Australia’s last man of the people to become prime minister is no longer.
Robert James Lee “Bob” Hawke died earlier this week, just two days before his beloved Australian Labor Party is expected to re-take office in the May 18 federal election following six years of misrule by an incompetent Liberal–National Party coalition government.
Hawke was 89. He was a popular prime minister whose time in office went from 1983 to 1991.
He remains the longest-serving Labor prime minister in Australian history.
Hawkey didn’t really have much to do with Japan during his time in office. Perhaps the closest project involving Japan was the disastrous Multifunction Polis proposal that sparked widespread outrage at a time when there was popular discord against Japanese investment in Australia.
Postwar South America became somewhat notorious as a haven for Germans fleeing the defeat of the Third Reich in World War II, but some Teutonic types had already made it big in Argentina before the Nazis…and kangaroos had something to do with it, albeit an extremely minor role.
Kangaroos served as an advertising figure for Sarrasani, a world-famous German circus between the wars. Sarrasani was formed in the German city of Dresden in 1901 by Hans Stosch, a clown with the stage name Giovanni Sarrasani. The circus was best-known for its elephants, but also employed lots of “exotic” peoples such as Japanese, Javanese and Sioux Native Americans, as well as the then rarely seen marsupials.
The circus boomed throughout the 1920s, when Sarrasani also wrote pulp fiction cowboy stories. Stosch’s son, also Hans, ran the circus until his death in the early 1940s and was succeeded by his widow. The Sarrasani circus was destroyed by the Bombing of Dresden in 1945.
Trude Stosch-Sarrasani re-established the circus in Argentina in the 1940s, even calling it the Argentinean National Circus to appease nationalist Peronistas at one stage.
The circus returned to Germany following German reunification in 1990 and continues to operate.
Kangaroo Boxing Club was a pub in the Columbia Heights district of Washington D.C.
Apparently, it specialized in showing gridiron games and barbecues.
The pub shut its doors several years ago, and is now an upmarket bistro.
The pub operated from 2012-2016.
Kangaeroo.com made the silly mistake of buying a GoPro camera.
The camera itself worked initially, but it had a smart remote, which was embedded in a selfie stick. The smart remote didn’t work from the outset.
Kangaeroo.com contacted the company’s Japanese support page, selecting the English option for support. This was in May 2018 and it started a yearlong nightmare.
Following GoPro’s instructions, the remote and selfie stick were sent for repairs. Only the remote was sent back. This one didn’t work, either. GoPro, meanwhile, could not be contacted.
Kangaeroo.com sent the useless camera and parts to the Japanese agent, telling them their product was a piece of shit that didn’t work.
Months later, the package had been returned, again without the selfie stick and also containing a remote control that doesn’t work.
The upshot is a camera used once in 9 months, now unusable, a useless remote control and a selfie stick the company refuses to replace.
GoPro’s fall from a global success story to a disastrous failure has become a textbook case in how not to operate a business. Kangaeroo.com got a firsthand experience of it.
A long, long time ago, in a Straya far, far away, Australia briefly exported cigarettes to Japan.
It wasn’t that long ago, actually.
But for several months in 1994, Winfield cigarettes, one of Australia’s most famous brands (it marketed itself as “Australia’s No. 1 brand” in Japan, but it was actually only the second-biggest seller Down Under, behind Peter Jackson), was an unlikely competitor of mostly British and American Big Tobacco companies to tap into what was still then a thriving Japanese smokers’ market largely unregulated at the time.
Winfield was on a downturn at the time in its home country.
Cigarette advertising had been banned from TV and print media decades earlier, but by the mid-1990s in Australia had also been outlawed from outdoor displays and sporting events that tobacco company sponsorship had largely kept afloat.