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HotelBushranger
03-30-2006, 06:18 AM
Well now you can!!!

New Australian series:
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/familyfootsteps/

I can't go, bloody annoyed: you have to be 18 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Feathered_IV
03-30-2006, 06:29 AM
Ooh! Back to Ireland to build ships and drink porter. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

PBNA-Boosher
03-30-2006, 06:33 AM
That looks beautifully interesting. If I was an Australian citizen I'd do it.

HotelBushranger
03-30-2006, 07:15 AM
I damn well wanna, by you have to be 18 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif That sucks AND blows!

R988z
03-30-2006, 07:25 AM
already am actually http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pig_Mac
03-30-2006, 08:04 AM
If anyone find out they're swedish, you can trade climate with me anytime http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ... as long as you stomp out all of them spiders.. and snakes and .. well I guess a few cold month might keep the awful critters at bay.

horseback
03-30-2006, 08:33 AM
Be careful what you wish for--when my father was stationed in Great Britain with the USAF, my grandparents came over to visit and see the 'ancestral home' in Cornwall.

My great-great granfather had been an abolitionist minister/preacher who had come to America with his family in the early 1850s. Grandma and Grandpa, both devout Presbyterians, had thought to come to England and learn about the long line of great men of God that he had come from.

To make a long story short, Grandpa came back from his week in Cornwall a bit downcast, while Grandma was barely suppressing her laughter. Our family name is quite distinctive, and it was easy to find the communities, graveyards and churchyards where our ancestors were buried.

Instead of a description of the good works of great men of God, many of the epitaths simply read either "hanged for smuggling" or "hanged for piracy."

cheers

horseback

Bremspropeller
03-30-2006, 11:38 AM
ARRRRRRRRRRR, horsepilot is a pirate.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

ploughman
03-30-2006, 12:01 PM
Cheer up mate, folk got strung up for smiling on Thursdays back then. It don't mean a thing.

horseback
03-30-2006, 12:28 PM
Absolutely nothing for me to be down about. Americans are generally a bit less concerned with the 'place' of their ancestors thn most.

It's a funny story; Grandpa had no knowledge of his ancestors before his own grandfather, who was truly an admirable man, and had a picture built up in his mind based on what he knew.

Fortunately, he also had a good sense of humor, and recognized the joke after a while (Grandma probably helped him out there). He 'dined out' on the story himself more than a few times.

On the other hand, I do occasionally have to fight the urge to say things like "Avast!" and "Arrrr, matie."

cheers

horseback

EDIT: PS: If Great-Great Grandpa hadn't found Jesus, I might have been born an Australian... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

ploughman
03-30-2006, 01:21 PM
Well that's alright then. Although I don't doubt you already know this Cornwall faces the continent and is far enough away from the centres of power to have been, as recently as the early 19th Century, a 'frontier' province of England. In addition, or even more importantly so, as a Celtic fringe the Cornish are fiercely proud and independent folk. The wars with France throughout the 18th Century severly disrupted the Cornish link with their breathren in the French celtic province of Britanny, or would have...had their been no smugglers or pirates. The Cornish also has the good fortune to be master mariners perched on the South West approaches to England, rich pickings as trade increased were there to be a wreck, of which there were many, some accidental, some not quite so.

raisen
03-31-2006, 01:52 PM
The sun and the flies.... The spiders, snakes and bloody great snakes..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Mind you there is Bathurst over there..... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Raisen

Pirschjaeger
04-01-2006, 04:12 AM
Would this be an "unreality" show? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Well, I guess I'm already doing it. It's not easy sometimes.

HotelBushranger
04-01-2006, 04:13 AM
Well apparently, as says on the application form its not gonna be a holiday, you'll have work to do. So I guess it is an unreality show, as noone does any work in real life, right? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif