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Plum puddings, yelks to yolks and elfs to elves

Why are Christmas puddings called 'plum puddings' when they have no plums in them? How did the egg yolk get its name and why are the plurals for 'hoof' and 'roof' are spelt differently? Find out how Professor Kate Burridge answers these questions that the audience of 'Wise Words' send in for her.

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Going into battle for graphic novels

Many readers love comic books and graphic novels. According to the four graphic novelists in this discussion, not everybody shares this enthusiasm! As you listen to their discussion, consider how the language we use in everyday conversations can work to judge and even disempower others. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Visit us: tourist information website

Explore facts about towns and tourist attractions in Central Western New South Wales. Build information reports for a tourism website. Use a model text structure and images to build information reports about Western Plains Zoo, Warrumbungle Range and Parkes. Choose titles, words and images that suit your audience and support ...

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Show and tell: that cat

Watch a short cartoon about a cat chasing a bird. Select noun groups, verb groups and phrases to create sentences and build a basic factual recount. Rearrange the word groups to create the best order in the sentences. Who was involved? What did they do? When, where or how did they do it? Add adjectives and adverbs to make ...

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World Wonders TV show: thunderstorm

Build a script about thunderstorms for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Make ideas in the script clearer and more interesting by choosing adjectives to make noun groups ...

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Discovering democracy: the law rules

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the development of law and citizens' rights in the early years of British settlement in Australia. Look in particular at the role of Governor Macquarie, and compare the judicial system in his time with the Australian judicial system of today. Complete a related task.


Appeal to the High Court about chickens and roosters, 1930

This is a three-page typewritten deposition made by Edith Sophie Doris Ruthning, one of three sisters, outlining the legal circumstances leading to a judgement being given against them in the Supreme Court of Queensland in relation to the noisy fowls and roosters kept by their neighbour Thomas Tarran Ferguson. She also ...


'What a day', 1939 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white silent fictional film entitled 'What a day', about a woman called June and two men who love her, Paul and Tony. The excerpt begins with June and Tony arriving to join a group of friends on Curl Curl beach in Sydney. June is shown talking to a friend and the gist of their conversation ...


The Night the Prowler, 1978: 'Felicity is a girl of delicate sensibility'

This clip shows Doris Bannister (Ruth Cracknell) on the phone, discussing the prospect of the marriage of her daughter Felicity (Kerry Walker) to John (John Derum), a rising young diplomat. When Felicity arrives home, Doris tries to discover when John is coming to visit. Later that night, Doris again tries to get a response ...


The Highest Court, 1998: 'We all have lives'

This clip shows part of a discussion between an interviewer and five judges of the High Court of Australia, in which the judges talk about how, despite their positions, they are not remote but have remained engaged in everyday life through connections with family and community. The discussion includes justices Mary Gaudron, ...


So Simple, So Hard, 1997: Kate's ambivalence

This clip shows Kate speaking to the interviewer and reflecting on relationships. She and her son Liam are then shown walking on the beach and watching the waves, while her voice-over describes the advantages and disadvantages of single parenthood. She is shown at home, with her son in the background, then chopping wood ...


Lonely Hearts, 1981: The lady in question

This clip shows Peter Thompson (Norman Kaye), a middle-aged man, at a dating agency. The consultant at the agency asks him some personal details. Her coworker enters, pretending to look for a file on Patricia Curnow. When Peter sees Patricia's photo and it is suggested that they would make a good match, Peter is concerned ...


Jewboy, 2005: No kissing allowed

This clip shows a young Hasidic Jew, Yuri (Ewen Leslie), helping his grandmother, Minnie (Naomi Wilson), in the kitchen as she finishes preparing food. There is a serial number on Minnie's inner forearm, which would have been tattooed on her in a concentration camp in the Second World War (1939-45). At the synagogue Yuri ...


Singles Club, 2007: Dating in Melbourne

This clip shows singles Mark and Ange in Melbourne as they make contact with prospective partners. The clip opens with Mark talking to a woman on the telephone about arrangements for a meeting the following evening. The next scene has Ange communicating with Annie on a live Internet chat room. The final sequences show Mark ...


Singles Club, 2007: Ange and Annie

This clip shows Ange and Annie in Annie's Melbourne apartment as they discuss their developing relationship. Separate interviews show Annie explaining why she is involved in an 'open relationship' with Ange and Ange describing how the open relationship made him feel he was in 'limbo'. The couple are then shown discussing ...


'Baby bees' by Mel Stringer

'Baby bees', a poem by Melbourne writer Mel Stringer, describes the speaker's feelings of emptiness and sadness following a relationship break-up. The speaker describes the heartbreak of unrequited love. Each of the four stanzas appears in a white box and is set against the background image of a playing court. A cartoon ...


'The imperfectionist' by Paul Sohn

'The imperfectionist', a short story by Paul Sohn, is about a teenage boy's anxiously obsessive preparations before going out with a girl for the first time and the awkward, funny and unexpected situations that upset his plans on the date. As it turns out, Zach, the young man, is not alone in feeling anxious. Zoe, his date, ...


Seven Deadly Sins - Envy, 1992: For fear of it finishing

This clip shows Kerry's mother washing Kerry's hair over the kitchen sink and giving advice on Kerry's boyfriend Jack. The two women are seen in close-up as they discuss Jack, men in general and then Kerry's violent father. As if in flashback the camera pans across the set, 70s disco music fades in and the figure of Kerry's ...

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Adding '-es' to words ending in '-o'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words illustrating the spelling pattern that some words that end in '-o' after a consonant need the addition of '-es' to form the plural. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its ...

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Adding '-es' to words ending in '-ch'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying the use of '-es' to form the plurals of words ending with 'ch'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. ...