"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Monday, January 09, 2006

Australian Culture (or the lack of it)

I took this picture a few years ago while I was on holiday. It is not my front yard but I thought I would include it here to show how cultures modify traditions or myths in order to suit their own cultural dynamic. Obviously the tradition of christmas and Santa Claus originates in the northern hemisphere and is part of a long history associated not only with christianity but paganistic seasonal traditions; (reindeers, snow, evergreen trees etc) and has been translocated to other nations in the southern hemisphere.

In Australia, the largest continent in the southern hemisphere, reindeers are not a native species. The herbivore which fills a similar role here is the kangaroo, which are colloquially known as "boomers". The name "boomers" relates to the booming noise that their large feet make as they jump and make contact with the dry earth. So a traditional Australian christmas song becomes
"six white boomers" which describes the six kangaroos which pull Santa's sleigh.

Lyrics for "Six White Boomers"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beep! Ya blog is looking great. Not seen you at PT for a while. It has gone down hill anyway. As for kangaroos pulling Santa's sleigh? Well, I always thought aussies were crackers! Anyone with any sense knows the 'REAL' Santa uses reindeers. Heheh

Take Care,

Sean (Cod666)

25/1/06 7:55 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Thanks for the comment mate :)

1/3/06 10:51 pm  
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26/12/21 8:36 pm  

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