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THE MEANING OF OZ - All you need to know!

 
 
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 5 Nov, 2014 02:02 am
@Wilso,

As one commenter said (and I'm starting to lean this way)

"Let us be the nation that stopped the race."

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/5/1415158980135/7000.jpg
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 03:47 pm
Not sure if this is a puff piece or not...


'Exciting, innovative': World's food luminaries share their views on Australian fare
http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-news/exciting-innovative-worlds-food-luminaries-share-their-views-on-australian-fare-20141118-11osim.html

But it sounds so good I might even go there....
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 20 Nov, 2014 04:17 pm
But this isn't puff - Starbucks blew shiploads of money trying to crack Australia.

This Is Why Australians Hate Starbucks
http://munchies.vice.com/articles/this-is-why-australians-hate-starbucks


It’s Monday morning at a Starbucks in Sydney’s Central Business District: peak time for nearby office types to gulp their morning caffeine injection before embarking on another busy day of wearing uncomfortable shoes and answering the phone by saying “Talk to me”. And yet the coffee shop is looking decidedly un-peak. A couple of tourists lounge on the oversized sofas with oversized Frappuccinos but there’s no line up for skinny lattes or harangued interns juggling trays of complicated coffee orders.

That’s because they’re all in the laneway espresso bar around the corner, chatting with a barista who notices that they’ve done something new with their hair and knows how they like the froth on their almond milk macchiato.

Unlike almost every other country in the developed world, Australia does not do Starbucks. The international coffee monolith launched its first Sydney cafe in 2000 before opening a further 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Just eight years later, it had stacked up $143 million in recorded losses and was forced to close 60 stores.

In comparison, a new Starbucks has opened in China—a country where the majority of the adult population is lactose intolerant—every five days since it expanded there 16 years ago.

The biggest stumbling block in Starbucks’ attempt for Down Under domination is that Australia’s cafe culture is just too damn good.

It doesn’t take a marketing genius to see where Starbucks went wrong with its foray into the Australian market. Rather than building an organic demand for their coffee-flavoured syrup slushies, the chain bombarded potential customers with multiple store openings over the space of a few months. The premium prices and questionable customer service didn’t help much either.

Despite faring worse than a country inhabited almost entirely by clientele who suffer violent diarrhoea when ingesting your product, the Australian-owned Withers Group recently announced that they would be buying up the remaining Starbucks cafes. According to Chief Executive Warren Wilmot, the aim is to make Starbucks “the most successful coffee chain in Australia”. (A spokesperson from the Withers Group wasn’t available to comment for this article.)

Wilmot may be aiming high, but even a carefully executed business plan won’t bypass the biggest stumbling block in Starbucks’ attempt for Down Under domination: Australia’s cafe culture is just too damn good.

Thanks to waves of Italian and Greek immigrants in the early 1950s, Australia adopted the art of espresso-drinking-as-a-social-lubricant much earlier than the United States. While Starbucks introduced Americans to a European Lite version of coffee shop culture, in Australia it was a latecomer to a party no one invited it to.

“Starbucks was revolutionary in the US because the market is more accustomed to drip coffee,” explains Tuli Keidar, head roaster at Sydney’s Mecca Espresso. “Australia already had a well established cafe culture based on espresso when Starbucks arrived. It had to compete with cafes that provided a similar product of equal or better quality.”

There are over 10,000 cafes in Australia. No square of urban real estate lasts for long without being decked out with an espresso machine and ironic seating area fashioned from milk crates and hessian cushions. I once had a soy latte in a former crack den.

No one likes it when a new Starbucks opens in their neighbourhood, but don’t pretend you’ve never eased a particularly insistent hangover with a Grande Americano.

“I think we have really taken the bull by the horns and embraced coffee as part of our social fibre,” says Toby Smith, founder of the Toby’s Estate roastery and espresso school in Sydney. “Australians really love to socialise around food and coffee, it suits our relaxed lifestyle.”

As many of the cafes Starbucks competes with are independently owned, many Australians also took a moral stance against the American mega-chain’s invasion. No one likes it when a new Starbucks opens in their neighbourhood, but don’t pretend you’ve never eased a particularly insistent hangover with a Grande Americano. In Australia, that’s not an option.

