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By Barry Penney

Australia is different--a huge island-continent with distances so nice that the capital of Western Australia is toward Singapore than it truly is to Sydney. The panorama embraces excellent tropical rainforests and deserts the dimensions of numerous eu states; temperate components that maintain a flourishing wine undefined, making Australia the world's fourth greatest wine exporter; a sixteen-thousand-mile beach of breathtaking seashores; and its particular fauna is testomony to the country's "down-underness."

Indigenous Australians have inhabited the continent for greater than fifty thousand years, but eu cost is simply over 2 hundred years outdated. because the finish of the second one international battle the rustic has opened its doorways to a highly different immigrant inhabitants and slowly shaken off the mantle of British effect, remodeling what was once might be one of many dullest international locations into probably the most stimulating. The Australians' outdated settler mentality--regarding themselves as "battlers," and embarrassed through their loss of sophistication--has given technique to a brand new nationwide self belief. The achievements of Australia's artists, sportspeople, entertainers, scientists, and businesspeople places them at the international level. regardless of the range of ethnicities there's a pervasive homogeneity between Australians: a generosity of spirit and a forthrightness, occasionally disarming for the customer. a feeling of equity and equality is valued, as is the power to not take oneself too seriously.

Culture clever! Australia introduces you to a tender country with one of many world's maximum criteria of residing, "where humans paintings to live" to be able to take pleasure in a life-style that many around the globe covet, and within which Australians take nice delight (and don't brain telling you about).

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However, the early 17th-century legacy you’re most likely to encounter is that of Inigo Jones (1573–1652), the architect who first imported the Renaissance ideas of Italian Andrea Palladio (1508–80) to England.  97) is all that remains of Whitehall Palace (destroyed in a 17th-century fire, but not the Fire). The market building at Covent Garden (p. 61) and Greenwich’s Queen’s House (p. 179) were also Banqueting House. Jones designs. South of the river, the Globe Theatre (p. 307) was first built by Shakespeare’s theatrical company and was a popular stage for performances of the Bard’s plays in the early 1600s.

Yet among all this crime and chaos, there was a raw creative energy that later, more restrained and moralistic eras lacked. Literary milestones included the publication of Dr. (Samuel) Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language in 1755 and James Boswell’s 1791 Life of Samuel Johnson, which reinvented biography as a genre. Johnson’s residence in Gough Square is preserved as the Samuel Johnson’s House museum (p. indd 28 8/23/11 11:10 PM 2 LONDON IN DEPTH The Making of London (p. 133). The shocking autobiography of freed slave Olaudah Equiano (ca.

Keats’ The Eve of St.  171). Less easily pigeonholed was Romantic poet, painter, and illustrator William Blake (1757–1827). Blake lived in the city all his life, and wrote the words that later became the hymn Jerusalem (1808), usually interpreted as a protest against the country’s (and city’s) growing industrialization, as well as his defining poetry collection, Songs of Innocence and Experience (1789). He was a great observer of the people of his city, such as in his doom-laden poem London: In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry I hear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

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