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Google Local Sydney71,675*RSVP HERE:* http://goo.gl/lzmLth Jump for joy because spring is here! Join your fellow City Experts at our Sydney Spring Fling in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy exquisite food from our edible garden, release your inner child with giant backyard games and mingle with Sydney's City Experts. This evening of fun and frivolity is sure to put a little 'spring' in your step. This event is exclusive to Sydney’s City Experts with 50+ reviews and 5 new reviews each month. If you’e not yet a City Expert, join the fun at g.co/cityexpert.  *How to join*: Complete the RSVP form at http://goo.gl/lzmLth and write 50+ high quality reviews by 27 August if you'd like to attend. _Numbers are strictly limited, so get in quick! Confirmation emails will be sent on Thursday 28 August if you're on the guest list._Sydney Spring Fling2014-09-04 18:00:0094  
Android Headlines201,489The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0044  
Jackie M1,870,380KL and the adjacent state of Selangor are the gateway to Malaysia for most of its visitors; this is where you'll find food from all different parts of the country, but what sorts of dishes are uniquely KL and Selangor in influence? Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 3 - Theme: Selangor/KL2014-07-27 10:30:007  
Jackie M1,870,380Another food hub in Malaysia that is a well-known secret among the locals and the Singaporean tourists who cross the border regularly to savour its culinary delights. I was there to film a new TV pilot there in May and was very impressed by the food we ate, even at the most inconspicuous, unglamourous outposts.  Join me as I try to capture some uniquely Johor flavours in this Hangout :)  Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 7 - Johor2014-07-24 12:30:0021  
Derek Ross1,210,673The Original Android Hangout Show returns tonight at 9pm ET to discuss Android Wear, tips, tricks, apps, and possibly a few developer tidbits to keep my friend @111777412946608276908 happy! Join @111396705647796704246 , Steve, and myself in about 2 hours. Bring your questions about #wearables  and #AndroidWear.The Original Android Hangout Show2014-07-11 03:00:0040  
Derek Ross1,210,673*The original Android Hangout Show returns!* Hi. I was the first guy on Google+ to start doing live Hangout Shows for Android news and discussion way back during the Hangouts on Air beta days. My team and I ran a successful Android related Hangout show for for 74 weeks in a row before our hiatus. Our show was watched and listed to by thousands every week via Google+, YouTube, and various Podcast platforms. *The band is getting back together...* ...or at least the lead singer. I've come to realize that the shows offered today just don't cut it. They're not professional. They're boring. They don't offer any value such as show guests or giveaways. They're just not what my team used to provide and it angers me. I'm going to try my best to change that for you guys. I'm tentatively going to relaunch our Android on Air show next month. The time and date are subject to change pending renovations to my office. If everything can be completed by then, I'll be back in business providing you with quality HoA Android goodness.The original Android Hangout Show returns!2014-06-06 03:00:0099  
Jackie M1,870,380Join me in the first of my new series of Hangouts On Air - on Malaysian Ingredients!  Unlike my previous series, I'm not teaching straight-out Malaysian dishes, but rather showing how you can infuse some Malaysian Flavours into your everyday cooking :) AND I will have a guest in my studio with me - hint for those who've bought from me recently - Pink Eyebrows!Jackie M Hangout On Air - Malaysian Flavours 12013-11-21 10:30:0069  
Telstra96,359Join us next week for an exclusive insight into the minds of Telstra's resident product experts, David Saidden and Nathan Azouz, as we discuss 'Mobiles 2020.' The event is Telstra's first +Google Australia Hangout and will feature questions from industry bloggers, including +Jens Garcia and +Norman Ma.  Watch the event on our page or on +YouTube, and join the conversation using #Mobiles2020 or #TelstraHangout. See you there!Telstra Hangout: Mobiles 20202013-11-06 08:00:00201  
martin shervington1,139,939Well, you probably know we are doing Movember but what you may not have realised is that we are going to keep you informed of every bristle along the way. Yes we are.  So, please join us tomorrow for some laughs and awareness raising for the great causes of Movember. See you then!Movember: our first HOA - all welcome!2013-11-02 18:00:0030  
Sydney2,371,842The world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is back again for a 17th year! One of Sydney's most loved events, the outdoor sculpture exhibition returns to the stunning Bondi to Tamarama coast walk from 24 October - 10 November 2013. See the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a two kilometre long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. http://www.sydney.com/events/sculpture-by-the-seaSculpture by the Sea2013-10-24 08:00:0084  
Sydney2,371,842Art and About is Sydney's most public, collaborative art festival.  It takes place from 20 September through 20 October in the streets and public spaces of Sydney and invites you to get involved . Commencing Friday, 20 September, Martin Place turns into an outdoor theatre with live music and performance. Then for the month following you'll find art, photography, performances, stories and installations all over the city.  Make sure you head to Hyde Park North for a stroll through an avenue of photography in Sydney Life and Little Sydney Lives - large-scale photos of the city captured through the lenses of Sydneysiders, young and old.  Snailovation - giant two-metre snails in eye-popping colours will be in the city's most public places and they will capture your hearts and imagination and much more! That's just a taster of what's on! http://www.sydney.com/events/art-and-about-sydneyArt and About Sydney2013-09-20 11:00:0028  
martin shervington1,139,939I am really excited to be interviewing +Marques Brownlee this Wednesday. It was great to read when +Vic Gundotra said he "is the best technology reviewer on the planet right now" and I know many people will nod their heads in agreement. As such I contacted Marques and asked if I could ask him a few questions about how he has used YouTube (which I know he loves) and Google+ to help him become the best. Oh, and I may even get a chance to see how he is getting on with Google Glass as well... This is one event you won't want to miss! _p.s. I will be taking questions..._Interview with Marques Brownlee!2013-08-28 20:00:00147  
Hanna Silver32,264Join Hanna for an online performance of her new instrumental EP in its entirety, plus a few extra songs just for fun. After the performance, there will be a Q & A where you can ask anything about how the EP was recorded, the pieces composed or what hair product Hanna uses. If you're watching on YouTube, you can leave your questions there in a comment, or here on the event page. Also, please leave me a comment if you'd like to be in the hangout with me. Otherwise, anyone will be able to watch on YouTube. *USA*: Please note that this will happen on your FRIDAY NIGHT, Aug 16, 10pm EDT or 7pm PDT. To learn more about the new release, you can read about it here: http://galusaustralis.com/2013/08/7519/artist-profile-hanna-silver/Hanna's EP Launch: Let's Visit The Seaside HOA2013-08-17 04:00:00117  
Jackie M1,870,380Join me as I showcase a quick and simple way to make restaurant-quality Chicken Rendang from my new studio kitchen! #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 22013-05-30 11:30:0032  
Jackie M1,870,380Join me this Thursday as I run a series of 3 Hangouts showcasing some simple, restaurant-quality Malaysian meals you can prepare at home. Cooking Demo 1 - Char Kway Teow #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 12013-05-30 10:00:0041  
Jackie M1,870,380I've been "off-the-grid" for the best part of a week thanks to my relocation from Concord to Darlinghurst, but I will be participating in this Cooking Demo as part of #FoodieWebWeek - and it's happening in less than 12 hours!   There is a twist though - because my internet at my new digs has only just been connected and I'm not entirely confident of its robustness - instead of doing a Hangout On Air, I have a pre-recorded cooking video that I will be sharing during this timeslot EXCLUSIVE to Google Plus - so be sure to catch it to learn how to make one of the popular items from my just-now closed Concord restaurant :)Jackie M Cooking Demo Video Exclusive to Google Plus2013-05-26 11:00:0017  
Sydney2,371,842Join +Michael Sutton and +Lauren Bath as they walk us through Vivid Sydney via Google Hangout and offer a few photography tips along the way.  +Vivid Sydney  is a festival of light, music and ideas that transforms the city of Sydney for 2 weeks.  There are more than 60 interactive and immersive light sculptures and installations across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney.  One of the festival highlights is the Lighting the Sails - Sydney Opera House. We hope you can join us from where-ever you are across the world to view this colourful Sydney festival.Vivid Sydney Google+ Hangout2013-05-26 10:30:00101  
Jason Chapman1,542If you have questions about Chrome OS or Chromebooks in general, OR have knowledge to share you should join us in this Hangout. If you know of anyone with interest let me know.  The 1pm US Central time is just an aiming time, it may be sooner or later depending on when our European Chromies would like to hangout also. *Google is not affiliated nor do the support all the views expressed in the Hangout.  Google, Chrome, Chromebooks and other trademarked terms are property of Google and their respective owners.*Chromebook Discussion and Q&A2013-05-09 21:00:0010  
Jackie M1,870,380Listen in from anywhere during the Livestream! - http://eastsidefm.org/listen-online/ Jackie M Guest on Radio Show - Food In Focus2013-02-23 06:00:0029  

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2015-01-08 22:01:37 (359 comments, 11 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Australia's Living PM's

Who is your preferred PM? And why...

It's time for a #FridayFunOne . Below is an image of Australia's remaining/living Prime Ministers. This photo was taken at Gough Whitlam's funeral in November.

Which one is your favourite? It doesn't have to be because of their political affiliation, either. If you like Abbott because he dared to wear budgie smugglers in public, then be proud and say so. I promise I won't laugh. Much.
 
From left to right,
Malcolm Fraser (1975-1983)
Julia Gillard (2010-2013)
Bob Hawke (1983-1991)
Tony Abbott (2013-)
John Howard (1996-2007)
Kevin Rudd (2007-2010, 2013-2013)
Paul Keating.(1991-1996)

Get to it......

Most reshares: 97

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2015-06-02 12:03:12 (36 comments, 97 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker 

Most plusones: 351

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2015-03-31 11:07:47 (39 comments, 14 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

When #Caturday  Meets #AboutAustralia

Say hello to 'Oz'

This little girl, who turns 1 on Thursday, has what looks very much like the map of #Australia  on her nose. She was entered into a Cat Show at the +Sydney Royal Easter Show but didn't win any prizes. What she did win, however, was bucketload of attention from the crowd because of her rather unique schnoz.

I hope +Jedi will forgive me for posting this, but the picture is just too cute to not share.

Via +The Daily Telegraph (http://goo.gl/XoPsbs)

#AboutAustralia  http://goo.gl/688VLF

#Australia   #sydney   #easter2015   #caturdayeveryday  

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2015-08-02 00:27:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

An Italian, a Scotsman and an Aboriginal walk into The White House

Sounds like a good joke, huh?

The Oval Office is no more. I wasn't really using the room so I decided to open it up by removing the wall.

Wow,what a difference it made. It's not finished yet.....i need to find some good marble for the stairs and a couple of custom railings, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is done.

The big metal bar in the photo is holding up my bedroom, which is directly above. It's only temporary whilst the permanent one is being constructed. It will become part of the custom railing :-)

#WhiteHouseReno 

An Italian, a Scotsman and an Aboriginal walk into The White House

Sounds like a good joke, huh?

The Oval Office is no more. I wasn't really using the room so I decided to open it up by removing the wall.

