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what has the Australiansdone for us?

Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland 18 Nov 06 - 08:25 AM
Mr Happy 18 Nov 06 - 08:31 AM
Emma B 18 Nov 06 - 08:34 AM
jimmyt 18 Nov 06 - 08:41 AM
JennyO 18 Nov 06 - 08:48 AM
Richard Bridge 18 Nov 06 - 09:13 AM
artbrooks 18 Nov 06 - 09:17 AM
Emma B 18 Nov 06 - 09:21 AM
johnadams 18 Nov 06 - 09:51 AM
catspaw49 18 Nov 06 - 10:01 AM
HipflaskAndy 18 Nov 06 - 10:05 AM
Greg B 18 Nov 06 - 10:13 AM
MBSLynne 18 Nov 06 - 10:20 AM
Bob the Postman 18 Nov 06 - 11:10 AM
johnadams 18 Nov 06 - 11:17 AM
Midchuck 18 Nov 06 - 11:22 AM
Linda Kelly 18 Nov 06 - 11:54 AM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 18 Nov 06 - 12:16 PM
bobad 18 Nov 06 - 12:24 PM
GUEST,mozartspony 18 Nov 06 - 01:18 PM
ard mhacha 18 Nov 06 - 02:22 PM
Bill D 18 Nov 06 - 02:54 PM
Big Al Whittle 18 Nov 06 - 03:09 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Nov 06 - 03:40 PM
Helen 18 Nov 06 - 04:17 PM
bfdk 18 Nov 06 - 04:24 PM
Joybell 18 Nov 06 - 04:26 PM
John MacKenzie 18 Nov 06 - 04:37 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Nov 06 - 05:08 PM
JennieG 18 Nov 06 - 05:19 PM
Barry Finn 18 Nov 06 - 05:22 PM
Linda Kelly 18 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Nov 06 - 05:38 PM
Helen 18 Nov 06 - 05:49 PM
Helen 18 Nov 06 - 05:52 PM
John O'L 18 Nov 06 - 06:06 PM
Ebbie 18 Nov 06 - 06:13 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Nov 06 - 06:21 PM
John MacKenzie 18 Nov 06 - 06:27 PM
GUEST,Allen in OZ 18 Nov 06 - 07:38 PM
Ron Davies 19 Nov 06 - 12:38 AM
John O'L 19 Nov 06 - 12:47 AM
Big Al Whittle 19 Nov 06 - 03:08 AM
Sandra in Sydney 19 Nov 06 - 03:51 AM
Dave Hanson 19 Nov 06 - 03:51 AM
Hrothgar 19 Nov 06 - 04:49 AM
Helen 19 Nov 06 - 04:55 AM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 05:44 AM
GUEST,John Gray in Oz 19 Nov 06 - 06:16 AM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 06:27 AM
McGrath of Harlow 19 Nov 06 - 11:14 AM
SINSULL 19 Nov 06 - 12:40 PM
John MacKenzie 19 Nov 06 - 01:29 PM
Rowan 19 Nov 06 - 04:51 PM
John O'L 19 Nov 06 - 05:20 PM
Chip2447 19 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM
Rowan 19 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 07:46 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 07:47 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 07:53 PM
Bob Bolton 19 Nov 06 - 10:02 PM
number 6 19 Nov 06 - 10:07 PM
JennieG 19 Nov 06 - 11:20 PM
The Fooles Troupe 19 Nov 06 - 11:34 PM
Seamus Kennedy 20 Nov 06 - 01:56 AM
Gurney 20 Nov 06 - 02:47 AM
MBSLynne 20 Nov 06 - 03:01 AM
HipflaskAndy 20 Nov 06 - 04:50 AM
The Fooles Troupe 20 Nov 06 - 05:56 AM
freda underhill 20 Nov 06 - 06:00 AM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Nov 06 - 01:52 PM
vectis 20 Nov 06 - 02:10 PM
Cruiser 20 Nov 06 - 02:14 PM
freda underhill 22 Nov 06 - 05:43 AM
The Fooles Troupe 22 Nov 06 - 07:56 AM
Bunnahabhain 22 Nov 06 - 11:36 AM
Barry Finn 22 Nov 06 - 11:49 AM
Helen 22 Nov 06 - 03:43 PM
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Hrothgar 25 Nov 06 - 10:53 PM
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autolycus 26 Nov 06 - 05:06 AM
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freda underhill 08 Dec 06 - 06:44 PM
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Subject: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:25 AM

What has the Australians ever done for us,

apart from Surfing, and the Black box what else.

