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RS_Deacon
01-25-2006, 08:42 AM
To all my Aussie friends - and I may be a bit early - However.....HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!!

RS_Deacon
01-25-2006, 08:42 AM
To all my Aussie friends - and I may be a bit early - However.....HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!!

panther3485
01-25-2006, 09:02 AM
Not too sure if you count me as one of your 'Aussie friends' but if so, then thanks.

Australia (as a nation) turned 105 this year!

Best regards,
panther3485

BFawlty
01-25-2006, 09:44 AM
Well congrats Australia!! And Happy Day to you all. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

BF

sgilewicz
01-25-2006, 11:01 AM
As a Yank I just want to say congratulations! Aussie's are awesome and we feel a special fondness for you folks (maybe because we're both nations of malcontents http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif). My wife and I are planning a month long trip down under for 2007-what's the best time of year for temperate temperatures?

djetz
01-25-2006, 11:03 AM
Thank-you from this Aussie.

I was looking at the pilot's manual of the CAC Boomerang yesterday, and thinking "I really ought to photocopy this and send it to Maddox Games..."

We need a Darwin 1942 map!

In my dreams.

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-25-2006, 11:06 AM
Have a bonzer day, Diggers!
Chuck another shrimp on the barbie for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

djetz
01-25-2006, 11:16 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
My wife and I are planning a month long trip down under for 2007-what's the best time of year for temperate temperatures? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It depends on which bit you want to visit. Australia is BIG, bigger than the continental US, so there's a variety of climates. I only know the east coast so I can't speak for the whole country, but that covers everything from tropical Queensland to cool-climate Tasmania.

I'd say springtime is your best bet, which is autumn aka fall in the US.

Bring a variety of clothing if you're travelling around. Brisbane (Queensland) is tropical and humid, Sydney (New South Wales) is sunny and warm, gets humid in summer, Melbourne (Victoria)(where I live) is notoriously variable and can be anything from the sahara to Finland (occasionaly in the same day) and Hobart (Tasmania) is climatically similar to New England.

AustinPowers_
01-25-2006, 11:19 AM
Australia have a day? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

sgilewicz
01-25-2006, 12:01 PM
Djetz,
Great...just what my wife needs for an excuse to pack MORE stuff for a trip! It sounds wonderful though and I really am looking forward to visiting. How's the beer? I'm going to need liquid sustenance for carrying all the missus shi.. I mean stuff around for a month http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Saunders1953
01-25-2006, 12:22 PM
And a joke in honor of the event.....

An Aussie was washed up on a beach after a terrible shipwreck. Only a sheep and a sheepdog were washed up with him. After looking around, he realized that they were stranded on a deserted island.

After being there a while, he got into the habit of taking his two animal companions to the beach every evening to watch the sun set.
One particular evening, the sky was a fiery red with beautiful cirrus clouds the breeze was warm and gentle - a perfect night for romance.

As they sat there, the sheep started looking better and better to the lonely Aussie. Soon, he leaned over to the sheep and put his arm around it. But the sheepdog, ever protective of the sheep, growled fiercely until the man took his arm from around the sheep.

After that, the three of them continued to enjoy the sunsets together, but there was no more cuddling. A few weeks passed by and, lo and behold, there was another shipwreck. The only survivor was a beautiful young woman, the most beautiful woman the man had ever seen. She was in a pretty bad way when he rescued her and he slowly nursed her back to health.

When the young maiden was well enough, he introduced her to their evening beach ritual. It was another beautiful evening red sky, cirrus clouds, a warm and gentle breeze - perfect for a night of romance.

Pretty soon, the Aussie started to get "those feelings" again. He fought the urges as long as he could, but he finally gave in and leaned over to the young woman, cautiously, and whispered in her ear,

"Would you mind taking the dog for a walk".

Taylortony
01-25-2006, 12:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RS_Deacon:
To all my Aussie friends - and I may be a bit early - However.....HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Cool.. in celebration, us Brits are getting together another shipment of deportess to bolster your ranks.............. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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djetz
01-25-2006, 01:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
Djetz,
Great...just what my wife needs for an excuse to pack MORE stuff for a trip! It sounds wonderful though and I really am looking forward to visiting. How's the beer? I'm going to need liquid sustenance for carrying all the missus shi.. I mean stuff around for a month http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

WARNING: Australian beer has higher alchohol content than US beer. Your regular beer is our light beer.

My recommendations: Tooheys red, Cascade pale.

About the only other thing you need to know is that the $AU is pretty stable at around the US 75c mark, so $10 US gets you around $12.50 AU and $10 AU = around $7.50 US. It's pretty easy to translate sums, just knock off or add a quarter depending on the direction.

This could change, but it's been around that mark for quite a while and seems stable to me.

djetz
01-25-2006, 01:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AustinPowers_:
Australia have a day? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep.

It marks the day - Jan 26 1788 - when the first fleet set up camp at Sydney Harbour.

If you go there and have a look, you'll see why: even with a big modern city built all over it, it is a stunningly beautiful place.

