Friday, April 29, 2016

Flying west

Promise, Saturday morning I will begin our Perth holiday posts. Sorry, what? You are not salivating in anticipation?

These pictures have hung around for a long time and here is the time to use them. Australia is a big place, so to fly from one side to the other as we did is a four hour flight. From Melbourne in the south east to the west and Perth, and back is almost like an overseas holiday.

Australia is like a strange doughnut, with a very thin dough, half of which is missing, and a huge hole in the middle where very few live. We cling to our seaside shores.



22 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:01 am

    Thank god your maps include Tasmania, otherwise there would be hell to pay. - Ian

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    1. Oh yes Ian. Remember those plastic representations of Australia at school, used for tracing and outline of Australia. How did they deal with Tasmania?

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  2. Australia is like a strange donut .. Well that's a first .. I thought for a moment a meteor had hit the Red Centre. Phew!

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    1. Carol, my meaning was very poorly expressed. I should have just used the cliche, we cling to the shoreline.

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    2. No I thought it was an original description Andrew, and I liked it. I had a good laugh. Believe me, I never do the teacher thing and correct your work. I just read for pleasure. And in any case I am not a real teacher ~ just pretending.

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    3. No problem, Carol. I still should have done better.

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  3. Mmmmm! Coffee, donuts.. now see what you've done!

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    1. Haven't you just finished breakfast, Grace?

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  4. I found the Great Australian Bite restaurant in Redondo Beach California on-line, and thought the name was a very clever pun. But the Americans had never heard of the Great Australian Bight so the pun was wasted. Perhaps we can add it to your maps.

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    1. Hels, I reckon many Australians would not know where the Great Australian Bight is, so I won't be too hard on Americans for that. If only they had some idea of where Australia is.

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  5. Whilst I may not be salivating, I am quite looking forward to it.

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    1. Cranky, charmed, I am sure.

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  6. Good to see our Island is on the map! Remember Melbourne was settled after Launceston! Just having a dig :)
    It is a very big country, many of our own don't even realise just how big.

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    1. Margaret, and one city went on to succeed and one did not so much. Do you remember the plastic tracers and was Tasmania included?

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  7. And why do we cling to our seaside shores? Apart from loving the raging stormy oceans. The interior isn't settled because there is no water there. Not enough to properly sustain towns or cities. You know where I'm going with this don't you?

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    1. River, oh yes. It will be all about pipes

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  8. Unfortunately Perth is so far from the main tourist places that very few of us make the effort to visit. Can't wait to see what I missed. I have high expectations of your coming posts!

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    1. Marie, I had been to every Australian capital city except for Perth and I can now tick it off. I was a little surprised by Perth.

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  9. Yes, Australia is just 2 million or so sq. km smaller than the US 50 states, very very big. I've not traveled much here. You get around, Andrew!

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    1. Take Alaska away and I guess they would be quite close in size, Strayer. R says we must travel while he is still fit enough, and so we are.

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  10. I always like these comparisons of Australia's size against Europe and the USA.

    I recall from my days living in London in the 1970s that Western Australia House used to display a map of Western Australia with the (comparatively tiny) state of Texas superimposed over it. That was one in the eye for our American cousins that not everything in Texas was bigger.

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    1. Interesting about Texas, Victor. Western Australia must nearly be half of the Australian land mass. I'll take me lead from you in that the state is correctly called Western Australia and not West Australia.

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