Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Thailand beer towels come at a price for tourists!

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 by Jim

Hi from Dubai where stealing, pinching and borrowing of any kind is not tolerated, even in extreme cases of kleptomania.

dubaibanWhat about Annice Smoel? The Australian Mother of 4  who faced a possible five-year jail sentence for theft after two of her girlfriends hid a pub towel in her handbag as a prank?

It happened earlier this week in a bar in Phucket, Thailand and after days of publicity about her case, and support from politicians, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Victorian Premier John Brumby, Ms Smoel acknowledged the media storm that helped bring her home with a 1000 Baht fine.

Politicians from all levels offered help as they responded to the story of a “ridiculous” and “over-the-top” reaction to the alleged theft. Thai authorities saw potential damage to their tourist industry and were ready to make a deal that culminated in Ms Smoel’s early release.

In this gripping Thai news report (hold onto your seats – this must have been done is someones living room and must qualify for one of the worse delivered news casts ever) they confirm she is as free as a bird now:

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Maybe the Thai authorities should take action and sack amateur news readers?

I ask you though – did they over react and hands up, what have you ‘begged, borrowed or stolen’ over the years whilst sober, tipsy or as nissed and a pewt?  Confession time – comments and drunken memorbilia welcome right here, Hic!

The Garden Remembers Them

Posted on April 25th, 2009 by A/C

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

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Each has won a glorious grave – not that sepulchre of earth wherein they lie, but the living tomb of everlasting remembrance wherein their glory is enshrined. For the whole earth is the sepulchre of heroes. Monuments may rise and tablets be set up to them in their own land, but on far-off shores there is an abiding memorial that no pen or chisel has traced; it is graven not on stone or brass, but on the living hearts of humanity.
Take these men for your example. Like them, remember that prosperity can be only for the free, that freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.

The above words by Pericles, written well over two thousand years ago, long before the first ANZAC Day, but only a stone’s throw from Gallipoli are as poinant today as the day they were written.

I am proud to be an Australian.

GO! Travel Australia

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by angesbiz

Hey flower smellers, Ange here from down under. I have been busily working away on some new projects, hence my absence from GSTF. I will share some of them with you shortly but in the meantime, it’s still school holidays here in Australia and it got me thinking about travel as we head off to a family camping trip next week. It will be a first for us as a family so I’m really looking forward to the experience.

I wonder how many of our readers have actually travelled to and around Australia?

In case you have never really looked at our great vast land, I have a map you may like to take a closer look at so you know what to expect when you get here. We can’t wait to say G’Day!

So where do you think you will start? See you soon.

Go Buy a Ribbon!World Aids Day

Posted on December 1st, 2008 by A/C

Have you bought your Ribbon?
Today is World Aids Day. Did you know?

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money for AIDS charity “AVERT”, but just as importantly, it is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is an important reminder, that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

This post is possibly a little long and I am not making any apologies for this. This is a subject which I take very seriously, read on you’ll see why.
I did think about posting a list of actors, musicians, and celebrities who had past due to this disease, but the list was too great and rather depressing. I thought of taking a religious view, but the Pope is still telling people not to use Condoms and that just doesnt cut it. So  I decided to tell you of our experience and give you a personal account.

It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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Go Smell the Power of the Gods! Queensland

Posted on November 21st, 2008 by A/C

200mm = 20cm = 10 inches of rain in less than two hours, 11 million litres of water in the City tunnel, 200,000+ homes without power, hail stones the size of Cricket Balls, 6,000 homes totally beyond repair, thousands evacuated, hundreds rescued, 25 schools closed many needing to be partly rebuilt.

And that’s only the small statistics.

No its not the latest Disaster movie!


Welcome to Queensland.

Natural Disaster Zone!

3000 Lightening strikes in 2 hours. Who needs Special Effects when nature provides a show like this.

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Go on Smell the Aussieness!

Posted on August 30th, 2008 by A/C

We Aussies are a strange bunch indeed, a collection of diverse cultures all rolled up into one. something that most people dont seem to understand about us and you can argue about till the cows come home, is we really dont care where you are from, what you do for a job or even if you have one, we dont really care if you have millions or if you are penniless, sure we are interested about your place origin, but in respect to you as a person it really doesnt matter. It is who you are and what you do which defines whether we like you or not.

The Australian culture is one of ‘have a go!’, ‘a fair go for all’, ‘she’ll be right mate’ and looking out for your mates and thats about it. Take these sayings at their actual meaning and you have it.  We are Proud of who we are, proud of where we are going, and most of proud to be Aussie.

We might fight amongst ourselves from time to time, but watch out if anyone else has a go, we are Australian and the rest can wait.

All those who have been here for generations are raised with these things imbeded in our genes and understanding where we all came from helps.

Here is a song which more than any other defines who we are as Australians:YouTube Preview Image

What qualities do think define where you are from?

Go Smell the Controversy in the Compost!

Posted on July 16th, 2008 by A/C

I am going to place a warning on my video…

Seriously…. If you are Catholic, or a Card Carrying Christian and easily offended please do not watch the video… If you do you wont like it … really you wont!

But for all the rest who dont mind a bit satire, can handle the slightly confronting, dont mind people speaking their mind then this is for you… (Urban Pagan this one is for you mate you will love it, that alone should worry you).

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That being said… here is a turn up for the Common Sense…

The NSW State Government Anti-Annoyance Laws have been found to be ILLEGAL through the Federal Court… thanks to two Uni students the ‘NoToPope Coalition’ (all they wanted was to hand out contreceptives to the teenagers…..)