Cut'n'paste: Capt. Arthur Phillip RN was commissioned as the first Governor of New South Wales. He set sail on May 13th, 1787 from Portsmouth with 11 vessels. He arrived in NSW with 717 convicts of whom 180 were women, guarded by 191 marines under 19 officers.

woofiedog
01-25-2006, 01:21 PM
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djetz
01-25-2006, 01:22 PM
Of course, one should keep in mind that there were people here for around 50 thousand years before that... but they hadn't invented farming, guns, or parliamentary democracy.

steve_v
01-25-2006, 01:34 PM
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djetz
01-25-2006, 01:39 PM
Oh yes, the "105 years old" thing comes from the fact that Australia was federated is a nation in 1901, before that it was a group of english colonies.

Unlike Canada, nobody came up with a cool flag so we have the union jack in corner and the southern cross as the main design.

We also have the queen on our coins. Some people think this is a bad thing, personally I kind of like the nutty inbred archaic toffee-nosed royals.

Our anthem was "God save the Queen" until the 1970s, when we replaced it with a turgid dirge called "Advance Australia Fair" to which no-one knows the words.

As I like to point out, it may be uninspiring, but take a listen to "God defend New Zealand" if you want a truly awful national anthem.

First land battle of the pacific war where the Japanese were defeated: Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1942. By the Australian army.

The same army was then sent to Buna to rescue the US Army which was getting its "@ss" kicked.

Betcha they didn't teach you that in school.

sgilewicz
01-25-2006, 02:02 PM
originally posted by djetz:

First land battle of the pacific war where the Japanese were defeated: Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1942. By the Australian army.

The same army was then sent to Buna to rescue the US Army which was getting its "@ss" kicked.

Betcha they didn't teach you that in school.


No they didn't but it doesn't bother or surprise me. You guys have always had a tough military particularly on a man for man basis. Hopefully we returned the favor a few times along the way http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif By the way, I've been sipping Sam Adam's Cream Stout for the last year or so and I think it just might get me in shape for your brews!

Taylortony
01-25-2006, 02:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by djetz:

WARNING: Australian beer has higher alchohol content than US beer. Your regular beer is our light beer.

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Water has a higher Alcohol content that US Beer................

Siwarrior
01-25-2006, 02:10 PM
W00000000000000000T
YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAY
AUSTRALIA DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Time to crack out the lamb chops, the VB, the boards and git goin!!!!!!!!

steve_v
01-25-2006, 02:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by djetz:

WARNING: Australian beer has higher alchohol content than US beer. Your regular beer is our light beer.

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Water has a higher Alcohol content that US Beer................ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I don't know what drugs you two are on, but please, when in the US, let me treat you to a few of our "homebrews" at 10/11%. We may be new at this, but we aim to please. And the welcome mat is always out. (At least at my house. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif)

djetz
01-25-2006, 02:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
No they didn't but it doesn't bother or surprise me. You guys have always had a tough military particularly on a man for man basis. Hopefully we returned the favor a few times along the way http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif By the way, I've been sipping Sam Adam's Cream Stout for the last year or so and I think it just might get me in shape for your brews! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey, that's cool. I just like reminding Americans that they weren't the only ones fighting. But I'm well aware that without the US the Japanese would never have been defeated in Asia, and long-term Australia's flag would quite possibly be white with a big red dot on it.

djetz
01-25-2006, 02:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I don't know what drugs you two are on, but please, when in the US, let me treat you to a few of our "homebrews" at 10/11%. We may be new at this, but we aim to please. And the welcome mat is always out. (At least at my house. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know there's a big difference between microbrews and the famous US beers, I was just talking about the standard national stuff.

At least we drink it cold, not like the room-temp poms.

steve_v
01-25-2006, 02:31 PM
I live in the South and we also have moonshine. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

danjama
01-25-2006, 02:35 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AustinPowers_:
Australia have a day? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Gold_Monkey
01-25-2006, 03:18 PM
Aye !! Another Yank wishing a Happy Birthday to all you Aussies. Ye've been one of the best allies us Yanks ever had. A Salute to ye all, now a cold Fosters seems to be in order, Cheers.

-HH-Dubbo
01-25-2006, 03:34 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif VB mate. We don't drink Fosters at home

BaldieJr
01-25-2006, 03:40 PM
Happy australian birthday i hope you all have at least one friend with employment and you can drink filtered alcohol for a change.

blakduk
01-25-2006, 04:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
As a Yank I just want to say congratulations! Aussie's are awesome and we feel a special fondness for you folks (maybe because we're both nations of malcontents http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif). My wife and I are planning a month long trip down under for 2007-what's the best time of year for temperate temperatures? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What area are you heading to?
How far are you going to travel?
It's a bit like saying 'I am going to the USA for a holiday'- it could mean you are going to Florida or to Alaska.
BTW- a month is not long enough, you will need to spend much longer than that to meet us all! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

sgilewicz
01-25-2006, 04:22 PM
S! Blakduk,
Yeah we have a lot of decisions to make re: this trip and you're right, it's like visiting the US or China; you'll never do it justice in a month. If you Aussies will be so kind as to give me some absolute "gotta see" locations maybe the wife and I can narrow down what we present to the travel agent. We both prefer mountains and forests to the beach but your jumbo shrimps are cryin' for me to dig in also! I hope you guys are enjoying your big day so far.