I must say I have famliy in Australia.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:31 AM

Rolf Harris?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:34 AM

you are joking?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: jimmyt
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:41 AM

perhaps clarifying when to use "have" and when to use "has?"


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: JennyO
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 08:48 AM

And when to put a thread in the BS section.

Bit of a slow day is it, Tom? What was your purpose in starting this thread, if not to annoy a few Oz catters?

Obviously we've done plenty. But I'll let others enlighten you. Right now it's time for bed.

Jenny (an Australian)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:13 AM

Rupert Murdoch.
Alan Bond.
The Silver Bodgie.

But there are probably some honest ones too.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: artbrooks
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:17 AM

Australia has brought us many wonderful things. Among them are are:
Sandra from Sidney
Freda Underhill
JennyO
Foolstroupe

Of course, there is also Vegemite......


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:21 AM

and of course the wonderful paintings of catter hilda fish!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: johnadams
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 09:51 AM

Just to bring it on topic......

The Bushwackers & Bullockies Band
Eric Bogle
Traditional music resources via the organisation with my most favourite name.... Wongawilli publishing under the name of Carrawobbity Press
John Meredith's research
Trad tunes and songs from....
Joe Cashmere
Ebb Wren
Bert Jamieson
Harry Shaefer
Ma Seal
The Baulch Brothers
Angus Cameron
Arthur Bowley
Charlie Bachelor

and the most wonderful Sally Sloane!!!!!!!

Flying out to Adelaide on Christmas Day and thence to Melbourne! Looking forward to some sessions and sunshine!!

Johnny Adams


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:01 AM

I can't believe I'm agreeing with Richard Bridge on something.....sorta'

Among the great things I love about Oz is the contribution to sailing many of which were brought to us through the money and efforts of Alan Bond. Indirectly he brought to the world stage the talents of Ben Lexcen (Bob Miller), Ken Beashall, Tom Schnackenberg, John Bertrand, and a host of others. Bertrand and crew aboard Aussie II gave us a lesson in what belief can accomplish.

And of course, where would the world be without Vegemite? I'll tell you. We'd be stuck with only Marmite, that's where! Unlike most, I like both of them but Vegemite is my preference.

Tell ya' something else I'd miss......Bugsy, Jenny, Helen, Alan, Stewie, Bob, Foolestroupe, and all of those wonderful Aussie 'Catters.

And my car!!! Man, I love our Australian car! The Mitsubishi Diamante was built in Adelaide and was one of those "best kept secrets" in the auto industry. Known as the Verada in Oz, these cars were imported directly to the US for only a dozen or so years but they are just wonderful. Powerful, reliable, luxurious, with excellent handling, they are one of the ultimate "wolf in sheep's clothing" cars.

Hellfire Man....How could anyone not love Oz? Tom, I think you must be having a bad day even for a broke-dick fanook like yourself.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:05 AM

Yep, what IS this thread doing in this (the music related) section?
Ah well... I've good mates in Oz, and dreams of touring there one day ...so I'll add a bit anyway...

They've just shown 'Great Britain' how to play rugby league properly - again! (10am our time, this morning).
Only consolation for me is that the Leeds players present played reasonably well (and scored tries!)... and the Cricket Tests v the Oz are due to start shortly... eek! Where's the corkscrew?

I'm going to have a few glasses of Wyndham Estate, Bin 555, 2004 Shiraz tonight to drown m' sorrows - lovely stuff!
Must look up where it comes from....
Byeeee - Hic..... HFA


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Greg B
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:13 AM

They were taken from their homes and transported to a foreign
land for the most minor of offences.

