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The first description of the town, including the sign, is similar to Bartertown in the movie Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome. Signals a shift in the films being parodied, from the Mad Max series to Crocodile Dundee. In the film, Crocodile was a human, nicknamed for his prowess at wrestling or otherwise dealing with crocs. There was a woodcut. Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC radio programme, in which celebrity guests are asked to pick eight records to be stuck with on a hypothetical desert island.

Expresses a phenomenon known in Australia as 'cultural cringe' -- a nagging inferiority complex, based on a deep-seated suspicion that perhaps the country is not quite on a par with Britain or even America when it comes to "culture" -- with the result that the cultural "high points" get aggressively promoted, while the regular beer and suchlike are regarded with something close to embarrassment.

This [ Two film references for the price of one. The competitive knife-sizing is straight out of Crocodile Dundee ; Mad's move of trumping the whole issue by pulling a crossbow comes from Raiders of the Lost Ark , where Harrison Ford pulls a revolver on a show-off swordsman. Spiders on the toilet are a big problem in Australia -- it's always worth having a good look before you sit. A small number of people per year, apparently, suffer nasty bites from redbacks a kind of black widow when sitting on the toilet.

There was a redback on the toilet seat when I was there last night I didn't see him in the dark but boy I felt his bite. And now I am in hospital a sad and sorry plight I curse the redback spider on the toilet seat last night. The term has stuck in the current consensus about the mechanics of evolution. Bloody good fong. Rincewind's version of the famous Rolf Harris song 'Tie me kangaroo down'. Of course, in Rincewind's case, what he really wants is for someone to keep Scrappy away from him Back in The Colour of Magic , Rincewind witnessed a coin being tossed in the air and not coming down at all.

Painted crudely on the back were the words: Petunia, The Desert Princess. The scenes with Letitia, Darleen and Neilette resonate with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , the movie about two transvestites and a transsexual crossing Australia in a bus. The punchline to an ancient joke: "What do you get when you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? That's an odd name for a horse. Because Banjo Patterson, poet and author of many fine Australian tales, wrote a narrative poem called The Man from Snowy River , telling of a man who rode a creature "something like a racehorse undersized".

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Patterson's other writing credits include the lyrics to 'Waltzing Matilda', which gives him a strong claim to have invented the idea of the Australian hero, which is what the old man is trying to turn Rincewind into. See also the annotations for pp. Drop-bears are the standard story to tell gullible foreigners. Basically a sort of predatory koala that has evolved to drop, leopard-like, out of trees onto unwary non-native bushwalkers. The Man from Snowy River see the annotation for p. Rincewind's ride across the canyon, while the rest of the gang can't follow, again echoes The Man from Snowy River.

In the early s, the British artist Damien Hirst caused much controversy by exhibiting animals cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde. There are over , distinct, named species of beetle in the world, and possibly twice as many unnamed ones. When asked what his studies of Creation had revealed to him about the nature of God, the Scottish geneticist J.

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Haldane supposedly answered: "He seems to have had an inordinate fondness for beetles. According to science writer Stephen Jay Gould, the quip is undeniably Haldane's, who often repeated it, but the story of it being a riposte to an actual theological question cannot be verified. Haldane was also the author of a children's book, My Friend Mr Leakey , which has a very Pratchettian tone, and is strongly recommended by my correspondent.

One of the key things Darwin noticed, which led him to his detailed theory of evolution, was the slight differences in bills between finches on different islands in the Galapagos group. If it were rock, you could have carved great hidden rose-red cities in it. Victorian traveler and poet John William Burgon describes the city in his poem Petra , ending with the line: "A rose-red city, 'half as old as Time! Banjo Patterson's see the annotation for p. Unfortunately, his words are not the same as those sung to the world-renowned tune.

Even more unfortunately, although every Australian knows this song, no two of them seem to agree on all the lyrics, so this version should not be taken as authoritative:. Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong, Under the shade of a coolabah tree, And he sang as he watched and waited for his billy boil, 'Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me? And he sang as he watched and waited for the billy boil, Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me? Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong, Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee, And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tuckerbag, 'You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

Down came the squatter, a-riding on his thoroughbred, Down came the troopers, one, two, three. You'll come a-waltzing matilda with me. Up jumped the swagman and leapt into the billabong, 'You'll never take me alive,' said he, And his ghost may be heard as you pass beside the billabong, 'You'll come a-waltzing matilda with me. The astute reader will have noticed that the last sentence of Terry's paragraph "And he swore as he hacked and hacked at a can of beer, saying 'What kind of idiots put beer in tins?

