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Australia has had a spate of shark attacks this summer, prompting new calls for shark-enclosures and warnings about aggravating the beasts. Queensland is taking a look at their 44-year-old Shark Safety Program after a 21-year-old woman was mauled off Amity Beach. See also Diver attacked by shark at Perth beach.

Sharky Australia





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These vans are like, totally Wicked. No, really. That’s what they’re called: Wicked Campers. These brightly colored – and slightly risky – vans are geared for the under 30 market, although they draw a fair share of retirees as well. The company started near Brisbane, and now boasts nearly 300 vehicles in all Aussie capital cities, Cairns and Alice Springs. […]

Campervans like you’ve never seen them before



A great white shark named after Aussie actress Nicole Kidman has shocked scientists by proving that girls can swim far and fast too – approximately 20,000 kilometers in the past year. They believe she is searching for a mate in Oz, where they are plentiful (just like backpackers…) Nicole the shark makes a record ocean journey

Nicole the shark makes a record ocean journey



Another trail in the news blows my mind: A Western Australian man accused of sexual acts with a child has been deemed too fat to attend trial in Brisbane, Queensland. The charges stem from an incident 20 plus years ago…I’m assuming he wasn’t quite as fat then. Do not worry, however, justice hasn’t been thwarted: a small legislative contingent will […]

Too fat to attend trial



GET upset about Gallipoli litterbugs. Take umbrage at the Anzac Cove roadworks. Just lay off the Bee Gees. Given politicians from all sides have tried to turn Anzac Day on the battlefield into a self-serving circus, it’s little wonder a proportion of the backpacker crowd feels compelled to play the clown. But embattled Veterans Affairs Minister De-Anne Kelly’s decision to […]

Just don’t rubbish the Bee Gees