I think we owe them reparations. :-)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 10:20 AM

Well my gt gt gt uncle was transported to Van Diemen's Land when he was 15 for stealing a hankie (though it was his third offence) He came from a fairly poor area and would probably not have amounted to much in London. In Australia he served an apprenticeship while he was doing his sentence. Once he got his free ticket he went to Victoria and started in business ending up a pillar of the community with several shops and a wealthy man. Reparation he didn't need!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:10 AM

We would all be poorer if we lived in a world devoid of lagerphones. (Note photo credit to Bob Bolton)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: johnadams
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:17 AM

And some people would be soberer if they didn't have to get the tops off the bottles to make the things!

Good link!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Midchuck
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:22 AM

Invented a glorious variety of different terms for "to vomit."

Peter.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:54 AM

er excuse me-what about kylie??? woman's a saint!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 12:16 PM

Slim Dusty!!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: bobad
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 12:24 PM

Australian rules football.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,mozartspony
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 01:18 PM

Us > ?

Once past the equator,
everything is upside down.
That's not a bad thing;
gives a perspective of what
the other half of the world
looks like and what its doing.

Besides the water swirls down
the drain in the opposite direction.
Makes for a very interesting world
and the science goes crazy.

Cool! place is Aus. even though
I've never been there in real life.
It takes 26 hours to get there from here.
and that's travelling like stink.
egads. We go topsy-turvy. Fun, fun.
.
All good, bless Aus.
regards


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: ard mhacha
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 02:22 PM

They kept our leg-iron and chain manufacturers in work during those black old days in the 19th century, not forgetting our sailors,well someone had to deliver them.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 02:54 PM

just a small sample


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:09 PM

Flying Doctor.... from the age of steam radio!

All the characters names ended in 'y'

snowy, and bluey and suchlike.

And it gave rise to the immortal catchphrase

Wolumbula Base ter Flyin doctor....!

I tell you, the excitement was intense.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 03:40 PM

No one's mentioned Kath and Kim.
.................................
One of my great great grandfathers was supposed to have been transported to Australia for shooting a bailiff, and then came back home to Ireland a few years later as a local hero.   But a cousin's being looking into it, and he couldn't find the name in the records, and there's a nasty suspicion he might not have been transported after all. But we're trying to keep the ugly rumour quiet.
...................................
Lots of great songs, both old and new. (Including the ones emigrants like Eric Bogle or Enda Kenny probably wouldn't have written if they hadn't gone out there to live and become Australians.)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:17 PM

HipflaskAndy,

Bin 555 is one of my favourites and is made just "up the road" from here, i.e about 20 miles into the Hunter Valley. (I live in Newcastle, NSW, but was born & raised further up the valley.) There are lots of good wines coming out of the valley. It's one of the major wine regions of Oz. You should come out & visit some time.

And we have contributed our whacky, irreverent, self-mocking sense of humour, e.g. Dame Edna Everage. Then there was Peter Brock, car racing wiz now deceased, and that other bloke who followed his example and kicked the bucket the same week.

Too much to mention, really. :-)

Helen


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: bfdk
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:24 PM

The concept of "Mateship".

The wonderful TV series "Against the Wind".

Eric Bogle & John Munro
Colcannon
Judy Small
A lot of the beautiful songs that Martyn Wyndham-Read sings
The Bushwackers & Bullockies Band
Bloodwood
Wongawilli
Redgum
Jon English
The Borderers

And I'm sure I've forgotten a few that also merit mention..

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Joybell
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:26 PM

Me! Me! Me!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 04:37 PM

The lovely Dr Pam!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:08 PM

I seem to remember that when we've had threads like this in the past they've tended to be fairly heavily loaded with knocking comments about the countries involved.

Interesting that in the case of Australia the posts seems to be overwhelmingly favourable. Someone did mention Murdoch, but he has given up being an Australian and taken American citizenship. And I'm sure most Australians would say they are welcome to him.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: JennieG
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:19 PM

And me too!!!!!

Double place names like:
Woy Woy
Wagga Wagga
Grong Grong
Bong Bong
and many others.......

Helen - my favourite drop comes from near Broke, Krinklewood
Verdelho - have you tried it? You can get it at the Broke general store, and the winery is on the Wollombi Road. I have several ancestors resting in the Wollombi Cemetery, so say g'day as you pass.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:22 PM

"What has the Australians ever done for us"

They've kept, Tom Hamilton, the original poster from coming back to this thread.