Proberton
01-25-2006, 04:31 PM
Happy birthday everyone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Tully__
01-25-2006, 05:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
S! Blakduk,
Yeah we have a lot of decisions to make re: this trip and you're right, it's like visiting the US or China; you'll never do it justice in a month. If you Aussies will be so kind as to give me some absolute "gotta see" locations maybe the wife and I can narrow down what we present to the travel agent. We both prefer mountains and forests to the beach but your jumbo shrimps are cryin' for me to dig in also! I hope you guys are enjoying your big day so far. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Listing Australia's gotta see locations is like listing the US gotta see locations. Do you think you could do justice to a list like this in a month:

Statue of Liberty/Shopping in New York
Smithsonian
Grand Canyon
Yellowstone
Vegas
Florida Keys
Juan de Fuca Straight (yeah, ok, that's nearly Canada)
The Great Lakes
Niagara Falls
Hollywood


Look at where these places are on a map and you get the idea. Australian gotta see locations are similarly distributed.

Perhaps if you telll us what you're interested in we can narrow it down a bit... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Edit: Beers....
Blue Tongue Brewery
Matilda Bay Brewing (Redback in particular)
James Boags (any variety)
Coopers (any variety)
Cascade (any variety)

If it turns out you don't like our domestic stuff, there's lots of European interlopers to choose from as well in most outlets.

redfeathers1948
01-25-2006, 05:18 PM
Any of you mates http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif ever show up here in Vegas e-mail me I'll by you breakfast!

sgilewicz
01-25-2006, 05:36 PM
Tully,
I like your selections http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif but somehow I don't think the boss is gonna have the same enthusiasm as myself for those undoubtedly high cultural value establishments. Seriously, we are not real big on city life but really enjoy naturally beautiful locations. Last year when we visited Italy from Milan to Sicily the highlight of the tour for us was the bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the background. St.Peter's had nothing on that scene. I'm sure Australia has natural beauties (I mean this in the pure sense!) to match anywhere. Thanks and I'm copying those locations of yours on the outside chance I can distract the wife!

panther3485
01-25-2006, 08:59 PM
Hi, Saunders1953

Old but highly amusing joke and thanks for the friendly good wishes, but.....

Hope you realize that in the older version of that 'washed up on a desert island with a sheep and sheep dog' joke, the central character was a Kiwi (New Zealander).

But I guess with those types of jokes, you can substitute any nationality you want.

At this end of the World, jokes involving sheep are traditionally and almost exclusively about Kiwi's. Examples:

Q: "How do you know when a Kiwi has visited your house?"
A: "Love bites in your leg of lamb!"

Q: "Waddaya call a Kiwi driving a truck full of sheep?"
A: "A pimp!"

I think it's part of Australian popular culture to make friendly fun of just about everyone and in the case of our 'Trans-Tasman Cousins', it's usually jokes about sheep and unemployment!
New Zealanders in their turn have plenty of jokes about us. For instance, one standing laugh of theirs is the map that shows New Zealand as being much larger than life, with Australia portrayed as a minor island off their coast!

For a gag, one of our media personalities visited a New Zealand city (think it was Auckland) and 'surveyed' people at random on the street, asking them if they believed that New Zealand should become a state of Australia!!!!

Some of the reactions were beautiful to watch, but I reckon he was taking an awful risk!!!!!


Best regards,
panther3485

Gold_Monkey
01-25-2006, 09:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Our anthem was "God save the Queen" until the 1970s, when we replaced it with a turgid dirge called "Advance Australia Fair" to which no-one knows the words. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And all this time I thought it was Waltzing Matilda..........Happy B'Day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

panther3485
01-25-2006, 09:29 PM
Hi there, sgilewicz

Pleased to see you have a preference for locations of natural beauty.

You won't be disappointed by Australia. We have a large country with very, very many scenic locations worth visiting. The variety of climate and terrain is also extensive, depending on where you go. It's really impossible to do justice to it in one month. You'd be struggling to do it all justice in 6 months.

So, if one month is all you've got you are going to have to be fairly selective. Part of the problem is that air travel within Australia, while it is arguably better now than ever before, can still be expensive compared with, say, the continental US.

This means lots of overseas tourists, the majority of whom are on budgets, travel around by bus, train, car etc and might have perhaps take just one or two flights, at most, within the country.

Many more are 'backpackers', doing it very economically (usually younger single folk).

Of course, there is a smaller number of tourists for whom money is no object, they can travel by air from one strategic point to the next and do 'mini tours' at each location.

So, I guess the primary questions are:

(a) How much time do you have? (already answered)
(b) What are your priorities to see and do? (make up a 'hit list')
(c) What is your budget? (determines type of accommodation, means of travel within Australia, etc)

As for locations, each of the States and Territories of Australia has it's own tourist information guides which can be very helpful. If you can't find them on the Internet, I'm sure one of us friendly Aussies will be happy to point you in the right direction.

As a general round-up, each one of the States and Territories has a large number of great attractions and they are all well worth visiting; however some overseas guests confine themselves to one particular region and tour it thoroughly, rather than try to cover the whole country if their time is restricted.

