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The Big Root and 10 more obscure Australian Big Things
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February 23, 2018 16:47:47

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform the free dance during the ice dance final at the Winter Olympics. (REUTERS: Lucy Nicholson)
Video: Perth Festival performer Julia Hales could be Home and Away's number one fan

(ABC News) She’s watched every single episode of the long-running Australian soap.And all that knowledge isn’t going to waste. If that isn't some kind of sign I don't know what is! On the 20th. The Big Prawn.We love a big thing in Australia, and there are more than 150 of them around our wide brown land.Come with us on a tour of some of Australia’s less famous big things, including the Big Bin, the Big Dead Fish and the Big Root. (Supplied: Ervina Gilliatt )
Yup, that’s not a typo.A Home and Away super fan’s dream comes trueThink you know all there is to know about Summer Bay?Julia Hales knows more. The other chestnut. The Big Pineapple. #VirtueAndMoir
The Canadian pair got the fairytale ending to their Olympic career as ice dancers this week when they claimed gold in the ice dancing.Moir and Virtue have been skating together since they were nine and seven and they had retired in 2016 before deciding to make a comeback for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for one last chance at glory.With a chemistry on the ice that leaves us with the vapours, the pair have won a legion of followers who have gone so far as to write fan-fiction about them being together.Expect the big-budget drama about their careers to sweep the Oscars in 2021 with Ryan Gosling and Emma Watson in the lead roles.And if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, how about some very skilled athletes crash and burning? Photo:
The Big Root on display at Mingling Waters Cafe in Nowa Nowa, Victoria. The brunette wanted to wear the baggy green and play cricket for Australia.But now, the pair leap across the stage as principal dancers in The Royal Ballet in London, one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world.Australians and their big thingsThe Big Banana. The redhead wanted to be a professional drag racer. We’ve collected some of the biggest crashes and wipe-outs of the Winter Olympics in one place. (Supplied: Kent Howlett)
In 1935, a boy named William ‘Billy’ Hare dropped a note in a bottle overboard during a voyage from Sydney to Auckland.The boy would go on to become Professor William Hare AO, Australia’s first radiology professor who introduced the country to ultrasounds, angiograms and breast screening.And the note, thanks to a little intervention from ABC Radio Brisbane, would find its way to his daughter, 63 years after it was written.Meet the Western Sydney boys who rule the ballet world

Video: Dancers take a leap of faith

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Australian Story introduced us to Steven McRae and Alexander Campbell this week.One with flaming red hair. Enjoy.A message in a bottle finally finds its home

The Howletts discovered a handwritten note on the back of the ship’s menu. In their 20th year together. It’s formed the basis of a headline show at the Perth Festival, titled You Know We Belong Together.As part of the show, Hales filmed a special sequence with Alf Stewart himself.Stone the flamin’ crows indeed. External Link:

Shannon tweet: They are skating 20th. Amid all the big stories of the week, it can be easy to miss the stories that make you happy.So we’ve found the best of the week in good news to send you into the weekend on a high.This week we’ve got a fairytale on ice, two Western Sydney boys at the top of the world and some really Big Things.Fairytale on the ice in PyeongchangIf you aren’t a fan of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir already, you’re about to be.