The expression "waltzing Matilda" existed before the song, meaning to hump or carry one's belongings with one, like a tramp.

Politicians in Australia have an even worse reputation than those elsewhere in the Anglophone world, but in fact their rate of conviction is not all that high. There was a particularly notorious scandal in the late 80s involving Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson, premier of Queensland; several of his associates were jailed, and the premier himself was accused and briefly tried on charges of perjury.

The trial was aborted. Ned Kelly was a legendary Australian bushranger of the s who, at his famous last stand, wore a suit of armour to stop bullets.

Unfortunately for him, the police noticed that he didn't have armour on his legs Famous also for his reputed last words: "Such is life. Terry suggests that everyone named Bird probably attracts the nickname "Dicky" at some point in their lives, but the most famous and appropriate, in this context is a legendary, now retired, cricket umpire. Dibbler's version also puns on 'defeat', which seems appropriate to his general attitude.

From the Australian song 'Duncan', which was a big hit for singer Slim Dusty in "I love to have a beer with Duncan, 'cos Duncan's me mate.

It has been suggested that Dibbler's politics are inspired by those of the radical Australian politician Pauline Hanson, who also came from the fast-food industry. No one could have left an open box of tissues that big. Both descriptions have been applied, at various times, to Sydney Opera House -- which is, indeed, on the waterfront. Dame Nellie Rincewind has invented the Peach Melba, the ice cream desert named in our world for Dame Nellie Melba, the famous Australian soprano. It's often said -- not least by Australians -- that they are the descendants of British convicts who were sentenced to "transportation" as a penalty only slightly preferable to death, and indeed the earliest European settlements, from onwards, were penal colonies.

However, separate "free colonies" were established not long afterwards, and the transportation of prisoners stopped in the mid 19th century. A galah is also a small pink parrot with a grey head. They are apparently very gentle and inoffensive birds, which makes it harder to understand why "galah" is also a Australian slang term of derision meaning "likeable fool" or "simpleton". Apparently, transvestites are not entirely welcome in the Sydney Mardi Gras.

At the end of the movie Crocodile Dundee , our Australian hero makes his way across a packed New York subway station platform in this fashion. The Dean is trying, with rather too much desperation, to make a joke that requires him to have a pseudo-Italian accent for it to work.

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If Chico Marx were to say "That's wrong", it would sound something like "a sarong". The heroines of the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert perform well, playback to a repertoire of Abba songs. Neilette's brewery is positioned on possibly the most definitively un sacred site in the continent Brewing is a financially dangerous business.

Alan Bond see the annotation for p. It's been said, cruelly, that a platypus is what a duck would look like if it was designed by a committee. Bullroars were apparently used traditionally by the aborigines as a means of communicating and signalling over distances of several miles. Their use is demonstrated in the movie Crocodile Dundee II , where Dundee uses one to call for help from nearby Aborigines. I have bought a couple of other collections that were poorly edited, but this collection is well indexed and it displays well on my Nook.

There are other Zane Grey collections for less, but this one appears to be pretty complete and it lacks the aggravations I have encountered in other collections so I recommend it. I also have to say that I was surprised by the quality of Zane Grey's writing. I had never read him before and since he wrote these stories about years ago, I expected them to have the stilted language that I have found to be typical of writers of that time.

To my surprise, his stories could easily have been written by a contemporary writer. He is certainly the equal of Louis L'Amour. Buy it. You'll enjoy it. Anonymous More than 1 year ago What an artist creates using canvas, brushes and paints, Zane Grey creates uaing words!! Anonymous More than 1 year ago Great tales of the West from an historically good author.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago Confusing. Anonymous More than 1 year ago. Anonymous More than 1 year ago 19 books for free. The books were well edited with a few old different spellings of words. The stories seemed to be mostly narrative with limited dialog especially with lectures given for situations, explanations, and descriptions of feelings, but the landscape descriptions were great. His women faint - alot, and I found I could not complete reading the book of the Border Trail; the girl, Joan, should have been put away - from everyone else's misery.

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Zane did not seem to have a lot of respect for 'savages' except when white men used 'Indian' wiles, and also did not advocate the use of birth control; the more 'Amerian' children born the better. The last book of the Wild Horse Canyon was one of his very best; lots of dialog, some narrative, and very few lectures with great description of a male subject cowboy and just a little 'poor me' helpless female. Anonymous More than 1 year ago This is a good sampling of Zane Grey.