Wow,what a difference it made. It's not finished yet.....i need to find some good marble for the stairs and a couple of custom railings, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is done.

The big metal bar in the photo is holding up my bedroom, which is directly above. It's only temporary whilst the permanent one is being constructed. It will become part of the custom railing :-)

#WhiteHouseReno ___

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2015-07-31 03:09:36 (28 comments, 11 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Sydney

Circa 1877

These old things really amaze me. I flew into Sydney again on Wednesday afternoon after being in Brissy for a couple of days. I don't know why, but the flight did a circle of the city so I got to have a good look at the expanse of the CBD and the inner harbour. It's nothing short of amazing how much it's changed in just under 150 years.

For those that don't know, "Circular Quay" is where the +Sydney Opera House is located, and "Millers Point" is where the Sydney Harbour Bridge is. That's close enough anyway...I didn't put the words on the map :)

The  #AboutAustralia  Collection - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR (or http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #sydney  

Sydney

Circa 1877

These old things really amaze me. I flew into Sydney again on Wednesday afternoon after being in Brissy for a couple of days. I don't know why, but the flight did a circle of the city so I got to have a good look at the expanse of the CBD and the inner harbour. It's nothing short of amazing how much it's changed in just under 150 years.

For those that don't know, "Circular Quay" is where the +Sydney Opera House is located, and "Millers Point" is where the Sydney Harbour Bridge is. That's close enough anyway...I didn't put the words on the map :)

The  #AboutAustralia  Collection - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR (or http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #sydney  ___

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2015-07-19 10:38:27 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The key to understanding Aussie-speak

Abbreviations

Whilst I don't say some of these, they're a great summary of some popular #Aussie  words.

You're welcome.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR
#straya   #oz   #downunder   #australia  

The key to understanding Aussie-speak

Abbreviations

Whilst I don't say some of these, they're a great summary of some popular #Aussie  words.

You're welcome.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR
#straya   #oz   #downunder   #australia  ___

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2015-07-10 11:35:29 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Awareness

"We'll fight them on the beaches"

Thank you, +Surf Life Saving Queensland, for this excellent and easy to understand message. Awareness is key.

#AboutAustralia   #dropbears   #australia  
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Drop Bear Awareness

"We'll fight them on the beaches"

Thank you, +Surf Life Saving Queensland, for this excellent and easy to understand message. Awareness is key.

#AboutAustralia   #dropbears   #australia  
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2015-07-06 12:04:32 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The All New +Jedi​ Selfie Stick Lick

Slobber not included.

They say you shouldn't work with kids and animals. Now I know why.

#WhiteHouseRandom

The All New +Jedi​ Selfie Stick Lick

Slobber not included.

They say you shouldn't work with kids and animals. Now I know why.

#WhiteHouseRandom___

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2015-06-30 04:20:27 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Congratulations America

This is what I've learned.

We live in a world full of hate, discrimination, inequality, and bigotry and it shouldn't be that way, nor should anyone no matter what race, gender, religion or sexual preference have to feel like they are second class citizens.

We don't have to all agree but being ignorant isn't going to change anything. It's time we learned to love one another for who we are as human beings and not by anything else. Stop the hate!

#marriageequality   #stopthehate  

It's quite simple, really

You wear one pin to work and the world, quite literally, skips a beat.

It's quite simple, really.___Congratulations America

This is what I've learned.

We live in a world full of hate, discrimination, inequality, and bigotry and it shouldn't be that way, nor should anyone no matter what race, gender, religion or sexual preference have to feel like they are second class citizens.

We don't have to all agree but being ignorant isn't going to change anything. It's time we learned to love one another for who we are as human beings and not by anything else. Stop the hate!

#marriageequality   #stopthehate  

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2015-06-24 10:01:45 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

There's something very wrong here. Can you spot it? 

There's something very wrong here. Can you spot it? ___

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2015-06-23 04:51:43 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Australian Tarzan Boy

The story no one has heard about!

So, there's this kid who has been found outside Broken Hill. Not much of a story until you find out that he was found living with a family of kangaroos.

The boy is apparently aged between 4 and 6 years old, and seems surprisingly healthy considering the fact that he was living with animals. He suffers obvious signs of malnutrition, as well as severe sunburns, but he seems to have developed normally and to be in rather good shape.

A complete medical examination will however be necessary to determine precisely his physical and mental condition.

The boy doesn't seem able to understand any human language and is visibly scared of other humans, suggesting he could have been living in the wild for many years. He is terribly scared of other human beings, and tends to react violently when... more »

Australian Tarzan Boy

The story no one has heard about!

So, there's this kid who has been found outside Broken Hill. Not much of a story until you find out that he was found living with a family of kangaroos.

The boy is apparently aged between 4 and 6 years old, and seems surprisingly healthy considering the fact that he was living with animals. He suffers obvious signs of malnutrition, as well as severe sunburns, but he seems to have developed normally and to be in rather good shape.

A complete medical examination will however be necessary to determine precisely his physical and mental condition.

The boy doesn't seem able to understand any human language and is visibly scared of other humans, suggesting he could have been living in the wild for many years. He is terribly scared of other human beings, and tends to react violently when approached, so his rehabilitation is expected to be a long and difficult process.

The +Australian Federal Police​ launched an investigation to determine the identity of the child and the circumstances of his disappearance. They are asking anyone who could possess information which could be useful in the case, to contact the AFP as soon as possible.

via http://goo.gl/Hjbthc

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia   #kangaroos   #fake   #downunder  ___

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2015-06-14 10:53:21 (34 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Kill Rate

Which tourist is the most tasty?

A few days ago, I wrote about some basic Drop Bear Facts that every tourist should be aware of when travelling to Australia. You can recap here --> https://goo.gl/k5AJwD

In the comments of the OP, +Christian Fox wrote "Drop Bears only attack non-native Australians". I responded to that comment by saying I found some research into that very thing. THIS is that research.

But first, I thought I should share some more factoids about this most-deadly of Australian animals.

Setting out a criminal profile for Drop Bears:
Appearance
- Blue/grey fur
- Big teeth 
- Fuzzy ears
- Fuzzy Paws
- Small Fuzzy tail
- Fuzzy in general

Occupation
- Eating Tourists

Residential/Living Arrangements
- Trees to HighEn... more »

Drop Bear Kill Rate

Which tourist is the most tasty?

A few days ago, I wrote about some basic Drop Bear Facts that every tourist should be aware of when travelling to Australia. You can recap here --> https://goo.gl/k5AJwD

In the comments of the OP, +Christian Fox wrote "Drop Bears only attack non-native Australians". I responded to that comment by saying I found some research into that very thing. THIS is that research.

But first, I thought I should share some more factoids about this most-deadly of Australian animals.

Setting out a criminal profile for Drop Bears:
Appearance
- Blue/grey fur
- Big teeth 
- Fuzzy ears
- Fuzzy Paws
- Small Fuzzy tail
- Fuzzy in general

Occupation
- Eating Tourists

Residential/Living Arrangements
- Trees to High End Hotels

Personality
- Doesn't like people
- Eats Tourists (generally antisocial)

Other salient information
- Allergic to Vegemite
- Run if seen

As you can see in the attached image, the number source of Drop Bear kills is our neighbour across the ditch. New Zealand

That really comes as no surprise, since there's so many of the bastards here. What does surprise me, however, is the number of Germans who get killed by Drop Bears each year. I always thought that our crocodiles preferred munching on a German, but it seems like the Drop Bear gets in on the sauerkraut action as well.

This is, of course, only the known deaths. There will be many thousands more of unrecorded maulings because thee is little evidence remaining after a Drop Bear gets its claws and teeth into you.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#DropBears   #LookUpAndLive   #australia   #straya  ___

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2015-06-13 12:48:35 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Where are you going?

What're ya'll runnin' from?

The Olympic Marathon would be made far more interesting if only it included this group of fine men.

#OnlyInTennessee   #Deliverance  #duelingbanjoes

( cc +Peter G McDermott )

Where are you going?

What're ya'll runnin' from?

The Olympic Marathon would be made far more interesting if only it included this group of fine men.

#OnlyInTennessee   #Deliverance  #duelingbanjoes

( cc +Peter G McDermott )___

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2015-06-12 11:52:35 (20 comments, 8 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Facts

More #AboutAustralia Truth

1. A fully grown Australian Drop Bear can fit an adult human's head inside its mouth.

2. Drop Bears can drop from heights as high as 45 metres (49 yards), which allows them to hit their prey at speeds of 104 km/h (65 m/h)

3. The drop bear also has the strongest bite force of any land or marine animal. Its jaws can crush bones 4 times more effectively than that of the spotted hyena.

4. Crocodiles are often blamed for attacks at billibongs when it is a drop bear that has dragged someone to their death.

Do you know any more?

The full #AboutAustralia  series can be found here: https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF 

#australia   #dropbears   #lookupandlive   #straya   #downunder  

Drop Bear Facts

More #AboutAustralia Truth

1. A fully grown Australian Drop Bear can fit an adult human's head inside its mouth.

2. Drop Bears can drop from heights as high as 45 metres (49 yards), which allows them to hit their prey at speeds of 104 km/h (65 m/h)

3. The drop bear also has the strongest bite force of any land or marine animal. Its jaws can crush bones 4 times more effectively than that of the spotted hyena.

4. Crocodiles are often blamed for attacks at billibongs when it is a drop bear that has dragged someone to their death.

Do you know any more?

The full #AboutAustralia  series can be found here: https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF 

#australia   #dropbears   #lookupandlive   #straya   #downunder  ___

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2015-06-10 09:25:43 (50 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

For the lolz

"His chest hair is shaped like a penis"

I was just reading a humourous article - "Non-Australians Reacted To Photos Of Aussie Things And Got Very Confused" - on BuzzFeed and saw the above quote next to this photo.

I think I laughed a bit too much.

This, for those playing along, is the current leader of our nation. Our President, if you will. A man "famous" for wearing far too revealing swim wear for a man of his age, and for being a staunch Catholic. Separation of Church and State? Not on Tony's watch.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

via +BuzzFeed (http://goo.gl/PcBUhp)

For the lolz

"His chest hair is shaped like a penis"

I was just reading a humourous article - "Non-Australians Reacted To Photos Of Aussie Things And Got Very Confused" - on BuzzFeed and saw the above quote next to this photo.

I think I laughed a bit too much.

This, for those playing along, is the current leader of our nation. Our President, if you will. A man "famous" for wearing far too revealing swim wear for a man of his age, and for being a staunch Catholic. Separation of Church and State? Not on Tony's watch.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

via +BuzzFeed (http://goo.gl/PcBUhp)___

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2015-06-02 12:03:12 (36 comments, 97 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker ___

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2015-05-30 11:53:27 (22 comments, 10 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

This is +Vivid Sydney​​ 2015

How was your Saturday night?

I've wanted to do the entire #Vivid walk for a few years now, so I finally took the plunge this year. I got a group of friends together, had some dinner and off we went.

First off, WOW. It's very impressive but you really need to take the time to stop at each location and enjoy the light show. Simply walking past isn't going to be enough.

