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    Happy Australia day 2007

    Well tomorrow (Friday) is Aussie day and we all get to celebrate it with a day off.

    In my town Billy mosquito and tommy no more milk get to carry the australian flag up the....ok sorry that was a wind up for GC

    Tomorrow in my humble little town I will attend the australia day breakfast at 7.30am where they will annouce the award winners for 2007. If I had a camera I would even take piccies but i dont sorry....

    I will take my daughter and return via the supermarket with breakfast at about 8.30am before putting her to bed. My Darkling - whoops darling - will then go out and visit a friend for most of the day as I asked her to so that I can watch the cricket. (Aust v Poms for those ignoramous)

    In between breaks and adverts I will do some more gardening and pull down the sail cloth that got destroyed in a recent storm to be fixed.

    Around 5pm we will head out to the pub where a fund raiser is on for a local bloke who got run over by a boat and now cannot walk. There is a big auction on raising money for him so hopefully we can add a few dollars to the kitty.

    back in time to take in my oldest niece who is 5 years old who will spend her first 'sleep over' at our place....darling is planning to spend the evening cooking deserts.

    So there you have it - my australia day....what about yours?
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    PEOPLE celebrating Australia Day will be able to cool down after their snags and beers with a Vegemite gelato in Brisbane tomorrow.

    Yes, that's right - a Vegemite ice cream.

    Italian-trained Gherardo Deflorian and his partner Lei Hua, of Brisbane's Gelateria Cremona, concocted the flavour for lovers of the Australian icon.

    "I thought we'd do something different for Australia Day and so I was thinking about maybe lamington, but Vegemite has to be more controversial," Mr Deflorian said.

    "When I came to Australia there's so many more ingredients than there were in Italy so I like to keep my job a bit more fun, a bit more interesting so I try new things.

    "Everything can be transformed into a gelato."

    Mr Deflorian had to get his customers to help him taste-test his newest creation because he doesn't like Vegemite himself.

    "They all say it's quite a weird taste but some people do like Vegemite and they say it's quite good," he said.

    "It reminds them of when they were little and they had Vegemite on toast with butter."

    The Vegemite gelato is not the first time Mr Deflorian has experimented with unusual ice cream flavours.

    Last year he made a Guinness gelato for St Patrick's Day and a pear and blue-vein cheese gelato for a local food festival.

    And he plans to make a rose-flavoured gelato for St Valentine's Day next month - bellissimo!

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    AUSTRALIA GETS DRUNK, WAKES UP IN NORTH ATLANTIC
    Tired of Being Isolated and Ignored, Continent Isn't Bloody Moving

    Sydney, 800 miles S. of Nova Scotia (SatireWire.com) - After what witnesses
    described as an all night blinder during which it kept droning on about how
    it was always being bloody ignored by the whole bloody world and would
    bloody well stand to do something about it, Australia this morning woke up
    to find itself in the middle of the North Atlantic.

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    "Good Lord, that was a booze up," said a bleary-eyed Australian Prime
    Minister, John Howard, speaking from his residence at Kirribilli House,
    approximately 600 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

    According to Australians and residents of several countries destroyed or
    lewdly insulted during the continent's nearly 7,000-mile saltwater stagger,
    the binge began just after noon yesterday at a pub in Brisbane, where
    several patrons were discussing Australia Day (Jan. 26) and the nation's
    general lack of respect from abroad.

    "It started off same as always; coupla fossils saying how our Banjo
    Patterson was a better poet than Walt Whitman, how Con the Fruiterer is
    funnier than Seinfeld, only they're Aussies so no one knows about 'em,"
    recalled witness Michael Ewen. "Then this bloke Martin pipes up and says
    Australia's main problem is that it's stuck in Australia, and everybody says
    'Too right!'"

    "Well, it made sense at the time," Ewen added.

    By 2 a.m., powered by national pride and alcohol, the 3-million-square-mile
    land mass was barging eastward through the Coral Sea and crossing into the
    central Pacific, leaving a trail of beer cans and Chinese take-away in its
    wake.

    When dawn broke over the Northern Hemisphere, the continent suddenly found
    itself, not only upside down, but smack in the middle of the Atlantic, and
    according to most of its 19 million inhabitants, that's the way it's going
    to stay.

    "We sent troops to Afghanistan. You never hear about it. We have huge
    government scandals. You never hear about it. It's all 'America did this,'
    and 'Europe says that,'" exclaimed Perth resident Aron Gunthorpe. "Well,
    we're right in the thick of things now, so let's just see if you can you
    ignore us."

    Officials on both sides of the Atlantic conceded that would be difficult.
    "They broke Florida," said U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
    "And most of Latin America is missing."

    Meanwhile, victims of what's already been dubbed the "Australian Crawl" are
    still shaking off the event.

    "Australia bumped into us at about midnight local time," said Hawaii
    governor Ben Cayetano. "They were very friendly - they always seem friendly
    - but they refused to go around unless we answered their questions. But the
    questions were impossible. 'Who is Ian Thorpe? Do you have any Tim Tams?
    What day is Australia Day?'"

