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« Reply #1520 on: February 17, 2012, 08:21:21 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/aussie-wayne-gretzky-on-verge-of-completing-a-long-road-to-the-nhl/story-e6freonf-1226274467373

'Aussie Wayne Gretzky' on verge of completing a long road to the NHL

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    February 18, 2012 10:32AM

ON THE verge of becoming Australia's first player in the NHL, Nathan Walker could be the country's equivalent of the Jamaican bobsled team.

While the boys from the Caribbean traveled a long road to the Olympic stage, it is nothing compared to the journey the 18-year-old from Sydney's south has made.

The wide brown land has just 23 ice rinks and 3000 registered ice hockey players, but that small group has produced a once-in-a-generation player who has been described as the Wayne Gretzky of Australia.

Last month in Switzerland Walker provided the "where were you?" moment for Australian ice hockey when he scored for Vitkovice Steel in the Spengler Cup.

The goal and his performance in the tournament moved Walker to a European ranking of 21 and a step closer to his dream of becoming Australia's first player in the NHL. It also produced tears of joy as his family finally saw reward for the incredible sacrifice their teenage son made in the pursuit of his dream.

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« Reply #1521 on: February 18, 2012, 08:50:46 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/aussie-wayne-gretzky-on-verge-of-completing-a-long-road-to-the-nhl/story-e6freonf-1226274467373

'Aussie Wayne Gretzky' on verge of completing a long road to the NHL

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    February 18, 2012 10:32AM

ON THE verge of becoming Australia's first player in the NHL, Nathan Walker could be the country's equivalent of the Jamaican bobsled team.

While the boys from the Caribbean traveled a long road to the Olympic stage, it is nothing compared to the journey the 18-year-old from Sydney's south has made.

The wide brown land has just 23 ice rinks and 3000 registered ice hockey players, but that small group has produced a once-in-a-generation player who has been described as the Wayne Gretzky of Australia.

Last month in Switzerland Walker provided the "where were you?" moment for Australian ice hockey when he scored for Vitkovice Steel in the Spengler Cup.

The goal and his performance in the tournament moved Walker to a European ranking of 21 and a step closer to his dream of becoming Australia's first player in the NHL. It also produced tears of joy as his family finally saw reward for the incredible sacrifice their teenage son made in the pursuit of his dream.

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« Reply #1522 on: February 18, 2012, 08:53:13 AM »

lol...I started reading thinking that Wayne Gretzky was from Australia.  I was hoping the article would explain how he lost his accent.  lol
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« Reply #1523 on: February 18, 2012, 08:56:08 AM »

lol...I started reading thinking that Wayne Gretzky was from Australia.  I was hoping the article would explain how he lost his accent.  lol

 

When I first read the headline in the article, I could see this was like a fish out water, and the Jamaican Bobsled team came to mind, and sure enough it was referenced in the article.   
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« Reply #1524 on: February 18, 2012, 10:42:33 AM »

Hi, anything new of Chef Golinski?
 

Hi Sister     you read my mind.  Just about to post an update.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/chef-matt-golinski-starts-to-wake-from-coma-five-weeks-after-fatal-fire-20120203-1qw5n.html

Chef Matt Golinski starts to wake from coma five weeks after fatal fire

Bridie Jabour
February 3, 2012


Well-known chef Matt Golinski, the sole survivor of a fire that killed his wife and three daughters, has started experiencing brief periods of semi-consciousness for the first time since he was badly burned on Boxing Day.

His father, Keith Golinski, released a statement this morning saying although his son was still heavily sedated the progress was ‘‘encouraging’’. Matt is still listed in a critical but stable condition.

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Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/chef-matt-golinski-starts-to-wake-from-coma-five-weeks-after-fatal-fire-20120203-1qw5n.html#ixzz1mb7CvKgx

Also there is a facebook page for tributes.  It is public :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Matt-Golinski-Tribute-Page/300958493280964


Thank you for the update.  He is still in my prayers.  Bless his heart as what he will discover when he finally wakes up.
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« Reply #1525 on: February 18, 2012, 10:44:11 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/boy-6-removed-from-cairns-gay-fathers-in-fbi-child-porn-probe/story-e6freoof-1226266686500

Boy, 6, removed from Cairns gay fathers in FBI child porn probe


    by: Peter Michael
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 09, 2012 11:32AM

A QUEENSLAND gay couple are fighting for custody of their six-year-old boy after they were accused by US child protection authorities as being members of an international pedophile ring.

