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by Satanus 30 Replies latest social humour

  • Satanus


    Don't kid yourself. I saved the pic of you w the sunglasses feeding a kangaroo.


  • WildHorses

    I still like it. lol

  • Prisca
    I saved the pic of you w the sunglasses feeding a kangaroo.

    And a very nice pic it is too. It was so cool being able to feed the kangaroos at that park. When our friend, the "honorary Aussie" Lilacs comes to visit us, it would be a nice place to take her.

  • czarofmischief

    I was in Australia once.

    Are you talking about Skippy park, Prisca?


  • Prisca


    You might be thinking of the National Park north of Sydney that used to be the home of the original Skippy.

    No, I was talking about a lovely little animal park in Ballarat, Victoria.

  • czarofmischief

    yeah, that was it. Skippy park. Yeah, I had a great time down there. We lived in Sydney.

    I think I still have a book called Blinky Bill - classic children's literature.

    I remember learning some poems by... banjo??? Does that sound right?

    And oh yeah, these truly mind bending books about these walking talking gumnuts that were naked and ran around being chased by the Banksia men, who wrote those, Meg somebody? It's been a LONG time. I was seven when we were down under.

    Ooh, heh heh heh, what a trip down memory lane!


  • Prisca

    For Czar:

    "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie" was written by Cecilia May Gibbs (aka May Gibbs) in 1918 and is still a favourite of Aussies old and young.

    Then there's "Blinky Bill"

    The poet you were thinking of is A.B. "Banjo" Patterson - he wrote "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man From Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow".

  • czarofmischief


    That was it exactly. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie! Y'know, I totally forgot the origin of the nomenclature, but I use those words as terms of endearment for my sweetie. She finds them ludicrously charming.

    Blinky Bill made me laugh so hard. I will have to dig up the book from whatever box it currently resides in. I wonder if it is available in the states. Ebay here I come...

    Thanks Prisca for sharing the culture.

    Now that I'm on a roll, tell me what these words are all about. I have no idea if I am spelling them right or if they mean anything.

    Was there a park with a big stairway called Katoomba? And some kind of famous jail called Dubbo?

    Three Sisters? Are they mountains or what?

    The memories are just fragments but they are rolling back.


  • Prisca

    The Blue Mountains are a range of mountains 100km west of Sydney. One of the bigger towns in that area is called Katoomba. At Katoomba is a rock formation known as The Three Sisters. To reach the first "sister" you have to climb down part of what is called The Giant Staircase, which is carved out of the cliffside, and take you down to the bottom of the valley. There are numerous walks around the Blue Mountains - it's my favourite spot in the Sydney district!

    Awww at calling your gf "sugglepot" and "cuddlepie". That is really sweet!

    Dubbo is a country town out further west, but I don't know of any jail there. Perhaps you were thinking of the Bathurst jail?

    Edited to add: You might like to look at this site, perhaps some of the names and pictures of the Blue Mountains region might job back some memories

    Edited by - Prisca on 25 October 2002 6:21:27

  • ozziepost

    Yes, there is a historical site called the Dubbo Jail. Dates from colonial times and, of course, is no longer used but is a favourite with the tourists. Dubbo Jail and Dubbo Zoo are on the "must see" list for tourists to this great bush city.

    Cheers, Ozzie

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