Telstra said on its support page that it would not place restrictions on the amount of data a user could take advantage of on Sunday. Australians took this as meaning they should download everything in sight
The company announced Monday that customers didn’t hold back when it came to downloads on Telstra’s cellular network, amassing a total of 1,841 terabytes of data during the free-for-all extravaganza. It’s equivalent to 5.1 million episodes of Game Of Thrones, or 23 million downloaded copies of Kanye West’s new The Life Of Pablo album, Telstra said in a statement. Read more…
The inspirational video shows Bolt grow up from a child in Jamaica to the unbeatable athletic star he is today. The vision of the six-time Gold medallist was filmed at his training ground in Kingston, Jamaica and is part of the new campaign by Optus, which also includes a documentary series about Bolt’s life Read more…
The mystery of an Australian letter found in an abandoned house in South Dakota
The sparse expanse of South Dakota are a long way away from the coastal shores of Australia, but a letter is forging a mysterious connection between the two.
Reddit user rhymnocerous claims to have found this letter in an abandoned house located in the midwestern U.S. state. Posted online on Saturday, he claims it was written in the mid-1980s by a boy named Eric from Slacks Creek, a suburb of Brisbane.
“Hi! Once again,” the letter, addressed to Mary, reads. “The reason I’ve written a second letter is because I’d forgotten to tell you how I became a born again Christian,” Eric continued, that being one of those things you might forget to mention when you dot pen to paper. Read more…
Boy sings emotional tribute to his younger brother who died in crash
It’s pretty brave to step up and open up about a tragedy in the family, especially when you’re auditioning for a TV show.
That’s what 14-year-old Fletcher Pilon from the Central Coast in New South Wales did in an episode of Australia’s Got Talent on Sunday. The teenager wrote and performed a song in tribute to his 10-year-old brother Banjo, who he lost only months ago. Banjo was skateboarding when he was hit by a car in August.
Pilon’s touching performance was met with tears and a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges, in awe of his ability to perform so shortly after his brother’s death. Not to mention Pilon has an incredible voice. His performance is absolutely spine-tingling. Read more…
“We’ve reached a population of 24 million sooner than we expected, as predicted 10 or 15 years ago,” Andrew Howe, a demographer at the ABS told Mashable Australia.
Unfortunately, there is no official 24 millionth person Down Under, as it’s based on estimates. The population number is worked out by a total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 31 seconds, which is an estimate that takes into account births, deaths and overseas migration. Read more…
American duo win world’s largest short film festival in Australia
A stop-motion animation by two Americans has won the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest, in Australia.
The film called Shiny, by Los Angeles filmmakers Spencer Susser and Daniel Campos, uses the clothing of people to tell the story of a battle for a diamond
“A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the midwest puts to rest a world that’s obsessed with the priceless, also know as ‘the shiny,'” the video description reads. Translation: Love is more important than material possessions
Susser and Campos beat out 16 finalists in the competition, which pulled an audience of close to 100,000 people to Centennial Park in Sydney. The short films must all be under seven minutes long, be made specifically for Tropfest and include the Tropfest signature item, which this year is “card.” Read more…
Guilt watch reality TV on repeat with NBCUniversal’s new video service
Finally the television gods are shining down on Australia.
If you enjoy a sneaky binge of Made in Chelsea, hate-watching Kim Kardashian and freaking out over the houses in Million Dollar Listings, then we have news for you
NBCUniversal is heading Down Under — and to the UK and Ireland — in March to give you everything you deserve. On a silver platter, the network will serve up a menu of more reality show meltdowns than you can handle. It will also release most episodes locally at the same time as the U.S., fixing a common grievance of Australian fans
Former prime minister: A ‘low, steady hum of racism’ permeates Australia
Love him or hate him, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has long demonstrated a sincere frankness when it comes to racism and Indigenous issues in his home country.
Rudd returned to Sydney — he now resides in New York as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute—to speak of the “low, steady hum of racism” that remains in Australia at a Friday event commemorating a historic apology he delivered eight years ago to Australia’s Indigenous people for the “indignities” they faced since European settlement more than 200 years ago.
9-year-old Iron Boy saves the day in Sydney, steals every heart
Meet your new favorite superhero: Iron Boy. The New South Wales Police and Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up to help Domenic, who is battling cystic fibrosis, live out his dream of being a superhero on Thursday. “Let’s get down to business,” he said after he was briefed at police headquarters about his first mission in Parramatta, according to 9 News.