Queensland police today confirmed they were investigating the allegations along with the FBI, after child safety officials in Los Angeles took the boy and put him into foster care nearly four months ago.

His Cairns-based parents, who protest their innocence, have made a desperate appeal to Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd to get their son back after he was removed on a holiday to the US in October.

According to a newspaper article, a report by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services says the FBI is also investigating allegations that one of the men "is suspected of sexually abusing (the child). They are also suspected of exploiting (the child) through child pornography and obtaining (the child) for the sole purpose of exploitation."

One of the gay men, who had the boy with a surrogate Russian mother in 2005, said US officials found no signs of harm to their son and they faced no charges - but they had lost access to their son.

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For the sake of this child, I hope the allegations are not true!
 

I hope so too Sister.  And it is tiring that whenever anyone is accused of a crime or some other aberration they always trot out the discrimination issue because of their lifestyle, race, beliefs or some other difference to the mainstream.  A crime, especially against children, is a crime whatever the circumstances of the parents, guardians or perpetrator.
I totally agree.  I think it is just sensationalized journalism and it really takes away from the importance of the story.
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« Reply #1526 on: February 20, 2012, 02:43:04 AM »

lol...I started reading thinking that Wayne Gretzky was from Australia.  I was hoping the article would explain how he lost his accent.  lol

Too funny KittyMom. 

 

What I found amusing also was the reference to Wayne Gretzky in the headline, as 8 out of 10 Australians would not know who he is or why he is famous.
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« Reply #1527 on: February 20, 2012, 02:50:23 AM »

http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/crime-and-law/death-of-nancy-grunwaldt-an-accident/2185155.aspx?storypage=0

Death of Nancy Grunwaldt 'an accident'

BY ZARA DAWTREY
06 Jun, 2011 11:32 AM

Almost two decades after the disappearance of a German backpacker on the East Coast, retired detective Bob Coad has decided to speak out. He wants the truth about what happened to Nancy Grunwaldt to come out. ZARA DAWTREY reports.


LINKED with the horrific stabbing murder of Italian tourist Victoria Cafasso in 1995, the disappearance of German tourist Nancy Grunwaldt is burned into the memories of Tasmanians.

Like Ms Cafasso's still-unsolved death, the travel agent's disappearance achieved a level of infamy only paralleled by such atrocities as the Port Arthur massacre and wife-killer Rory Jack Thompson's crime.

East Coast residents are today still left wondering if a serial killer lives in their midst.

But the true story, says retired detective Bob Coad, and the crucial evidence that supports it, has until now never been made public.

"Nancy Grunwaldt was not murdered," he said.

"Her death was the result of a tragic accident - and now it's time for the person responsible to come forward."

The decorated former detective sergeant boasts such credentials as a stellar 35-year career with Tasmania Police, the last 28 as a detective investigating major crime.

He was the state's longest- serving detective when he retired in 2002, the year after he was awarded the nation's most prestigious police honour, the Australian Police Medal.

"I have chosen to talk about this case now because the time for achieving closure is running out.

"I've tried to sit back and let it go, but I just can't live with it any longer. Speaking out now is the last thing I can do to get the truth out there."

An inquest into both the disappearance of Ms Grunwaldt and the 1995 stabbing death of Italian tourist Victoria Cafasso found Ms Grunwaldt was most likely the victim of a homicide, committed somewhere between St Helens and Bicheno on the day she was last seen - March 12, 1993.

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« Reply #1528 on: February 20, 2012, 02:59:04 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/tv-chef-matt-golinski-on-the-mend-after-sunshine-coast-house-blaze-that-killed-wife-and-daughters/story-e6freoof-1226275750713

TV chef Matt Golinski on the mend after Sunshine Coast house blaze that killed wife and daughters

    by: Janelle Miles
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 20, 2012 11:08AM

CELEBRITY chef Matt Golinski's condition has been downgraded from critical to serious, two months after the Sunshine Coast house blaze that claimed the lives of his wife and three daughters.

His father Keith said the 39-year-old continued to make progress in the burns unit of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital but remained in a heavily sedated state, unable to speak.