My highlights of the night would have been the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. The +Sydney Opera House​​ looked stunning, of course, but it's become a bit over used. I was really disappointed in the Harbour Bridge, as there was nothing going on the bridge whilst I was there. Maybe it comes on later on the night? I'm not sure, but for Sydney's other famous landmark they should be do something all thetime. <... more »

This is +Vivid Sydney​​ 2015

How was your Saturday night?

I've wanted to do the entire #Vivid walk for a few years now, so I finally took the plunge this year. I got a group of friends together, had some dinner and off we went.

First off, WOW. It's very impressive but you really need to take the time to stop at each location and enjoy the light show. Simply walking past isn't going to be enough.

My highlights of the night would have been the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. The +Sydney Opera House​​ looked stunning, of course, but it's become a bit over used. I was really disappointed in the Harbour Bridge, as there was nothing going on the bridge whilst I was there. Maybe it comes on later on the night? I'm not sure, but for Sydney's other famous landmark they should be do something all the time.

Anyway, I've created a collage of a few photos using the all new +Google Photos​​ app. It's awesome to be able to create your own autoawesome things and share them.

Lastly, I'm extremely glad I didn't take +Jedi​​ with me. The crowds were insane.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF ___

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2015-05-23 03:26:52 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

White House Reno

The front door

The photo is pretty dodgy, because I'm using my Nexus 7 top take the shot. But, this is what now greets visitors to The White House when you walk in the front door. There's three of them, which were leftover from the main reno I finished a couple of years ago (see here - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/LmgJmwiKNsF )

All that's left to do for this stage is repaint the ceiling and install the new chandelier.

What are you doing this weekend? ;-)

h/t to +Peter G McDermott​​ for keeping me company earlier while I was on the scaffold.

The #WhiteHouseReno Collection is here - https://plus.google.com/collection/IvDuR

#ns

White House Reno

The front door

The photo is pretty dodgy, because I'm using my Nexus 7 top take the shot. But, this is what now greets visitors to The White House when you walk in the front door. There's three of them, which were leftover from the main reno I finished a couple of years ago (see here - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/LmgJmwiKNsF )

All that's left to do for this stage is repaint the ceiling and install the new chandelier.

What are you doing this weekend? ;-)

h/t to +Peter G McDermott​​ for keeping me company earlier while I was on the scaffold.

The #WhiteHouseReno Collection is here - https://plus.google.com/collection/IvDuR

#ns___

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2015-05-21 09:35:32 (77 comments, 40 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Orphaned Drop Bear Cub

Being fed human blood to stay alive!!!!!

Drop Bear Attack Survivor groups are up in arms over a local zoo's adoption of an orphaned Drop Bear Cub. The razor-sharp-fanged, red-eyed, vicious baby killer requires three times its own body weight in raw meat to sustain it. It's preferred meal is, of course, human flesh

To put things in perspective, that means that three other animals have to die to keep this vicious, yet very cute carnivore alive, and at least a litre of human blood from the +Australian Red Cross Blood Service is being diverted away from people that may need it for transfusions.

The zoo in question yesterday refused to comment.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#dropbear   #lookupandlive   #australia   #downunder   #straya ... more »

Orphaned Drop Bear Cub

Being fed human blood to stay alive!!!!!

Drop Bear Attack Survivor groups are up in arms over a local zoo's adoption of an orphaned Drop Bear Cub. The razor-sharp-fanged, red-eyed, vicious baby killer requires three times its own body weight in raw meat to sustain it. It's preferred meal is, of course, human flesh

To put things in perspective, that means that three other animals have to die to keep this vicious, yet very cute carnivore alive, and at least a litre of human blood from the +Australian Red Cross Blood Service is being diverted away from people that may need it for transfusions.

The zoo in question yesterday refused to comment.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#dropbear   #lookupandlive   #australia   #downunder   #straya  ___

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2015-05-20 10:22:15 (18 comments, 8 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Most Dangerous Animals

Europeans are pussies!

Yes, folks, it's that time again. With the +Eurovision Song Contest just days away, I thought it pertinent to share something else that's common between our two countries.....other than #Eurovision , of course :-)

Share the love, good people. Tag a European and let them know how much we love them.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Most Dangerous Animals

Europeans are pussies!

Yes, folks, it's that time again. With the +Eurovision Song Contest just days away, I thought it pertinent to share something else that's common between our two countries.....other than #Eurovision , of course :-)

Share the love, good people. Tag a European and let them know how much we love them.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2015-05-11 10:20:18 (61 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

The Windows Phone Saga

Hello +HTC One M9

A couple of weeks ago I put my Nexus 5 in for repair, as the GPS has decided to not work for me anymore.  At the time, +Telstra gave me a Nokia Lumia as a temporary replacement whilst the Nexus was repaired. Whilst I was fine with using it for a couple of weeks, I donned my Keyboard Warrior hat and wrote a brief missive about how unfair it was that I had to use inferior technology (Windows Phone) whilst my Android device was off the air.  You can read what I wrote here - https://goo.gl/i3r2nf - if you're so inclined.

In the comments of the OP, +Telstra with a rather unusual (in my mind) "I can imagine that being really hard for an avid Android user! Let me see if there is anything I can do (no promises!)."  It was unusual because I wasn't expecting anything to come from my rant.

Anyway, as itturns... more »

The Windows Phone Saga

Hello +HTC One M9

A couple of weeks ago I put my Nexus 5 in for repair, as the GPS has decided to not work for me anymore.  At the time, +Telstra gave me a Nokia Lumia as a temporary replacement whilst the Nexus was repaired. Whilst I was fine with using it for a couple of weeks, I donned my Keyboard Warrior hat and wrote a brief missive about how unfair it was that I had to use inferior technology (Windows Phone) whilst my Android device was off the air.  You can read what I wrote here - https://goo.gl/i3r2nf - if you're so inclined.

In the comments of the OP, +Telstra with a rather unusual (in my mind) "I can imagine that being really hard for an avid Android user! Let me see if there is anything I can do (no promises!)."  It was unusual because I wasn't expecting anything to come from my rant.

Anyway, as it turns out, +Telstra came to the party and have given me an HTC One M9. The only proviso is that I have to write a review for them. So, here I am, keyboard at the ready. I've never done a phone review before - I'm not a hardware guy.

Help me out here, people. If you're looking for a new phone, what do you look for? Size? Battery life? Features? I'll write the review according to your requirements.

My thanks to Jamie for the shiny new toy. I've not progressed this since our last chat, I promise I'll get it done in time bwahahahahaha

#ns  ___

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2015-05-07 04:43:33 (26 comments, 9 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Let Me Google That For You

How much does <autocompleteresult> cost in <country>

Some random dude (me) has gone to the trouble of finding out what it would look like if you googled the phrase "how much does cost in..." and then adding the name of each country on the end and letting #GoogleVoodoo  do the rest.

The results are very interesting indeed.

Now, first up, I know that these results are personalised for me. I get that, and I get that the results you get might/will be drastically different. That's not the point, so move on :)

Overall, we're interested in the price of beer, houses and food - I'm sure you'd agree that they're all pretty boring. Necessary, but boring.

Where possible, I have taken the top two results for each country where I could find results. For a... more »

Let Me Google That For You

How much does <autocompleteresult> cost in <country>

Some random dude (me) has gone to the trouble of finding out what it would look like if you googled the phrase "how much does cost in..." and then adding the name of each country on the end and letting #GoogleVoodoo  do the rest.

The results are very interesting indeed.

Now, first up, I know that these results are personalised for me. I get that, and I get that the results you get might/will be drastically different. That's not the point, so move on :)

Overall, we're interested in the price of beer, houses and food - I'm sure you'd agree that they're all pretty boring. Necessary, but boring.

Where possible, I have taken the top two results for each country where I could find results. For a very small number, I also grabbed the third result because they were very unique in their own right. I've thrown all the results into a Google Sheet - you can find that here: https://goo.gl/JyMaqa

Some of the more interesting results are:

Australia
Top AutoComplete Result: Passport
2nd AutoComplete Result: Thermomix
Comment: You people disgust me

Cameroon
Top AutoComplete Result: Things
2nd AutoComplete Result: Bag of Cement
Comment: I think we know why...

France
Top AutoComplete Result: Croissant
2nd AutoComplete Result: Baguette
Comment: Proving, once again, that the French are bastards!

Georgia
Top AutoComplete Result: Divorce
2nd AutoComplete Result: Abortion
Comment: This is more than likely the results for the US state, but either way Georgians are not a very happy group of people.

Germany
Top AutoComplete Result: BMW
2nd AutoComplete Result: Mercedes
Comments: 

Italy
Top AutoComplete Result: Ferrari
2nd AutoComplete Result: Lamborghini
Comments: "Enlarge my penis" came third

Japan
Top AutoComplete Result: Car
2nd AutoComplete Result: House
3rd AutoComplete Result: Watermelon
Comments: Boring, Boring, WTF?


Lebanon
Top AutoComplete Result: PS3
2nd AutoComplete Result: Wedding
Comments: Who would want to marry their PlayStation?

Lesotho
Top AutoComplete Result: Education
2nd AutoComplete Result: no result found
Comments: The most-sensible result for the entire world

Mauritania
Top AutoComplete Result: Slave
2nd AutoComplete Result: no result found
Comments: 

Mongolia
Top AutoComplete Result: Horse
2nd AutoComplete Result: House
Comments: Where would you park your horse at night?

Namibia
Top AutoComplete Result: Beer
2nd AutoComplete Result: House
3rd AutoComplete Result: DNA Test
Comments: When you're kicked out of your house for drinking all the beer, it's obviously time to check your parentage.

Netherlands
Top AutoComplete Result: House
2nd AutoComplete Result: Big Mac
Comments: The Royale With Cheese is alive and well

Nigeria
Top AutoComplete Result: Nokia Lumia
2nd AutoComplete Result: IVF
Comments: Every Nigerian Prince owns a Windows Phone

Turkey
Top AutoComplete Result: It
2nd AutoComplete Result: Things
Comments: What is "it"? Coke? David Boon?

United Kingdom
Top AutoComplete Result: Divorce
2nd AutoComplete Result: Facelift
Comments: All the single ladies.........

United States
Top AutoComplete Result: Passport
2nd AutoComplete Result: Stamp
Comments: Boring, but now look at the results for "USA"
Top USA AutoComplete Result: Vespa
2nd USA AutoComplete Result: House
Comments: You're a very strange people

So, that's it. I got inspired to do this after looking at a similar analysis, found here - http://www.fixr.com/blog/2015/04/17/world-of-obsessions/___

2015-05-06 09:17:23 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

#AboutAustralia  - The Collection

You knew this would be coming.....

It's only fitting that I put together an #AboutAustralia  Collection because it's the thing I'm known for on Google Plus. One of the things I've both enjoyed and been annoyed at with the series is the "perma-post" that I use as a reference for all the #AboutAustralia  posts I write. You can find it here - http://goo.gl/688VLF. I enjoy it because it's a good way of keeping an eye on how many posts I've written (259, and still counting) but it's also annoying because it's just so bland-looking.

