Above: Paul Hogan offering to throw another shrimp on the barbie, and below: Merrick Watts throwing another steak on the barbie in a revision of the 1984 advertisement.

Above: Paul Hogan offering to throw another shrimp on the barbie, and below: Merrick Watts throwing another steak on the barbie in a revision of the 1984 advertisement.

Every single Australian expat has been taunted by one single expression, ‘throw another shrimp on the barbie.’ Hearing this gets the same reaction as say fingernails on a blackboard. For starters, they’re not even called shrimp. Thanks Paul Hogan.

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) have recently launched a campaign involving TV, radio, and social media fronted by Triple M radio host Merrick Watts to set the record straight.

The campaign draws from the well-known Tourism Australia campaign fronted by Paul Hogan, and features Watts attempting to correct the myth. In the new commercial Watts encourages Aussies to “throw another steak on the barbie” instead.

“I don’t care if they think we wrestle crocs, ride kangaroos and wear stubbies as formalwear, but we don’t even call it shrimp!” Watt says in the new commercial.

The campaign encourages supporters to go online and sign a petition which calls for Tourism Australia to remake the 1984 ad featuring Paul Hogan.

The new ad comes just five months after MLA ditched Sam Neill which led to Watts cold-calling MLA group marketing manager for consumer programs Andrew Cox as part of a radio stunt to offer his services to promote red meat.

The petition can be found here. Watch the new MLA campaign and original 1984 “throw another shrimp on the barbie” ad below.

The following information comes to us this morning from The Australian Consulate-General, Chicago, and we felt it was important that we spread the word:

  • The date for the Australian federal election has not yet been set, although the Election must be held by 30 November 2013.
  • When the date is set, more information on how to vote will be announced. As usual polling booths will be available at Australian Missions in the US
  • Are you enrolled?
    If not please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au/overseas or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).
  • Have you considered becoming a General Postal Voter?
    Once you are registered as a general postal voter, you will automatically receive your ballot papers in the mail at your overseas address after an election has been announced. You do not need to re-apply for future elections and can opt to receive State and Local Government ballot papers as well.A direct link for this option is: http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Special_Category/General_postal_voters.htm
  • For up to date information on enrolling and voting while overseas, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6273 8606).

 

If you’re a regular reader of Ustralian, you may have noticed that things lately have been a little slow. Despite the fact that there has been a lot happening in Aussie life in the USA, over the past few months we’ve decided to take a step back and re-evaluate the site so that we can launch a truly valuable product in the future.

Long story short, it’s taken us a lot longer than we expected, and it’s necessitated us taking a break from publishing articles for a short while so we can focus on the bigger picture.

We’re still working on bringing something that truly reflects Aussie life in the USA for as many people as possible. We’re also working hard to make sure that this is something that unites and benefits the community as best it can, and in many different ways.

If you have ideas, suggestions or just want to ask us more about Ustralian, we invite you to contact us. In the meantime, the site is available for event updates, classifieds and article submissions. Please feel free to send all of the above to info@ustralian.com.

Yours Sincerely,

The Twice Media Team
(parent company of Ustralian.com)
www.twicemedia.co

Twice Media

 

 

Rememberance poppies at the WW2 War Memorial in Canberra

Rememberance poppies at the WW2 War Memorial in Canberra

For some of us expats, every day is a great opportunity to show our Aussie pride. Then there are the Australian holidays, the events that give us a chance to get together with other expats, celebrate the familiar and let our guard down. ANZAC Day in the USA is one such day.

While the day itself is solemn and revered, when you’re in another country it also gives you an opportunity to socialize. That’s why, in our events listings, you’ll see a perfect mix of solemn dawn services and more social gatherings. And even the more social events have the day’s real important in mind. And if we’ve left anything off, please be sure to contact us or add it to the comments below.

With that, we bring you the 2013 ANZAC Day events guide in the USA.

