Anyone else from Oz?

Seems like most people are from North America. As I sit here sweltering at Christmas, and reading about everyone else's snow and ice, I'm curious to know who else thinks Christmas Day should include beach cricket Biggrin

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Mr K's picture

Yay for Baech Cricket on Christmas Day. I a also from Sunny Australia and have been reading for a good while now without posting. Just felt like backing the Australian Team.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Okay, so I think I know what cricket is, similar to baseball. What is beach cricket? Same thing played on the beach?

Also, had the idea a couple days ago to find some kind of app to map where readers are from. Facebook has something similar for travels, but that would mean more work for Mei to plot every reader's location as a travel.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

http://www.frappr.com/

It allows you to create maps and plot the location of visitors to your site! A comic I used to read had it. It would be fun to have one here, too, wouldn't it?

Also, I'm curious. Northwoods as in North Country, sir?

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I live in western WI but make several trips to the BWCA, NW WI, and NE WI every year.

Vandole's picture

Postulant

I'm a Canuck myself. I'm envious of anyone who lives below the 49th parallel (well okay I'm in southern Ontario so I'm actually below it myself, but you get the point).

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I'm originally from North Country, NY myself. I don't envy anyone living up there still or, worse yet, in Canada. Blum 3

I'm crazy to hope to visit my friend in Alberta in winter, but she says that she can see the Aurora and I've never seen it. Maybe next year there will be a road trip. Vandole, can you see it where you are?

Vandole's picture

Postulant

No way, far too south for the Aurora. Maybe in Northern Ontario, but I'm right on Lake Ontario, next to Toronto.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

On a clear night when it is strong, I am able to see it, even from within the city. If I notice it in time and head out away from the lights, it's amazing. I can't imagine what it would be like to see them in Ontario.

Not that I wouldn't mind the trip, preferably along with a moose or elk hunt.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

I'm not 100% sure of the exact latitude but a few years ago I was able to see the Aurora from Madison, Ohio on Lake Erie, so I'm pretty sure that you should be able to see it, if faintly, from New York and Ontario.
Now that my 2 cents is given, I am off to bed. 'Night
(why I felt that necessary I have no idea o.0?)

Nye's picture

Supplicant

But my husband's an Aussie.

Just not in Oz.

Australienne's picture

i dont know how this mostly ended up about the northern hemisphere but amen to the beach cricket from west aus! the biggest, rockiest and sandiest state we have.

Voyeur's picture

Heeeeeeey!
Long time reader and lover of this series, first time poster. Also from 'Straya. Queensland. Anyone here live near Bris Vegas? And, who here thinks we should officially change our name to Straya, mayte? It's what we're known as, anyway.
I'd also be interested to know who not from the southern hemisphere knows the difference between New Zealand and Australia. From what I've percieved, it's a very few, and I'd dearly love to see that perception changed.
Sorry for the demi-rant, bais all! Kisses.

Han-pan's picture

Postulant

Register! Biggrin Get points stories! (not that I've redeemed mine yet....) Credit to new chapters! Yeah! Biggrin

Anyway. I am def not from the southern hemisphere, and I do want you to know that I know there's a distinct difference between New Zealand and Australia.................I just don't know what it is. ^___^

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Several hundred thousand square kilometers of land mass? Different accents? Different cultures? Different climates? Far more sheep in NZ? That's all that comes off the top of my little old Yanqui head...

Voyeur's picture

What do you know about either/both, then?

Han-pan's picture

Postulant

They're near one another. NZ is two itty bitty islands (comparatively) to Australia, which is a big ol' landmass and some islands. There are kangaroos. XD (My friend sent me such an excited email when she saw one Blum 3 ) Australia had indigenous peoples, but was sort-of claimed by the British as a place to send their criminals. NZ's first international interest was for trade. AND NZ HAS THE KIWI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Voyeur's picture

HeHe, would it be completely wrong of me to say 'same'?
Kidding.
Okay, nice. You do know a bit. Touched on most of the important parts, as I see 'em. Kudos to you, then.

sherinik's picture

Postulant

are in the way that British colonisation was handled. Australia was treated as being infested with subhuman pests who needed to be exterminated, whereas NZ was more collaborative. The NZ indigenous culture is far more integrated into mainstream, and survives in a much more cohesive body of knowledge. Australia has very little indigenous culture surviving and what there is, is far from complete, even within the indigenous communities. PC nods to 'acknowledging the traditional owners' have become popular but there is so little left, to me it feels a lot like keeping the only surviving members of a species in a zoo and calling it conservation of the species.