These derrogatory Laws have found The court, comprising Justices French, Branson and Stone, said that part of the World Youth Day Act, passed by the NSW Parliament to keep order during the World Youth Day events, “should not be interpreted as conferring powers that are repugnant to fundamental rights and freedoms at common law in the absence of clear authority from Parliament”.

The judges said that the interpretation of clause 7.1 of the act, which allowed regulation of conduct deemed to be a cause of “annoyance”, was invalid because it “affects freedom of speech in a way that, in our opinion, is not supported by the statutory powers”.

There was “no intelligible boundary” on what “causes annoyance”.

The regulation relating to annoyance “could be expected to have a chilling effect upon the exercise of their freedom of speech because of the very uncertainty about the degree of its infringement upon that freedom”, they said.

Its at times like this Its Better than Great to Australian!

go on the tulips love it

Posted on July 4th, 2008 by A/C

While all you beautiful Flowers, Thorns and Gnomes are sunny yourselves in Barmy summer weather, spare a thought for poor Ange and I (although I think Ange is somewhere on the Kokoda Trail by now) freezing our proverbials off, In the land of the Down Under.

Last night here in Tassie, we set a New Record Low Temperature for July. In a small Township Liawenee in the Midland of Tasmania, it reach or dropped depending on how you see it the mind numbing temperature of MINUS 10. Now I know it gets cold in places, but this was coming straight from Antarctica so the wind chill was even colder. The Liawenee Police officer when he went to start his patrol vehicle, a diesel 4WD, this morning reportedly first needed to break the ice of his handbrake, then pop his break callipers to allow the handbrake to release, he also needed to bring large amounts of hot water in buckets to melt ice in them in order to pour over his car so he could get in.

In my driveway in order to open the driveway required the use of a hammer and my hose (once thawed) to get the door open… frozen shut.

Although it is Winter in Oz, On the West Coast of Tassie our weather is about 2 months later than the rest of the Country, so this time of year is normally autumn/early winter so mild…. all this comes after rain since Thursday Last week and Occasional thunder storms, 43 mm fell in 6 hours in town here. It has certainly been a rough week. Snow is on the peaks around town, the roads have been closed off and on, several people killed or injured for driving stupidly on White and Black Iced roads. It has just been amazing…

Just to top it off that beautiful area of Trial Harbour I showed earlier this year had huge waves on top of a massive swell in parts Yesterday. It has luckily died down for now and we are just getting frost and ice so all is well.

I am left wondering at the moment if this just the start of severe winter where we are snowed in or if it has passed, fingers crossed for the latter. A town of 5000 cut off from the rest of the country is not a romantic notion when our supplies come in from the coast by Truck, the airstrip will be closed from the ice. No milk, bread, petrol, mail, newspapers, fresh produce, medication etc and last time this happened it lasted 3 weeks.

No they wont send in helicopters with Food drops.

So this leads me to the question…

What is your worst weather experience, sunburn, snowed in, cyclones, flooding do share

and think of us down here as you sun yourself at your BBQ.. jealousy raging…

Go On Beware! Tree Hugging In Progress

Posted on July 1st, 2008 by A/C

Hippy Hat ON!

Bush Walking Boots On!

Commence the Hugging!

25 years Ago today, the 1st July 1983 something very unique and revolutionary occured in Australia.

You see a war had been raging for about 2.5 years in the Australian State of Tasmania. This war threatened the beliefs of the many, it set brother against brother, tore families apart. The police where arresting their own sons daughters, husbands and wives.. it divided the entire country… People came from many other countries to support those being arrested.

So what was it?

It was a Dam..

Yes a dam across some of the worlds most spectacular and dramatic gorges.

The Gordan Franklin River protests saw More than 6000 people block the river, the township of Queenstown only had a population of around 800 at the time and Strahan 400. 1400 where arrested in total and hundreds charged. The Australian Liberal Government lead by the then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser fell to Labour and its leader a former Union boss who held a beer drinking record in the Guiness Book of Records took Government (only in Australia would this be possible).  This also ushers in a new political party, a new environmental group and a whole new way of thinking for the entire country…

The whole area had been listed on the World Heritage List along with the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon. This was what eventually saved the area. Through a High Court finding in the Constitution, the area was found to be of International interest and therefore the Federal could and had the right to step in and forcably stop the development.

Many Tasmanians believed the sky would fall, there would be mass sackings, life as they new it would come to end, meteors would fall from the sky and a new dark ages would follow, this of cause did not happen.

This beautiful area became National Park and tourists visit the area every year. The protest area is not far from me in the national parks and tourist also visit and pay homage to the  protestors camp site areas.

The Full story is on Aussie

But what events can you think of from your home land in recent times which have had such a dramatic effect on the people and changed your peice of the planet for ever?

Go Hear the language

Posted on May 11th, 2008 by A/C

One of the things that erks me big time is miss pronounciations.

It sounds silly but it really bugs me.  The worst is place names. You see if you travel the one thing you need to know is how to say the place names like a local, it is how we tell you are tourist.  If you have an accent but say the name like a local then your in.

So here is my little contribution to solving this puzzle.

Here is a list of the most mis pronounced Aussie Cities and the correct way to say them.

Please add yours in the comments so we can all share in this language exchange.

Newcastle: tourist say New Ca sel, correct New Car sel

Sydney: tourist Sid in nee, correct Sid nee

Melbourne: tourist Mel  born, correct Mel Bin

Brisbane: tourist Bris Bain, correct Bris bin

Canberra: tourist Can Berra, correct Can Bra

Uluru tourist Uluru, correct Ayres Rock

Australia: tourist Au stra li a, correct ost stral ya

So there you have it, if you are coming to Oz practice these before you come and you’ll be treated like a local. Just dont order Fosters at the Pub, thats a dead give away.

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