Tag Archives: Australia

Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Kylie Minogue

On the face of it, for most Americans at least, Kylie Minogue is not an obvious choice for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Most American music listeners would know her for one of two reasons:  her cover of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Ticket

The Tin Ticket:  The Heroic Journey Of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss As someone who has read at least a little bit about Australia’s convict women, it is pretty clear that there was both something deeply problematic about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Floating Brothel

Floating Brothel:  The Extraordinary True Story Of An Eighteenth-Century Ship And Its Cargo Of Female Convicts, by Siân Rees Despite the somewhat tawdry aspect of the book’s title, this is a book that seeks to and generally succeeds at presenting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pacific

Pacific:  Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, by Simon Winchester This book really bothered me.  It is not a worthless piece of junk, but it … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Little River Band

I must admit that I was a fan of the Little River Band’s music long before I knew who they were.  Unlike some bands whose name I knew very early, this was a band I did not really discover until … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: INXS

It seems rather shocking and surprising that Australia, for all of its influence on American pop and rock music, has so few acts inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [1].  While there are several worthy candidates from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Batavia’s Graveyard

Batavia’s Graveyard:  The True Story Of The Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny, by Mike Dash For those readers who do not know a great deal about either Australia’s history or the history of the Netherlands [1], this book … Continue reading

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The Mutiny Of Norfolk Island

The history of Norfolk Island is one with a fair amount of breaks—it was originally colonized by East Polynesians but had long been vacant when it was settled as a penal colony offshore from Australia, then vacant again before it … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Helen Reddy

There are artists who I do not personally like, and whose music I do not personally care for, who nonetheless are worthy of being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is one of those cases, where … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Rebalancing U.S. Forces

Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific, edited by Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson This is the sort of book that I really enjoy reading that is probably not going to have a very large reading … Continue reading

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