Start thinking about that 'hit list' now!


Best regards,
panther3485

Tully__
01-25-2006, 10:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
Tully,
I like your selections http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif but somehow I don't think the boss is gonna have the same enthusiasm as myself for those undoubtedly high cultural value establishments. Seriously, we are not real big on city life but really enjoy naturally beautiful locations. Last year when we visited Italy from Milan to Sicily the highlight of the tour for us was the bay of Naples with Vesuvius in the background. St.Peter's had nothing on that scene. I'm sure Australia has natural beauties (I mean this in the pure sense!) to match anywhere. Thanks and I'm copying those locations of yours on the outside chance I can distract the wife! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The second list in my post is beer brands, not locations (though some of those beers are named after locations http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif).

I'll work up some lists of locations based on natural beauty criteria and grouped both geographically and by vegetation type.

panther3485
01-25-2006, 10:27 PM
Quote from djetz:

"Oh yes, the "105 years old" thing comes from the fact that Australia was federated is a nation in 1901, before that it was a group of english colonies."

Yes. Australian Federation - when the British colonies on this continent officially joined together to become a single independent nation - was on January 1st, 1901.

As this is the date when the country we love was formed, it makes Australia one of the youngest nations in the World.

This means that 'Australia Day', as such, is really January 1st, but we have chosen to celebrate it on another date. Why?

Well, after all, if we tried to have it on January 1st, it would be set among the Christmas and New Year celebrations and would be effectively 'lost'.

OK, then, so why January 26th?

Well, as pointed out by djetz, that date commemorates the founding of the Colony of New South Wales. NSW is, if you like, our 'premier' state (sorry Victorians!), having the largest population. It also contains the Australian Capital Territory and Canberra, the seat of our Federal Government.

Australians who have an awareness of our history mostly do not, I believe, object to January 26th being the day, for reasons of common sense. It is also pretty much in the middle of our summer so it's a great time for outdoor celebrations.

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And I strongly suspect that the majority are not too concerned about the history (except for the fact of being patriotic and enjoying the opportunity to recognize our achievements as a nation).

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After all, it's a day off work, we can get out, drink some beer, party and watch the fireworks!

YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

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Best regards,
panther3485

HotelBushranger
01-26-2006, 12:13 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I love being Aussie http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But hey, dont forget WA over here! We're the biggest bloody state and the Eastern states never even heard of us!!!

But we got some nice places, good ranges, nice open country, great beer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Swan anyone?

One of my favourite jokes:

An Englishman, an Asian and an Australian, attending a convention in a little town just outside Las Vegas, were standing in a seedy bar enjoying a few drinks.
The Englishman grabbed his wine glass, knocked it back in one gulp, then he threw the glass against the back wall, smashing it to pieces. He told the other startled drinkers that the standard of living was so high in England that they never drank out of the same glass twice.
Next the Asian chap finished drinking his Margarita and threw his glass against the back wall. He loudly proclaimed that in his home country there was so much sand and glass was so cheap that he too never drank out of the same glass twice.
Next the Australian drnk his beer, drew a revolver and shot the Englishman and the Asian.
As he was returning the gun to his holster, he told the wide-eyed bartender that in Australia they had so many Englishman and Asians that they never had to drink with the same ones twice.

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2000 posts baby!

panther3485
01-26-2006, 12:56 AM
Hi, HotelBushranger,

Quote:

I love being Aussie
But hey, dont forget WA over here! We're the biggest bloody state and the Eastern states never even heard of us!!!

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Relax, mate. I'm a Sandgroper too! [For the benefit of our overseas friends, I'm a Western Australian too!]

WA is geographically far the largest state, has an enormous variety of terrain and climate (covering the most degrees of latitude) and has a huge array of natural scenic wonders. We've got tropical swamps with crocodiles in the North and in Winter, snow falls in parts of the South.

From the tourists's point of view, the wonders are indeed great but scattered over huge distances. We have one of the smallest State populations, concentrated mostly around Perth/Fremantle and regional cities like Geraldton, Bunbury and Albany. Most of the remainder (apart from a sprinkling of small towns here and there) would be perceived by the average visitor as either virtually or totally uninhabited. A vast wilderness to be explored!
Other states have this too, in greater or lesser measure, as most of our population is coastally distributed.

Like I said, every one of the states and territories has its own wonders and all are well worth a visit!

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C'mon down and see us, y'all!


Best regards,
panther3485

WTE_Ibis
01-26-2006, 01:40 AM
If you come to NSW check out the Hunter Valley, only 100 miles north of Sydney and a million miles away from the rat race. The hunter is
world renown for its' wines from our great vineyards, great surfing beaches, golf courses, world class thoroughbred studs farms and of course the largest salt water lake in the southern hemisphere Lake Macquarie. Give me a cooee if you're in the area.
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Ratsack
01-26-2006, 02:07 AM
James Squire€s from the Malt Shovel Brewery: Pilsner, India Pale Ale and Amber Ale.

Mmm.

On tap.

Mmmmm

On tap, on the verandah of a pub....

Mmmmmmm....

€¦in Fremantle...

