February 9, 1992
Stephen Williams' description of Melbourne ("Melbourne: A Tale of Two Cities," Jan. 19), contrasting it with Sydney's "extensive ethnic mix, restaurants by the boatload," would have been out of date when I left in 1965. It is unrecognizable now. In a half-mile stretch of Brunswick Street, a friend counted 28 national cuisines, covering most of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It is not unique. Melbourne's Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese and Vietnamese communities are busy, growing and not shy. And how can anyone describe Melbourne without mention of the fabulous Victoria Market, whose two or three city blocks of stalls of fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, rabbits, cheese, salami, olives, pastries, spices, candies, clothes and even cockatoos (plus the surrounding hole-in-the-wall art and music stores)
October 22, 1985 |
A Thai court sentenced an Australian to death Monday for possessing 4.4 pounds of heroin intended for sale, court officials reported. They said that Donald Tait, 52, a pilot from Sydney, was arrested in July last year at a hotel in Phuket, 580 miles south of Bangkok. He denied the charge and has 15 days to appeal the sentence, officials said.
October 26, 1993 |
Troy Waters of Sydney took command in the fourth round and stopped former Olympic gold medalist Robert Wangila at 1:08 of the sixth round in their scheduled 12-round junior-middleweight bout Monday night at the Forum. Waters (21-3) opened the sixth with a flurry of blows that drove Wangila (21-4) around the ring.
June 23, 1987 |
Classified security arrangements for Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger were accidentally broadcast over a taxi radio network, officials said Monday. The security breach occurred when Australia's Department of Communications gave U.S. security agents a radio frequency it thought was not used, said Joel Webster, a department spokesman. However, the messages were clearly heard by the radio dispatcher of Sydney's largest cab company, Taxis Combined.
January 5, 1986 |
Much has been made lately about the renaissance in American rock, spearheaded in the mainstream by the gym-toughened Bruce What's-His-Name and shored in the underground by a Del This or a Les That. But while "American rock" with its unpretentious emphasis on guitar, bass and drums celebrates the back-to-populism basics, another continent is providing much of the same musical no-frills excitement: Australia. Australia.
January 3, 2002 |
As blazes continued raging around Australia's largest city and thousands fled their homes today, police discovered the remains of what might have been two homemade bombs used by arsonists to set tinder-dry forests afire. More than 100 bush fires burning out of control near Sydney and in its suburbs were being fanned by hot, dry and swirling winds. Smoke clouds towered above the city of 4 million people.
November 12, 1989 |
Australian Pubstays and Backpackers Headquarters have lined up inexpensive accommodations at about 100 pubs in Australia, including some in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart. Many of these pub/hotels are old buildings that have seen much of the country's history. Some have been upgraded. Most offer from five to 10 rooms. There are four room categories, with varying degrees of comfort. Two categories lack private bathrooms. All, however, include a full breakfast.
January 17, 2013 |
The International Olympic Committee released the following statement Thursday regarding its decision to strip Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he received in 2000: "Following the recent decisions of [ the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] and the [International Cycling Union, or UCI] regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, namely, the men's individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men's individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate.