I am one of the many German students studying abroad. I am one of the people who love travelling. I can't sit still, I always have to do stuff. I am curious, always chasing for stories. Stay here for a while and be part of my respaced world

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Australian Health

I enjoy having the luxury to have a Television in my room. I learn so much about Australia just by watching Television. Similar to American Television, there are lots of commercial breaks in between the programmes, but in comparison to German commercial breaks they are so short that it's not enough time for me going all the way down the hall to the bathrooms.

Being forced to watch the commercials, I also see a lot of videos of the Australian government. Many PSA videos tell me how to live life in a proper way. I shall quit smoking because otherwise I could end up sitting in a wheelchair while my wife is doing all the work in the garden by herself or I could start caughing blood when I'm waiting for the bus. So, my recommendation to you:

Wanna see yourself?
Here's a video on skin cancer

Smoking and Obesity seem to be big topics here at the moment. The government is actually planning spending lots of money for stricter anti-smoking laws, as the first country in the world they want to introduce green packaging for cigarettes.

Apart from lots of cooking shows and "the biggest looser" you also see videos such as this one:

Are Australians fat and smoke a lot?

No, actually I think they look pretty fit and seriously, there really aren't many smokers here. I hardly ever see people smoking, they also drink SO MUCH LESS than Danish people (haha, but thaaat's another topic...).
After doing a bit research I learned that smoking rates in Australia have been falling for decades!

At the last count, the proportion of Australians aged 14 and over who smoked had fallen from 30.5 per cent in 1988 to 16.6 per cent. (The Australian)
And about the obesity and skin cancer video... Australia is ranked on place 8 on the country listing of Life expectancy at birth

Find the WHO country ranking here

Interesting... So are the videos a waste of money or can we say that the videos are great because they seem to work?

my opinion: I don't need a PSA video to tell me to live healthy. There must be other stuff for the government to worry about

Friday, April 8, 2011

Musicians and Writers

Last night I went to a concert at the Annendale Hotel, a music venue which features concerts of rock/alternative/indie bands. When the Little Lovers were rocking the stage I thought about how similar musicians are to writers. I consider writing as arts, I think people who do writing or blogging usually have "a specific ego", which means they are complicated and they are self-centered. I am self-centered, I guess.

While I was watching the leadsinger slamming his guitar, he looked as if he was in his own world, completely dedicated to the beat and rhythm of his music. Honestly, I was a bit jealous. He had his audience standing in front of him, he literally could see how his music made the people dance. A writer can only look at numbers, how many copies of his book have been sold, how many clicks he got.. but he can't see how people are reading what he wrote

I guess that's what differs musicians from writers. Oh, and in addition to that musicians have more sexappeal.. oh man, i wish i was a musician. But as a kid, I never really liked playing the recorder (Blockflöte).


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Q & A: My studies in Australia

This week a dear friend and follower sent me an email which included some questions about life in Sydney.
I wanna hear more about uni life in Sydney. How is studying in sunny Australia and what exactly are you studying there?
Studying journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney is pretty similar to studying journalism in the US. It is really practical orientated and that's cool.

It is not like studying in Germany and Denmark, where my studies had focused on media/social/cultural theories and academic debates about media/journalism issues.

Don't get me wrong, I really like over-analysing things (sometimes), but often I asked myself: what the **** does this have to do with working in journalism? This is why doing my studies in the US and Australia AND in Germany and Denmark is the perfect combination for me.

In the US and in Australia journalism studies are more about "learning by doing". I am participating courses such as Investigative Journalism and Online Journalism, classes in which I write journalistic texts, not academic papers. How you can imagine, I'm enjoying the Online class a lot, especially because I can work on my blog in this class! You will see what I am doining in class soon.

Oh and about my uni: UTS is basically in CHINATOWN, so there is "cheap" food all around. Here, everything is expensive. What I like about my uni is that there is a small terrace and a balcony, so you can study/eat outside. And I love the couches !!!

This is what UTS students do when it is raining outside

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm back!

Oh wow. I just got internet! One of my housemates just changed my internet settings from WPA to TRIC and tadaaaaaa suddenly I have Internet!

Last week I experienced some first encounters.

Congrats, you are the first (noted) cacrouch in our room

as a thank-you present you will get the chance to meet our handsome housemate Fabrice from Toulouse,
who will introduce you to Mr. Vacumer

my first 'koala encounter'

Kim from Melbourne introduced me to the Australian Nutella,

Toast with Vegemite.

me with vegemite

mhmm. salty. ok. not as nasty as I thought
 that was a short picture-wrap up of my week! hope you are all doing fine and keep on following :) I'm here - what about you?
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