Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

The ‘selfie’ plague

Posted: 5:20 pm on 12th May 2015

They used to be called self-portraits. Rembrandt did one. So did Van Gogh. And then, unfortunately, the smartphone generation caught on. The ‘selfie‘ craze – where a smartphone holder contorts themselves suddenly in the middle of a footpath, or at a restaurant, or during a pretty sunset, to pout at their screen – is the reason that all contemporary photos look like iterations of Sir William Beechey‘s famous portrait of Horatio Nelson: only…

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Ay, caramba!

Posted: 10:40 am on 10th February 2015

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade naturally works to promote Australia, and rightly so. But it seems to come at quite a cost. Browsing through their awarded grants of 2012/13 exposed that $40,000 was gifted to Grainger TV in accordance with the Council on Australia-Latin American Relations (COALAR). Whatever for? “The dubbing of four episodes of Travel Oz in Spanish and Portuguese for showing on cable TV in Latin…

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$250k for ‘Sheepskin Tourist Centre’

Posted: 11:41 am on 26th June 2013

The Hunter Valley is synonymous with rolling hills and quality Aussie wine. But now, thanks to the help of the federal government, it will also be known as the ‘sheepskin boot capital of Australia.’ A federal tourism grant of $250,000 was awarded to the establishment of a $2 million sheepskin factory tourist centre in Thornton, part of the greater Hunter region. The ABC reported that: The Mortels Sheepskin Tourist Centre…

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