard , not earning a lot of money , shows integrity , honesty and compassion , would give to others even when there is little to give



Lower than a snakes belly .........despicable



Make a big song and dance ...... make a fuss



Missed the bus ...... to late for something



Molly Dooked ...... left handed



More arse than class ...... lucky



More arse than Jessie's bull ..... lucky



Mr Plod ..... policeman



Mutton dressed up as lamb ....... an older person trying to look very young



Need to go ...... need to go to the toilet



Nit pick .......... find fault in the smallest things



No flies on you ........ you can't be fooled



Not the full quid ....... of less than average intelligence



Not worth a Brass Razoo ........ Worthless



Not worth a pinch .......... worthless



Off the beaten track ..........on a road not used very much, a back road or track or in a remote part of Australia



Off like a brides nightie ............leave very quickly



Off like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun ..... leaving very quickly



Off like a shot ........ leave in a hurry



Old fart ........ someone a little older than yourself or an older person you do not like



Old geezer .... affectionate term for the elderly



One and a half axe handles across ...... precise measurement for the female buttocks



One armed bandit ............ poker machine



On ya ! ....... that's great , you've done well



Out the window ....... lost opportunity



Peeved ....... annoyed



Piece of piss ......... easy



Pigs ........... that's a lie



Pigs eye ..... no way , rubbish



Pissed as a nit ...... very drunk



Pissed as a parrot .........drunk



Pissed off ............very angry or annoyed



Pissing in the wind ... wasting your time , a pointless exercise



Plant someone ....... to bury a person (funeral)



Playing pocket billiards .............. male with in hand in his pocket adjusting genitals



Podgy dodger ........ cattle rustler ( thief)



Pull up Stumps ......... move house , changing address



Pull your head in !............mind your own business !



Pull the belt in ................stop spending money



Pull your socks up................try harder



Put the bite on someone ............ ask for money



Put the squeeze on someone ...... pressure them



Put up or shut up ............. back up what you are saying or keep your opinions to yourself



Put your money where your mouth is .... back up what you are saying with a bet



Quick as a flash ......... astute or fast



Rafferty's rules ........ no rules at all



Ridgey didge .......... true



Rip off .......cheat



Rip snorter ..... excellent , very funny



Sausage Short of the barbecue ........short of brains



See youse ( or yas)....... see you all later , Goodbye



She'll be apples ....... everything will be fine , no problem



Shoot through ..... leave



Shoot through like a Bondi tram .... leave in a hurry



Short arms long pockets ....... someone will not part with their money , a miser



Silly as a two bob watch ........crazy



Silly as a wheel ....... crazy



Skin flint ................. a miser



Slap dash ........ haphazard , performed below standard in a disinterested way



Slippery character ......... not to be trusted



Someone Kaks themselves ........ they are very frightened



Something got up your nose ..... annoyed or angry



Spit it out ........ come straightout and say it !



Smart arse ....... know it all person



Snag Short of a barbie............ not very smart



Snake in the grass ........ a sly person , a betrayer



Snow dropper ..... someone who steals clothes from a clothesline



Spitting chips ...... very angry



Squashed like a maggot ...... conquered



Stick in the mud .... a wowser , someone who is very staid



Stick it in the boot ...... place something in the boot (trunk) of a car



Sticky beak .... take a look or pry



Stir the possum ........ liven things up



Stone the crows !!.... exclaimation of frustration or disbelief



Sydney or the bush ...... All or nothing



Take a Leak ............. go to the toilet



Take a squizz .... have a look



Talking a mile a minute ....... talking too much or very fast



Talking on the porcelain telephone ...........vomiting into a toilet



The place is an arm pit .... it's terrible



The Pot calling the kettle black......... adverse statement made by someone in reply to a comment from a person who is in a similar or worse situation



The town bike ....... woman of loose morals



Tickled pink .......... very happy



Tough as old boot leather .......... need I say more ?



Trying one on ....... trying to get away with something



Trying to get into someones pants ............ making sexual advances



Tyre kickers ........ people who look with no intention of buying



Ugly as a box of Blowflies ..... that's about as ugly as it gets



Under the weather ...........unwell , ill



Up a Gum tree ........ in all sorts of trouble



Up and down like a whores draws ...... restless or fluctuating



Up the duff ....... pregnant



Up the spout .....pregnant



Vaccinated with a gramophone needle ....... someone who talks a lot



Well stacked ............ large breasted woman



White ants in the billy ....... crazy



Wouldn't shout in a shark attack ...........a person who will not take their turn buying a round of drinks



Yer bloods worth Bottling! .........someone has done something good for you.



You little Bottler ............delight, something has gone the way you want



You little ripper ....... very good , excellent



Zebra crossing ..... broad black and white lines painted on a road to mark a pedestrian crossing