Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 5:35 am
Travel often brings the unexpected. But I was unprepared to find some of the best food I've ever eaten in Australia.
On a recent trip, we stopped at a café for lunch. An Australian woman we had seen earlier at a sheep dairy ran over and recommended the marron salad. "What is marron?" I asked.
"Well," she said, "you know what yabbies are."
Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 6:35 am
Saying that "of course it will sink if you put a hole in it," Australia's wealthiest business executive today announced he has contracted with a Chinese shipbuilder to construct a replica of the Titanic.
Mining magnate Clive Palmer also, as The Sydney Morning Herald reports, said he's planning to run for a seat in Australia's parliament.
Clive Palmer says he wants to build Titanic II to sale from London to New York. Like the builder of the original, Palmer says, "It is going to be designed so it won't sink."
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon.
This week, U.S. Marines landed in northern Australia. Just a couple hundred Marines, but they are the first wave of a deployment that will eventually increase to 2,500.
The Chinese military has expressed disapproval. Last fall, an official with the Chinese Defense Ministry said the U.S. military build-up in the region reflected a Cold War mentality.
We're joined now from Canberra, by the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich.
Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 5:27 pm
Part 4 of four
Some weeks ago, I paid a visit to an eggshell-blue house in Newtown, a neighborhood on the west side of Sydney, to Wendy Bacon and her husband, Chris Nash.
As we sat on the porch of their book-lined home, they pointed with pride to the Australasian trees and blooms defining their interior courtyard.
And then Bacon delved into her own harvest: the results of a case study about how the country's newspapers handled a pressing and contentious issue.