Tame Impala cemented their place as Australian music’s current (ahem) kings by nabbing three awards, including the ‘big one’ of Album of the Year, while relative newcomer Courtney Barnett laid claim to the queen’s throne with three gongs of her own.
Quote of the night also goes to Tame Impala, with Kevin Parker saying of their scooping the Best Group award, “Did we just beat AC/DC in something?”
Album of the year: Tame Impala – Currents
Song of the year: Conrad Sewell – Start Again
Best female artist: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best male artist: Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Best group: Tame Impala – Currents
Breakthrough artist: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best international artist: One Direction – Four
Best Australian live act: 5 Seconds Of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour
Best dance release: Rüfüs - You Were Right
Best hard rock/heavy metal album: Northlane – Node
Best independent release: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Best pop release: Jarryd James – Do You Remember
Best rock album: Tame Impala – Currents
Best urban album: Seth Sentry - Strange New Past
Best adult contemporary album: Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love
Best blues and roots album: CW Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo
Best children’s album: Sam Moran – Play Along With Sam: BOO!
Best comedy release: Matt Okine – Live at the Enmore Theatre
Best country album: Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs
Best video: Matt Sharp & Daniel James for The Veronicas – You Ruin Me
TOP IMAGE: Kevin Parker, driving force behind multiple ARIA Awards winners Tame Impala. (Via: Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com)]]>
The gorgeous trees, native to Central and South America but common across Australia, bloom in to flower in late-spring /early summer.
Purple haze. The afternoon sun catches the end of jacaranda season (yes even in Melbourne.) #fitzroynorth #melbourn… pic.twitter.com/OD0zQdHi3N
— Kim (@KimAroundTown) November 22, 2015
Following the jacaranda tree trail https://t.co/mALolqN5eT lovely.. pic.twitter.com/gJmilnxLNl — Paulelli (@Paulelli) November 21, 2015
BLOG: Purple Rain: Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Brisbane https://t.co/xZtn4w6E54 #thisisqueensland pic.twitter.com/FOYHKVTq3F
— Queensland Australia (@Queensland) November 25, 2015
Bland St & Monk Avenue Como @CitySouthPerth are covered in a sea of purple. #jacaranda #bestofspring pic.twitter.com/fbm0oZ3oXe — Kensington Police (@KensingtonPol) November 18, 2015
Summers here Jacaranda looking gorgeous @unimelb #dookieagcollege. pic.twitter.com/MhY9B6kJNN
— Charlotte Aves (@CharlieAves) November 26, 2015
BLOG: Purple Rain: Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Brisbane https://t.co/xZtn4w6E54 #thisisqueensland pic.twitter.com/FOYHKVTq3F — Queensland Australia (@Queensland) November 25, 2015
Give yourself time to stop and enjoy the spectacular #jacaranda avenues around #Adelaide. @LGAofSA @CityofAdelaide pic.twitter.com/HPq7VYT7GA
— Keith Conlon (@KeithConlon) November 19, 2015
TOP IMAGE: Via Hello Sunshine / Queensland Australia]]>
Nangua is a baby Francois’ Langur, one of the world’s rarest monkeys.
First spotted by keepers at the zoo earlier this month, the gorgeous, shy little fuzz ball is gaining strength and confidence, now making the occasional public appearance.
Francois’ Langurs are orange at birth but eventually grow out of their baby fluff to a black adult coat.
Nangua means ‘pumpkin’ in Mandarin.]]>
If you needed a reason to bring the family down to The Stoop to watch a game of rugby, five of the most important reasons are below:
1. World class rugby
Harlequins has 15 internationally capped players in their senior squad and eight of those recently represented England, Fiji, Wales and Scotland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup including the current England captain Chris Robshaw.
These players appear for Harlequins at every home fixture in the Aviva Premiership and the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Come and see our internationals playing for their club in one of the world’s toughest domestic competitions.
2. It’s on your doorstep
Not far from the ‘boerewors belt’, Twickenham is only eight miles away from Wimbledon, Putney and Fulham with direct trains from the first two locations. The District Line is available from Parson’s Green, Fulham Broadway and Earl’s Court tube stations making the Twickenham Stoop your local rugby venue!