"He is now mainly breathing on his own, his burns are healing well and there have been some small breakthroughs in his recovery, such as Matt responding physically to requests posed by medical staff and family,'' Keith said.

"As his level of sedation is still quite high, and he cannot yet speak, it remains unclear as to whether Matt is fully aware of what is happening but it's definitely progress in the right direction.''

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« Reply #1529 on: February 20, 2012, 05:47:15 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/tv-chef-matt-golinski-on-the-mend-after-sunshine-coast-house-blaze-that-killed-wife-and-daughters/story-e6freoof-1226275750713

TV chef Matt Golinski on the mend after Sunshine Coast house blaze that killed wife and daughters

    by: Janelle Miles
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    February 20, 2012 11:08AM

CELEBRITY chef Matt Golinski's condition has been downgraded from critical to serious, two months after the Sunshine Coast house blaze that claimed the lives of his wife and three daughters.

His father Keith said the 39-year-old continued to make progress in the burns unit of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital but remained in a heavily sedated state, unable to speak.

"He is now mainly breathing on his own, his burns are healing well and there have been some small breakthroughs in his recovery, such as Matt responding physically to requests posed by medical staff and family,'' Keith said.

"As his level of sedation is still quite high, and he cannot yet speak, it remains unclear as to whether Matt is fully aware of what is happening but it's definitely progress in the right direction.''

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« Reply #1530 on: February 21, 2012, 06:35:12 PM »

G'Day, Tibrogan. 

Me, too.  When I saw that headline I said to myself, "I thought Wayne Gretzky was from Canada."

I've been watching the British series "Downton Abbey," and likely it's already been shown in Australia.  I just left the channel on after it was over and a program about Tasmania came on.  It was just gorgeous.  But they were serving wallaby in a restaurant.  I didn't know wallabys were edible.  Well I guess most anything is edible, but not eaten.   

Today I saw photos of downtown Christchurch and it is remarkable how much the city has recovered from last year's devastating earthquake. 

I realize that Tasmania and New Zealand are countries entirely separate from Australia but we Americans tend to think of them together.  It's hard to realize that you are heading into Winter and we are coming up to Spring now.  Do you in the Southern Hemisphere think of it that way? 

I also saw a story about the lady who said a dingo ate her baby.  Apparently someone wants to reopen the case.  I'd love to see Ayer's rock sometime.  Fascinating.

I'm really interested in kangaroos.  Do they just wander around or are they confined to wild areas?  I think the only marsupial we have is the opossum.  Many are killed on the road especially in the Spring.  But a kangaroo is an entirely different matter.  You could do some serious damage to your car hitting a kangaroo.

Just these things interest me. 

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« Reply #1531 on: February 24, 2012, 07:44:50 PM »

G'day Babybear.  Nice to see you posting here and my apologies for taking so long to answer.  Real life does tend to intrude on Monkey time.

You raise some interesting subjects and I will find some answers for you.

Firstly Tasmania is a very beautiful island with much of it covered in dense forests and with lovely mountain ranges and and clear sandy beaches.  I will post some links to show how beautiful it all is.

http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/

http://www.touringtasmania.info/

http://www.geoffmurray.com/index.htm

I hope I have understood what you said about Tasmania and New Zealand being separate countries but Tasmania is one of the six states of the Commonwealth of Australia and we are Australians.  The Commonwealth of New Zealand is a separate country altogether with its own government.  We both have similar histories, being settled by the British after being "discovered" by French and Dutch explorers many years before, and they are our closest English speaking neighbours and have been allied with us since the first World War when the ANZAC tradition (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was formed.  There is a lot of good humoured rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, they call us Aussies and we call them Kiwis, but we are always there to help each other in times of need.

The Christchurch disaster was devastating and there is a lot of healing still needed with the inhabitants.  Some have left the city and even left the country because of it.  NZ is on the Ring of Fire in the Pacific and subject to a lot of earthquake activity.

Now as for eating Wallaby - yes it is edible, as is Kangaroo meat, and they are both considered a delicacy, especially with "trendy" restaurants.  Tastes like beef but a bit stronger or gamier.  Almost fat free so is considered much healthier than beef. 

