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Australian Names: Patrick White, Mark Webber, Sam Stosur …

  • May 29th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

patrick_victor_martindale_white.jpg mark-webber-madtvmeuk4.jpg stosur.jpgMonday 28.5.12 marked the birth centenary of the late Patrick White, writer; while, very much alive, Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix, and Sam Stosur made a good start, trying to win in Paris, this time around.

PATRICK WHITE received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. His body of work included 11 plays, non-fiction, and 13 published novels, of which The Tree of Man, Riders in the Chariot, and Voss, were characteristic of his powerful, some said tortured prose, and extreme talent for visuals and sense of place.

Mr White, born in London to Australian parents, lived most of his life at Castle Hill and Centennial Park in Sydney, settings for parts of his work; he spoke against censorship, and for conservation  of the environment and heritage values; he died on 30.9.90.

See EUAustralia Online, “Two winners: different kinds of stars”, 12.10.11.

SAMANTHA STOSUR on Sunday started a fight to win the French Open tennis at Roland Garros, scene of her defeat in the 2010 final (against Francesca Schiavone). A Grand Slam victory came with the US Open last year, and the World No. 6 this time defeated the unseeded Scottish player Elena Baltacha, 6-4, 6-0, in the opening round.

See EUAustralia Online: “Sam Stosur’s US Open: dream realised”, 11.9.11; “Sam, still not this time …”, 6.6.10.

MARK WEBBER got into the top echelon of Formula 1 motor racing with his win in the German Grand Prix, in 2009. The following year he was third in the overall competition, after winning at Monaco, and on Sunday (27.5.12) he did that again, leading all the way from poll position. In a year in which six drivers have won the first six races, that has allowed him into second position over-all, for Red Bull; behind Fernando Alonso, Spain, driving for Ferrari

See EUAustralia Online: “Mark Webber’s ‘nice clean race’”, 27.5.10; “ More sport: Mark Webber makes it …”, 13.7.09.

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