3. The matchday experience
Come and join us and experience the excitement of a match day for yourself! With 15,000 passionate Quins supporters cheering and urging on the team, amazing food from a range of outlets and multiple bars around the ground, coupled with exhilarating Quins style rugby at affordable prices- the day will not disappoint!
4. The kit
adidas, one of Harlequins’ Principal Partners has supplied the home and away kit since 2014 and it is one of the most colourful and recognisable strips in the world. On match days (and week days), the Club shops are open for you to have a look around with shirts, scarfs, hats, hoodies and all types of other merchandise for you to make your own.
5.The style of play
Harlequins pride themselves on their ability to run with ball in hand and excite and thrill their audience and supporters with the way they play. The four principles the Quins players stick to and play by known as ‘Quins style’ is tempo, enjoyment, unpredictability and ruthlessness. Come and see for yourself in one of our upcoming fixtures.
For a full list of Harlequins’ home fixtures for this season please click here.
Prices start from £26 for adults and £12 for under 16s.
Tickets to Harlequins’ annual festive fixture ‘Big Game 8′ at Twickenham Stadium against Gloucester Rugby on Sunday 27th December are available to buy here.
To buy tickets to any of our other home games please click here or call the Harlequins Ticket Office on 020 8410 6010.]]>
As emergency services continue to battle the blazes which burned most intensely on Wednesday, 16 homes have been destroyed while 13 people are in hospital, five with serious burns.
Mayor of Light regional council, Bill O’Brien, described how the town of Kapunda came face to face with the terrifying fire front.
“At 6 o’clock here last night, it looked like winter. And then the sky lit up and it was very frightening,” he said, The Guardian reported.
Wasleys the morning after. #Pinery fire hit this small town hard. @KevCorduroy @CFSAlerts @DavidBevanSA pic.twitter.com/VQ79MXoc0g
— 891Adelaide (@891adelaide) November 25, 2015
O’Brien said the fire seemed to engulf properties at random. “I feel absolutely gutted, you know. I love this region. I just don’t know where to start, what to do first,” he said.
South Australia Fires: 2 dead. 13 in hospital 5 critical. Thousands of animals dead https://t.co/LF0lXbTOHR #SAfires https://t.co/n4ALuYVfEm — 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 26, 2015
John Lush, a farmer from Mallala, told ABC radio he watched helplessly as 25 metre high flames threatened his home which in the end was luckily spared.
“At the height of the fire, you couldn’t see anything,” he said.
“You couldn’t see the bullbar on the end of the ute. We tried to put it out and 10 seconds later behind you it’s alight again. You just couldn’t put it out. It was too intense”.
Lives, property and livestock lost in devastating #SAfires #bushfire WATCH: https://t.co/bFztzwr93N https://t.co/6txF9K1jGB
— ABC News (@abcnews) November 26, 2015
The bushfires had consumed over 80,000 hectares by Thursday.
Six schools and kindergartens were closed on Thursday and power still cut to some 3,000 homes.
“Work is going on to restore power supplies but remains slow because of difficulty reaching affected areas,” South Australia’s premier, Jay Weatherill, said.
“The department of transport has been working closely with emergency services and local government to clear roads.”
The premier said according to initial investigations, it did not appear that the fires were deliberately lit.
RT @elisebaker9: Road block at #Mallala. Huge plume of smoke and very strong winds out here. #SAfire @9NewsAdel pic.twitter.com/gox0F56hso
— Emergency.Life (@Emergency_Life) November 25, 2015
The South Australia blaze comes just a week after four people perished in major bushfires in Western Australia.
Emergency services in Australia’s eastern states are on alert as temperatures and winds rise, heralding the start of the bushfire season.]]>
Irwin and Hough went into the DWTS finale as firm favourites after receiving several perfect scores from the judges throughout the 2015 series.
In the end, it was the fans who got the pair over the line after their hot-to-trot Quickstep routine and a steamy modern Cha-cha Tango (video: below).
Both they and former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter with his partner received perfect scores in their last dances. The addition of the audience vote made Bindi and Derek queen and king of the dancefloor, earning them the Mirror Ball trophy.