Barry


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM

what's that Skippy, two men have fallen down a mine shaft..........


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:38 PM

The Bloomin' Onion

A great recipe. We had one yesterday.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:49 PM

I haven't tried that one yet, JennieG. I'll look out for it. My favourite type of wine for hot summer days is Semillon. Tangy with lots of flavour. Perfect with fresh foods like salads etc. Verdelho is good, but Semillon is better, IMHO.

McGrath of H, it's pretty difficult to wind up an Aussie because we enjoy laughing at ourselves too much. It's the national pastime. And another v. humourous thing is unloading people like Kylie & Rupert & Rolf on the rest of the world.

(Actually, I like Rolf. He's a very talented man, and as a kid his shows were very clever and entertaining. I like his programme - recently aired in Oz - called Star Portraits, where he organised 3 artists per show to simultaneously paint a famous person and then you could watch them at work, and then look at the 3 different styles of the final products. A very interesting way to see art in action.)

Helen


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Helen
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 05:52 PM

I meant me being a kid, not Rolf.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John O'L
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 06:06 PM

Rolf pioneered 'infotainment' decades before it was invented, and speaking of infotainment we also gave the world HG Nelson and Rampaging Roy Slaven, Olympic commentators second to none.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 06:13 PM

Tony Prater, Shepperton
Claire Fordyke, Melbourne

Enough reasons for me to love Australia right there.

And the Mudcat would be the poorer without our lovely 'Stralians.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 06:21 PM

"...it's pretty difficult to wind up an Aussie because we enjoy laughing at ourselves too much."

Seems the truth. Unlike some other countries - and one consequence of it is that Australians aren't an inviting target for teasing, simply because they don't rise to it...

One thing Australia has to answer for - when Tony Blair was a toddler the family emigrated there, and lived there for three years in Adelaide.   And then they came back to Scotland. So far and yet so near...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 06:27 PM

Didn't last as a £10 Pom then!
Giok


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,Allen in OZ
Date: 18 Nov 06 - 07:38 PM

Australia gave us Jenny G !

We also have Spike Milligan's brother and we had Spike's mother at Woy Woy.

Sadly, we also have John Howard

It can't be all bad though since we produced Dame Edna Everidge, Molly Meldrum and a bloke named Shirley who was a singer...funny old place OZ.

AD 1943


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 12:38 AM

The Oz 'Catters--delightful, perceptive, courageous, and fascinating--with no trolls--as far as I can tell---,Steve Irwin, and Black Opal Shiraz---- are great. This more than answers the question.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John O'L
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 12:47 AM

"what has the Australiansdone for us?"

We's gaven yous an lifestyle to which to aspire to. (Or threee)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 03:08 AM

what's that Skippy.........those two blokes down a mineshaft are Billy Connolly and a cameraman doing another bloody boring travelogue. ........
Cripes! I'll get me shovel and fill it in, or he'll be outa there faster than your Mum went through the dogmeat factory......


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 03:51 AM

thankyou, artbrooks, for putting me on the top of the list!

It makes me feel much better as I've been enduring a very sore back all day, and seeing my name there gave me the first laugh of the day.

Then I got a few more from the other posts.

Yah Aussies & friends!

sandra


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 03:51 AM

Great plonk, Banjo Patterson and his brother Sir Les, for these alone
we will forgive you for that poisonous piss Fosters and it's ilk, and the singing budgie.

eric


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 04:49 AM

We gave the Poms the Ashes back for a year so they could feel good about themselves.

... but we'll be fixing that up, starting Thursday.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Helen
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 04:55 AM

Oh yeah, and we foisted Fosters on the unsuspecting Poms. How's that for a great joke?!

Helen


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 05:44 AM

... and "Neighbours" & "Prisoner" .... hehehehehe!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,John Gray in Oz
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 06:16 AM

Howard Florey ( with others ); Penicillin.
Dr Fiona Wood ; Spray-on Skin for burns victims.
Dr Graeme Clark : Cochlear Implants ( Bionic Ear )
Prof Carl Woods ; First IVF babies from frozen embryos & donor eggs.