Kangaroos are not confined to any particular areas.  They roam the isolated bush and grassy areas and can come into the country towns or outer suburban areas for food in times of drought.  They do not hop down the main streets of our major built up areas though, as many pranksters would have tourists believe.  lol.  There are many varieties of Kangaroos, some of which can be six feet tall and quite mean, but none in Tasmania.  Hitting a Kangaroo with a motor vehicle certainly causes some major damage and you would be lucky to be able to drive the car away from the scene.  We have their smaller cousins - the Wallaby.  Most of our native fauna are marsupials.  No idea why but must have something to do with our being isolated from other land areas for millions of years.  Our possums are not at all like your opossum.  I think I posted pictures of our wildlife in the earlier pages in this thread.

I think we are used to thinking of most of the rest of the world being in Winter when we are enjoying Summer.  We have been using Christmas Cards and watching seasonal movies showing snow scenes while we are either spending time at the beach or on picnics or backyard BBQs, so the concept of being opposite is normal.

I have an item about the Azaria Chamberlain inquest and latest I have heard is the Magistrate will announce his findings in several months time.  This case held the public interest thirty years ago and many theories circulated.  I am not sure how much will be achieved by bringing down a finding as opposed the the previous hearing which was an open finding.  Dingos are wild dogs that hang around isolated camping areas for food and people tend to forget that they can be dangerous aimals.
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« Reply #1532 on: February 24, 2012, 07:47:35 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/azaria-inquiry-to-hear-of-12-dingo-attacks/story-e6freooo-1226277490931

Azaria Chamberlain inquest to hear of 12 dingo attacks since the last inquest 17 years ago, says lawyer

    From: The Daily Telegraph
    February 21, 2012 5:51PM

A NEW inquiry into the death of Azaria Chamberlain will hear of 12 major dingo attacks since the last inquest 17 years ago, a lawyer for Lindy and Michael Chamberlain says.

Lawyer Stuart Tipple, representing the Chamberlains, said he will submit a report to the new coronial inquest, to be held in Darwin on Friday, arguing new evidence supports a finding that a dingo took Azaria.

"The significant thing that has basically happened since the last inquest is that there have been at least 12 significant attacks, three deaths," Mr Tipple said.

"When the coroner last time said he can't be satisfied that a dingo could attack, well that finding is just no longer able to be substantiated," he said.

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« Reply #1533 on: February 24, 2012, 07:49:16 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/azaria-chamberlain-probably-killed-by-a-dingo-darwin-court-told/story-e6freooo-1226280590910

Azaria Chamberlain probably killed by a dingo, Darwin court told

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    February 24, 2012 12:42PM

AN inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain who disappeared from central Australia in 1980 has heard gruesome evidence of recent dingo attacks.

Coroner Elizabeth Morris heard evidence of 14 serious dingo attacks on humans, three of them fatal.

Barrister Rex Wild, QC, said the evidence was sufficient to reach a final conclusion about the baby's death.

"You can go no further than to find that Azaria was taken by a dingo," he said.

The Chamberlains' lawyer, Stuart Tipple, said there had always been two theories about how the girl died - that she was murdered by her mother or taken by a dingo.

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« Reply #1534 on: February 24, 2012, 07:51:47 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/solo-sailor-to-take-a-partner-and-hit-the-dancefloor/story-e6freq7o-1226280302639

Teen sailor Jessica Watson to take part in Channel 7 celebrity show Dancing with the Stars

    From: Herald Sun
    February 24, 2012 9:18AM

THE 2011 Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, is the latest star to sail into the new series of Dancing with the Stars.

In 2009-10 Watson, now 19, became the youngest person ever to sail solo and unassisted around the world.

Now she intends to partner up on series 12 of the Channel 7 celebrity dancefest.

Former Channel 9 daytime queen Kerri-Anne Kennerley confirmed she would swirl onto the stage this year, along with singer Shannon Noll.

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« Reply #1535 on: February 24, 2012, 07:53:38 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/confidential/molly-meldrum-makes-steady-steps-on-the-road-to-recovery/story-e6freq7o-1226280589466

Molly Meldrum makes steady steps on the road to recovery

    by: Fiona Byrne
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    February 24, 2012 12:40PM

MUSIC guru Molly Meldrum has been reunited with his beloved pooch, Ziggy, as he continues to make a steady recovery from injuries sustained in a life threatening fall in the lead-up to Christmas.

