Tuesday, July 12, 2005



Laughing kookaburras are part of the bird family. They have a distinctive “laugh”, so people call them laughing kookaburra. Their laugh often can be heard at down and dusk.
Laughing kookaburras are the world’s largest kingfisher. They measure up to 46cm from the tip of their beaks to the tip of their tails. Their plumage is shades of whites and browns, which help them to blend easily into their environment. They have stout, squat bodies with large heads and long beaks.
Laughing kookaburras live in forests, open woodlands or on the edges of plains in NSW.
Laughing kookaburras use their strong beaks to catch fish, small snakes, lizards, rodents, worms, beetles and other insects.
Laughing kookaburras live in the one place for most of their life. They establish a social system in which only the dominant male and female in a family group will breed, usually between spring and mid summer. They make nests in tree hollows or on the ground, where the female will lay up to three eggs. During this time, the rest of the family helps out with the incubation, feeding and protection of the young.


China’s full name is People’s Republic of China, and China is a Communist state.
China is located in the Northern Hemisphere, east of the Asian Continent. The total area is 9.6 million square kilometer, and the population is 1.29 billion.
Chinese capital city is Beijing, and the national flag is red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars in the left upper corner.
Because of the large area and many many people, there are 56 nations in China. Every nation has their own lifestyles and language, but most of people speak Mandarin or Cantonese.
In China people have religion freedom. There are Daoism, Buddhism, Muslim and Christian. But many people don't profess any religions.
China has a 5000-year-history. The People’s Republic of China established in 1 October,1949.
China is a developing country, agriculture is in the leading position. 50% people work in the agriculture field, 22% people work in the industry field and 28% work in the services.
The Chinese economy is developing faster and faster.




Tuesday, June 21, 2005



1. What type of art is exhibited at the Archibald?
Portraits are exhibited at the Archibald.]

2. What is the prize money?

3. What type of people are the subjects of the paintings?
The subjects of the paintings are men or women distinguished in art, letters, science or politics.

4. Who has won this year’s prize?
John Olsen

5. Who won the prize last year?
Craig Ruddy

6. Which painting do you prefer, the winner of 2004 or this year’s winner? Why?
I prefer the winner of this year, because I think this painting has a special meaning. At first I can’t understand why the painter draw this portrait, but after I read the annotation, I know the meaning.

7. Is the winner of the Archibald prize the same as the winner of the Packing Room?
No, the winner of Packing Room is Jason Benjamin, and the winner of Archibald prize is John Olsen.

8. Which one do you prefer and why?
Certainly I like the winner of Archibald prize. The reason is same as the question 6.


Last Thursday our AMEP class went to the Art Gallery to visit the Archibald prize.
The subjects of the portraits in this year’s Archibald prize are some self portraits, some politicians, some stars. I think most of them are the famous people.. I was very sad, because I don’t know anybody. The painters are not only from Australia, but also from New Zealand, China and British. There is a few Aboriginal people amongst them.
There are 36 portraits and the winner’s portrait is my favourite portrait..It is a self portrait. The main colour is dark, only on the top is orange. The face is not very clear, and it has two old face, one looks at forward and the other one looks at backward. The painter is an old man, this portrait means he is too old, and he looks backward, because he had a wonderful life, he looks forward, because he want to continue keeping a good life, though it is dusk for him. Because of the special meaning, so I like this portrait.
Some portraits I don’t like, for example, a woman painter draw herself naked. I can’t understand why she want to paint, maybe this is the difference between Eastern and Western culture.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005



1.Is the person a man or a woman?
2.Is he or she a famous Australian?
3.Is the person a athlete?
4.Is the person an actor or actress?
5.Is the person an artist?
6.Is the person an Aboriginal people?
7.Is the person middle-aged or old-aged?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005



Deng Yaping is a famous Chinese athlete. She played table tennis.
Table tennis is Chinese state sport. Most of Chinese people like to play and watch table tennis.
In China there are many table tennis athletes, who won many championships, and Deng is the best one. She won 18 world championships, four of which are Olympic games championships.
Deng started playing table tennis at the age of five. At first the Henan provincial team removed her outside, because she is too short. She is only 150cm. But later she won both the team and single championship in the national youth table tennis competition, and then the Henan provincial team took her on. She joined the national sport team in 1998. In 1992 and 1996 at Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic games she got four gold medals. She is the only Chinese single and double gold medallist in both the 25th and 26th Olympic games. She is reputed as the “Table Tennis Queen” and “Short Giantess”.
After 1997 Deng studied in Qinghua University, Cambridge University and Nottingham University. Now she works in the IOC Athletes Commission and she is the staff member of the Marketing Department in Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic games.


