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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? on Mar 21 2018

by Editor | ˜

An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s department (PMG)  – you know it today as the privatised gouging entity, Telstra. In those days the PMG was run by engineers whose core mission, after ...

A National Living Treasure on Feb 22 2018

by Editor | ˜

Artists, cartoonists in particular, are frequently criticised, or their work simply disliked, for an apparent childlike drawing style. Of many such Australians, Michael Leunig’s style resembles the rambling intricate “doodlings” of the verteran Bruce Petty. But as crude or simplistic as Leunig’s work first appears, five ...

Land of the Wooden Ham on Feb 17 2018

by The Cigar | ˜

Americans, aka “The USofA,” apparently earned their deserved reputation well over a century ago. The ‘rest of the world’ - themselves thieves extraordinaire – were already treating our American cousins with wary respect a petty thug regards his warlord. No misconceptions existed in the ex-colony fledgling ...

Cacophony on the Pacific Rim on Nov 4 2013

by The Cigar | ˜

Before the laying of a great telephone cable Australians had developed a truly odd argot of vulgarization. A long isolation deprived them of verbal assurance from others on this Earth. From this uncertainly came a canting accent that is not only impossible to understand, even by ...

Asides to the Weary Visitor on Oct 23 2012

by Jhyimy Two Hats | ˜

Ancient insistence greets weary travelers with food, conversation and warm company. Like-minded, Australia (Oztralya) generously extends camaraderie to strangers peering curiously this way... perhaps puzzling at our enigmatic blend of lofty alacrity sans moral means.  Our mission? To greet the foreigner with warm welcoming words, mischievous ...

Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Sep 13 2011

by Throsby | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens’ clamour. As we more cynical and paranoid know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia’s tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. One ...

Oztralya on Feb 10 2010

by Throsby | ˜

The name Oztralya is derived from two roots: "Oz" a transform of Uz, meaning fertile land, and "tralya" from the Pacific phyla of shell species "Tralia." Uz (Hebrew: 'Uwts) was an ancient land where Job lived sometime after the Flood (cf Bible in three verses: 1:1, Jer. 25:20, Lam. ...

Straya FAQ on May 28 2009

by Jhyimy Two Hats | ˜

To eloquently encapsulate this this great wide brown smudge on the southen hemisphere, BondiCigar's editor has kindly and heavily annotated to a hyperlinked glossary of odd terms. ACT - Australian Capitol Territory - As the man said, the less said about it the better. I believe this backgrounder will settle the ...

The Lonely Australian on Nov 5 2008

by Editor | ˜

By Tim Jones Anyone approaching the musty quagmire of human intelligence needs to have thought very carefully about this, the most obtuse of abstractions. There are real consequences for dancing recklessly into minefields, but discussing the intelligence of others really is one of the last great social ...

Australia ~ It Kinda Sticks to yer Shoes on Jan 2 2008

by Jhyimy Two Hats | ˜

We are all outsiders. A touch of paranoia is a trait common to us all. If you've never felt alone, unwanted, shunned in your own backyard, then probably you have never stopped to ponder your place in the world. This nation, barely two hundred ...



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