    "Fortunately, somebody here had an Unimportant World Dates calendar and we
    aced the last one," Cayetano added.

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    Panama, however, was not so lucky.

    "Australia came through here screaming curses at us to let them through,"
    said Ernesto Carnal, who guards the locks at the entrance to the Panama
    Canal. "We said they would not fit, so they demanded to speak with a
    manager. When I go to find Mr. Caballos, they sneak the whole continent
    through."

    When Caballos shouted to the fleeing country that it had not paid, Australia
    "accidentally" backed up and took out every nation in the region, as well as
    the northern third of Venezuela. They then made up a cheery song about it.

    By late morning today, however, not everyone in Australia was quite so
    blithe. "We've still got part of Jamaica stuck to Queensland," said
    Australian army commander Lt. Gen. Peter Cosgrove. "I think we might have
    declared war on it. I don't bloody remember. Maybe it's time to go home."

    Cosgrove, however, is not in the majority, and at press time, U.S., African,
    and European leaders were still desperately trying to negotiate for
    Australia's withdrawal. But the independent-minded Aussies were not making
    it easy. In a two-hour meeting at midday, Australian representatives listed
    their demands: immediate inclusion in the North Atlantic Treaty
    Organization, a permanent CNN presence in all 6 Australian states, a
    worldwide ban on hiring Paul Hogan, a primetime U.S. television contract for
    Australian Rules Football, and a 4,500-mile-long bridge between Sydney and
    Los Angeles.

    U.S. negotiators immediately walked out, calling the Australian Rules
    Football request "absurd."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    If I had a camera I would even take piccies but i dont sorry....
    How can a newspaperman not have a camera?

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    T'S the day Australians come together to raise the flag, sizzle sausages and race national pests.

    From the pomp of citizenship and Australian of the Year ceremonies to the laidback beach cricket games and thong-throwing competitions, this year's Australia Day celebrations have something for everyone.

    National Australia Day Council figures show 66 per cent of Australians plan to celebrate tomorrow, with 21 per cent heading to one or more of the thousands of organised events around the country.

    Director of the National Australia Day Council Warren Pearson said national pride was on the rise - with the day all about celebrating who we are, where we've come from and where we're heading.

    ``Australia Day is growing in importance and we've seen a real groundswell in participation since about 2000, but not only in people going to the sausage sizzles and the huge fireworks displays, but also people reflecting on the meaning of Australia Day,'' Mr Pearson said.

    ``It's about what it is that we celebrate and what it is that we recommit to to make sure that we continue to be a great nation.''

    No Australia Day is complete without the smell of sizzling steaks. Sydney is holding the mother of all barbecues all day in Hyde Park, while in Cairns you can sample crocodile, kangaroo and camel straight off the hotplate.

    Sydney music lovers can head to Parramatta for an outdoor concert with the likes of Deni Hines, Endorphin and Killing Heidi.

    In the Sunshine State, Brisbane will host Queensland's first ever Australia Day Festival South Bank. The Beautiful Girls and local lad Andrew Morris will provide entertainment after the fireworks display.

    Festivities in Perth begin with a formal lunch for 250 people at government house and end with the resounding bang of fireworks over the Swan River for an estimated 400,000 people.

    Mr Pearson said the crowds were expected to turn out in their best patriotic colours and that nobody should feel ashamed to wear the flag with pride.

    ``Australia Day is about including people, not excluding people,'' he said. ``When people come to the organised events they come dressed for the occasion, whether it's the flag, green and gold, or their Wallabies jersey ... people are doing it naturally (and) young people turning up dripping in the flag is great to see.''

    Kitsch games are also a tradition on Australia Day and Brisbane's Story Bridge Hotel's famous cockroach races are a favourite. Further north in Cairns, Australia's most hated pest - cane toads - will be pitted each other.

    Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast will host dunny races, keg lifting, cooee calling and mullet tossing - the fish, not the hairstyle - to name just a few.

    In Cairns, you can stuff your face at the meat pie eating competition or try your hand at thong throwing.

    NSW, Victoria, South Australia, WA and Queensland will also battle it out to create the longest line of ``inflatable thongs'' (floating air mattresses in the shape of the footwear) to break the world record set at Coogee Beach last year.

    Mr Pearson said such ``silly'' events were part of our national identity and should be embraced.

    ``Australians are a quirky bunch and I think that our sense of humour comes out in what we do,'' he said. ``We don't take ourselves seriously but we do take what we do seriously.''

    To check what's on in Perth and other areas visit the www.australiaday.gov.au website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    How can a newspaperman not have a camera?
    He is Australian, it aint like they are normal human beings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    If I had a camera I would even take piccies but i dont sorry....
    How can a newspaperman not have a camera?
    It got drenched in rundle mall in adelaide and hasnt worked since....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    How can a newspaperman not have a camera?
    He is Australian, it aint like they are normal human beings

    I'll get my editor to post his pics - I'm sure they will rock ya socks....

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    AUSTRALIA Day festivities in Perth will kick off with a formal lunch for 250 people at Government House and end with the resounding bang of fireworks over the Swan River for an estimated 400,000 people.