JG / FME


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 06:27 AM

Johnny Howard - first to back George & Tony...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 11:14 AM

On the other hand there are those Didgeridoos...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 12:40 PM

Tie Me Kangaroo Down
My Boomerang Won't Come Back
Waltzing Mathilda
A Cry In The Night "A dingo got my baby!"


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 01:29 PM

I prefer a DidgeriDon't myself
G


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Rowan
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 04:51 PM

Florence Broadhurst
Anti-cervical cancer vaccine


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John O'L
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 05:20 PM

Wasn't there a thread like this about a year ago? I seem to remmember mentioning surf life saving clubs in a similar context, and what about bush fire brigades?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Chip2447
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 05:28 PM

I wonder how many lives were saved by these folks;

Coast Watchers

Chip2447


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Rowan
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM

JohnO'L asks "and what about bush fire brigades?"

I don't have any documentation handy but my recollection is that, although volunteer fire brigades started, in Australia, a little over a hundred years ago (as far as formalities are concerned), the concept was brought from Britain. There are some places in the US where they occur ( and may be older) but they seem to have a more limited role and have been replaced by paid versions. The notion of volunteerism in such 'high skills' activities and its differing manifestations around the planet have been a side interest of mine for a while now.

Thread creep warning!
The NSW RFS (and the SES on a national scene) scale, scope and ability to rapidly respond over an area equivalent to all the SE states of the US would have been useful around Louisiana a while ago but the only reason NSW can do such things is because it's the same govt and administration over such a wide area. The New Staters (in New England) and the Riverina people might regard this a distinct disadvantage rather than an advantage, however.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: what has the Australians done for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 07:46 PM

After some research, I am forced to admit that we Aussies may indeed (although I dunno HOW it happened!) be responsible for the creation of

The Shambles


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 07:47 PM

PS - best comedy show at ARIA 2006!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 07:53 PM

I'm NOT making THIS up you know...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 10:02 PM

G'day Bob the Postman,

    From: Bob the Postman - PM
    Date: 18 Nov 06 - 11:10 AM

    We would all be poorer if we lived in a world devoid
    of lagerphones.


Well, we might even clear the Poms of the suggestion that they dumped the lagerphone onto us ... and then retreated. The tendency, in "explaining" the lagerphone has been to write about its ancestry from the "Jingling Johnnie" / "Turkish Crescent" or "Chinese Pavillion" rattle sticks popular with European (but read "English") military bands of the late 19th century.

However, a few things I've unearthed (a replica of a wartime example, with Dutch-Australian connections, via a WW2 Japanese prison camp in Indonesia - some photos of interesting rattler / tambourine combinations in German immigrant bands on the Goldfields / the fact that Holbrook, where Claude & John Meredith met the prototypes of the "Bush Band Revival model, was first called "Germantown" ... until 1915!) now suggest that its direct parent, in Australia, was a German instrument, combing rattles, notched striker stick, grotesque decorations on the post ... plus a resonating tambourine - and, sometimes, a single crude violin-type string, called the Teufelsgeige (Devil's fiddle) in Germany - or the Stumphfiddle in Easter Europe.

I hope that all makes our English contributors feel a little easier!

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: number 6
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 10:07 PM

The duckbilled platypus.

biLL


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 11:20 PM

Not forgetting the wombat!

No, it does not stand for "waste of money brains and time".....

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 19 Nov 06 - 11:34 PM

It's a fake - and soon will be extinct - thanks to Woolies,

eh Rich-Joy?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 01:56 AM

My favorite - Frank Ifield.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Gurney
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 02:47 AM

Crikey, you've forgotten ALREADY?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 03:01 AM

Auntie Jack
Childrens' channel seven
Bananas in Pyjamas
Around the Twist

Sherbet
Normie Rowe
The Easybeats
The BeeGees
Johnnie Farnham
Johnnie Young
MPD
The Groop
And lots more I'll probably think of later...