€¦.watching all the eye candy go by.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

€¦then stagger across the Esplanade to Little Creatures to finish the evening. Mmmmmmmm

Ratsack

Gumtree
01-26-2006, 05:59 AM
I live about 2 miles from the Malt Shovel Brewery and can highly recommend their amber liquid.

Infact I might crack another now. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Feathered_IV
01-26-2006, 06:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm a Sandgroper too! [For the benefit of our overseas friends, I'm a Western Australian too!] </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Heh. I'm a native Crow Eater, (South Australian to all the non-antipodeans). Home of the almighty Coopers Pale Ale. So good, even the Victorians will admit it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Ratsack
01-26-2006, 06:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm a Sandgroper too! [For the benefit of our overseas friends, I'm a Western Australian too!] </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Heh. I'm a native Crow Eater, (South Australian to all the non-antipodeans). Home of the almighty Coopers Pale Ale. So good, even the Victorians will admit it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Does somebody care what Victorians think?

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Ratsack

The_Gog
01-26-2006, 06:44 AM
Victoria, best over-all state in Oz, and I can say that as I have lived in most others.

If you want tropical conditions and pretty rain forests and beaches, then go to QLD. If you want boring hills, grubby cities and race riots, go to NSW.

If you want picturesque (mountains, beaches, vineyards, forests, history, sport) but want to remain in civilisation, then stay away from TAS, WA and SA and head straight to VICTORIA!!!!

Ratsack
01-26-2006, 06:50 AM
You forgot the cr@ppy weather, though, mate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Ratsack

PS - I used the demonic emoticon in deference to recent weather in Vic. If there was a smiley with an umbrella, I'd use that, too. Could certainly use some rain with those fires right now...

XyZspineZyX
01-26-2006, 07:08 AM
So how many Sandgropers are members of the Forums?

We all come out of the cold on Australia Day, VB is a nice beer but have you tried Emu Bitter its not as sweet.

Happy Australia day
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sgilewicz
01-26-2006, 07:09 AM
Panther thanks for summary, it's a good starting point. NSW sounds drop dead gorgeous WTE! Are airfares as volatile in Australia as they are in the USA? Tully I know they were brewerys but I figured they were probably tourist attractions as well. The micro brewerys here in the States all have regular tours and have become very popular. Thanks to you all and long live Australia http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WOLFMondo
01-26-2006, 09:01 AM
Happy Aussie day!

panther3485
01-26-2006, 09:04 AM
Hi there, The_Gog

Quote:

"Victoria, best over-all state in Oz, and I can say that as I have lived in most others.
If you want tropical conditions and pretty rain forests and beaches, then go to QLD. If you want boring hills, grubby cities and race riots, go to NSW.
If you want picturesque (mountains, beaches, vineyards, forests, history, sport) but want to remain in civilisation, then stay away from TAS, WA and SA and head straight to VICTORIA!!!!

Pleased so see you offering our overseas friends such well balanced, unbiased advice, Gog! !!!!!?????!!!!!?????!!!!!?????

I have travelled and lived all around Australia myself but I shall resist the temptation to descend to this level. I appeal to all the other Australians here, to also resist that temptation.


panther3485

Capt_Pepper
01-26-2006, 10:14 AM
Happy Aussie Day to all of you!!!!!!

marc_hawkins
01-26-2006, 01:49 PM
Must be great over there and the beer better be really nice since i've lost half of my friends to you who got the wander bug! Dont go shooting them HotelBushranger!

Happy Aussie Day ya flaming galars!

ploughman
01-26-2006, 03:00 PM
Happy (belated) Australia Day and good on you for creating a great place to have a beer and a chin wag with your mates.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

In celebration I've created a site specially for you, Australia.

Ploughman's ode to our Antepodean mates. (http://www.freddieflintoff.com/ism/sites/flintoff/index.shtml)

The_Gog
01-26-2006, 03:39 PM
Quote:


I have travelled and lived all around Australia myself but I shall resist the temptation to descend to this level. I appeal to all the other Australians here, to also resist that temptation.


panther3485[/QUOTE]

Yes I agree, people should resist the temptation of travelling to NSW, what with such iconic places as Redfern, Macquarie Fields and Dubbo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

All I am saying is that ...well....NSW is a craphole and Sydney a festering sore and that Victoria beats it hands down.....but yes, the weather can be a bit unpredictable.

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-26-2006, 03:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">In celebration I've created a site specially for you, Australia. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That was the most thoughtful, beautiful thing I've read lately. Thank you for sharing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

pourshot
01-26-2006, 03:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by The_Gog:
Yes I agree, people should resist the temptation of travelling to NSW, what with such iconic places as Redfern, Macquarie Fields and Dubbo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

All I am saying is that ...well....NSW is a craphole and Sydney a festering sore and that Victoria beats it hands down.....but yes, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Wow that is pretty insulting mate, but really you mexicans should get over being second best http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

partic_10
01-26-2006, 04:34 PM
Ploughman,
you utter B*stard!
Enjoy'em while you can, 'cause we're taking them back later this year and you won't see them again for another 30 years!

This is cricket talk for you barbarians out there.