The Collections feature effectively makes that post redundant because I can now just share the whole collection to you and you can see them all instead of just a list of links and a brief description.

So, thanks +Google​, +Daniel Raynaud​,+Morit... more »

#AboutAustralia  - The Collection

You knew this would be coming.....

It's only fitting that I put together an #AboutAustralia  Collection because it's the thing I'm known for on Google Plus. One of the things I've both enjoyed and been annoyed at with the series is the "perma-post" that I use as a reference for all the #AboutAustralia  posts I write. You can find it here - http://goo.gl/688VLF. I enjoy it because it's a good way of keeping an eye on how many posts I've written (259, and still counting) but it's also annoying because it's just so bland-looking.

The Collections feature effectively makes that post redundant because I can now just share the whole collection to you and you can see them all instead of just a list of links and a brief description.

So, thanks +Google​, +Daniel Raynaud​, +Moritz Tolxdorff​ and the rest of the team. Keep up the fantastic work.___

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2015-05-01 11:34:18 (31 comments, 36 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

The Kangasaur

Not that far from the truth...

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

The Kangasaur

Not that far from the truth...

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-04-28 05:37:04 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Hello, you're on off the air

Somebody get me a doctor!

So, the GPS on my #Nexus5  is not giving me real-time updates nor voice-guided navigation. After going through the rigmarole of software updates and factory resets, I took it into my local +Telstra store. After the guy decided to Google the issue (!!!), he eventually agreed it's a hardware problem.

They've given me a Nokia Lumia 925 as a temporary phone.

ARGH!

How am I meant to live with this thing? Seeing as I do most of my Google Plussing on my phone, expect me to be a little quiet for the next coupla weeks.

#ns  

Hello, you're on off the air

Somebody get me a doctor!

So, the GPS on my #Nexus5  is not giving me real-time updates nor voice-guided navigation. After going through the rigmarole of software updates and factory resets, I took it into my local +Telstra store. After the guy decided to Google the issue (!!!), he eventually agreed it's a hardware problem.

They've given me a Nokia Lumia 925 as a temporary phone.

ARGH!

How am I meant to live with this thing? Seeing as I do most of my Google Plussing on my phone, expect me to be a little quiet for the next coupla weeks.

#ns  ___

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2015-04-23 03:23:31 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

ANZAC Day

One hundred years on!

This image depicts Aussie servicemen from 5 eras - The Boer War (South Africa), World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the modern era (Iraq / Afghanistan). The five are sharing a beer - and certainly the odd story or two - in a typical Aussie pub. It's a print created by the very talented +Warrick Eady, your own copy can be ordered at http://warrickeadyphotography.bigcartel.com/

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful day on a beach in Turkey, the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

But, ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians (and New Zealanders) who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human... more »

ANZAC Day

One hundred years on!

This image depicts Aussie servicemen from 5 eras - The Boer War (South Africa), World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the modern era (Iraq / Afghanistan). The five are sharing a beer - and certainly the odd story or two - in a typical Aussie pub. It's a print created by the very talented +Warrick Eady, your own copy can be ordered at http://warrickeadyphotography.bigcartel.com/

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful day on a beach in Turkey, the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

But, ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians (and New Zealanders) who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

The word ‘mate’ has a long, proud and distinctive history in Australia. From Broome to Omeo, “G’day mate, owsitgoin?” is the familiar phrase all Australians instinctively understand. It’s a part of the national lexicon found nowhere else in the world. 

The term ‘mateship’ can be traced back to the early convicts and was likely to have formed out of the predominantly Irish working-class egalitarianism present in British society in early colonial times. The harsh environment in which convicts and new settlers found themselves meant that men and women closely relied on each other for all sorts of help. In Australia, a 'mate' is more than just a friend. It's a term that implies a sense of shared experience, mutual respect and unconditional assistance.

Originally, ‘mate’ was a bit of a blokey term. A century ago, our great poet, Henry Lawson wrote a short story entitled Mateship. Lawson said the grandest of mates were two blokes. But Lawson was also good enough to concede that “the creed of mateship” could extend to an old mate’s wife or daughters. 

Mateship is a term frequently used to describe a relationship during times of challenge. The popular notion of mateship came to the fore during the First World War. During this period, the word 'mate' became interchangeable with the word 'digger', which had its roots in the gold digging fields of the 1850s. Gold diggers were portrayed in stories and songs as romantic heroes, larrikins and villains who embraced the principles of democracy.  Mateship was defined through the experience of trench warfare, concentration camps, hunger, injury, forced labour and the boredom and terror of war

They tramp in mateship side by side -
The Protestant and Roman
They call no biped lord or sir
And touch their hat to no man
   - Henry Lawson, Shearers

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

#anzacday   #lestweforget   #onehundredyears  
#australia   #straya   #oz   #downunder  

via +Australian War Memorial, +Australian Army, and others  ___

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2015-04-16 10:38:00 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Australian Fine Dining

Regurgitated

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

Australian Fine Dining

Regurgitated

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-04-12 11:36:33 (10 comments, 36 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

Australian Myths

There is nothing but  #truth  here.

I’d like to clarify a few things #AboutAustralia  for any international visitors who would like to travel to the geographic backside of the world (meaning, we’re so far away from everything else!):

1. Hardly any Aussies look like, or act like Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin - Crikey, what a load of codswallop. Whilst the overly-suntanned look is not common (slip, slop, slap and all that), we all have crocodile teeth necklaces and carry weapons.

2. Most metropolitan areas do not have kangaroos jumping around in the streets - Tish Tosh. We don't have cars, so how else are we supposed to get around town if not on the back of a roo?

3. Australians only drink Fosters beer - You won’t see many cartons of Fosters in the bottle shops located throughout the country.You’re m... more »

Australian Myths

There is nothing but  #truth  here.

I’d like to clarify a few things #AboutAustralia  for any international visitors who would like to travel to the geographic backside of the world (meaning, we’re so far away from everything else!):

1. Hardly any Aussies look like, or act like Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin - Crikey, what a load of codswallop. Whilst the overly-suntanned look is not common (slip, slop, slap and all that), we all have crocodile teeth necklaces and carry weapons.

2. Most metropolitan areas do not have kangaroos jumping around in the streets - Tish Tosh. We don't have cars, so how else are we supposed to get around town if not on the back of a roo?

3. Australians only drink Fosters beer - You won’t see many cartons of Fosters in the bottle shops located throughout the country. You’re more likely to come across Fosters overseas. That's because we like to play jokes on you all and then keep all the decent beer for when you come over for a visit.

4. Australians have a similar accent to our cousins in New Zealand - say what, cuz? Anyone who seriously thinks that has never gone to the fush and chup shop to buy sux thongs.

5. Neighbours is just Coronoation Street with sunshine - Nonono. Neighbours is just Benny Hill with less music.

6. It’s true that there are harsher prison sentences for failing to declare goods such as fruit or salami, than if you bring in other dodgy substances such as hard drugs - that's true, but only because we prefer to kill our drug mules in Bali.

7. Two weeks is not enough time to ‘see’ Australia - two weeks is more than enough time to see Sydney, however. And we all know, there's worth seeing outside of Sydney.

8. Stealing a loaf of bread was the only action required for English people to score a free boat trip to Australia in the 1790’s - In the 21st century, bringing a loaf of bread into the country is enough cause for deportation due to quarantine laws that are probably stricter than U.S. Homeland Security legislation.

What other myths need to be debunked?

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF
#Australia   #oz   #downunder  ___

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2015-04-08 11:02:23 (33 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Let's Talk About Sex

Aussie-style

With tourism being one of Australia's biggest selling points to the global economy, it's not too far a stretch to suggest that the odd tourist or two might hook up with a local and talk about The Beast With Two Backs. Because of this, I felt it was an important to provide the world with A Guide To Australian Sex Slang.

Here’s some slang to help you get into some Aussie spunk rat’s pants:

Got The Hots For - The act of having a crush on someone. i.e. “Maureen Jones totally has the hots for Johnno.”

Pash - The act of kissing someone i.e. “Maureen Jones and Johnno totally pashed!”

Wristy - The act of jerking off a man, i.e. “She gave him a wristy in the bathroom at the party.”

Gobby - The act of giving a man a blow job, i.e. “Then she goton her knees and ... more »

Let's Talk About Sex

Aussie-style

With tourism being one of Australia's biggest selling points to the global economy, it's not too far a stretch to suggest that the odd tourist or two might hook up with a local and talk about The Beast With Two Backs. Because of this, I felt it was an important to provide the world with A Guide To Australian Sex Slang.

Here’s some slang to help you get into some Aussie spunk rat’s pants:

Got The Hots For - The act of having a crush on someone. i.e. “Maureen Jones totally has the hots for Johnno.”

Pash - The act of kissing someone i.e. “Maureen Jones and Johnno totally pashed!”

Wristy - The act of jerking off a man, i.e. “She gave him a wristy in the bathroom at the party.”

Gobby - The act of giving a man a blow job, i.e. “Then she got on her knees and have him a gobby.”

Cop A Root - The act of having sex i.e. “Did you cop a root?”

See also: “A Cheeky Root” (the act of having sex when it’s a bad idea, guilt free; the use of “cheeky” in front of any elicit act for instance smoking a “cheeky” ciggie, doing a “cheeky” line, implies you’re not responsible for the irresponsible behaviour despite engaging willingly/wanting to engage/being the one to suggest engaement); “Root Rat” (a person that enjoys a cheeky root more often than not).

Smash Your Back Out - The act of having sex, i.e. “Let me take you back to the shed, throw you on the workbench, and smash your back out.” It’s commonly accepted that Australians don’t “do” things, but that they “smash” things; applies equally to smashing beer, smashing vegemite toast, smashing a run, etc.

Tits Out For The Boys A chant commonly used by drunk bros around women, usually while clapping in time to the words, i.e. “Tits! Out! For the Boys! Tits out for the boys!”

Toeier Than A Roman Sandal - Someone that is very horny, i.e. “All these babes are making me toeir than a Roman sandal.”

Jut - Pronounced Joot - A vagina i.e. “My joot’s itchy.”

Tosser - A slur against someone implying that they masturbate a lot; wanker, i.e. “Johnno cheated on Maureen Jones, what a tosser.”

Spoof - Semen, i.e. “I got his spoof in my hair, how embarrassing.” Also used to imply aimlessness in life, i.e. “I just spoofed about all day.” 

Do you know of any more slang words regarding the horizontal tango?

#AboutAustralia  http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-04-05 02:45:57 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The White House Renovation

Stage 2

It's beginning again. I am installing a fake floor so that I can repaint the walls and put up some decorative panelling on the ceiling. Oh, and a new chandelier.

For those that don't know, I call my house The White House because it's made from white brick. If you want to look at the main Renovation I did, then click on the first hashtag below. I'm slowly turning my house into an 18th Century French themed "Castle".

I'll post updates as I go, as always.