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: HipflaskAndy
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 04:50 AM

Hello from the UK Helen -
Thanks for the reply on there - I see they moved the thread to BS - making my comment 'what's this doing here on the music forum?' a bit redundant! Hah!
I've always had a real hankering to get to Oz - since childhood.
Likely not make it - but you never know - thanks for the 'invite' - I'll add it to the others and dream on!
My buddy (folksinger) Margaret Walters lives in Sydney and is always on about me coming over for a 'stay' and mebbe some gigs. Would love to, but can't see it - yet.
I played guitar on dates for her when she last came over here to the UK - twas a grand experience.
So, that'll do, I've said m' thanks for the kind and courteous response - wishing you all the very best - Duncan
PS you can 'see/hear' who HipflaskAndy is on http://www.duncanmcfarlane.co.uk


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 05:56 AM

Maybe it was meant to be about 'Folk Moo-sick', but it's too late now!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: freda underhill
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 06:00 AM

Seamus, I'm glad someone has remembered the Yodelling Cowboy .. (scarlet ribbons, I'll remember you..)

and there's always The Atlantics (try going to downloads and click on Flight of the Surf Guitar or Bombora...

freda


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 01:52 PM

Bottersnikes and Gumbles - "a great part of Australian culture and should be kept alive for future generations to enjoy".


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: vectis
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 02:10 PM

My Secret Santa


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Cruiser
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 02:14 PM

The inspiration for that great-underrated movie: "Quigley Down Under"

Ozites showed the rest of the world what NOT to do with rabbits...a major ecological disaster.

An Ecological Disaster: Introduction of Rabbits


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: freda underhill
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 05:43 AM

John Warner and Anderson's Coast


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 07:56 AM

The Irish.

(You need to think about that one...)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:36 AM

The spooky mens chorale.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:49 AM

Why do the Australians need to do anything, never mind for us, you self rightous @#$%? Tom, Tom, where'd you go? You started this didn't you? Come back Tom,,,,,Tom,,,tom?
Why'd I respond to this?
I guess I didn't need to really know?
Neither did Tom,,,I guess.

Barry


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Helen
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 03:43 PM

So if someone eats Vegemite & drives an Oz-made car (not a Holden, though) does that make him an Aussie? 'Spaw, it's too late! I think you already are one! ;->

Helen


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: freda underhill
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 09:42 PM

THE BALLAD OF MANY CROWS

The town of Wagga Wagga (trans: place of many crows) is in the southern NSW district called the Riverina. The Murray River Irrigation System for a time brought prosperity to the region, but recent decades have seen a decline in the economic viability of farming and a high suicide rate among the farmers. Western Australian poet, Andrew Burke, was serving a time as Poet-in-Residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre at the Charles Sturt University and shared his new poem with John Warner and me at a gathering in the house of Pat and Barry Emmett in Wombat, NSW. (This note written by Margaret Walters.)


As I sat out upon a hill
Upon a hill, upon a hill
I looked up at the crows that fill
The leafy trees of Wagga

I saw their eyes like marbles black
Like marbles black, like marbles black
And felt a chill run down my back
Beneath the trees of Wagga

A woman there had told a tale
She told a tale, she told a tale
How the town had felt five years' betrayal
Since crows returned to Wagga

"Our men have heard the crows' sad song
The crows' sad song, the crows' sad song
Until by their own hand they've gone
I curse the crows of Wagga

Farmers are a steady lot, not given much to fancy
Born to heed the call to be as iron tough as Clancy

Now they hang themselves in their dark loss
In their dark loss, in their dark loss
When the crows' stark song becomes their cross
Among the trees of Wagga

Black-eyed and beaky with a mourning cry
A mourning cry, a mourning cry
Riverina crows trespass and fly
To cast their eye on Wagga.

Now's the time to break the spell
To break the spell, to break the spell
To greet the future and fare well
Among the trees of Wagga

I go inside to write my song
To write my song, to write my song
The crows know naught of right and wrong
In the leafy trees of Wagga


Words Andrew Burke (1996)
Music Margaret Walters and John Warner (1996)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: freda underhill
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 10:09 PM

Permaculture, the Combine Harvester, the Diff (differential gears), the Ute, the electric drill, refrigeration, secret ballots, the heart pacemaker, penecillin, the Bionic Ear,Aspro , braces (for teeth), the Alexander Technique. The Story of the Kelly Gang, made in 1906 is regarded as the first feature length film ever made. It ran for more than an hour.

more here


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 10:53 PM

Showed the Poms how to bat.