    Governor Ken Michael will give his Australia Day address at the “legends lunch” for 250 people including Premier Alan Carpenter and Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass.

    But the highlight of the day in Perth is the traditional Skyworks show above the city's skyline.

    More than 400,000 people are expected to flock to the shores of the Swan River and other vantage points in South Perth and Kings Park to watch the free fireworks show at dusk that organisers say is the biggest in the nation.

    Sixteen pyrotechnicians and four laser technicians will oversee 4701 fireworks fired from three city building rooftops.

    The display will also include nearly 10,000 candle flares, water special effects and more than 4000 aerial shells fired from eight barges.

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    No racial thugery now boys!

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    Happy Australia day everyone

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    Yep, have a great one mate!

    Think of us poor buggers over here in the LOS slaving away to an ordinary days work on a Friday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrT
    Think of us poor buggers over here in the LOS slaving away to an ordinary days work on a Friday!
    Actually it's far from an ordinary day...sure there's work but Australia Day is well celebrated here in Bkk...both Bob at the Office and Brad at tenderloins in Suk 33 are having parties including free beer and food. Rick also makes a contribution at Wall St - the bar not the psuedo-language outfit - with a decent BBQ etc...

    a night not to be missed and all just a prelude to the REAL party next week for NZ Day!..

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    well the brekky has come and gone....we all went down at 7.30am, had breakfast at 9am (the cooks and food turned up late) and then we left as the bloody awards still hadn't started...and I thought the thais were bad with being on time!

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    happy australia day to all the bread stealers descendants here

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    happy australia day to all the bread stealers descendants here
    mmmmm bread

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    OFFICIAL Australia Day celebrations have begun across the nation, with Perth leading the charge thanks to tonight's annual Skyworks spectacular on the city foreshore.

    Prime Minister John Howard's Australia Day message urged the nation to reflect on common values and responsibilities.

    "Australia Day is a time to consider our nation's history, to acknowledge our past, rejoice in the present and look to the future with confidence," Mr Howard said.

    "It is also when we celebrate the good fortune we share as citizens of a prosperous and harmonious nation blessed with natural beauty.

    "We are a people bound by common values which include respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, a commitment to the rule of law, the equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need."

    National Australia Day Council figures show 66 per cent of Australians plan to celebrate something today - from back yard cricket games, barbecues and a day at the beach.

    In Sydney, NSW Governor Marie Bashir launched celebrations as hundreds of surfboard paddlers entered the water near the Opera House for the annual 3.5km board challenge around the harbour.

    Hundreds of locals and tourists gathered in a circle at Farm Cove to commemorate the meeting of the waters, Woggan-ma-gule, on the traditional ceremonial grounds of the Cadigal Clan.

    Later, tens of thousands of spectators took to boats and lined Sydney Harbour foreshores at Milsons Point, the Sydney Opera House, Millers Point and Bradleys Head to watch the 31st Australia Day Ferrython.

    Ferries rounded Shark Island and then ran neck-and-neck towards the finish under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the 40-minute race from Circular Quay.

    The ferry Sirius won, Charlotte was second and Supply third, with Scarborough bringing up the rear in the four-entrant field.

    In Melbourne, Thai expatriate Pat Tudkum, who came to Australia as a student 10 years ago, was one of 96 new Australians to pledge allegiance to the lucky country in a citizenship ceremony at the city's Town Hall today.

    “It's another step of my life, you decide to be here and you decide to commit to this country,” Ms Tudkum, 36, said.

    “It's a good country and the standard of living here is better, I have a good job and I think it's the best country in the world.”

    The Town Hall was a fusion of cultures as men and women in suits, saris, muslim head scarves and even a Scottish kilt joined to “pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people”.

    Among them was Jamiu Ogunbanwo, who migrated to Australia from Nigeria two years ago as a medical research fellow at Monash University.

    Dressed in a spectacular white Yoruba, Nigeria's traditional ceremonial dress, Dr Ogunbanwo, 42, was beaming as he held his citizenship certificate and Australian native plant aloft.

    “It's a special day, it's pretty much a new version of life and that is why it's special,” he said.

    Russian expatriate Natalia Tsygankova, 31, came to Australia as a student almost eight years ago and celebrates two Australia Days – today and the anniversary of her arrival next month.

    “I've been in Australia for a while and I really love Australia, I'm going to live here now, I'm very passionate about Australia,” she said.

    Ms Tsygankova said Australia's freedoms and multicultural mix made it one of the best countries in the world.

    As for the Vegemite, it's an acquired taste.

    “After five years I got onto Vegemite and I love Vegemite now,” she said.

    “I think it was a turning point to becoming a citizen.”

    For more information on the celebrations in your city or town visit the www.australiaday.gov.au website.


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    Thanks MeMock. Makes me feel proud to be an Ozzie.

    Reminder, its also Indias national day.

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    Yes, good job MM. Well done!!

    Happy Australia Day to all the Aussie members of TD.

    Time for another beer. Cheers !!



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    Was it Australia day recently.

    Damn, missed it again.

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