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Old 01-26-2007, 07:33 PM   #46
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Things to do on Australia Day.

* Go to an Australia Day event in your home town or city
* Get involved in the 'Look Up And Smile' project which will capture images Australia Day celebrations from the sky - you can attend an organised event in New Norcia WA, Centennial Park Sydney or Kirra Beach QLD; or organise your own image. Visit www.lookupandsmile.com.au for more information
* Start saving water right now - help protect our environment and precious resources
* Play backyard cricket
* Get friends and family together for a great Aussie barbie
* Bake some lamingtons, a sponge, a pavlova, Anzac biscuits, Peach Melba
* Swap recipes with a neighbour from another cultural background
* See the Australian painters' works at your state Art Gallery
* Take the kids to the zoo to see Australian animals and then contribute to a native wildlife fund to ensure future generations will also see our beautiful, unique fauna
* Learn the second verse of Advance Australia Fair
* Brush up on your Australian history
* Send your mates an animated Australia Day postcard from www.australiaday.gov.au/2007
* Learn more about indigenous culture and the stories of the Dreamtime
* Wear clothes by Australian designers
* Walk in your nearest National Park
* Get the kids to draw their favourite things about Australia
* Watch the Australia Day Live Concert on Network Ten on the eve of Australia Day (25 January)
* Show the Flag! Fly a flag at home, at the office, on the car or even on yourself with a stick-on tattoo
* On January 23 (Woolworths National Drought Action Day), stock up for your Australia Day barbecue or picnic at a Woolworths supermarket - Woolworths will donate its entire supermarkets profits for the day of 23 January from all Australian Woolworths & Safeway supermarkets to the Country Women's Association and research into sustainable farming practices
* Visit a community with different ethnic populations and share in the cultural influences they bring to our country
* Read a classic Australian book
* Invite everyone to dress as their favourite Aussie icon and bring a plate to your place
* Hold an Australian Trivia quiz with your mates. Questions are at www.australiaday.gov.au/trivia
* Play great Australian songs all day
* Visit a country town
* Put lots of native floral decorations in the house - make sure you buy them, not pick them!
* Say G'Day to everyone you see on Australia Day
* Nominate someone for the Australian of the Year Awards 2008 at www.australianoftheyear.gov.au
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:27 AM   #47
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:26 PM   #48
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i love this part:

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Water is already recycled in places like Singapore and the UK, but the idea is still unpopular in Australia.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:57 PM   #49
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i love this part:
yeah, with the brits it comes as no surprise.
we call it beer.

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Old 01-30-2007, 05:02 AM   #50
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I love this part:

Premier Peter Beattie said he had scrapped a referendum on the issue, because there was no longer a choice.

I, for one, am sick of being shafted by half wits. Fnally some-one who is willing to stand up and say, "if you're too stupid to vote the right way, you forfeit".
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:26 PM   #51
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'Gas' called 'petrol'!

February 08, 2007

IN an astounding turn of events today Ron Price announced that not only is recycled water OK and Warney has sent another dirty SMS, but 'gas' is known as 'petrol' in Australia.

Approximately twenty million inhabitants of this island and several more million worldwide were pleased yet stunned to receive this useful snippet of information. Many went off to work this morning bursting with excitement at the thought of imparting the news to their co-workers.

"I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't help myself", said Peter Thruppett of Warnamgambee, "I let the bus driver know immediately in case he had been filling up with 'gas'. He told me not to worry as most buses run on diesel these days which worried me somewhat as now I am concerned as to what we call 'diesel' in Australia. I had to take a benzodiazepine actually".

Sources at the RAA say technically it's 'petroleum' but the more frequent use of the word 'petrol' in common parlance has made the shortened version acceptable.

The buzz at the water coolers could take some time to die down as newly enlightened people start to wonder at the possibility that there may be more names for common items that differ somewhat from what is the norm in the US.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:42 AM   #52
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Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. On January 26, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught continues to move out from the Sun and dim, but should remain visible in southern skies with binoculars through the end of this month. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:01 PM   #53
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:50 AM   #54
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I got a nasty bite from a wombat once.
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Someone gave me a wombat once.....but I never learned how to play wom.
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Old 02-12-2007, 06:20 PM   #56
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Well obviously you need a Womble as well as a wombat.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:54 AM   #58
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I have wombat bush bikkies. Iced and uniced.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:24 PM   #60
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Friday, 9 March 2007. 13:46 (AWDT)

Conservationist uses wine bottles to build energy-saving house
A house in Western Australia's south-west is being built entirely from recycled wine bottles.

Around 13,500 wine bottles will be used in the walls of the house, which owner Peter Little says will save energy.

He says by filling the bottles with water, the entire building will be insulated.

Mr Little has spent 30 years developing environmentally-friendly building methods and he says this one has potential for Australia's hotter regions.

"Water is probably, I think one of the miracle building materials of this century which nobody is using," he said.

"From our point of view it can store more energy, heat or cool than any material we know."
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