Friday, January 26, 2018

Australia Day and a Spider Alert

Happy Australia Day, or Sad Invasion Day as many of our indigenous folk like to call it. I'll sit astride the fence on this matter with my foot firmly planted in my left cheek.

Our favourite cafe in the grungy Centre Place in town always serves coffee with souvenier (happy bloody Australia Day when spell checker tells me my spelling of souvenier is wrong when I know it is right) holiday teaspoons. How appropriate that on the eve of Australia Day my coffee was accompanied by a teaspoon with a sculpture of what I consider an iconic Australian statue, the dog on the tuckerbox at Gundagai. Tucker means food, for you foreign types. Hoe into your tucker, you ho.


Where is your friend? Mamasan asked. I am all alone, I replied (it was Mother Day for R), and worse for you, I am only having coffee, no menu required. Perhaps she thought I was feeling sad, so she subsequently sent out her cutest waiter out to serve me.


I could have posted a Youtube clip of the Road to Gundagai but instead here is one I've used before on Australia Day, Sounds of Then by GANGgajang. But this is a different clip. BE WARNED THERE ARE SNAKES AND SPIDERS IN THIS CLIP.


Ok, you talked me into it. Let's have a bit of rollicking American Australian Country and Western. I am not normally keen on country and not so keen on western either. The Road to Gundagai by the late and wonderful Slim Dusty. Note, the track is short and ends long before the clip ends.

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  1. And a happy AD to you and R too.

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    1. Thank you Victor. Your Oz Day post was so simple and uncomplicated.

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  2. I wanted a photo of the waiter

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    1. Handsome Asian dude, probably straight but knew how to play to gay guys.

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  3. Happy Australia Day - quite a nice movie and Slim, oh gosh for got about him but he was popular at times, but not totally my cup of tea.

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    1. Margaret, I agree with you about Slim. But he did record one track that really hit a spot for me. It might be time to update an old post.

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  4. I shall try to watch Muriel's Wedding, or Croc Dundee in celebration of the great day. However I shan't watch Neighbours, or listen to Tie Your Kangaroo Down Sport, as that would be going too far!

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    1. Cro, along with Neighbours, Tie Your Kangaroo Down Sport and Croc Dundee, which I have never seen, only Muriel's Wedding is acceptable for Australia Day viewing.

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  5. Your spelling of souvenir is wrong, drop that second 'e'.
    I've still got an old Slim Dusty album on a shelf somewhere, but no player for it. I should get one of those players that will record the record onto a usb or mp3 device.

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    1. River, that is how I spell the word and how I must have learnt to spell it. I did check before posting and souvenier is a legitimate spelling. It is just how I learnt to spell the word when I was young. I am surprised that you did not learn the same. The very best of Slim might be ok, but I wouldn't go to too much effort to transfer his music. Besides, it is probably all on Youtube now.

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    2. Never learned it that way and all my dictionaries have it my way, thesaurus too.

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    3. One source I looked at said it was an archaic spelling. The other said not and showed many examples of my spelling of the word. Queer, for sure, but that is how I spell it.

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  6. Happy 'Straya Day Andrew!

    HI remember back when I lived in Darwin - doing my nursing training, a few hundred years ago now - the local Aboriginal people all adored "Silum". I have difficulty pronouncing it any other way now. And no disrespect intended to anybody.

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    1. Rozzie, it took me a a bit of time to work out Silum. What a great thing that the local tribes liked Silum.

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  7. I didn't listen to the song with the spider ! They disgust me ! BTW souvenir is a French word and means "remember" and is not written souvenier, lol ! It would be pronounced completely different.

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    1. 'Je me souviens' means I remember.

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    2. Gattina, I don't know where my spelling of the word came from, but it a legitimate spelling.

      Cro, that makes sense in relations to the English word.

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  8. Well this is a first Andrew, you sitting on the fence! I didn't 😀😀

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    1. So I noticed Grace. And you have my full support, but not meant in a politician kind of way of offering full support.

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  9. Steve Irwin's wife and kids were making the rounds of US morning shows yesterday. I used to watch Irwin's show now and then before he died. His wife, well, widow now, is from just outside Eugene, Oregon.

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    1. Strayer, who? Ok, I do know who he is but until he died, I did not. I've not found any of them likeable people, although I haven't seen them for a while on tv. Steve Irwin's father seemed like a decent guy but perhaps out of his depth in big business.

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  10. Our little street party on Australia Day afternoon-early evening was most enjoyable. A nice group of people...only about 15 of us. Just a nice, relaxed way to spend a couple of hours. We had so much finger food....enough to feed two armies!!! :)

    I love country music, but have been a Slim Dusty fan. Saw him live in a concert (along with other performers) in Kuranda, (hinterland of Cairns) one Sunday afternoon in the late 80s...and he was very arrogant and rude.

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    1. Lee, how lovely that you little party went so well. 15 is a nice number, where you can probably get to talk to everyone. One word omitted I think in your last para, being not. I remember how upset my sister was when Pat McNamee refused to give her his autograph and was rude. It doesn't take much, does it.

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