In which I talk about how I'm going to Australia


I got confused by the reverse effect when I was trying to straighten out my crab's eyestalk.

9 comments:

Summermoon 8/26/2009 10:50 PM  

I'd recommend Australia (the movie)! But yes, I see why you didn't like it.

Watch Crocodile Dundee and read Seven Little Australians.

Alla 8/26/2009 11:48 PM  

I haven't seen Australia but I know one of the writers on it who is very, very talented, its justa shame the movie was apparently so crap. He is called Richard Flannagan and he is an author from my homestate and I know you can find his work in North America because I bought one of his books in Chapters in Vancouver! Another author who I think encapsulates Australia and Australian-ness is Tim Winton, I think you would probably love his writing; I particularly love his books Dirt Music and Breathe.

Movies to watch- Muriels Wedding, Mary and Max, The Castle!

justagirl4god 8/27/2009 2:49 AM  

Vegemite (food, so I don't know if it would work...)
And yeah, Seven Little Australians. The best book.

R. 8/27/2009 3:15 AM  

Ah, the crab hat comment on Twitter suddenly makes sense!

I think Australia captures the beauty of the outback, so it's a good visual reference. Seconding Muriel's Wedding and The Castle, and adding to the list: Gallipoli, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Looking For Alibrandi, STRICTLY BALLROOM.

Also YouTube "Kath and Kim" - it's our most famous TV show, but keep in mind we're not all like that! Like Crocodile Dundee, it's pure parody of our beloved "bogans".

Book-wise, Tim Winton is great. There's also Bryce Courtenay, whose writing is often looked down upon by book snobs here because they're extremely sellable to the masses, but he writes a lot of Australian historical fiction so his stories may give you more of an idea about our past. The Picnic At Hanging Rock, Looking For Alibrandi and Rabbit-Proof Fence films are also based on best-selling books.

And if you like poetry, Gwen Harwood is the woman for you.

This comment is becoming as long as my e-mail!

--xo.

Em 8/27/2009 5:18 AM  

MY GOD I LOVE YOU.

I love how you pronounce the "all" properly in alright, cos we are lazy we just say "awright" and I love when you go "oooh yeaaaah." You should marry me when you get here. I want to here your accent for the rest of my life.

Priya 8/27/2009 9:22 AM  

First Iceland, now Australia?? I am so jealous.

odessa 8/27/2009 10:25 PM  

you are too cute slow-dancing with the crab hat on! we need to plan our next rendezvous before you leave for Oz

amanda 8/31/2009 4:48 AM  

oh my goddddddd you are the cutest thing ever! ever ever! i am so so excited for your visittttt :) me & liv were talking about it tonight & i made her start planning with me cos i 1) don't want you to miss out on anything & 2) like knowing what i'm doing & having plans/lists. hahaha.
& i think you may be stuck with mostly me on the monday/tuesday since everybody else has work :)

voting for Muriel's Wedding, The Castle, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Looking For Alibrandi, Strictly Ballroom - all fantastic!
bookwise, Picnic At Hanging Rock & Looking For Alibrandi are a hugeeeeee yes from me, also on the jellicoe road is amazinggg & bryce courtenay too, love love. also a book called a fortunate life if you can get it, it's quite old but i remember loving it.

oh & banjo patterson poetry is CLASSIC. really good. others off the top of my head would be judith wright & henry lawson, but that's all bush-y stuff.

oh & seven little australians is great too - i have those, so you could read them over here!

Tash 8/31/2009 7:47 AM  

The Castle ftw and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You should also go to Outback Steakhouse, don't order any food but get a Tooheys New beer.

I also suggest copious amounts of the following musos:
- John Butler Trio
- Gotye
- Clare Bowditch

You can also listen to Triple J, just google it. It's Aussie humour/music you can stream!

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