#WhiteHouseReno #WhiteHouseRenoTwo

The White House Renovation

Stage 2

It's beginning again. I am installing a fake floor so that I can repaint the walls and put up some decorative panelling on the ceiling. Oh, and a new chandelier.

For those that don't know, I call my house The White House because it's made from white brick. If you want to look at the main Renovation I did, then click on the first hashtag below. I'm slowly turning my house into an 18th Century French themed "Castle".

I'll post updates as I go, as always.

#WhiteHouseReno #WhiteHouseRenoTwo___

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2015-03-31 11:07:47 (39 comments, 14 reshares, 351 +1s)Open 

When #Caturday  Meets #AboutAustralia

Say hello to 'Oz'

This little girl, who turns 1 on Thursday, has what looks very much like the map of #Australia  on her nose. She was entered into a Cat Show at the +Sydney Royal Easter Show but didn't win any prizes. What she did win, however, was bucketload of attention from the crowd because of her rather unique schnoz.

I hope +Jedi will forgive me for posting this, but the picture is just too cute to not share.

Via +The Daily Telegraph (http://goo.gl/XoPsbs)

#AboutAustralia  http://goo.gl/688VLF

#Australia   #sydney   #easter2015   #caturdayeveryday  

When #Caturday  Meets #AboutAustralia

Say hello to 'Oz'

This little girl, who turns 1 on Thursday, has what looks very much like the map of #Australia  on her nose. She was entered into a Cat Show at the +Sydney Royal Easter Show but didn't win any prizes. What she did win, however, was bucketload of attention from the crowd because of her rather unique schnoz.

I hope +Jedi will forgive me for posting this, but the picture is just too cute to not share.

Via +The Daily Telegraph (http://goo.gl/XoPsbs)

#AboutAustralia  http://goo.gl/688VLF

#Australia   #sydney   #easter2015   #caturdayeveryday  ___

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2015-03-30 03:20:11 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Is this guy the next Crocodile Hunter?

Or, just an idiot with a camera?

Ever since Steve Irwin got too close to a Stingray in 2006, the world has gone nuts waiting for someone else as mad as him. Like him or loathe him, Irwin brought attention to Australia's (and the world's) dangerous wildlife in a manner that no one else has really replicated. Sure, there's guys like +Bear Grylls​ but honestly, he's not on the same scale of insanity as Irwin IMHO.

Enter +Beau Greaves​ (and his Google+ Page +Beau Greaves Presents: A Wild Life​) 

Here's a guy who has "always had this weird bond with reptiles." Greaves has spent hours swimming without protection among large crocodiles with underwater visibility of less than 30m.  "Mostly I’ve found," he says, "once you’re underwater with them, they become nice,friendly and ... more »

Is this guy the next Crocodile Hunter?

Or, just an idiot with a camera?

Ever since Steve Irwin got too close to a Stingray in 2006, the world has gone nuts waiting for someone else as mad as him. Like him or loathe him, Irwin brought attention to Australia's (and the world's) dangerous wildlife in a manner that no one else has really replicated. Sure, there's guys like +Bear Grylls​ but honestly, he's not on the same scale of insanity as Irwin IMHO.

Enter +Beau Greaves​ (and his Google+ Page +Beau Greaves Presents: A Wild Life​) 

Here's a guy who has "always had this weird bond with reptiles." Greaves has spent hours swimming without protection among large crocodiles with underwater visibility of less than 30m.  "Mostly I’ve found," he says, "once you’re underwater with them, they become nice, friendly and placid."

Is he really Doctor Dolittle, or does he have a death wish?

via +Courier Mail​ (http://goo.gl/S48F6t)

For more #AboutAustralia  --> http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-03-25 21:47:45 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

An American's Guide to Cricket

Where a "World Series" actually involves The World

A while back (wow, was it really more than 3 years ago?), I wrote about The Rules of Cricket (http://goo.gl/UXTXgC). I compared my beloved game of Cricket to the game of Baseball, as it's an easy way for Americans to "get it".

Now, the good people at +Slate have put together a video explaining Cricket to Americans. You can find it here --> http://goo.gl/BUKqpA. It's a great video, and worth checking out, but it's not complete

Here's a brief summary/recap of "the rules"....

1. Instead of a maximum of 3 outs in an innings, in cricket there is a maximum of 10. You don't need to use all 10, if you don't want to. If you think you have scored enough points ("runs") then you can give the... more »

An American's Guide to Cricket

Where a "World Series" actually involves The World

A while back (wow, was it really more than 3 years ago?), I wrote about The Rules of Cricket (http://goo.gl/UXTXgC). I compared my beloved game of Cricket to the game of Baseball, as it's an easy way for Americans to "get it".

Now, the good people at +Slate have put together a video explaining Cricket to Americans. You can find it here --> http://goo.gl/BUKqpA. It's a great video, and worth checking out, but it's not complete

Here's a brief summary/recap of "the rules"....

1. Instead of a maximum of 3 outs in an innings, in cricket there is a maximum of 10. You don't need to use all 10, if you don't want to. If you think you have scored enough points ("runs") then you can give the other team a turn. This typically only happens in a Test Match, which is the longest form of the game (which can last for up to 5 days).

2. Instead of one batter, in cricket there are two.

3. Just like in Baseball, in Cricket you can have multiple "pitchers". In Cricket, however, you get a maximum of 6 bowls ("pitches") before another bowler/pitcher has a turn (for another 6). Each group of 6 is called an "Over".

4. To score a run in Cricket, all you have to do is "swap ends" instead of doing a lap around a diamond. You can also score by hitting the ball to the boundary (to score 4 runs/points) or over the fence (a "home run", valuing 6 runs/points).

5. In baseball, there is basically only one way to get out...being caught (don't correct me if I'm wrong, just go with me). In Cricket, there are TEN ways to get out. More on that below....

6. There are 3 basic games of Cricket that can be played. Traditionally, there is a Test Match, which lasts for a maximum of FIVE DAYS. In the 1970s, a new version was created called a One Day Match (limited to 50 overs). This attracted large crowds. Recently, in the past 5 years or so, a more-limited version of the game (20 overs each, called "Twenty-20") has become popular. Now, this version of the game lasts only 4 hours.

7. Unlike you soft Americans, only one of our players wears gloves when fielding. That guy is called the Wicket Keeper (aka "The Keeper", or "Wicky"). He wears two gloves, and in years gone by. sometimes a steak. The two batsmen also wear gloves, because protecting your hands from the rock-hard ball being thrown at you at 100mph is kinda important.

So, the 10 ways of getting "out" in Cricket are:
(Before I begin, there are very very very few people who can name all 10 of these without having to Google it)

1. Bowled

2. Caught

3. Stumped

4. LBW. Leg Before Wicket

5. Run Out

6. Hit Wicket

7. Handling the Ball

8. Timed Out

9. Obstructing the Field

10. Double Hit

#iccworldcup2015   #icccricketworldcup2015   #cwc2015  
#AboutAustralia  http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-03-23 10:28:13 (56 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Truth in Advertising

THIS is why I hate Marketing People!

Take a look at this photo I took earlier tonight at my local +Woolworths​ store. I walked up (from the back of the store) to grab some tomatoes, saw that they were $3.49 a kilo, and so I grabbed a few. When I got to the checkout, the woman rang them up as $6.98 a kilo. I questioned, and she pointed towards the stand where I could see both prices below (well below eye-level, and not as eye-catching as the pricetag on top). I paid my money and walked out. I took this photo from the front door.....

The "Special" price on top is sitting neatly between both products (60% over the Avocados and 40% over the Tomatoes). And yes, it clearly says (in tiny writing, with a really small picture to match) that the price is for the Avocados.

My question is, is this morally right?
... more »

Truth in Advertising

THIS is why I hate Marketing People!

Take a look at this photo I took earlier tonight at my local +Woolworths​ store. I walked up (from the back of the store) to grab some tomatoes, saw that they were $3.49 a kilo, and so I grabbed a few. When I got to the checkout, the woman rang them up as $6.98 a kilo. I questioned, and she pointed towards the stand where I could see both prices below (well below eye-level, and not as eye-catching as the pricetag on top). I paid my money and walked out. I took this photo from the front door.....

The "Special" price on top is sitting neatly between both products (60% over the Avocados and 40% over the Tomatoes). And yes, it clearly says (in tiny writing, with a really small picture to match) that the price is for the Avocados.

My question is, is this morally right?

Technically, sure, +Woolworths​ have done nothing wrong. But, "clever marketing" never does anything wrong. Marketing people are like lawyers, looking for each and every loophole to try and screw the customer. Or win the court case. Bugger the truth, bugger what is right. "Win" at all costs.

This is why I hate marketing people.

#ns  ___

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2015-03-21 21:17:41 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Aussie Pride

With a side order of gravy

It doesn't take much to make me laugh. I laughed when I saw my first dead body, which was obviously more from the shock rather than the humour of it. But, I laughed nonetheless.

And so it is with this pic. I laughed a bit too much, I think. Hopefully you will too.

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF
#Australia #straya #downunder #oz 

Aussie Pride

With a side order of gravy

It doesn't take much to make me laugh. I laughed when I saw my first dead body, which was obviously more from the shock rather than the humour of it. But, I laughed nonetheless.

And so it is with this pic. I laughed a bit too much, I think. Hopefully you will too.

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF
#Australia #straya #downunder #oz ___

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2015-03-16 08:45:43 (26 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Aussie English gets an update

+Oxford Dictionaries​​​ are at it again!

Recently, I wrote about a quiz which +Oxford Dictionaries​​​ put together about Aussie English - you can see that here --> http://goo.gl/TiGaTA. Well, it appears that they have taken it a step further by adding five hundred new Aussie words to their dictionary.

It's a worthy addition to the #AboutAustralia  series  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

There's quite a few words that I've never heard of, but here's a selection of some of the ones I have:

banjo ▶noun – phrases swing the banjo Austral./NZ informal use a shovel, especially in a vigorous way: I hope to be swinging the banjo around some of those stony ridges.

banker ▶noun  – phrases run (or come down) a banker Austral./NZ informal (of a river) flooded tothe top of, or over, its... more »

Aussie English gets an update

+Oxford Dictionaries​​​ are at it again!

Recently, I wrote about a quiz which +Oxford Dictionaries​​​ put together about Aussie English - you can see that here --> http://goo.gl/TiGaTA. Well, it appears that they have taken it a step further by adding five hundred new Aussie words to their dictionary.