For the uninitiated: ANZAC (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps) Day is Australia’s memorial day. It coincides with the ANZACs landing at Gallipoli during WWII, but has since gone on to symbolize a general pause and reflection for those who have served Australia and New Zealand in war.

Reflections Through Image

ANZAC DAy Pinterest

The ANZAC Day group pinterest board

For those who use Pinterest, the ANZAC Day – Best of the Best Group board is a fantastic resource of images, memories and snippets. It can inspire your own reflection, shared with family or friends or to educate. Feel free to join and if you have something to add, pin it. Bonus: some of the early 20th century imagery on it is absolutely lovely.

Los Angeles

New York

Chicago

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Houston

Washington, DC

San Francisco

Dallas

 

If we’ve missed an event, please add it to the comments below.

 

Sydney vs New York: A cost of living comparison

Sydney vs New York: A cost of living comparison

Moving overseas can be expensive, but the last thing you want is to discover your hard-earned money doesn’t stretch very far once you’ve settled into your new home. We all know that Sydney’s a pretty expensive place to live, but just how does it compare to one of the US’s most bustling cities – New York?

We’ve put together a quick rundown of the basic costs of living in each of these cities. Even if you’re not planning to move from one to the other, it’s a good idea to compare where you’re living now with where you hope to move to, as this will help you get an idea of whether the grass really is greener on the other side.

Sydney: basic expenses

We’ll start by pointing out that Sydney is the eighth most expensive city in the world to live in, according to research carried out by Lloyds TSB. That’s five places higher than Melbourne – the next Australian city on the list – and a whopping 24 places above Adelaide (the lowest Aussie destination in the top 50).

Rent in Sydney averages at AU$2,123 per month (or $2,172), which is very steep. What’s more, rental costs in the city are rising, with a 2.07 per cent increase posted between 2010 and 2011.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only area where Sydney is expensive. A study published in May last year by financial firm AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra revealed the average household in the city was spending AU$11,074 per year on food and AU$1,967 on electricity and other utility bills in 2011.

The AMP-NATSEM research also found the average annual cost of transport in Sydney stood at AU$9,356. Despite this, however, the study highlighted the comparatively low cost of petrol in Australia, noting that only the US, Canada and Mexico offer cheaper fuel.

One thing worth remembering, though, is that people who work in Sydney enjoy some of the highest incomes in the world, which offsets the cost of living in the city.

New York: basic expenses

By contrast with Sydney, New York is ranked by Lloyds TSB as the 39th most expensive city to live in, with no other US destination making it into the organisation’s top 50. That said, there are some areas where it’s more expensive than Sydney – such as rent. In New York, the average monthly rent stood at $2,823 (or AU$2,754) in 2011.

In comparison to the rest of the US, two of New York’s districts have been highlighted as being particularly expensive – Manhattan and Brooklyn topped the Council for Community and Economic Research’s annual Cost of Living Index for 2012. Queens also made it into the top ten, coming in at number six.

It’s difficult to find figures to directly compare other aspects of costs of living between New York and Sydney, but, to give you some indication, you can expect to spend an average of $1,440 annually on utilities if you live in an 85 sq m apartment, according to Numbeo. Meanwhile, a monthly pass for public transport will set you back around $104, so $1,248 per year. As we’ve already mentioned, petrol is cheaper in the States than it is in Australia, so this is a considerable saving.

Although Manhattan is the most expensive of New York’s five boroughs, it also has the highest average weekly wage – standing at $2,464 in the first quarter of 2012 the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed. This was 2.5 times higher than the national average. So, while it might cost you more to live here, you should be earning more to make it viable.

Kat Lewis upped and left her home country (the UK) several years ago in search of excitement overseas. After travelling extensively (including a period down under), she finally settled in Egypt, where she is enjoying life as an expat.