... and bowl.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 04:13 AM

Beat me Roger...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: autolycus
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 05:06 AM

How to play cricket generally.

   How to lose gracefully.

   How to be truly appreciative of their opponents.


   Other ways to be British descendants without
having to go either the British or the U.S. route.






       Ivor


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 26 Nov 06 - 08:18 AM

OK I give in the Australians have given the world a lot of things.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: freda underhill
Date: 08 Dec 06 - 06:44 PM

A story from 1000 years ago in the Arafura swamp.. Ten Canoes

It is longtime ago. It is our time, before you other mob came from cross the ocean...longtime before then. The rains been good and ten of the men go on the swamp, to hunt the eggs of gumang, the magpie goose. One of the men, the young fella, has a wrong love, so the old man tell him a story...a story of the ancient ones, them wild and crazy ancestors who come after the spirit time, after the flood that covered the whole land...


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,The Bunyip in the Slack Tub
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 06:50 AM

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=34305The Bunyip Tn The Slack Tub


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST,Penguin Egg
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 07:40 AM

They gave us Clive James, one of the wittiest men ever. Should be 'nuff, suely?


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 03:37 PM

and we gave them prsioners, illnesses, and a way of ignoring the real Australians the aborigeones. (spelling mistake)
and you say we're racists, well look at the way you treat them and still do in some parts.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bugsy
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 05:13 PM

Shit, you don't give up do you Tom?

What's got up your arse about us Aussies?

Did one of us shag your girlfriend or drink your beer or something?


CHeers

Bugsy

(from West Aussie)


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Rowan
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 05:22 PM

Tom may be upset that so many great Scots had to leave Scotland and exercise their talents in Australia, to Australia's benefit rather than Scotland's. If that's what really piques him, perhaps he could look for responsibility a little closer to Scotland rather than take it out on Australians. But perhaps the onset of the northen winter is getting to him, while we're approaching summer. Come to Australia, Tom.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 08:36 AM

I have been to Australia and I think it's any other country, it has its good and bad points,

one
my girlfriend died aged 37,
and two I'm teetotal
and three when I go there I vist my family and friends in West Australia.

OH it was just a joke this thread.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: skipy
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 08:58 AM

No 460 squadron.
188 aircraft lost, nearly 1000 airmen killed!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Bugsy
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 05:06 PM

So was MY post Tom - It's called Aussie Yooma!

CHeers


Bugsy


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 06:01 AM

The Australians are wonderful people with measureless reservoirs of tolerance. Thanks for taking Billy Connolly off our hands.

Week after week he appears at 3am on our satellite channels poking koalas and boring the arse off a cameraman - he doesn't even shut up when he's on his motorbike.

We do appreciate what you've done. People have got cannonised for less. Not sure the therapy is working though.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 06:33 AM

The Wiggles
Steve Irwin


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 06:54 AM

OK I GIVE IN

NO MORE POST IN THREAD

SO GOODBYE

I HOPE TO COME OUT AGAIN TO AUSTRALIA.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Kajikit
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 02:07 PM

Sorry... you don't get out of it that easily :P


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Rowan
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 04:30 PM

It'll be good to see you Tom. But if you arrive this summer, bring your firefighting clobber, as we seem to be giving the atmosphere a bit of stick at the moment.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: John O'L
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 04:54 PM

Come back while we're still playing the Poms for the Ashes, Tom.
You'll enjoy that.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Pistachio
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 05:32 PM

100 - my first one - sorry!


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:05 AM

I supoort the Aussies at Cricket, I hope you give the Poms a good seeing too.

Oh by the way I'm not a Pom poms are English I'm Scottish.


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:07 AM

Poms are the English, As I said I'm Scottish, I mean how wuold like it if I said you lot were from New Zealand, same thing.

So Please don't call people from Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland Poms because we don't like it.


POMS ARE FROM ENGLAND

LOVE
TOM


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:08 AM

come on Aussie come on.

beat English Long live the Republic of Australia and I hope that day will come soon


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Subject: RE: what has the Australiansdone for us?
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 09:17 AM

Sorry to this you there are things that I like and dislike about Australia and the same goes for Scotland, there are just some English, Scots that I just cant' get on with.

My brother in law is English, so I have choice in the matter


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