24 January 2008

Celebrating Australia Day

For those of you who don't live downunder, you may not be aware that January 26 is Australia Day.
It commemorates the date in 1788 that the British flag was hoisted at Botany Bay, roughly where Sydney grew to be.

If you need some Australian history, you can probably find what you want at http://www.australia.gov.au/Australian_History

For Australian "stories" try http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/stories/category.htm

If you want to see what your knowledge of Australia is like, try the self marking quizzes at one of my other places. There's an easy and a harder version with questions developed by a good friend.
Start at http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/kasmith/easy_oz_quiz.htm

But then if you want Book reviews etc. try http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/31

Some blogs to follow:
Crime Down Under
Matilda There's a good list of other sites to visit in the right hand margin
Sally"s Musing DownUnder
Reading Adventures

And of course if you want to read and discuss Australian crime fiction there's oz_mystery_readers
While we discuss a range of books the members are mainly Australian, but don't let that put you off.

Do you need help with strine? See http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/2603
Hear it spoken at http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/strine.htm
And even more words you can use: http://ozbird.com/oz/OzCulture/yarns/strine/default.htm

And what can you eat?
How about lamb chops or prawns on the barbie, vegemite, and pavlova?
Whatever you do, enjoy it!


Anonymous said...

Hi Kerrie

I found your links here helpful, as we are going to a corporate Australia Day event to watch the fireworks and wanted a little background info in case we were quizzed!

Andrea from WA

Peter Rozovsky said...

"And what can you eat?
How about lamb chops or prawns on the barbie, vegemite, and pavlova?
Whatever you do, enjoy it!"

Just don't tip a bucket of prawn's heads at the picnic.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

Marg said...

We ended up having a pleasant Saturday afternoon with family. Tomorrow night is the barbie! Hope you had a good day.

Kerrie Smith said...

We had lunch with friends and went to the pictures (Saw Charlie Wilson's War). Our daughter and son-in-law in Abu Dhabi were going to go to an Australian BBQ lunch at the Hilton hotel they thought.


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