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.
February 9, 1992
I would like to comment on a remark made in the Jan. 19 article "Authentic Aussie Items in Sydney," concerning the Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery in the Rocks. Perhaps the large number of international tourists that visit the Rocks in Sydney has made some of that area's shopkeepers a little less patient with visitors' requests for information. I had a very different experience in 1990 when I visited the original Coo-ee Aboriginal Art shop and gallery (two separate establishments a block apart)
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.
January 25, 2007 |
After a yearlong jubilee celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday, classical music fans can expect another series of concerts and festivals to mark two centuries since the death of Franz Joseph Haydn. The highlight of the yearlong event will take place on May 31, 2009, the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, with worldwide performances of his masterpiece "The Creation," organizers said Wednesday at a news conference in Vienna.
February 13, 1986 |
The 6:08 commuter train from Sydney was held up for 20 minutes tonight after a conductor found a naked couple making love in his compartment. Other passengers said the conductor pulled the emergency cord and told the couple that they had three minutes to get dressed and get off at the next station. The man pulled on his clothes, punched the guard three times and was arrested. The woman left the train without further incident.
July 18, 2008 |
Pope Benedict XVI said mankind's "insatiable consumption" has scarred the Earth and squandered its resources, telling followers that taking care of the planet is vital to humanity. The 81-year-old pontiff, appearing rested and in good form, gave his first major speech for Roman Catholicism's World Youth Day before adoring crowds who had traveled from 168 countries to see him in Sydney, Australia's largest city. As the sun set in the mild chill of the Australian winter, Benedict struck a theme that has earned him a reputation as the "green pope."
June 25, 1985 |
Hundreds of volunteers worked frantically today to save dozens of beached whales after 60 of the huge mammals swam ashore north of Sydney. Many of the whales were cut up on rocks and about 30 died. Schoolchildren poured water over the two-ton Tasmanian whales as they lay on the shore, trying to keep them alive until they could be returned to the sea. Wildlife experts performed autopsies in an attempt to find out why the whales beached themselves.