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September 17, 1986
As a 17-year-old, and having just completed two junior years, I was very interested in Bennett's and Garfield's opinions. My first year as a junior was as an American Field Service foreign exchange student in Australia. I was very impressed by their grading system and the manner in which exams and classes were conducted. Upon returning to the United States, I was appalled by the school system and the even rudimentary level of "honors" classes at my U.S. high school. Instead of having the only five grading levels as they do here (A, B, C, D, Fail)
February 5, 2008 |
Heath Ledger's hometown of Perth, Australia, prepared Monday for the arrival of his remains. Details of funeral arrangements for the late costar of "Brokeback Mountain" have not been announced, but Ledger's family is expected to bring his body back to Perth this week. Family members have reportedly already attended two memorial services in Los Angeles. The Australian newspaper reported Monday that Ledger will be buried next to two of his grandparents in a family plot in Perth. Ledger's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail from the Associated Press seeking comment.
October 18, 1987
The brutal colonization of the Australian continent, beginning in 1788 with the landing in Botany Bay of England's first prison fleet. They had expected grassland with deep black soil and well-spaced trees, where crops could be planted without clearing; an ample source of building-stone; a protected anchorage. But what Capt. Phillip saw from the deck as his ship rounded Point Solander and hauled into Botany Bay on Friday, Jan. 18, 1788, was a flat heath of paperbark scrub and gray-green eucalyptus, stretching featurelessly away under the grinding white light of that Australian summer.
June 11, 1989 |
In 1975, when Jill Ker Conway became the first female president of Smith College, I thought how amazing that an American women's college should take so long to do the obvious thing, and that it should then confer this "first" on an Australian. At sundry dinner parties, I expatiated on the disproportionate presence of Australian women on the world stage: Germaine Greer, Joan Sutherland, Dr. Helen Caldicott (the outspoken organizer of anti-nuclear protest), Alison Cheek (the first "American" woman to be ordained in the Episcopal Church)
April 29, 1989 |
When Vice President Dan Quayle made a campaign-style foray into a crowd Friday outside Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, most of the surprised Australians chatted, giggled and posed for pictures. But one older Melbourne office worker skipped the small talk. "What about the wheat?" he asked Quayle, referring to subsidized American grain exports that are hurting Australian farmers. Quayle shot back, "(We're) gonna keep on exporting." For the vice president, the incident was a quick reminder of some of the frictions that the United States faces with even its closest friends and allies, problems that are an outgrowth of the easing of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
January 26, 2008 |
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Shades of last year popped to the surface, but only for the briefest of moments, and the damage was contained to one service game. That was essentially the only time Maria Sharapova's nerve and serve truly faltered -- three double faults in one game in the first set, including two in a row -- in the Australian Open final today against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. But the serve, which so bedeviled her in the final against Serena Williams last year, pulled her out of trouble later in the first set today when she was on the back foot, two points from losing it. That escape seemed to embolden her and the fifth-seeded Sharapova lost only two points on her serve in the second set, as she beat No. 4 Ivanovic, 7-5, 6-3, in 1 hour 31 minutes.
February 16, 1986 |
Last Sept. 6, after 21 days adrift in the Indian Ocean with two Indonesian boatmen, Judy Schwartz and Rickey Berkowitz, both of Palos Verdes, washed ashore in a remote fishing village in southern Sumatra. Although weak and malnourished, the two 27-year-old women recovered so quickly that, before returning home, they held a press conference at the American Embassy in Jakarta. "We thought it was kind of fun," Schwartz would say later. "We had no idea what it would lead to." It led to a "madhouse."