What Is Australia?

On to the fifth country, yet another English speaking country.  But this one has fewer than 1,000 views in 2014.

At 433 views in 2014, or 2.3% of the total, we have Australia!  It’s similar to Canada in that it’s got most of the people in cities and plenty of empty space.  And they’re both big.  So, if you are Australian, have lived in or visited Australia, I need your help!

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Australia is a big country, 6th in the world at 7,692,024 square kilometres.  It’s also the only country to occupy an entire continent.  It has a population of 23,716,600, 51st in the world.  With a large area and a relatively small population, it has a very low population density.  The capital city is Canberra, but the largest city is Sydney with a population of 4,757,083.  There’s no official language, but English is the national language.  Australia became independent of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1901.  It’s a young country.  The leader of the country is the Prime Minister (currently Tony Abbott) and the government is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy.  That monarch is Queen Elizabeth II.

Australia is a very big country, so it has a wide variety of landscapes and places to see.  Most of it is quite arid, though there are tropical forests, low mountains, and the completely different Tasmania.  It’s a very multicultural country, as well.  So, if you are Australian, or have lived in or visited Australia, I need your help.  Please give me your opinions on the following questions.

  1. What places would you say are the best to visit?
  2. What would you say is the truly Australian food?
  3. What is a truly Australian activity, sport, or pastime?
  4. For the readers out there, who is/was the greatest (or your favourite) Australian author?

Please comment below.  Thank you! If you can, please share, so we can see many answers.

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12 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Right Now, For Free)

Very good advice. I do most of these, except some at the end of the list. I certainly do a lot of blogging and reading.

Kate M. Colby

We all want to be better writers and find ways to improve our writing craft. Some of us have been fortunate enough to study creative writing in university or hire writing coaches and editors to help us become better writers. Then again, some of us have not had these opportunities, or simply are not sure if we want to invest so much of our money and time in our writing at this point.

Often, we get caught up in these “professional” ways to improve our writing. We forget that, at its core, writing is a creative task. Yes, writing skills absolutely can be taught, but they don’t have to be. There are dozens of ways to become a better writer on your own or with informal help without spending a dime.

Here is one dozen:

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