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Going Down Under…

Australia. The only country in the world which automatically generates a smile just by the mention of its name. Party Central. Laid back people and a climate that dreams are made of – plus plenty of beaches to lounge around on. Sounds good to me…

…but Oz is not all beaches and beer. Oh dear me no. The country has contributed a lot to the world for which we should all be thankful. Mayhem! tosses another shrimp onto the barbie and suggests there’s more to Australia than meets the Ky-lie.

ART

The arts in Australia are all renowned internationally, particularly in literature with writers such as Collen McCullough and Clive James, plus Nobel prize winning author Patrick White. In theatre, the stunning Sydney Opera House remains one of the most iconic buildings in the world – over 50 years since work on its construction began, while the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney includes alumni Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.

HISTORY

Western history seems only to count after ‘we’ have made our bloody mark somewhere on the globe. Hence the history of Australia is usually referred to as anything that happened after one Captain James Cook charted its east coast in 1770. Huzzah! However, the original Australian people are believed to have first arrived on its mainland as long as 60,000 years ago – thus establishing one of the oldest and most important artistic, musical and spiritual traditions on the planet.

For more fascinating facts about the wonderful land of Oz, pick up Mayhem! and continue reading…