KrashanTopolova
01-26-2006, 04:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by djetz:
Of course, one should keep in mind that there were people here for around 50 thousand years before that... but they hadn't invented farming, guns, or parliamentary democracy. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is this offered as racism or proof of their civilisation?

Gumtree
01-26-2006, 05:07 PM
Gog I am sad for you that you feel Sydney is such a 'festering hole',I have to politely disagree,I grew up on the Northern beaches a place of white sands ,magnificant women and goodwill from my neighbors.

The prevailing sea breeze is from the NE and cools the area down with fresh clean air strait of the Pacific Ocean.The beaches are clean and this holiday atmosphere is a short drive to the city or a magnificant Ferry trip across one of the worlds most beautiful harbours.

Now as this topic is Happy Australia Day it seems a shame to see you decend to a level of divisive slanging I expect from parochial children at a local footbal match.

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Ratsack
01-26-2006, 06:17 PM
Yes, but what else could we expect from somebody from the Eastern States?

Ratsack

PS - for the non-Aussies, this is a backhanded dig at the West Australians, who refer to everybody else as being from 'the Eastern States'.

KrashanTopolova
01-26-2006, 06:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
As a Yank I just want to say congratulations! Aussie's are awesome and we feel a special fondness for you folks (maybe because we're both nations of malcontents http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif). My wife and I are planning a month long trip down under for 2007-what's the best time of year for temperate temperatures? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Australia?...Don't even think about it...it's the **** end of the world (not Down Under). I know...I live here. It's full of rednecks and redback spiders (not to mention the funnel web - the deadliest spider in the world - you can have one in your discarded socks or bed linen anywhere between just below Sydney to just above Newcastle - it can kill you in minutes). Then there are the deadliest snakes in the world: brown snake, red-bellied black snake and the python plus many others). Then there are the Box jelly fish off summer Queensland beaches; the most lethal poisonous creature on the planet.

If you do come to Australia then swim between the flags (if there are any - which there may not be if you are on one of the many deserted but beautiful beaches around the country). The rip tides are savage and will drag you far out to sea very quick. Many tourists have died not only from rips but also from being bushwacked.

Trust nobody and no-one...or take your chances in the big cities...

'...Australians All Let Us Rejoice For We Are Young and Freeeeee;
With Golden S(p)oil and Wealth For Toil;
Our Land Is Girt by...Sewerage...

BTW summer is between December and February...

The Japs don't come to the land of Oz much anymore...they learnt.

WTE_Ibis
01-26-2006, 07:36 PM
KrashanTopolova

Posted Thu January 26 2006
17:59
Quote:
Australia?...Don't even think about it...it's the **** end of the world (not Down Under). I know...I live here. It's full of rednecks and redback spiders (not to mention the funnel web - the deadliest spider in the world - you can have one in your discarded socks or bed linen anywhere between just below Sydney to just above Newcastle - it can kill you in minutes). Then there are the deadliest snakes in the world: brown snake, red-bellied black snake and the python plus many others). Then there are the Box jelly fish off summer Queensland beaches; the most lethal poisonous creature on the planet.

If you do come to Australia then swim between the flags (if there are any - which there may not be if you are on one of the many deserted but beautiful beaches around the country). The rip tides are savage and will drag you far out to sea very quick. Many tourists have died not only from rips but also from being bushwacked.

Trust nobody and no-one...or take your chances in the big cities...

'...Australians All Let Us Rejoice For We Are Young and Freeeeee;
With Golden S(p)oil and Wealth For Toil;
Our Land Is Girt by...Sewerage...

BTW summer is between December and February...

The Japs don't come to the land of Oz much anymore...they learnt.[/QUOTE]
*******************************************

WHEN are you leaving? please give us the date so we can all celebrate.


+

blakduk
01-26-2006, 08:14 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by sgilewicz:
S! Blakduk,
Yeah we have a lot of decisions to make re: this trip and you're right, it's like visiting the US or China; you'll never do it justice in a month. If you Aussies will be so kind as to give me some absolute "gotta see" locations maybe the wife and I can narrow down what we present to the travel agent. We both prefer mountains and forests to the beach but your jumbo shrimps are cryin' for me to dig in also! I hope you guys are enjoying your big day so far. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My advice mate is to pick a spot that has all of the above, like where i live. I'm 30 minutes to the beach, 30 minutes to the mountain, 1.5 hours to the ski slopes in winter (I was constantly asked by people in Europe and USA/Canada whether i'd seen snow before and a lot wouldn't believe me when i said i lived near mountains that you could ski on!). We live on the far south coast of NSW.
Dont believe malcontent little ****'s like KrashanTopolova- the myth of how 'dangerous' Oz is perpetuated to hide the fact that we live one of the most relaxed and easy lives in the world.
Yes we have dangerous spiders and snakes etc, but you have to be VERY unlucky to get bitten, let alone killed by one. I've worked in health for a very long time and seen very few people seriously hurt by the items he's listed. The only exception is crocodiles in the high tropics- they really are dangerous and never ignore the local warnings.
Just be careful of the sun- it burns a lot more than in the northern USA- and remember two things about our pubs.
1) the beer is dangerous for the unwary
2) you can talk all you want about politics and religion (nobody really cares that much), but dont start a conversation about sport. People take that far too seriously- (except soccer, nobody really cares about that either).
As you can see by this thread, we have our share or rednecks who unfortunately have access to the net http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif
BTW- we did enjoy our big day, we even beat Sri Lanka in the cricket ( http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif it takes a long time to explain that to people who are not part of the British Empire http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)

