Situated on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the capital of the State of New South Wales and the country’s largest city, though not its capital (that’s Canberra). Sydney was the site of the first white settlement in Australia, being originally established in 1788 as the centre of a British penal colony, though the country’s original inhabitants, the Koori people, have been in Australia for over 60,000 years. Famous today for its Harbour and Opera House, Sydney was the host of the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics.
There is, of course, an inevitable Australian slant to many of Bikwil’s features. For example, people, events, places, TV and radio programmes are frequently referred to in an Aussie context. There’ll be a bit of local slang here too. Email us if you ever want explanations. It’s always interesting to see how well or poorly travelled certain phrases and concepts from Down Under really are.
And if you are at home with North American spellings you may find that some words look odd at first, but it doesn’t take too long to become acclimatised. The same applies to dates: day/month/year is the order in Australia, a convention which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that northern and southern hemisphere seasons are six months out of sync.