 

photo by Rafe Baron

photo by Rafe Baron

We survived another one! The musically jam packed five days in Austin, Texas every year known as South By Southwest has come and gone, but we’ve got pictures to show everyone how great it truly was. From seminal Aussie artists like Nick Cave to up and coming rapper 360, there was something for everyone. We can’t wait to see what the festival and Sounds Australia brings back to Austin next year.

 

 

 

  • 360 at The Jr. 360 at The Jr.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • 360 at The Jr. 360 at The Jr.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • 360 at The Jr. 360 at The Jr.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • 360 at The Jr. 360 at The Jr.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • 360 at The Jr. 360 at The Jr.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s The Blackchords at BD Riley\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Boots on 6th St. Boots on 6th St.

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Stubb\'s Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Stubb\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Stubb\'s Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Stubb\'s

    Photo by Rafe Baron

 

Palma Violets at Red 7 for Laneway's SXSW Showcase

Palma Violets at Red 7 for Laneway’s SXSW Showcase

The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival will make its debut in the United States this coming fall. Founders Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers made the announcement that Detroit will be the host city at Red 7 in Austin, Texas during the festival’s annual SXSW showcase this past Saturday.

Launched in 2004 in an alleyway behind a bar called St. Jerome’s in Melbourne, the predominantly indie music show has branched out across Australia to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and as far as Singapore. Though the lineup hasn’t been announced yet, it will be held on September 14, 2013 at Meadow Brook Music Festival in the Rochester Hills section of Detroit.

The actual SXSW showcase featured a classic Laneway lineup with such up and comers as British rockers Palma Violets, Scottish electropop act CHVRCHES, Brooklyn upstarts Merchandise and Parquet Courts and hometown heroes Flume and Alpine. Enjoy photos from the showcase below and keep an eye out for the Detroit lineup.

 

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • CHVRCHES at Red 7 CHVRCHES at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Merchandise at Red 7 Merchandise at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Merchandise at Red 7 Merchandise at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Merchandise at Red 7 Merchandise at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Merchandise at Red 7 Merchandise at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Palma Violets at Red 7 Palma Violets at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Parquet Courts at Red 7 Parquet Courts at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

  • Flume at Red 7 Flume at Red 7

    photo by Rafe Baron

 

 

Marieke Hardy's latest book, 'You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead', is currently available.

Marieke Hardy’s latest book, ‘You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead’, is currently available.

You may remember her from mornings on Triple J, her countless Australian Television writing credits or her recently published book, You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead. Right now, however, Marieke Hardy is bringing her so-called ‘literary salon,’ Women of Letters, to New York City.

The show, which has been developed along with writer Michaela McGuire, has already played to packed houses in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas (SXSW). It features an ensemble of writers each reading a penned letter to ‘The person I have misjudged’, already performed by names such as Susan Orlean, Amanda Palmer, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Kirsten Vangsness, John Sayles, Neil Gaiman, Buck 65 And Jenny Owen Youngs.

Tonight’s New York show includes:

  • Founder of The Hairpin and contributing writer to the New York Times magazine EDITH ZIMMERMAN
  • The ‘Michael Bay of business’ and founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, TED superstar CINDY GALLOP
  • Author of smash hit books My Year Of Yes and Queen of Kings MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY
  • Literary agent and author of Young Widow’s Book Of Home Improvement VIRGINIA LLOYD
  • Post-punk goddess (The Flying Lizards, Chantage) and music journalist VIVIEN GOLDMAN
  • Young adult novelist and creator of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy LIBBA BRAY
  • And founder of The Citizens Band, filmmaker, trapeze artist and star of Lena Dunham’s directorial debut Tiny Furniture SARAH SOPHIE FLICKER.

The show comes to us stateside after three years of sellout events in Australia, brought to us in the name of reviving the long lost art of correspondence. Entrance is FREE tonight (March 27) at Housing Works Bookstore in SOHO. More information can be found here.