Mel Gibson is one of the most famous Australian actors and directors. He won an Academy Award as the best director for “Braveheart”, which won five Oscars in all.
Originally Gibson wanted to become a journalist, but he attended the National Institutes of Dramatic in Sydney to study drama. In his first play he was too nervous to stand and had to play the role sitting down.
Gibson is a devoted family man and brings his family of seven children and wife with him on location whenever he is working.
Gibson is also a interesting man. In 1997 at Harvard he ate a spoonful of canned dog food from a dog dish inscribed with his name, and sank his teeth into a dog biscuit. “It freshens your breath and helps prevent tartar,” he joked, spoofing the “Lethal Weapon” movie character who munched on dog biscuits to quit smoking.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005





Mel Gibson was born in the United States. He has ten brothers and sisters. His full name is Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson. In 1980 he got married, now he has seven children.
He didn't play John McClane and he didn't direct "Lethal Weapon3". He has won two Oscars. In 2004 the Passion of the Christ earned $210 million. His production company is called Icon Productions.

Saturday, May 28, 2005



My hometown is Dalian which is a very beautiful city. I wasn't born there, but I grew up there.
Dalian is located in the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula in northeast China. There are Yellow Sea on the east and Bohai Sea on the west.
Dalian's climate is very nice, there are four seasons. In winter it isn't very cold, and in summer it isn't very hot.
Because of the good geographic situation and weather, Dalian is an important port, and also a trade, industry and tourism city. Dalian is called "Garden City", because there are many gardens, parks and squares. Most of the parks are near the sea. Along the southern coast a road runs among the mountains. Along the road there are the Bangchui Island, the Tiger Beach, the Fujia Village, the Zoo and the Xinghai Park. The most famous place in Dalian is the Romantic Golden Pebble Beach. This is a national tourist resort. There are the Golden Pebble Golf Club, the Golden Rock Park, the Waxwork Museum, the China Martial Art Hall and the International Hunting Club.
Every year in Dalian there are many exhibitions held in Xinghai Square, which is the biggest square in Asia. The most important show is the International Fashion Festvial. Designers, models and fashion agents from all over the world come to Dalian.
In winter the most important activity is the Spring Festivial Fireworks and Forecrackers Gathering. People come to Xinghai Square to watch the fireworks and firecrackers. They gather together to celebrate the Chinses New Year.
The population of Dalian is 5600000. People are very warm and friendly. Many tourists in China like to travel in Dalian.
Welcome to Dalian!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005











Five years ago I was quite sick. I caught a bad cold.
It was very cold in winter. At first my throat didn’t hurt, I didn’t have a cough and a running nose, but I had an upset tummy. I didn’t want to eat anything. I thought I just had an attack of indigestion. So I didn’t go to see a doctor, and took some pills for indigestion. Though I had had the pills, I felt more and more uncomfortable. After two days, I had a fever in the evening everyday. The temperature was very high, about 39 degrees. I didn’t tell anyone about this, just took some pills. It lasted one week. One day in the evening the temperature was almost 40 degrees, I felt very cold. My mother-in-low found that I was ill, she called my sister, and my sister took me to see the doctor at midnight. After checking, the doctor said I had caught a very bad cold. I was given five antibiotics shots. From the beginning to the end, I had been ill for fifteen days.
Because I was allergic to penicillin, the doctor gave me another antibiotic. It was very expensive. If I ever catch a cold again, I think I’ll go to hospital without delay. Maybe I’ll get well quickly.


Indigenous people are the first Australians, but since British landed in Australia, they have suffered racial discrimination from the governments and the community. Indigenous people didn’t get the same rightws and services as non-Indigenous people in areas of population, health, employment, income, accommodation, public education, law and justice. Most Indigenous people live in rural or remote areas. Most Aboriginal people don’t have enough housing, water quality, food supplies and sanitation. Their incomes are lower than the average for other Australians. They were dismissed from works without any explanations. Until 1969, Aboriginal Protection or Welfare Boards controlled and supervised the lives of Indigenous Australians. These boards could decide where Indigenous people could lice, whom they might marry, where and how their children could be raised and which jobs could have, etc.
In 1965 Indigenous people started to fight for their rights with the Freedom Ride in NSW. There was a demonstration against racial discrimination. During the period 1955-1970, much of the discriminatory legislations were removed. Some states and the Commonwealth drew up anti-discrimination legislations during and after the 1970s. In 1991 the legislation about prohibitions on racial discrimination existed in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. This is also Commonwealth legislation.
Nevertheless, the struggle for social justice continues today.

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