“I think that for Australians, cafes act as community hubs,” says Keidar. “An independent cafe is more likely to match the needs and culture of the community than a chain store like Starbucks which imposes itself onto the community.”

It also didn’t help Starbucks’ case that most Australians can see through their sugar-laden excuse for coffee. Knowledge of “good coffee” has grown in recent years, with many independent roasters now running cupping events (like wine-tasting but with coffee and more slurping) and coffee appreciation courses. In Australia, the average Joe could tell you a lot more about their cup of joe than you’d expect.

“When it comes to coffee, many Australian cafe owners believe that the food and drink associated with breakfast does not have to be inferior to what restaurants produce at dinner time,” says Keidar. “We don’t have a rigid food culture and so Australians are quite open minded about trying new things.”

Australia may lag behind in coffee consumption per capita (the average Aussie manages just 0.3 cups a day, compared to the Netherlands’ 2.4) but it comes out top in all-round coffee snobbery. It would probably be more representative to have the blokes on the Fosters ads discussing aeropress brewing methods rather than sipping beer. But what is it about Australian coffee that has made almost an entire nation reject one of the world’s most successful brands?

“A ‘good blend’ can be a subjective thing but it needs to have good body and punch, so it has presence when served with milk,” explains Smith. “We want it to have sweetness and acidity so it makes a good black coffee and has character. It also has to have a certain complexity and structure about it, so it engages the drinker.” Bet the guy who made your Pumpkin Spice Latte couldn’t have told you that.

While the future of Starbucks in Australia looks less than certain, there is one area the indies can’t win. “I don’t really go to Starbucks,” says Keidar. “If I did, it would probably be in an airport, and I would order a frappe. With cookies in it.”

Alright Starbucks, we’ll let you have the monopoly on red eye flight milkshakes.



hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 20 Nov, 2014 10:12 pm
Just let me find those cholera blankets....

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/21/1416539228619/whitepeople800w.jpg
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 25 Nov, 2014 01:13 am
From today's Telegraph....

"Australia batsman Phil Hughes is in a critical condition and having surgery on a head injury after being struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match.
Despite wearing a helmet, the 25-year-old collapsed face first onto the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, having been hit on the head after playing and missing at a bouncer from Sean Abbott......"


More.....
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/australia/11251923/Australian-batsman-Phil-Hughes-in-critical-condition-after-being-hit-on-head-by-a-bouncer-during-match.html
margo
 
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Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2014 12:30 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Yep. Remains critical and in an induced coma.

He had been scoring well - and was considered likely to replace an injured Michael Clarke for next week's test.

We watch and wait.

Imagine how that poor bowler feels.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2014 01:02 pm
@margo,
He must feel terrible. They haven't shown a full speed clip on the news at all, so it must have been pretty nasty to see.
Fingers crossed for him.
Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2014 11:14 pm
@Lordyaswas,
He's gone.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/blog3a-cricket-australia-announces-death-of-phillip-hughes/5922798
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2014 11:52 pm
@Wilso,
****.
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 12:30 am
Never regained consciousness.

He had to be resuscitated on the pitch so his prognosis was always pretty poor.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 01:02 am
@Wilso,
That's terrible news.

No idea what else to say, really.

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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 03:32 am
@margo,
margo wrote:

Never regained consciousness.

He had to be resuscitated on the pitch so his prognosis was always pretty poor.


Info from the doctors was that it was "immediately fatal". He was effectively dead on the field.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 03:42 am
Quote:


Doctors who treated Australian batsman Phillip Hughes say the injury which led to his death was "incredibly rare".

Hughes died in Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital today, just days short of his 26th birthday. He had been in an induced coma since a bouncer caused a brain haemorrhage at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said there were only 100 cases of his condition ever reported.

"I think in this instance, this was a freakish accident because it was an injury to the neck that caused haemorrhage in the brain," Dr Brukner said.


"The condition is incredibly rare. It's called vertebral artery dissection leading to subarachnoid haemorrhage, only 100 cases ever reported.

"[There has been] only one case reported as a result of a cricket ball.

"So I think it's important to realise, that, yes, we certainly need to review all our procedures and equipment, but this is an incredibly rare type of injury."