It's a worthy addition to the #AboutAustralia  series  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

There's quite a few words that I've never heard of, but here's a selection of some of the ones I have:

banjo ▶noun – phrases swing the banjo Austral./NZ informal use a shovel, especially in a vigorous way: I hope to be swinging the banjo around some of those stony ridges.

banker ▶noun  – phrases run (or come down) a banker Austral./NZ informal (of a river) flooded to the top of, or over, its banks: the creek is running a banker.

billy (also billycan) ▶noun – phrases swing (or sling) the billy Austral./NZ informal prepare to make tea, especially as an act of hospitality.

blue ▶adjective – phrases bung (or stack) on a blue Austral. informal make a fuss or create a disturbance: we're only reported if we bung on a blue

bob ▶noun  – phrases silly (or mad or crazy) as a two-bob watch Austral./NZ informal unpredictable; foolish and absurd: even as a nipper he was silly as a two-bob watch

bush ▶noun – phrases go bush Austral./NZ leave one's usual surroundings; run wild. out bush Austral./NZ in or into an area of back country: men and women who worked out bush. take to the bush Austral./NZ (originally of convicts) run away; go to live in the wild: the start of the war saw him take to the bush. what do you think this is—bush week? Austral./NZ a response to a request, implying that one is being unfairly imposed upon or taken for a fool: I get smart alecks trying to put one over on me every minute of the day; what do you think this is—bush week?

coolamon /ˈkuːləmən/ ▶noun Austral. an Aboriginal container made of wood or bark, used for holding liquids, carrying goods, or carrying a baby: a coolamon of water. – origin mid 19th cent.: from Kamilaroi (an Aboriginal language) and neighbouring languages gulaman.

goat ▶noun – phrases run like a hairy goat Austral./NZ informal run or perform badly: the nag ran like a hairy goat.

grog ▶noun – phrases off the grog Austral./NZ informal abstaining from drinking alcohol: I'm supposed to be off the grog three nights a week. on the grog Austral./NZ informal drinking alcohol, especially heavily: a group of young locals are well and truly on the grog.

Hughie ▶noun Austral./NZ informal an imaginary being held to be responsible for the weather: more rain next week please, Hughie! – phrases send her (or it) down, Hughie Austral./NZ informal an appeal for rain: as a farmer he would say, 'send her down, Hughie'. – origin early 20th cent.: diminutive of the given name Hugh. The phrase send her down, Hughie may have developed from the British variant send it down, David, which dates from the 1920s.

jam ▶noun – phrases put (or lay) on jam Austral. informal adopt an affected way of speaking or an affected manner: when nervous, she tends to put on jam.

kangaroo bar ▶noun Austral. a strong metal grille fitted to the front of a motor vehicle to protect it from impact damage; a bull bar: choose a car with a kangaroo bar for driving in rural areas. 

kangaroo route ▶noun (the kangaroo route) the air route between Australia (especially Sydney) and London: the kangaroo route is immensely profitable at the moment. – origin 1940s: the route was originally flown by the airline Qantas, whose aircraft tail livery features a stylized kangaroo.
 
kangaroo steamer ▶noun Austral. a stew made from kangaroo meat: a kangaroo steamer and a piece of damper made an excellent meal. 

keeping place ▶noun Austral. an Aboriginal community-based cultural centre dedicated to the preservation of traditional Aboriginal culture, artifacts, etc.: the site also features an art gallery and an indigenous keeping place. 

kingie /ˈkɪŋi/ ▶noun Austral./NZ informal a large fish of various families, many of which are caught for sport and some of which are edible; a kingfish: it was a job to land a kingie and get the hook free from his jaw. – origin early 20th cent.: abbreviation of kingfish. 

lamington drive ▶noun Austral. an organised effort to raise money for charity from the sale of lamingtons: only so much funding can be raised through lamington drives and cake stalls. 

lezzo (also leso (pl. lesos)) /ˈlɛzəʊ/ ▶noun (pl. lezzos) Austral. informal, offensive a lesbian: why did they replace her with that purple-haired lezzo? – origin 1940s: a shortening of lesbian. 

lolly water ▶noun [mass noun] Austral./NZ informal non-alcoholic drink: all three of them were on the lolly water. Apparently they had early starts. ■weak alcoholic drink: an ice-cold, full-strength can of beer rather than some plastic-cupped lolly water " [as modifier] lolly water alcopops. 

lunatic soup ▶noun [mass noun] Austral. informal alcoholic drink of poor quality: he was full of lunatic soup, judging by the empty bottle. 

magic pudding ▶noun Austral. an endlessly renewable resource: policy makers continue to see the environment as a magic pudding. – origin 1980s: from the title of a children's book The Magic Pudding (1918) by Norman Lindsay, in which a pudding instantly renews itself as slices are cut out of it. 

milko /ˈmɪlkəʊ/ ▶noun (pl. milkos) chiefly Austral./NZ informal a person who delivers milk to homes; a milkman: when I was younger, the milkos could be heard whistling all over town. – origin early 20th cent.: from the milkman's standard cry of milk o! 

mug lair ▶noun Austral. derogatory a person who is stupid and vulgar: older Australians consider him a two-bob mug lair, all bleach and trousers. – origin 1930s: from mug1 in the sense 'stupid or gullible person' + 'lair', a back-formation from lairy. 

mum and dad investor ▶noun Austral. a small-time risk-averse shareholder, typically the average person with a mortgage and family: these companies are collapsing and thousands of mum and dad investors are in jeopardy. 

Novocastrian /ˌnəʊvəˈkastrɪən/ ▶noun a native or inhabitant of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England or Newcastle in the Australian state of New South Wales: Novocastrians condemned the state government for its 'paltry commitment' to Newcastle. – origin early 20th cent.: a fanciful modern coinage modelled on Latin. 

old fella (also old fellow) ▶noun informal, chiefly Austral. a man's penis: he was proud of his old fella. 

onya /ˈɒnjə/ ▶exclamation Austral. informal an exclamation of approval of a person; good on you!: they're the leading qualifiers for the next round. Onya fellas! – origin 1980s: a contraction of 'good on you'. 

rabbit fence ▶noun Austral./NZ a fence erected to prevent the spread of wild rabbits and other agricultural pests from one region to another; a rabbit-proof fence: the barrier was part of a network of rabbit fences stretching across the continent. 

ratshit /ˈratʃɪt/ ▶adjective Austral./NZ informal of no worth or value; useless: the public schooling system's going to be completely ratshit. 

razor gang ▶noun Austral./NZ informal a parliamentary committee established to examine ways of reducing public expenditure: Labor's razor gang has approved the cutbacks. – origin 1980s: perhaps from an earlier British sense relating to the pursuit of greater economy and productivity within British Railways, ultimately from the sense 'a violent gang armed with razors'. 

sanger /ˈsaŋə/ ▶noun Austral. informal a sandwich: I fancy a steak sanger and a glass of amber. 

sarvo /ˈsɑːvəʊ/ ▶adverb Austral./NZ informal (often the sarvo or this sarvo) this afternoon: okay -- see you sarvo " quarter to four the sarvo, as usual? 

scungies /ˈskʌn(d)ʒɪz/ ▶noun [plural noun] Austral. informal swimming trunks or other sporting briefs: men execute the time-honoured beachside quick change from undies to scungies. – origin 1970s: from scungy. 

stuff up ▶noun – phrases stuff up (or stuff something up) informal, chiefly Austral. & NZ mishandle or mismanage a situation: stupid people always blame others for their mistakes, rather than admitting they stuffed up " she stuffed up just about everything she got involved in. 

wacker /ˈwakə/ (also whacker) ▶noun Austral. informal a person who is stupid or annoying (used as a general term of abuse): don't humour this guy, he's a wacker. – origin 1960s: a back-formation from wacky. 

#australia   #straya   #downunder   #oz  ___

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2015-03-13 11:20:51 (34 comments, 9 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Australian English

Do you speak it?

There is an altogether different version of English being spoken here in the land Down Under. Thanks to the likes of “Crocodile” Mick Dundee and The Crocodile Hunter, lots of non-Aussies are familiar with some of our slang, including crikey (an interjection expressing surprise), sheila (an informal term for a girl or woman), and barbie (an abbreviation of barbecue). But there is so much more to the language variation than what you’ve heard from Paul Hogan and Steve Irwin.

How familiar are you with the version of English spoken down under? Here's a quick 10-question quiz from +Oxford Dictionaries​​​ to find out ( OP - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/03/quiz-good-australian-english/ )

Aussies should find this one pretty easy, so feel free to discuss in the comments. For non-Aussies, I'd love toknow how you... more »

Australian English

Do you speak it?

There is an altogether different version of English being spoken here in the land Down Under. Thanks to the likes of “Crocodile” Mick Dundee and The Crocodile Hunter, lots of non-Aussies are familiar with some of our slang, including crikey (an interjection expressing surprise), sheila (an informal term for a girl or woman), and barbie (an abbreviation of barbecue). But there is so much more to the language variation than what you’ve heard from Paul Hogan and Steve Irwin.

How familiar are you with the version of English spoken down under? Here's a quick 10-question quiz from +Oxford Dictionaries​​​ to find out ( OP - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/03/quiz-good-australian-english/ )

Aussies should find this one pretty easy, so feel free to discuss in the comments. For non-Aussies, I'd love to know how you do - let us know by giving your score in the comments.

As always, the full #AboutAustralia  series can be found here --> http://goo.gl/688VLF

Question 1 - A term with some traction in North America as well, what is an 'ankle-biter'?
a) a child
b) a lap dog
c) an uncomfortable sock
d) a rattlesnake

Question 2 - If you called someone 'ropeable', what would that make them?
a) thin
b) faithful
c) furious
d) good at mountain climbing

Question 3 - What would you be talking about if you used the term 'hard yakka'?
a) tough luck
b) a tongue-twister
c) hard work
d) stale bread

Question 4 - If something was described as 'dinkum', what is it considered to be?
a) stolen
b) genuine
c) old-fashioned
d) broken

Question 5 - In some situations you might be told to ‘give it a burl’. What is a 'burl'?
a) a period of time
b) a flourish
c) a long distance
d) an attempt

Question 6 - If you were to call someone a 'dag', you would be referring to him as being what?
a) well-dressed
b) boring
c) hypocritical
d) dorky

Question 7 - What sort of animal might an Australian refer to as a ‘jumbuck’?
a) a deer
b) a sheep
c) a dog
d) a cow

Question 8 - If someone called the town mayor 'shonky', what are they suggesting about him?
a) he is dishonest
b) he needs a haircut
c) he is powerless
d) he has been replaced by an alien

Question 9 - If I were 'fossicking' for something, what would I be doing?
a) pitching it on late night television
b) turning it into a fossil (on its behalf)
c) looking for it
d) placing a speculative bet on it

Question 10 - If your friend had been in a 'bingle', you’d be concerned because a bingle is what?
a) a crocodile-filled swamp
b) a high-speed police chase
c) a small collision
d) a small brass ensemble










-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ANSWERS FOLLOW -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-







ANSWER 1 - A Child - Often used humourously, 'ankle-biter' is slang for a small child.

ANSWER 2 - Ropeable - The word 'ropeable' is derived from the idea that the person would have to be physically restrained.

ANSWER 3 - Hard Work - Derived from Yagara, an extinct Aboriginal language, 'yakka' (often 'hard yakka') means 'hard work'.

ANSWER 4 - Genuine - 'Dinkum' means 'genuine, honest, true'and can be used of a person or an object. It commonly appears in the term 'fair dinkum', used to emphasise the genuineness of something or the acceptability of somebody's behaviour.