sgilewicz
01-26-2006, 08:57 PM
You guys are killing me I'm laughin' so hard! Well as far as dangerous species go I live in New Jersey where we pretty much just worry about the urban predator types http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Although I would hazard that Newark after dark is probably quite a bit more dangerous than the Aussie wilds! I most certainly WILL post when and where the itinerary will take us and hope to toast Aussie fortunes in person with some of you (c'mon the wife lets me wear my TrackIR hat while talking to my virtual squadron, she's bound to let me actually down a few with REAL people!). You guys are riot. Never lose that twisted sense of humor!

Feathered_IV
01-26-2006, 09:25 PM
You have never know true terror until you've spent the night alone in the bush in drop-bear country.
These things are 12kg+ marsupial ambush predators. They will lurk in the highest eucalypts and fall upon the unwary (mostly foreign backpackers thankfully). Having one of those brutes wrap its stinking carcass around my head to smother me while its claws go to work on my vertabrae isn't my idea of a great holiday http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Siwarrior
01-26-2006, 11:19 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
You have never know true terror until you've spent the night alone in the bush in drop-bear country.
These things are 12kg+ marsupial ambush predators. They will lurk in the highest eucalypts and fall upon the unwary (mostly foreign backpackers thankfully). Having one of those brutes wrap its stinking carcass around my head to smother me while its claws go to work on my vertabrae isn't my idea of a great holiday http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't forgot them evil roller snakes.......... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

partic_3
01-27-2006, 12:49 AM
Yes, it's interesting that you never hear about drop bears in the media. I guess they don't want to scare the tourists away. It'd be funny seeing the looks on the faces of all the tourists that had hugged koalas if you told them about their deadly cousins...

Draughluin1
01-27-2006, 02:44 AM
The drop bears live in the eucalypts, predominantly around the Manly area. North of Sydney for our oversea's forum readers. They get this name, not so much as being ambush predators, but from the smelly stuff (poo) that throw at the locals and unwary travellers. Hope this clears up this common misconception and regards from a Cronulla Sutherland Sharks supporter.

panther3485
01-27-2006, 02:55 AM
Hi there, KrashanTopolova,

Now, please don't go trying to decieve our overseas friends and scare away potential visitors, by telling them that Australian pythons are dangerous......

Unless, of course, you meant our pyjama pythons!!!!!

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panther3485

pourshot
01-27-2006, 02:57 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KrashanTopolova:

Australia?...Don't even think about it...it's the **** end of the world (not Down Under). I know...I live here. It's full of rednecks and redback spiders (not to mention the funnel web - the deadliest spider in the world - you can have one in your discarded socks or bed linen anywhere between just below Sydney to just above Newcastle - it can kill you in minutes). Then there are the deadliest snakes in the world: brown snake, red-bellied black snake and the python plus many others). Then there are the Box jelly fish off summer Queensland beaches; the most lethal poisonous creature on the planet.

If you do come to Australia then swim between the flags (if there are any - which there may not be if you are on one of the many deserted but beautiful beaches around the country). The rip tides are savage and will drag you far out to sea very quick. Many tourists have died not only from rips but also from being bushwacked.

Trust nobody and no-one...or take your chances in the big cities...

'...Australians All Let Us Rejoice For We Are Young and Freeeeee;
With Golden S(p)oil and Wealth For Toil;
Our Land Is Girt by...Sewerage...

BTW summer is between December and February...

The Japs don't come to the land of Oz much anymore...they learnt. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I hope that is just a piss poor attempt at humor mate. But if it€s not just let me know when you intend to leave so I can kick you in the **** on your way out the door.

AlGroover
01-27-2006, 03:48 AM
Another sandgroper here. For our rest-of-world friends you probably guessed it's a national pastime to recite the list of world's most venomous that live here - snake, jellyfish, fish, octopus etc etc. This is just not true. Not eveything is venomous. The crocodile for example.

WTE_Ibis
01-27-2006, 03:55 AM
Maaaate the drop bears are awsome be very carefull although they are only found in West Aussie.
Here is the real truth.... Struth.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3695/db.htm

panther3485
01-27-2006, 05:54 AM
Hi, Ratsack!

Quote:

"PS - for the non-Aussies, this is a backhanded dig at the West Australians, who refer to everybody else as being from 'the Eastern States'."

Yep, most 'native born' Western Australians do use that expression. But, skewed and parochial as it may be, it is perhaps understandable.

Partly, it's a case of living in a state that, on its own, takes up almost one third of the main continental land mass.

Take a map of Australia and look how far it extends from west to east. Roughly speaking, the western edge starts at about 113 degrees longitude, the eastern edge is at about 153 degrees.

If you now imagine a vertical line from top to bottom, at 133 degrees longitude, this is fairly precisely 'half way' across.