SXSWIt’s March, and all music geeks knows what that means. It’s time for the annual South By Southwest Music Conference. Running from March 12 – 17, the conference will play host to thousands or artists over a countless number or shows and impromptu performances across the city of Austin, TX. The acts this year can’t get any bigger, with appearances from Depeche Mode, Green Day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, John Fogerty and Justin Timberlake mixed in with great up and comers such as Savages, Sky Ferreira, Flatbush Zombies and Palma Violets.

Among these performers are a vast array of Aussies spread out over the five days and showcased prominently in the Aussie BBQ, and, perhaps the greatest addition to SXSW, the return of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Here are some of the bands we’re looking forward to the most.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
. No need for a description here. Cave is back with his longtime band and released the new album Push The Sky Away last month. The video for the leading track and single “We No Who U R” is below.

Dune Rats. We caught these guys at the Aussie BBQ at CMJ in October, and they completely destroyed it. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for Texas. Here’s one version of their video for “Red Light Green Light”. Another version, which was DZ Deathrays inspired, can be found here.

Gold Fields. Electro-dancey group Gold Fields has been on one hell of a ride recently. They’ve toured the United States several times over the past year and are poised to take over the scene soon. Here’s a video for the song “Dark Again”.

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes. Chanteuse Clairy Browne brings a little Aussie flare to the States. Definitely check her and the Bangin’ Rackettes out at SXSW and check out her clip for “Love Letter”.

360. Fast rising rap star Matthew Colwell, aka 360 comes to the United States for the first time. He’s won ARIA awards and his full length debut album Falling & Flying was certified platinum in Australia. Here’s a clip for “Boys Like You”, featuring singer Gossling.

San Cisco. A group of kids playing catchy indie-popesque music. See them, dance to them, love them. In the meantime, enjoy the somewhat older clip for “Awkward”.

Finally, we’re highlighting The Death Set once again. Living in Brooklyn, NY but formed in Oz, Johnny Siera and Dan Walker continue to put out spastic, touching and fun music. Look for a new album out on Dim Mak records this April. Below is a tribute to their fallen bandmate and co-founder Beau Velasco.

You can find up to the date schedule information on SXSW’s website and phone app, and you should also download the new Sounds Australia app as well for the most comprehensive info on all of the Aussie artists at the festival.

If there are any shows or bands you’re looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival, let us know in the comments section!

The Secret Life of Us Joins Aussie lineup on hulu

The Secret life of Us – set in an apartment building in Melbourne’s suburb of St Kilda – is now available to watch on Hulu.

Without the broadcasting requirements of traditional TV, on-demand streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix are able to make niche content more available than ever before. This means great things for those of us specifically looking for Aussie content.

We’ve previously written about all the amazing Aussie content that’s available on Netflix, with more being added on a regular basis. Recently, however, on-demand streaming giant Hulu has begun to incorporate some more Aussie programming – notable recently with its inclusion of popular Aussie series The Secret Life of Us.

Set in Melbourne’s beach-front suburb of St Kilda, the series, which originally ran from 2001-2006, follows a group of twentysomethings negotiating life and love in one apartment block. The show launched the career of notable Aussie actors Joel Edgerton and Debra Mailman, also starring Claudia Karvan and Vince Colosimo.

Hulu’s streaming service is ad-supported and free, however you must have a Hulu Plus subscription to access this particular programming ($7.99 per month). Thankfully, you can  sign-up for a seven-day free trial, enough time to watch a few episodes at least. Those who prefer to watch their streaming content away from the computer can also use their plus account to access Hulu on an iPhone, tablet or via a media streaming device on their TV.

Other Australian content currently (March 2013) available to watch on Hulu is Australia Wild, The original Australian production of Wilfred, cooking show The Best in Australia, Balls of Steel Australia (Hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel), The ABC’s Quantum, The ABC’s Catalyst, John Safran’s Race Relations, and – highly recommended – The Librarians. 

More streaming content from The (Australian) ABC, including popular lifestyle shows and Rugby documentary Cup of Dreams is also available on Hulu here.