ANSWER 5 - An Attempt - A 'burl' is an attempt, and is a regional variation of the Scottish 'birl' (meaning 'spin' or 'whirl')

ANSWER 6 - Dorky - 'Dag' refers to an (often entertainingly) dorky or eccentric person. It relates to the original meaning of 'dag' in Australia: a lock of wool matted with dung hanging from the hindquarters of a sheep

ANSWER 7 - A Sheep - 'Jumbuck' is an informal term for a sheep, possibly Australian pidgin for 'jump up'

ANSWER 8 - He is Dishonest - Often used to refer to politicians or political groups, 'shonky' means dishonest, unreliable or illegal.

ANSWER 9 - Looking for it - Originally referring to mining, the verb 'fossick' is another word for 'look'.

ANSWER 10 - A Small Collision - 'Bingle' is another word for an auto accident (usually not a serious one).

#australia   #straya   #downunder   #oz   #steveirwin   #crocodiledundee  ___

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2015-03-08 23:30:59 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Sydney Panorama Drawings

From 1805 - 2012

Every now and then, my #AboutAustralia  series takes a new and interesting turn.  I'm always looking for new things to share as part of the series, things which aren't common. This small collection of panoramic drawings of the #Sydney  skyline definitely meets that criteria.

These drawings were done by Richard Braddish, and are a small part of a much larger collection he's working on. Basically he's doing 150+ drawings, from 1788 - 2012. In Richard's words:

I've drawn up a Sydney skyline (as viewed from north/east) panorama from 1788 and added buildings in each year until present (over 150 diagrams). Took 2 years and many years to research what year what went up and location and height

The drawings included here are:
1805 - When the 45m (150') clock tower stoodou... more »

Sydney Panorama Drawings

From 1805 - 2012

Every now and then, my #AboutAustralia  series takes a new and interesting turn.  I'm always looking for new things to share as part of the series, things which aren't common. This small collection of panoramic drawings of the #Sydney  skyline definitely meets that criteria.

These drawings were done by Richard Braddish, and are a small part of a much larger collection he's working on. Basically he's doing 150+ drawings, from 1788 - 2012. In Richard's words:

I've drawn up a Sydney skyline (as viewed from north/east) panorama from 1788 and added buildings in each year until present (over 150 diagrams). Took 2 years and many years to research what year what went up and location and height

The drawings included here are:
1805 - When the 45m (150') clock tower stood out among all others

1880 - Garden palace dominates landscape

1932 - Harbour bridge completion

1939 - AWA tower tallest in Australia

1962 - First skyscraper

1973 - +Sydney Opera House completed

1981 - Sydney Tower (aka "Centrepoint") completed

2001 - New milineum and massive expansion

2012 - Sydney "today"

Click through each of them and watch +Sydney grow from its humble beginnings as a penal colony and into the thriving metropolis that it is today.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

#sydney   #australia   #straya   #downunder  ___

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2015-03-03 23:25:23 (225 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

The Bali 9

Feel free to disagree!

/rant
I'm sick and tired of hearing about the #Bali9. Does anyone honestly believe they wouldn't be couriering drugs today if they weren't caught?
/endrant

#ns  

The Bali 9

Feel free to disagree!

/rant
I'm sick and tired of hearing about the #Bali9. Does anyone honestly believe they wouldn't be couriering drugs today if they weren't caught?
/endrant

#ns  ___

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2015-02-24 04:21:29 (82 comments, 25 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

Interesting Facts

#AboutAustralia  

Ask the question of what Australia is known for to Aussies and foreigners and you'll get answers like +Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, +Kylie Minogue, kangaroos, koalas, cricket, swimming, +Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Aborigines, Minerals, Wine and Vegemite. +Australia is much more than these.

Here's a few things you might or might not know about the land Down Under.

Fact 1 - It is the 6th largest country in the world, occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometers.

Fact 2 - It has the world's 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometers.

Fact 3 - Vegetation covers nearly 7 million square kilometers or 91 percent of Australia. 

Fact 4 - Thelarg... more »

Interesting Facts

#AboutAustralia  

Ask the question of what Australia is known for to Aussies and foreigners and you'll get answers like +Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, +Kylie Minogue, kangaroos, koalas, cricket, swimming, +Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Aborigines, Minerals, Wine and Vegemite. +Australia is much more than these.

Here's a few things you might or might not know about the land Down Under.

Fact 1 - It is the 6th largest country in the world, occupying an entire continent of some 7.6 million square kilometers.

Fact 2 - It has the world's 3rd largest ocean territory, spanning three oceans and covering around 12 million square kilometers.

Fact 3 - Vegetation covers nearly 7 million square kilometers or 91 percent of Australia. 

Fact 4 - The largest Greek population in the world beside Athens in Greece can be found in Melbourne, Victoria.

Fact 5 - Most of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Fact 6 - The Indigenous 'Dream Time' is the foundation for tens of thousands of years of spiritual aboriginal art, traditions, legends, myths, folklore and culture.

Fact 7 - The only nation-continent of 20 million people in the world.

Fact 8 - The wattle was adopted as the national floral emblem in 1912.

Fact 9 - More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometers of the coast making Australia one of the world's most urbanised coastal dwelling populations.

Fact 10 - Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

Fact 11 - The largest cattle station in the world is Anna Creek Station in South Australia at over 34,000 square kilometers (about 13,000 square miles) is the world's largest cattle station. It is 7 TIMES LARGER than America's largest cattle ranch, King Ranch in Texas and is about the size of Belgium or Israel.

Fact 12 - Despite having a convict colony history, Australia's homicide rate is 1.2 per 100,000 population compared to the 6.3 per 100,000 in the United States.

Fact 13 - Approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are produced by Australia.

Fact 14 - Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content.

Fact 15 - It has the highest rate of gambling in the world with over 80 percent of Australian adults engaging in gambling of some kind and 20 percent of the poker machines in the world are found in Australia.

Fact 16 - Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902. New Zealand was first.

Fact 17 - It has 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes.

Fact 18 - 80 percent of Australians believe Australia has a strong culture and identity characterized by being down to earth, mateship, honesty, sports-loving and multicultural based on research organized by the +Australia Day Council of NSW.

Fact 19 - The only place in the world where you can still find the lung fish which is a living fossil from the Triassic period 350 million years ago.

Fact 20 - The sports capital of the world (Melbourne) has 70 percent of its total population participating at least once a week in a particular recreational activity or sport.  Unlike other contact sports around the world, in Australia our football players wear NO protective gear and play for the entire length of the game unless forced to retire from the field due to injury.

via LinkedIn
Image via a random google search

The full #AboutAustralia  series is here --> http://goo.gl/688VLF
#Australia   #straya   #downunder   #aussie  ___

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2015-02-17 22:42:23 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

ɐılɐɹʇsnɐ uı ǝlıɥʍuɐǝɯ

It's a topsy turvy world in Australia

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

#australia   #downunder   #straya   #aussie  

ɐılɐɹʇsnɐ uı ǝlıɥʍuɐǝɯ

It's a topsy turvy world in Australia

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

#australia   #downunder   #straya   #aussie  ___

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2015-02-16 11:17:52 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

I'm so proud

The White House has a graduate.

He outgrew all the other puppies from his class during the four weeks of school.

That's my boy :-D

I done good. ___I'm so proud

The White House has a graduate.

He outgrew all the other puppies from his class during the four weeks of school.

That's my boy :-D

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2015-02-08 05:43:25 (32 comments, 21 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Drop Bears

I feel like a sausage roll.

I'm broken down at Sydney Olympic Park, so while I wait for the +NRMA​ to arrive with my new battery I thought you people disgust me could keep me company.

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF 

Drop Bears

I feel like a sausage roll.

I'm broken down at Sydney Olympic Park, so while I wait for the +NRMA​ to arrive with my new battery I thought you people disgust me could keep me company.

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF ___

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2015-01-26 09:19:25 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Australia Day Quiz

How drunk are you?

Now that the fun and frivolity of #AustraliaDay is over for another year, it's time to test your beer-addled minds a bit. So, here's an Aussie quiz to sink your teeth into.

Let me know how you go in the comments below.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

Question 1 - What was the name of the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup?

Question 2 - Who was the first European explorer to discover Australia?

Question 3 - Where is the most westernmost point on the continent?

Question 4 - Who was the first Australian Prime Minister?

Question 5 - What year did the Australian of the Year awards begin?

Question 6 - Who was the first woman to be elected in an Australian parliament?
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Australia Day Quiz

How drunk are you?

Now that the fun and frivolity of #AustraliaDay is over for another year, it's time to test your beer-addled minds a bit. So, here's an Aussie quiz to sink your teeth into.

Let me know how you go in the comments below.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

Question 1 - What was the name of the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup?

Question 2 - Who was the first European explorer to discover Australia?

Question 3 - Where is the most westernmost point on the continent?

Question 4 - Who was the first Australian Prime Minister?

Question 5 - What year did the Australian of the Year awards begin?

Question 6 - Who was the first woman to be elected in an Australian parliament?

Question 7 - What was Tasmania originally named?

Question 8 - Who features on the front of the $50 note?

Question 9 - The sapphire is the official gemstone of which Australian state?

Question 10 - What proportion of Australians live within 50km of the coastline? 
     a) 40%    b) 55%    c) 70%    d) 85%

Question 11 - In which city was the Aboriginal flag first flown?

Question 12 - Where is the lowest point in Australia?

Question 13 - How many World Heritage Sites are in Australia?

Question 14 - Who founded Australia's first commercial brewery?

Question 15 - How many teams are in the AFL?

Question 16 - What is the name of the highest peak in the Northern Territory?

Question 17 - Where is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere located?

Question 18 - Who was the first explorer to reach the summit of Mount Kosciuszko?

Question 19 - Which year was the $100 note introduced?

Question 20 - What is the floral emblem of the Northern Territory?

Question 21 - Over what distance did Cathy Freeman run to win a medal in the Sydney Olympics?

Question 22 - The longest official place name in Australia is Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill. What state is it in?

Question 23 - Which number prime minister is Tony Abbott?

Question 24 - Which year did Australia first participate in the Winter Olympics?

Question 25 - Who was the first woman to sail solo around the world non-stop?

Question 26 - Which year was Vegemite launched commercially?

Question 27 - In which state is Lake Disappointment?

Question 28 - Which year did Melbourne host the Olympic Games?

Question 29 - How many Nobel Laureates does Australia have?

Question 30 - What's the only town to be added to the National Heritage list?

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ANSWERS BELOW






ANSWERS
1. Archer 
2. Willem Janszoon 
3. Steep Point, Shark Bay
4. Sir Edmund Barton 
5. 1960 
6. Edith Cowan 
7. Van Diemen’s Land 
8. David Unaipon 
9. Queensland 
10. d
11. Adelaide 
12. Lake Eyre 
13. Nineteen 
14. James Squire 
15. Eighteen 
16. Mount Zeil 
17. Busselton, WA
18. Pawel Strzelecki 
19. 1984 
20. Sturt's desert rose 
21. 400m 
22. South Australia
23. 28th
24. 1936 
25. Kay Cottee 
26. 1923 
27. Western Australia 
28. 1956
29. 15
30. Broken Hill

#Australia #straya #downunder #aussie #australiaday2015
OP by +Australian Geographic​​​ ___

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2015-01-25 08:28:30 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I'm so confused

#thingsthatmakeyougohmmm

I'm so confused

#thingsthatmakeyougohmmm___

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2015-01-20 03:44:51 (59 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Social Etiquette

When does being polite become creepy?