Now have a look at what's in those two halves and how it's distributed. The 'western half' first:

Fairly close to the south-west corner of the western half is the 'twin city' of Perth/Fremantle (together with suburbs etc.) Further down in that same corner are regional towns/cites like Bunbury, Busselton and Albany. Folks, that's almost the entire population of WA right there!

There are no other State capitals as such but there is Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. (About 50 percent of the NT is in our 'western half'). However, Darwin is at the extreme north-eastern corner of that half. Measuring directly off the map, it's about 2,600 Km (1,600 miles) away from Perth in a straight line . By road, it's way further than that!

The nearest State capital is Adelaide, well inside the 'eastern half', but being at a latitude closer to Perth's, the distance to Adelaide is a 'mere' 2,100 Km (1,300 miles) - again in a straight line, considerably further by road. (Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, most of which is in the 'eastern half'.)


Now we examine the 'eastern half':

The South Australian Capital (Adelaide) has already been mentioned. We also have Melbourne, the Capital of Victoria; Sydney, the Capital of New South Wales and Brisbane, the Capital of Queensland. Then there is the National Capital, Canberra, which is roughly on a line between Sydney and Melbourne.

Not only are all of these cities in the 'eastern half'; they are all, by latitude, in the south-eastern quarter of the main land mass!

That south-eastern quarter, containing these Capitals and their 'sattelite' cities (such as Newcastle and Wollongong in the case of NSW), together with regional and country towns around them, account for almost all of the population of Australia.

And even within that single quarter, there are still vast inland areas with very little habitation (most of the population being coastal or near coastal).

From the map, you can quickly see how close to each other these capitals are (relatively speaking) and how far all of them are away from Perth.

Modern communications have helped to make the World a much smaller place but still, geographically, Perth is very isolated. It has grown as part of the Nation, but nevertheless with a real sense of being somehow, separate. Can we honestly say that this feeling is entirely unjustified?


WA is proud to be part of this great and beautiful country; IMHO, the best country in the World. But boy, are we a heck of a long way from the rest of you wonderful guys, or what?

And not forgetting you guys in Tasmania (I just wanted to concentrate on the main bit for my explanation). You are a vital part of the nation too; albeit separated by water rather than sheer distance!


Best regards to all,
panther3485

ploughman
01-27-2006, 06:02 AM
We already had a drop bear thread, we won't be fooled again. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But tell me more about these curious hoop snakes...

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-27-2006, 06:17 AM
They're a little known species. Like koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves, these snakes only eat spaghetti hoops. Found mainly near supermarkets.

ploughman
01-27-2006, 06:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
They're a little known species. Like koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves, these snakes only eat spaghetti hoops. Found mainly near supermarkets. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You're from Somerset LFII so how would you know?

Have you been reading books again?
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Low_Flyer_MkII
01-27-2006, 06:39 AM
That's Dorset ya nOOb. One of my ancestors was the magistrate who sentenced the Tolpuddle martyrs, thereby populating Oz with decent hard-working people...not that I made a big thing about it when I joined a trade union, obviously. Talk about skeleton in the cupboard.http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

ploughman
01-27-2006, 06:54 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
That's Dorset ya nOOb. One of my ancestors was the magistrate who sentenced the Tolpuddle martyrs, thereby populating Oz with decent hard-working people...not that I made a big thing about it when I joined a trade union, obviously. Talk about skeleton in the cupboard.http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Dorset. That's what I meant by Somerset. Must have been a typo, one slip of a searching finger, one tap of an erroneous key, and a word takes on a hole new meaning. Good one on the ancestor though, does that mean you get an upgrade if you fly QANTAS? You should definately try it on if you go down-under.

I've been trying to find some right-bastard-ancestors but apart from a relative in the IRA, and someone who fought in the Union Army which doesn't necessarily make him a git, it seems my bog-Oirish predecessors were only good for migrating in the wrong direction.

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-27-2006, 07:05 AM
A handy British ancestor finding tool...

http://www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames/default.aspx

marc_hawkins
01-27-2006, 09:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You're from Somerset LFII so how would you know? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm the one from somerset! I live with a tame Dorset man here in Brighton, who i've known since uni. worked near Ferndown and lived in Bournemouth for six months. Time for a thread on county banter maybe?

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-27-2006, 09:48 AM
There's no such thing as a tame Dorset man http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

vanjast
01-27-2006, 09:54 AM
105, hells that's a long time. sounds like a life-sentence http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

Have a good one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

marc_hawkins
01-27-2006, 10:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">There's no such thing as a tame Dorset man </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Everybody breaks after the third day....

Low_Flyer_MkII
01-27-2006, 10:19 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Gonna start that county banter thread now. Should be up in a few minutes...

KrashanTopolova
01-28-2006, 04:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by pourshot:

I hope that is just a piss poor attempt at humor mate. But if it€s not just let me know when you intend to leave so I can kick you in the **** on your way out the door. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

you won't be doin' any kickin' redneck...because...I'm on your six ready to mix with a big BOOM when you run outta room...
Give my regards to your Queen...(oh...and to her Majesty)...