Meldrum released a picture of himself with Ziggy yesterday, the first time he has been photographed since he suffered a skull fracture, bruising and swelling to his brain, a broken collarbone, shattered shoulder blade, fractured vertebrae and broken ribs when he fell while putting up Christmas decorations at his Richmond home.

He has also suffered post-traumatic amnesia.

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« Reply #1536 on: February 24, 2012, 08:02:12 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/aussie-woman-scammed-nigerians-court/story-e6freonx-1226279598283

Aussie woman scammed Nigerians: court

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    February 23, 2012 2:06PM

A BRISBANE woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told.

Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an "agent" in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard today.

Her job was to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel any payments they received through their dodgy account on a popular car sales website.

Cochrane-Ramsey was to keep eight per cent of all money paid into her account and forward the rest to the Nigerian scammers.

However, the court heard she kept the two payments she received - totalling $33,350 - and spent most of it on herself.

The car buyers who were ripped off reported the matter to police, who traced the account to Cochrane-Ramsey.

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« Reply #1537 on: February 24, 2012, 08:11:08 PM »

Such an incredibly sad story.  May they both R.I.P

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/senseless-death-of-an-innocent/story-e6freoof-1226281067454

What happened to Jason Lees that led to double tragedy on Story Bridge?

    by: Kate Kyriacou
    From: The Courier-Mail
    February 25, 2012 12:00AM

IT WAS dark outside when Danielle Lees woke and reached for her mobile phone. It had only been hours since she last saw him, but something made her dial her husband to see if everything was OK.

By the time the call connected with Jason Lees' mobile, both he and their son, Brad, were already dead.

Danielle, a psychologist, had been staying with her parents on the Gold Coast.

Neighbours say the couple appeared to have separated, but Jason, a teacher at Brisbane's "Churchie" and a former rugby union referee, drove to meet her for lunch on Sunday.

He left again for home in the afternoon, taking Brad with him - the two-year-old attended his school's kindergarten.

It was about 2am when Jason strapped Brad into the car, loaded his bike and drove from their Seven Hills home in suburban Brisbane to Kangaroo Point.

There was time to change his mind as he took the child from the car, secured him into his seat on his mountain bike and rode on to the Story Bridge.

Time again to turn around as he emptied his pockets and placed his phone and possessions on the footpath.

Instead, he gathered his son in his arms and, without hesitating, jumped over the side.

Police found the 40-year-old and his son where they landed on the lawn of Captain Burke Park. A crime scene was established and investigators tried to contact Jason's family in Canada.

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« Reply #1538 on: February 24, 2012, 09:28:32 PM »

Such an incredibly sad story.  May they both R.I.P

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/senseless-death-of-an-innocent/story-e6freoof-1226281067454

What happened to Jason Lees that led to double tragedy on Story Bridge?

    by: Kate Kyriacou
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    February 25, 2012 12:00AM

IT WAS dark outside when Danielle Lees woke and reached for her mobile phone. It had only been hours since she last saw him, but something made her dial her husband to see if everything was OK.

By the time the call connected with Jason Lees' mobile, both he and their son, Brad, were already dead.

Danielle, a psychologist, had been staying with her parents on the Gold Coast.

Neighbours say the couple appeared to have separated, but Jason, a teacher at Brisbane's "Churchie" and a former rugby union referee, drove to meet her for lunch on Sunday.

He left again for home in the afternoon, taking Brad with him - the two-year-old attended his school's kindergarten.

It was about 2am when Jason strapped Brad into the car, loaded his bike and drove from their Seven Hills home in suburban Brisbane to Kangaroo Point.

There was time to change his mind as he took the child from the car, secured him into his seat on his mountain bike and rode on to the Story Bridge.

Time again to turn around as he emptied his pockets and placed his phone and possessions on the footpath.

Instead, he gathered his son in his arms and, without hesitating, jumped over the side.

Police found the 40-year-old and his son where they landed on the lawn of Captain Burke Park. A crime scene was established and investigators tried to contact Jason's family in Canada.

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So very sad.  May they rest in peace.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #1539 on: February 27, 2012, 04:59:32 PM »

G'day Babybear.  Nice to see you posting here and my apologies for taking so long to answer.  Real life does tend to intrude on Monkey time.

