Literary Awards, Bogans, Mad Men Romance and More of Today’s Aussie News Headlines

by on June 22, 2012 · 0 comments

‘All That I Am’ by Anna Funder has just been awarded the Miles Franklin literary prize.

Aussie Tourists Sue Travel Agency For Botched Alaska Trip
Six Melbourne tourists filed a $9,999 lawsuit against popular travel group Flight Centre, claiming that they paid for a cruise that would ultimately lead them to Skagway, AK. However, the group never made it to Skagway, but instead to nearby Sitka. They were not impressed with the replacement city, and decided to act on their displeasure. The six tourists were awarded $250 each in damages by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. [The Age]

Mad Men Actress Seen Canoodling with Aussie Cinematographer
Actress Elizabeth Moss was seen getting close to Australian cinematographer Adam Arkapaw at the Sydney Film Festival last week. Moss can currently be seen in Mad Men, and Arkapaw has worked on films such as The Snowtown Murders, Animal Kingdom and I Love Sarah Jane. [Perez Hilton]

“Bogan” Included In Oxford English Dictionary
The word “bogan” has officially been added to the terms in the Oxford English Dictionary. The official definition in the dictionary is cited as a “depreciative term for unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, especially of low social status.” [The Age]

Another Cover of Gotye Emerges
Gotye‘s monster hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” has been covered by everyone and their moms, but the video below is indeed impressive. British guitarist Mike Dawes will make your jaw drop with his fingertapping. [Gawker]

Clive James Can’t Go Back Home
Broadcast journalist Clive James, star of Clive James on Television, told BBC Radio that his health has deteriorated so much that he is not able to travel back to his homeland of Australia. James, 72, was born in Sydney and has been living in England since 1961. He is suffering from leukemia, kidney and lung disease. “You couldn’t get enough oxygen aboard a plane for me to get me to Sydney”, he said. [The Age]

Anna Funder Wins Miles Franklin Literary Award

Australian author Anna Funder, who’s novel All That I Am came out last year, won the prestigious Miles Franklin Award at a ceremony held in Brisbane last night. The book is tells the story of a Sydney woman and others in her life who had lived in pre-war Germany and dealt with Nazi violence and tyranny. Funder also recently spoke at the Australian Consulate in for an Australian Women in New York Coffee Morning. All That I Am has also won the Independent Bookseller’s Award for Best Debut Fiction, Indie Book of the Year 2012 and the Australian Book Industry Awards’ Book of the Year and Literary Fiction Book of the Year. [ABC]

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