“I’ve never seen anybody quite like you,” Hough told his 17-year-old dance partner who has become America’s new sweetheart.
“She looks at the challenge in the face and smiles at it,” he said of her determined and energetic performances throughout the series, including a tribute dance to her deceased father, Steve Irwin, which brought judges to tears.
“Thank you so much for everything, I can’t believe that I’m here and just thank you for changing my life,” an ecstatic Irwin Tweeted after the win.
I am speechless. I can’t tell you how much love I have for all of your support throughout this beautiful journey. pic.twitter.com/05lif561bA
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) November 25, 2015
Her mother Terri and brother Robert were in the audience and celebrated the win with her.
Woo-hoo! Who else is on #TeamCrikey & ready to celebrate @BindiIrwin & @derekhough‘s win!? @TerriIrwin & Robert are! pic.twitter.com/AZixszg9ug — Australia Zoo (@AustraliaZoo) November 25, 2015
I may not be an expert, when it comes to love, dating and relationships, but I can honestly say that dating or even marrying her can be one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life. With her unique charm, adventurous soul and enthusiastic positive outlook, she is indeed a special and lovely gal who can mesmerize you in a myriad of ways.
Globetrotting girls have, for the most part, experienced plenty of unfortunate events on the road, including delays, missed flights, not-so tidy restrooms, wrong turns and bad street food. But the thing is, these inevitable and undesirable circumstances have all helped her become a stronger and more resilient woman. She is by no means like the drama queens in high school, and she is metaphorically and literally ready for any roadblock or bump along the way. With all her experiences in traveling, she definitely can adapt to any challenge life throws at her.
There’s never a dull moment when you are with a globetrotting girl. She will enthrall you not with her physical looks, but with her wits as well as incredible and inspiring stories. Whether she’s urging you to go on epic adventure on one of the top backpacker-friendly destinations in Africa or sharing funny stories of her trips in Asia, she’ll always find a way to entertain and amuse you. Plus, she’s got a spellbinding charisma that will make your chats even more interesting and dynamic.
Girls who love to travel are often curious, intelligent and inquisitive. After all, traveling the world is one of the coolest and best ways to learn more about different cultures, geography and even politics. With enthusiasm, she will give you an exciting, funny and interesting conversation with you that could last for hours.
When you feel like your life is starting to head towards the mundane, she will come up with an awesome escapade that will bring bliss as well as a sense of excitement into your life. With the help of a dynamic travel planning app, she’s going to plan a trip for you, and even have the budget, flights and accommodations sorted out. Then, she’s going to take you to a destination that you’ve never been to, and let you discover a ton of new things that can rejuvenate your weary spirit.
Likewise, she’s the type of girl who easily recognizes every chance for adventure and fun. She’s always willing and ready to experience something new and unusual with you, whether on a foreign land or at home. To me, every day is Friday when you have her in your life because she has a sense of adventure that is practically limitless.
Fond of adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures? Trust me, she’s and adventurous gal who rarely says no to mind-blowing getaways and fun experiences – making her an ideal candidate for guys who are looking for an exciting and gleeful partner. She’s an ultra cool partner who’s willing to try every crazy and spine-tingling thing that you have listed down on your bucket list.
She can transform your world into a wonderland full of life and colors. She can help you become a better and more well-rounded, and will make your life more exciting. Furthermore, she’s going to introduce you to a ton of new theories and ideas that will make you a bit wiser.
With years of experience dealing with strangers and foreigners, she truly has the confidence and ability to befriend anyone, in any situation and in any place. She’s got top-social social skills and she won’t problems making friends with your sister and drinking buddies.
You can be as weird and crazy as you want to be, whenever you are with her. She won’t unjustly judge you for all the wacky and bizarrely unusual experiences that you want to try. She, unlike most cosmopolitan girls, has immersed herself into a lot of different cultures, meaning she has an open mind. As a matter of fact, she views off-the-wall things as something as different rather than looking at it as taboo or weird.
Having financial management issues? Maybe, you should get some words of advice from girls who thrive on traveling. They may be not as wealthy as Beyonce or Katy Perry, but they are very proficient in money management. Years of traveling the world on a tight budget have taught these fun gals how to spend money wisely and how to extend their budget as far as they can. In addition, they can find a number of ways to earn money while on the road.
