1. Australian scientists discover the secret to hydrating beer
Australian researches have found a way to improve the hydrating qualities of beer, without compromising on taste. By adding electrolytes to the amber ale, the researchers from a Queensland university may even have found a way to avoid a post-drink hangover.
2. Australian scientists may have found ‘potential cure for AIDS’
Australian scientists say they have made a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS, modifying a protein in HIV so it prevents against replication and instead protects against the infection.
3. Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout to close its doors in October
Iconic Australasian themed pub Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout called last drinks for the final time on 6 October, after the pub’s operator Intertain confirmed the property had been sold for an undisclosed sum.
Click here to see photos of the Shepherd’s Bush Walkabout closing down party.
4. Home truths; what is life like after London?
Your passport is covered in stamps, you’ve met people from all over the world, and you now know what it feels like to be truly free. And after all of that you get on a plane and go home. Now what do you do?
5. Geordie Shore Australian invasion: Season 6 heads Down Under
Get out your Veet and hide your sisters, Australia! MTV announced in February that the sixth season of hit British reality show Geordie Shore was to be filmed Down Under, with the show’s nine stars arriving in April.
6. Nigel Brennan: from Somalian hostage to round-the-world sailor
Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan spent 15 months as a hostage in Somalia, describing his time in captivity as a “wake up call”. In London to take part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, he shared his journey with Australian Times writer Bonnie Gardiner.
7. Hooroo: Australia Shop in London set to close
The Australia Shop in London has long been a beacon for homesick Aussie expats. In a shock announcement, after 35 years of trading it closed the doors of its retail store in Covent Garden.
8. Aussie TV drama Wentworth Prison to air on UK’s Channel 5
Classic Australian drama Prisoner has been reimagined in the gritty TV series Wentworth Prison screening on UK’s Channel 5. Australian Times writer Paul Bleakley chatted to Aussie actress Nicole da Silva, who plays top dog Franky.
9. Hugh Jackman rushes to Jennifer Lawrence’s aid at Oscars
Hugh Jackman “out Hugh Jackmaned” himself as he rushed to help Jennifer Lawrence as she took a tumble collecting her Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook at the Oscars.
10. Worth getting fired for; The Cat Empire gig
Cat Empire fan Mark Moorhouse, aka Captain Australia, won tickets to see The Cat Empire at Brixton Academy on Sunday night. The following day after calling in sick he lost his job.
Check out our photos of The Cat Empire at Brixton Academy here.