Makes me sad, I guess because it's so recent, and you'd think after the experience with US indigenous peoples, the British could have managed things a bit better. Then again, I wouldn't be here if they had...and cricket wouldn't have spread throughout the British Empire to Australia and South Africa so THEY COULD BEAT US.

Ahem.

Han-pan's picture

Postulant

Do I get a pretty stamp of approval? ;P
One of my online friends hailed from NZ. So I sorta learned a wikkle bit so I wouldn't seem retarded to her Blum 3

MeiLin's picture

Most High

But first you have to promise not to get pissed off. Okay? Okay.

I have a longtime Australian friend--friend of Manoki's too, actually--who seems to think that the rest of the world regards Australians as penal colony trash. I can tell you right now that the average American has no idea Australia started out that way. (For that matter, the average American has no idea WE started out that way.) The average American hears "Australia" and thinks "Ooh, kangaroos and koala bears!" The slightly more sophsticated would add, "Ooh, shiraz and shrimp on the barbie and that funky opera house thingie!" Hippies might add, "Ooh, digeridoos!" But I can guarantee you that "Penal colony" is way, way down the list, if it's on it at all.

So the question is: Do Australians really worry about that perception, or is it just my one friend?

(Ask the average American about NZ and they think "Ooh, Lord of the Rings!" I think of that plus sheep, since I am a wool fiend spinner and knitter.)

Vandole's picture

Postulant

I have actually never heard of the Americas being used as penal colonies, and I like to consider myself more educated than the average bear. Doing some quick Wiki-trawling, it was mostly of indentured servitude, which our textbooks told us was just a convenient way to pay for the trip over. Huh.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I think Georgia was originally a debtor's colony--low-cost spacefillers to block the access of the Spaniards in Florida from the more treasured people up the coast...

TheFerret's picture

Devotee

Or at least, mostly. Biggrin Why/how Georgia specifically was settled, I dunno. But yeah, plenty of indentured servants paying their way to a hopefully better life. Not so much w/ the criminals getting tossed over here.

Voyeur's picture

@Han-pan, Yes, dear, yes you do. Plus points! Waait.. MeiLin's the only one who can give those out. *Lowers head in disappointment.

@MeiLin, Not pissed off whatsoever, and I don't worry about that at all. If anything, I worry about folks not being able to tell the difference between an Australian and a New Zealander. Thanks for clearing that up, anyway

@All - How many here have seen the shows The Chaser and Kath and Kim? What are your general thoughts about Chaser's portrayal of Americans, and folks from other nationalities, and the different types of humour in America's Kath and Kim vs. Australias?

(Man, that was convoluted, and I don't know where commas go.. Pretty sure that was still a proper sentence, though, so will keep it.)

Kisses!

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I can always tell an Aussie.
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just never very much.

Han-pan's picture

Postulant

...................you should totally register. Wink

TheFerret's picture

Devotee

but I did actually know a long time ago that crooks in GB got shipped down to OZ. I knew that didn't happen in NZ, and I guess I can get a little pat on the back for knowing NZ is it's own nation, not just a state of OZ? Wink

Now, one of these years, I've got to find out WHY we have Scottish relations in Aussie.... I'm wondering if there's family criminals somebody's been hiding knowledge of......

Voyeur's picture

LoL. But honestly, Han-Pan, why do you care so much?

Han-pan's picture

Postulant

More Registered Members = Hopefully More Ad Revenue.
Plus, More Registered Users = Marketing Targets, Which In Consequence = Extra Chapters!

V's picture

Embodiment

some people have orderly minds, and appreciate having a name so they can mentally categorize the little chat/interaction as being a particular person and potentially build up a personality/impression based on them, rather than one of many random snippets from anonymous people, like spinning the radio dial.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

it's true!

For instance, V thinks I'm a pedantic arsehole with a penchant for vulgar humor.

For the most part, 'e's right.

V's picture

Embodiment

I'll agree with all those points but the arsehole one. I can usually tell that's your goal, but sometimes you try too hard Wink Frankly, it's more fun teasing you about it.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

it's a mask...and a fun one at that.

Ely's picture

Petitioner

you've got stuff to say, stuff to ask, so why not getting an account ? It's like a visible proof we're slightly less alone in a big, cold universe of people-who-don't-read-Meilin Smile

And by the way, I lived in New Zealand, worked with Aussies, and could not confuse them with Kiwis, even in the dark (*).

(*) yeah, you fellow interestingly-oriented minds, probably from their bedside manners too. Never tried though, so you can call my bluff if you want.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Three of my parents grew up in Australia, two live there, and I have citizenship though I grew up in the US. I've spent a lot of time in Oz, though. I recently was on a trip in Europe and I met SO many Aussies in hostels - it was really great, welcoming.

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