You raise some interesting subjects and I will find some answers for you.

Firstly Tasmania is a very beautiful island with much of it covered in dense forests and with lovely mountain ranges and and clear sandy beaches.  I will post some links to show how beautiful it all is.

http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/

http://www.touringtasmania.info/

http://www.geoffmurray.com/index.htm

I hope I have understood what you said about Tasmania and New Zealand being separate countries but Tasmania is one of the six states of the Commonwealth of Australia and we are Australians.  The Commonwealth of New Zealand is a separate country altogether with its own government.  We both have similar histories, being settled by the British after being "discovered" by French and Dutch explorers many years before, and they are our closest English speaking neighbours and have been allied with us since the first World War when the ANZAC tradition (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was formed.  There is a lot of good humoured rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, they call us Aussies and we call them Kiwis, but we are always there to help each other in times of need.

The Christchurch disaster was devastating and there is a lot of healing still needed with the inhabitants.  Some have left the city and even left the country because of it.  NZ is on the Ring of Fire in the Pacific and subject to a lot of earthquake activity.

Now as for eating Wallaby - yes it is edible, as is Kangaroo meat, and they are both considered a delicacy, especially with "trendy" restaurants.  Tastes like beef but a bit stronger or gamier.  Almost fat free so is considered much healthier than beef. 

Kangaroos are not confined to any particular areas.  They roam the isolated bush and grassy areas and can come into the country towns or outer suburban areas for food in times of drought.  They do not hop down the main streets of our major built up areas though, as many pranksters would have tourists believe.  lol.  There are many varieties of Kangaroos, some of which can be six feet tall and quite mean, but none in Tasmania.  Hitting a Kangaroo with a motor vehicle certainly causes some major damage and you would be lucky to be able to drive the car away from the scene.  We have their smaller cousins - the Wallaby.  Most of our native fauna are marsupials.  No idea why but must have something to do with our being isolated from other land areas for millions of years.  Our possums are not at all like your opossum.  I think I posted pictures of our wildlife in the earlier pages in this thread.

I think we are used to thinking of most of the rest of the world being in Winter when we are enjoying Summer.  We have been using Christmas Cards and watching seasonal movies showing snow scenes while we are either spending time at the beach or on picnics or backyard BBQs, so the concept of being opposite is normal.

I have an item about the Azaria Chamberlain inquest and latest I have heard is the Magistrate will announce his findings in several months time.  This case held the public interest thirty years ago and many theories circulated.  I am not sure how much will be achieved by bringing down a finding as opposed the the previous hearing which was an open finding.  Dingos are wild dogs that hang around isolated camping areas for food and people tend to forget that they can be dangerous aimals.

Thank you Tibrogan for the lovely pics and the information.  You are correct in thinking I indicated I thought Tasmania was a separate country.  Now I know.  I really didn't know that kangaroos were eaten.  I saw the wallaby tenderloin on the TV show I mentioned and it did look completely fat free.  But a song kept running through my mind, "Tie me wallaby down, mate." Apparently there are some very good wines from Tasmania, according to the program I was watching.  I don't know which wine goes with wallaby. (LOL)

As far as I know, Lindy Chamberlain appeared to be a good mother and I could see no reason she would kill her baby.  I think the dingo got little Azaria.  But I do not know details as well as I do the Caylee Anthony case, where there is no doubt in my mind that her mother murdered her. 

The closest I have ever been to Australia is Hawaii and that was a very long flight from the Eastern US.  I left from Tampa and stopped in Dallas.  Then on to Honolulu.  Maybe someday I will go to Australia.  I have wanderlust. 

Once when I was visiting England, for some reason I decided to take sort of a poll about the attitude toward the Royal Family.  My question was, "Do they affect your life at all."
Most people said no, they go on with their lives and rarely even think of them.  Since HM Queen Elizabeth II is head of the Commonwealth, does that have any effect on an Australian's life?  They seem to be there a lot and I believe that Sarah Ferguson's mother lived there and was killed in an auto crash there.  I'm just interested in lots of things and love to travel.  No particular reason why I asked the question except curiosity.

Thanks again for the info.  Interesting indeed.
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