Dr Brukner said it was important to explain the medical management of Hughes's condition after he was hit in the neck by the ball.

"He momentarily stood up and then immediately collapsed on the ground," Dr Brukner said.

"Phillip took the blow at the side of the neck and as a result of that blow, his vertebral artery, one of the main arteries leading to the brain, was compressed by the ball. That caused the artery to split and for bleeding to go up into the brain, and he had a massive bleed into his brain. This is frequently fatal at the time.

"However, Phillip was resuscitated and then managed by ... Dr John Orchard, the Cricket NSW doctor, and paramedic staff.

"We were fortunate enough to have Dr Tim Stanley, an intensive care specialist from Newcastle, who was in the crowd and helped.

"They all did an excellent job of keeping Phillip alive and he was able to be transported by ambulance to hospital in reasonable condition."

Doctor describes Hughes injury as 'catastrophic'

Hughes was transported to St Vincent's Hospital. The head of trauma surgery there, Dr Tony Grabs, described his injury as "catastrophic".

"We haven't seen this at this hospital, this type of injury, so it is very rare and very freakish," Dr Grabs said.

Dr Grabs said after carrying out an urgent CAT scan of Hughes's head doctors decided "an intervention into the brain" was required to relieve pressure.

"What sometimes happens in the brain is if you put blood around the brain, a small amount, you will start to become a bit drowsy," he said.

"If you put a lot of blood around the brain you will become unconscious."

Dr Grabs said Hughes was then taken to surgery where doctors removed some of his skull "to help to allow the brain to expand so it wasn't compressed".

"The surgery took about 1 hour and 20 minutes or so and he was transferred back to the intensive care unit," he said.

"After this we need to induce a coma to rest the patient and rest the brain and look after all the other bodily functions for him.

"Over a period of the first 24 to 48 hours, as we know, he did not make very much improvement.

"Unfortunately as a consequence of the injury he died."

Responding to a question regarding criticisms of the time it took for an ambulance to reach the SCG, Dr Grab said Hughes arrived at the hospital in a "very good condition from a resuscitation and we proceeded with our treatment".

Dr Brukner paid tribute to the St Vincent's Hospital team including doctors, nurses, and social workers and said they had done a "magnificent job".


dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 04:45 am
@Wilso,
**** happens every day and young people die.


I think a positive in this situation is that many who grieved alone and unsung can find communal release here because it is such a shared moment of horror.

However, he was a very fortunate and talented young man who died very quickly doing something he loved.

As ever, my sadness is for those grieving because they knew and cared for him.

And for the bowler and those directly traumatised in witnessing this sad event.

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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2014 02:16 pm
@hingehead,
Mind you I love Starbucks when I'm in Europe. Comfortable seats, dependable wifi, I don't hate their basic coffee, and they don't mind if you stay and talk to all your friends at home and book your next few cities. Or rest and read a book.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 12:57 am
Hope you're OK, Margo.......

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11293694/Islamists-take-hostages-in-Sydney-cafe-siege-live.html

Have just heard all this (6.55am here) and am currently waiting for a reply text from the offspring. He usually has his phone switched off whilst in the lab, and should be about to finish work anytime now.
His digs are in Central Sydney, so he'll prolly get some disruption or re-routing on the way home.
The cafe is in the central business district where all the bankers etc are, so I can't see any reason why he would have been anywhere near.

Hope this turns out OK. Probably just some loner nutter who wants attention.
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 01:01 am
@Lordyaswas,
On Facebook Margo said she works about 100 m from the cafe and the police had locked them in - although she was allowed to go out and buy lunch (?).

By now I assume she's on the train on the way home.

Nutter has certainly got attention....
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 01:08 am
@hingehead,
Sounds like she's Ok then.

Knowing my lad, he's probably oblivious to parents trying to make contact, and studying the mating cycle of plankton as I write.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 01:14 am
@Lordyaswas,
Contact made.....he was sent home early, and is making pasta at this moment in time.
Apparently some explosives have been found in the Opera House and a Department Store (this hasn't hit the news here yet) so it sounds like an organised thing.

Fingers crossed for everyone out there. Keep calm and carry on.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 15 Dec, 2014 02:37 am
@Lordyaswas,
Came in late, followed your own drama quickly. Happy your son's OK.
 

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