Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Bondi Beach, which is located on the east coast of New South Wales, is one of Australia's most famous beaches. At this beach, the largest outdoor "Sculpture by the Sea" is held annually during the month of November. This is a very famous outdoor free public exhibition. There are over 100 works and attracts over 400,000 vistors.
The 9th annual Sculpture by the Sea is now on this year during 3th Nov to 20th Nov. If we want to visit this famous exhibition, I think that we'd better get there by public transport as it would be hard to find a parking sport there. Actually, the public transport is quick and cheap. Buses run to the beach every 10 mins from Bondi Junction all day during weekdays. It is really convenient. So why not we take a train to Bondi Junction, then catch a bus ( Bus no. 380, 382) there?. I believe that "Sculpture by the Sea " is worthwhile for us to visit and we will have a good time. If you miss it this time, you can visit it in Perth next year as it will be back for 2006 from 9 - 19 March in Perth.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Spain is facing an environmental and econimic crisis due to the severe drought in many part of the country, especially in Almanzora where has not rained for the last 15 years. According to a United Nations report, one third of the country could soon become a desert. Therefore, the enviromental crisis should be avert quickly by the Spanish govertment. ( Karen Lee)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Hello everybody,
this is my new blog, hope we all enjoy our English lesson.

Monday, August 01, 2005

A famous person that I would like to write about is Victor Change (Change Yam Him). Although Victor Change had had difficulties in learning English when he first came to Australia, he mastered the English language and later he also hecame an outstanding cardiothoraicic surgeon in Australia and South- East Asia.

Dr. Victor Chang was born in Shanghai in 1936. His parents were Australian - born Chinese. When he was young, he lived in Burma and Hong Kong with his partents. Then he came to Australia to complete his secondary schooling at Sydney Christian Brothers College where he learned English. At school, he was good at Science and Chemistry.

At the University of Sydney, Dr. Chang untertook Bachelor of Medical Science with fiast class honours in 1960, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1962. Dr. Chang also received further training for chest diseases in London. He met and married his wife, Ann, during his stay in London.

In 1972, Dr. Chang returened to Sydney and became a consulant cardiothoracic surgeon at St Vincent's Hospital. He was also awarded Fellowships to the Royal College of Surgeons, the Australesian College of Surgeons and American College of Sureons during this time.

In 1980, after an anti-refection drug became available, Dr.Chang was responsible for developing Australia's National Heart Transplant Programme. On 24, February 1984, he led a team of 40 to perform the first transplant under the program at St Vincent's Hospital. Since 1984, almost 300 successful heart, heart-lung and single lung transplants were done by Dr. Chang's team, the team had become one of the most largest and successful teams in the world.

Dr. Chang was a kind and generous man who loved Chinese and all other Asian people. He not only lectured extensively across Asia, but also sponsored foreign health professionals to work in Australia.

Dr. Victor Chang also designed an artifical heart valve, which is now used to treat hundreds of patients in South- East Asia.

Dr. Victor Chang not only made an outstanding contribution to heart surgery but also to the Australian community and Australian - Asian relations. It's unfortunate that Dr.Victor Chang was murdered by assailants in a Sydney street on 4, July 1991.

With the support of many Australians and overseas supporters, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute has been established in his honour.