She may be on the road frequently, but she will come up with a number of ways to reach out to you. She’s going to diligently look for free Wi-Fi hotspots, so that she can call you on Skype or send you a picture or a message that says how much she has missed you. She will also tell her hostel dorm-mates how awesome, cool and wonderful you are.
You don’t have to buy her the latest iPhone or a gleaming piece of jewelry just to impress her or make her happy. She is an unpretentious gal who enjoys life’s simple pleasures and treats. While most girls go nuts over the latest fashion trends and gadgets, she usually finds joys in meeting locals as well as gazing at historic sites, breathtaking landscapes and striking sunsets.
By Jason Biondo
Jason is an amateur bodybuilder and a travel junkie who loves to share insightful tips to his fellow health enthusiasts and travelers. He is also a User Interface Developer Consultant and the Founder of Trekeffect.
IMAGE: Via Soft_light / Shutterstock.com]]>
The headstones of the graves in the St Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery in Harefield, west London were desecrated with blue paint on Sunday. A clean-up operation began on Monday and police are investigating the incident.
War graves commission officer, Peter Francis told AAP there was nothing about the apparently senseless graffiti to suggest the saddening attack was specifically targeted at the Australian graves.
“It’s just a sickening act really, one that’s deeply distressing, not just for those of us who spend our working lives trying to perpetuate the memory of the men that gave their lives for us but also for the families of those men that are buried and commemorated there,” he said.
Local councillor Jane Palmer said the desecration of the Anzac graves had brought her to tears.
In tears this morning at this desecration of #Harefield Anzac War Graves @Hillingdon @MPSHillingNorth pic.twitter.com/mq36byMGsL
— Cllr Jane Palmer (@CllrJanePalmer) November 22, 2015
It is the second such attack at the cemetery year. On the day before Anzac Day in April, the entrance was daubed with paint and a flag pole cut in half.
The St Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery is home to some 126 graves, including 112 Australian military graves; those of World War I Anzac soldiers, mostly who died in a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries on the Western Front, and one nurse. About a quarter of the headstones were vandalised.
A churchyard attendant named Rowena, who regularly organises the Anzac services at the site, said she was devastated by the damage.
“When you think that these graves have been here for 100 years and twice this year they’ve been desecrated … I just cannot believe that anybody would do this to these soldiers who gave up their lives to fight for their mother country,” she said, according to the ABC.]]>
Jaimen Hudson filmed the encounter with the gentle giants, setting it to Jack Johnson’s version of the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’.
It’s a reminder of the bright side of Esperance, a town which needs some smiles after last week dealing with devastating bushfires that took the lives of four people.]]>
The weather was once again on our side and many, if not all, of the teams hung around to watch the remaining games… secretly hoping to catch another game for a team needing an extra player.
All the teams enjoyed themselves, even those who were playing for the very first time. The rules can be a little tricky to get your head around, but our experienced In2Touch referees were there to help those new teams learn as the games went on.
There are only three weeks remaining and the final week will play host to the finals in both divisions. This means the next two weeks are all-important for those teams hoping to get into the top two places and thus reach the final.
What is fantastic to see is the number of new faces and new teams taking part in this league and it’s a great sign for things to come in the New Year. Two of the current teams entered in the Christmas Shootout League have been formed from individual players who had contacted us to get involved.
Many of these players had recently attended the Free O2Touch Taster Sessions, which where run throughout the months of September and October, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
These sessions were run throughout England in an initiative to promote the game, to get people of all ages, abilities and genders to get active, learn the game and enjoy playing touch when rugby is not an option.
These Free Touch Sessions will be run again in 2016, from late March, keep an eye out for further information.
With the 2015 touch season coming to an end, we look forward to 2016, a full year packed with leagues, tournaments and social events.
There is so much for you to look forward to, from the winter league, active touch, spring & summer O2Touch leagues, and we cannot forget the annual In2Touch Boat Party on the Thames River.
Be sure to keep up to date with the entire year’s action online at www.in2touch.com/england.]]>