The things that I share here get re-shared from time to time. When I can, I go to each reshare (especially the Public ones) and thank the resharer. Typically, all I say is "Thanks for the reshare" but at times I may add additional comments if the resharer adds something to the reshare that I want to comment on.

There was a reshare that occurred earlier today where I simply thanked the person and left it at that.  You can see in the attached picture what the response was.

My question is, is what I do simply being polite or is it - somehow bizarrely - being creepy?  I'm genuinely interested in your thoughts, good people.

I have no idea what this person (name redacted) is smoking, but I'd sure love to get my hands on it. Maybe I should go into Social Media Marketing, I cant... more »

Social Etiquette

When does being polite become creepy?

The things that I share here get re-shared from time to time. When I can, I go to each reshare (especially the Public ones) and thank the resharer. Typically, all I say is "Thanks for the reshare" but at times I may add additional comments if the resharer adds something to the reshare that I want to comment on.

There was a reshare that occurred earlier today where I simply thanked the person and left it at that.  You can see in the attached picture what the response was.

My question is, is what I do simply being polite or is it - somehow bizarrely - being creepy?  I'm genuinely interested in your thoughts, good people.

I have no idea what this person (name redacted) is smoking, but I'd sure love to get my hands on it. Maybe I should go into Social Media Marketing, I can teach everyone to "artificially pump up your numbers for marketing purposes". What do you think?

Am I - or what I post here - fake and disingenuous ?

#ns  ___

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2015-01-19 00:28:09 (309 comments, 21 reshares, 145 +1s)Open 

Do they speak English in New Zealand?

Tēnā tātou katoa!

#NewZealand  is not #Australia  

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF

Do they speak English in New Zealand?

Tēnā tātou katoa!

#NewZealand  is not #Australia  

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-01-13 10:56:31 (35 comments, 3 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

The Straya National Anthem

To the tune of "Hey Ya"

( YouTube video of song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMdbVHPmCW0 )

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

My country don't share no borders
'Cos of all the waters that surround our land
Thank god for our resources
'Cos they are the sources of our wealthy land
Don't try to find the capital
Or fight the animals
You're on your own
Just drive from town to paradise
And you'll see why we call Australia home

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

You think you've got it
Oh you think you've got it
But have you got a rock where there is nothing at all
We get together
Oh we get together
The weather's always better when there's cricket involved
And we... more »

The Straya National Anthem

To the tune of "Hey Ya"

( YouTube video of song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMdbVHPmCW0 )

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

My country don't share no borders
'Cos of all the waters that surround our land
Thank god for our resources
'Cos they are the sources of our wealthy land
Don't try to find the capital
Or fight the animals
You're on your own
Just drive from town to paradise
And you'll see why we call Australia home

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

You think you've got it
Oh you think you've got it
But have you got a rock where there is nothing at all
We get together
Oh we get together
The weather's always better when there's cricket involved
And we believe that mateship is forever
We're all mates, we're all mates, we're all mates
We're all mates, we're all mates
And we're multicultural
So why ya why ya
Why ya why ya why ya
Not living in Australia when you know we are so happy here

Straya
Straya 
Straya
Straya

Alright now fellas
Yeah!
Now what's cooler than a big cold beer?
Ice cold!

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

Shake it [x9]
Shake it like a polaroid picture
Shake it [x9]
Shake it like a polaroid picture

Straya
Straya
Straya
Straya

via +Rocky Bing 
For more stuff #AboutAustralia , http://goo.gl/688VLF 

#australia #straya #downunder   #oz  ___

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2015-01-12 08:54:38 (109 comments, 5 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

WhatsApp Spam

Does anyone actually use this app?

I love testing new apps I hear about, either from right here on Google Plus or from one the many Android ezines I read daily. Some apps, like +Chris Lacy​​'s LinkBubble and Action Launcher, become part of my daily usage, whilst others, like WhatsApp, end up in the bin.

Now, I know that WhatsApp isn't new. I installed it ages ago but it had one major problem. No one uses it.

Well, no, that's not technically correct. There are obviously people who use it, but I don't know any of them. Every person I know who tried it gave up on it because of the spam. Who are these people?

Do you use WhatsApp? I'd love to hear about it and your experience.

+WhatsApp​​ I'd love to hear from you as well. Sure, you'll come back with some corporate drivel, which isfine. B... more »

WhatsApp Spam

Does anyone actually use this app?

I love testing new apps I hear about, either from right here on Google Plus or from one the many Android ezines I read daily. Some apps, like +Chris Lacy​​'s LinkBubble and Action Launcher, become part of my daily usage, whilst others, like WhatsApp, end up in the bin.

Now, I know that WhatsApp isn't new. I installed it ages ago but it had one major problem. No one uses it.

Well, no, that's not technically correct. There are obviously people who use it, but I don't know any of them. Every person I know who tried it gave up on it because of the spam. Who are these people?

Do you use WhatsApp? I'd love to hear about it and your experience.

+WhatsApp​​ I'd love to hear from you as well. Sure, you'll come back with some corporate drivel, which is fine. But, what happened to you? Is this all the fault of Facebook? ___

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2015-01-08 22:01:37 (359 comments, 11 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Australia's Living PM's

Who is your preferred PM? And why...

It's time for a #FridayFunOne . Below is an image of Australia's remaining/living Prime Ministers. This photo was taken at Gough Whitlam's funeral in November.

Which one is your favourite? It doesn't have to be because of their political affiliation, either. If you like Abbott because he dared to wear budgie smugglers in public, then be proud and say so. I promise I won't laugh. Much.
 
From left to right,
Malcolm Fraser (1975-1983)
Julia Gillard (2010-2013)
Bob Hawke (1983-1991)
Tony Abbott (2013-)
John Howard (1996-2007)
Kevin Rudd (2007-2010, 2013-2013)
Paul Keating.(1991-1996)

Get to it......

Australia's Living PM's

Who is your preferred PM? And why...

It's time for a #FridayFunOne . Below is an image of Australia's remaining/living Prime Ministers. This photo was taken at Gough Whitlam's funeral in November.

Which one is your favourite? It doesn't have to be because of their political affiliation, either. If you like Abbott because he dared to wear budgie smugglers in public, then be proud and say so. I promise I won't laugh. Much.
 
From left to right,
Malcolm Fraser (1975-1983)
Julia Gillard (2010-2013)
Bob Hawke (1983-1991)
Tony Abbott (2013-)
John Howard (1996-2007)
Kevin Rudd (2007-2010, 2013-2013)
Paul Keating.(1991-1996)

Get to it......___

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2015-01-04 22:23:13 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Summer in Australia

A tribute to the Firefighters.

Into the bowels of Hell, these brave ones go 
To save the lives of those they do not know 
Guided by training & camaraderie while overcoming fear 
They dare to go with only Guardian Angels near

Through the smoke and heat and gasses too 
They fight their fears when looking for you 
A life to save is their primary task 
Think of them with kindness is all they ask

The Cross of Malta is their chosen crest 
Love of another is the required test 
First to respond when all spells gloom 
They won't quit though it could be their own doom

These Fire Fighters have seen so much 
Burned and broken bodies, death, destruction and such 
They go back for more each and every day 
Because it's the lives they save that makes themstay
<... more »

Summer in Australia

A tribute to the Firefighters.

Into the bowels of Hell, these brave ones go 
To save the lives of those they do not know 
Guided by training & camaraderie while overcoming fear 
They dare to go with only Guardian Angels near

Through the smoke and heat and gasses too 
They fight their fears when looking for you 
A life to save is their primary task 
Think of them with kindness is all they ask

The Cross of Malta is their chosen crest 
Love of another is the required test 
First to respond when all spells gloom 
They won't quit though it could be their own doom

These Fire Fighters have seen so much 
Burned and broken bodies, death, destruction and such 
They go back for more each and every day 
Because it's the lives they save that makes them stay

All for one and one for all 
You go - I go that is their call 
And in their quest, when some do fall 
The rest stand strong - still giving their all

The loss of a family member does take it's toll 
Cuts to the quick, down deep in your soul 
Heroes forever, when they die 
And that is when "BRAVE MEN CRY" 
     - Thomas L Hart

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-01-04 03:26:06 (54 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Australia's National Anthem

Bogan-style

Firstly, yes I know it's not Australia Day. I'm starting this early so we can help determine what should be the Australian National Anthem for Bogans.

If there is one song that most typified the Australian Bogan, what would it be? I'm thinking Khe Sanh should be in the Top 5 at the very least. What about TNT? Surely that would rate a mention?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and +1 the ones you like the most. I'll put together a Top 10 and share it on Australia Day.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF 

Australia's National Anthem

Bogan-style

Firstly, yes I know it's not Australia Day. I'm starting this early so we can help determine what should be the Australian National Anthem for Bogans.

If there is one song that most typified the Australian Bogan, what would it be? I'm thinking Khe Sanh should be in the Top 5 at the very least. What about TNT? Surely that would rate a mention?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and +1 the ones you like the most. I'll put together a Top 10 and share it on Australia Day.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF ___

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2015-01-02 21:21:31 (38 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

2014 In Review

Wow, what a year.

I only posted 148 Public things? That's quite a shock to me, as it felt like a lot more. Then again, I've been doing a lot of stuff with +Caption My Caption so maybe that was a part of it.

I feel like #AboutAustralia  has run it's course. After more than 240 posts in 3 years, I think it's time to put it to bed. What say you, good people? Sure, there's been a heap of interaction that has come from it - a couple  of the #AboutAustralia  stuff are among my most-shared things ever here on Google Plus. I have all of you to thank for that.

With +Jedi now on the scene, and the #WhiteHouseReno  done, I need a new "thing" to concentrate on. I don't want to become one of those Plussers who simply reshare a truckload of stuff with no additional comment. To me, that doesn't drive engagementand t... more »

2014 In Review

Wow, what a year.

I only posted 148 Public things? That's quite a shock to me, as it felt like a lot more. Then again, I've been doing a lot of stuff with +Caption My Caption so maybe that was a part of it.

I feel like #AboutAustralia  has run it's course. After more than 240 posts in 3 years, I think it's time to put it to bed. What say you, good people? Sure, there's been a heap of interaction that has come from it - a couple  of the #AboutAustralia  stuff are among my most-shared things ever here on Google Plus. I have all of you to thank for that.

With +Jedi now on the scene, and the #WhiteHouseReno  done, I need a new "thing" to concentrate on. I don't want to become one of those Plussers who simply reshare a truckload of stuff with no additional comment. To me, that doesn't drive engagement and that's what I thrive on. Without engagement - without you - I may as well not be here.

Thanks, as always, to +CircleCount for the awesome summary and tools you provide.___

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