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Book Review: The Echidna: Australia’s Enigma

The Echidna: Australia’s Enigma, by Dr. Peggy Rismiller As is often the case in books like this, this volume is not only about the echidna and what an odd animal it happens to be, but also about the author, because … Continue reading

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Book Review: Echidnas (World’s Weirdest Animals)

Echidnas (World’s Weirdest Animals), by Marcia Zappa One of the things that is not well understood is that weirdness is generally a sign of the oddness of creators, as opposed to the dull uniformity that comes from emergent processes lacking … Continue reading

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Book Review: Echidnas

Echidnas, by Lola M. Schaefer This book about echidnas is part of a series about tiny-spiny animals. And if an animal belonged in the category of tiny and spiny, it was certainly the obscure echidna, which is my second favorite … Continue reading

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

There is a strange connection between artists that can sometimes take place between of the similarity of names. So it is with Bruce Springsteen and Australian rocker Rick Springfield. Although Bruce Springsteen is recognized as the boss and Rick Springfield … Continue reading

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Album Review: Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden

Truly Madly Deeply:  The Best Of Savage Garden, by Savage Garden Someday there will be a good documentary on this late and lamented Australian duo and we will find out the story of why it is that they flamed out … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: A Shorter History Of Australia

A Shorter History Of Australia, by Geoffrey Blainey, read by Humphrey Bower Admittedly, Australian history is not something I consider myself to be particularly knowledgeable about beyond the general details of aboriginal settling and isolation, British settlement, and Australia’s simultaneous … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Men At Work

They weren’t here for a long time, but they were here for a good time.  Exploding on to the pop scene in the early 1980’s with their pleasant songs with a strong base in Australian music and culture, Men At … Continue reading

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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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