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Eurovision: Sweden win it, Australia in it – and new vision shown in Ireland, over gay rights …

  • May 25th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Eurovision Group Irish referendum 2015Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow triumphed on Saturday night at the Eurovision Song Contest, his song ‘Heroes’ at the end of voting, delivering a clear win over the other great favourite, Russia’s Polina Gagarina singing ‘A Million Voices’ — 365 votes against 303. … Read More »

O Captain! My Captain!* Richie Benaud 1930-2015 …

  • April 10th, 2015
  • Posted by EU Australia

Richie_Benaud_1956 Richie Benaud commentaryRichie Benaud has died from skin cancer aged 84; tributes gathering immediately from throughout the criket community and beyond.

He was a figure of history. An infant at the time of the “bodyline” series pitched by England against Don Bradman, he became a hero to the Baby Boom generation of young cricketers. During his time as Australian Captain, 1958-64, reversing a period of set-backs, he never lost a series – and after all that became chief among the television commentators. … Read More »

Death of Ian Paisley

  • September 16th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Paisley IanThe death of Ian Paisely in Northern Ireland occurred in a period of hope for lasting peace there; writes Lee Duffield. … Read More »

Security: Watching over the G20

  • May 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Brisbane wikipediaSorting through problems of a troubled world in eyeball-to-eyeball contact among heads of government – at the G20 —  always holds out the hope of getting some solutions though real communication.

It also means risk and high organisation; why squads of armed police this month have been deployed for exercises  — with air support, in water, and rehearsing street movements —  close to the bottom of the world, for the G20 summit in November.

Lee Duffield writes:

 

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Cannes: Festival Commentaries

  • May 25th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Cannes Cannes PosterThe Cannes Film Festival on Saturday awarded the Palme d’Or for Best Film to Winter Sleep from Turkey.

During the festivities, the Jury President, Jane Campion, deplored the poor representation of women in the winners’ lists; Cate Blanchett criticised an attack on arts funding in the Australian federal budget; Nicole Kidman starred in the opening film, about a blonde princess; and David Gulpilil won Best Actor in a talent-seeking contest parallel to the main event. … Read More »

Roads to Rome: slavery, human rights and cleaning up the Vatican finances …

  • April 2nd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

romePope Francis’s diary of late has noted two Australian items, billionaire Andrew Forrest stepping up his anti-slavery campaign, and Cardinal George Pell about to start work as the Vatican head of finance. One other visit of special note, the first to the new Pope by President Barack Obama.

 

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Worsening conflict in Ukraine

  • February 19th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Kiev firesThe conflict in Ukraine took on  the look of civil war with this week 25 believed dead in the street conflicts between  Opposition protesters and government riot police.

The barricades and piles of blazing tyres added extra drama to the scene around Independence Square in Kiev, where the troops edged against the other side, trying to drive them out of the area.

 

 

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