Rossi wins in Australia

Valentino Rossi marked his 250th premier class Grand Prix with a win in the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island, fighting back from eighth on the grid.

Good win for Ferrer

World number five David Ferrer geared up for the Australian Open by winning a record-equalling fourth Auckland Open. Ferrer beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to equal the four Auckland wins of Australian Roy Emerson. Ferrer is seeded four in Melbourne and will play Olivier Rochus in round one.

Inventions from down under

One doesn’t necessarily associate Australia with inventions, but they have come up with a few great ones, including WiFi. Ten Inventions from Down Under

Lorenzo clinches MotoGP championship in Australia

Second place at Phillip Island in Australia was enough for Jorge Lorenzo to secure his second MotoGP world championship after his closest rival Dani Pedrosa crashed out on lap two.

Council studying offer to rent out the trams

The Council is studying an offer from an Australian city to rent the three trams currently sitting doing nothing in the town since the suspension of the tram service in June 2012.

Unhappy down under

Australian Christians are not very happy, to say the least, about changes to the national curriculum that will see the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) dropped from text books in favour of the neutral, more politically correct, non-religious terms BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era).

Alternative solution

Camels are considered to be one of Australia’s most damaging feral pests, with a herd of more than one million roaming through the Outback and allegedly chomping through native plants and trampling over sacred Aboriginal sites. These quadrupeds also belch out one tonne of methane each per year, making the herd one of the country’s major carbon emitters.

Taking care of lunch

Computer technician Armin Gerlach was visiting friends in the flood-hit town of Dalby, Queensland, Australia, when he spotted a brown snake carrying a green tree frog to safety. It is apparently not uncommon for animals who, under normal circumstances, are enemies to help each other during disasters.

Having a bit of fun

Dolphin tail-walking has no known practical function and has been likened to dancing in humans, yet a group of dolphins down-under appear to have been developing the skill ‘just for fun’, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) in Australia. Dolphins ‘walk’ on water. Let’s wait and see what they do with five fishes.