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THE MEANING OF OZ - All you need to know!

 
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 26 Sep, 2010 05:49 am
@msolga,
i am a bit weird at the moment...have hurt my back quite badly and havent ben able to get around much the last couple of days...also dealing with a german keyboard

am sad re helen having to go back earlier and it has meant some difficulties for me practically

i also seem a bit stirred up emotionally right now....maybe re the mother dying thing and i am very aware of how hard this is for helen

but as you know constant travel is kind of stressful and i am looking forward to a bit of a rest in london which is so easy before i get to stay IN ONE PLACE for 9 days in NY

i have really pushed through the back stuff until now and i know i really need to rest it



msolga
 
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Reply Sun 26 Sep, 2010 08:22 am
@dlowan,
Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your back problems, Deb. (also about Helen having to leave early.)
I think you have friends in London? I hope so. It does sound like a good rest with a few home comforts would do you a power of good!
(Yes, I do know about the stress of constant travel. I remember feeling so thoroughly stuffed at the time I arrived in Hamburg, years ago, that I just stayed in my hotel room for a couple of days & read non-stop. That was great! Just what the doctor ordered! Smile )
Nine whole days days in NYC coming up! You're going to love that, I know you will!
Take care, Deb. And be extra gentle on that back, OK?
Hugs to you. (And I hope you've perked up a bit by the time you read this. Smile )
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 12:23 am
pssst.
Anyone watching?




Go maggies!
Very Happy
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 12:50 am
@msolga,
Ofcourse we are, cold beer ready to celebrate Maggies premiership, 50 odd points in front, can't lose msolga!! Congratulations.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 12:52 am
@Dutchy,
Quote:
can't lose msolga!!

http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2010/10/02/1225933/196205-pies-on-fire.jpg

Yee hah! Very Happy



dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:22 am
@msolga,
So.....someone won this time, eh?
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margo
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 08:59 am
I see the Maggies won! Heard it even in this end of the world! Dun good!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 21 Oct, 2010 04:04 pm
Quote:
The academic was Gavan Daws and he was examining the behaviour of the prisoners of the Japanese in World War II.

"I began imagining that if human beings were worked and starved and beaten to the point of death, they would be reduced to barely functioning skeletons, scraps of biology, with all the so-called veneer of civilisation flayed out of them, all national culture and character trampled out of them. Not so.

"The Americans were the great individualists of the camps, the capitalists, the cowboys, the gangsters. The British hung on to their class structure like bulldogs, for grim death. The Australians kept trying to construct little male-bonded welfare states. These national cultural differences were obvious to everyone in the camps in matters crucial to survival, from discipline, to food gathering, to medical-surgical doctrine on amputation."
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spendius
 
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2010 05:13 am
@Dutchy,
Why are congratulations directed at Olga Dutch. She's just sat on her backside watching telly and probably munching on some--well--munchies.
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2010 06:05 am
@spendius,
Why does this even matter to you, spendius? Confused



spendius
 
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2010 06:53 am
@msolga,
Because I think Dutch should congratulate the players in the game for winning and not those who have whimsically attached their identity to them for reasons of their own and don't have to sweat and strain and risk broken bones.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2010 06:38 pm
@msolga,
I'm smelling used kitty litter again.
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2010 06:49 pm
@hingehead,
Ha.

Good morning, hinge! Smile
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2010 12:45 pm
@msolga,
I just heard this morning (from an older chap who sounded Australian) and stopped in our coffeehouse. HE said that, in order for Vegemite to start selling and become popular, the company (Kraft foods) had to give Pontiacs away like a contest. He said that , as a small kid(he looked about 80) Vegemite was sold under another name and never caught on.

This guy seemed really chipper and was interesting. He was visiting our country through a writers guild (I guess he was going to be (or was) at the Washington Book Festival). His name was DIVE somethin (couldnt catch the full name but it sounded a little Russian or Polish.

He called us "yung fillas"
spendius
 
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2010 01:54 pm
@farmerman,
He was probably being polite and thinking " wor a lowd of snakey gallahs--I better choof it like a roo wi a rocket up its arse".
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2010 04:32 pm
@farmerman,
Hey FM 'Yung fillas' sounds like he might be a kiwi. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegemite NZ used to make it but now it's all imported from Oz.

Perhaps he is remembering Marmite being squeezed out of the market over there.
ragnel
 
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2010 08:06 pm
@hingehead,
The following is an extract from the Vegemite, Our Heritage site:
Quote:
When Australians first heard about Vegemite, a thick, dark English spread (called Marmite) already dominated the spread market and Australians were reluctant to try Fred Walker's locally made product. Poor sales performance resulted in Vegemite being re-named in 1928.

In an attempt to emulate the success of Marmite, Walker re-launched Vegemite as "Parwill". "If Marmite...then Parwill" was the rationale behind Walker's strategy to carve a niche in the market for his concentrated yeast extract spread.

However Parwill was only ever sold in Queensland and Walker's creative play-on-words fell on deaf ears and Parwill failed. Walker went back to the drawing board, and finally realised that the Vegemite brand could work. All he had to do was stimulate consumer trial.
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 27 Oct, 2010 03:48 am
@hingehead,
Quote:
Hey FM 'Yung fillas' sounds like he might be a kiwi.

Yes, that's what I thought, too, hinge.

"Yung fillas" definitely sounds like New Zillender talk to me.

(Not that there's anything wrong with being a New Zillender, mind! They are very nice indeed! They just say things differently to us. Smile )
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 27 Oct, 2010 04:08 am
@msolga,
YEh but his name was "Dive" ,(I believe he meant DAVE). I hope he comes back to the coffee shop again because he said he and his "woyf" were staying with some friends . He was a neat guy and we have totally exhausted talking about the Phillies, the elections, and our crops.
hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 27 Oct, 2010 05:41 am
@farmerman,
Dive and woyf do sound thickly Australian.

On the wikipedia entry it says that vegemite tanked originally and they tried renaming it 'Parwill' (as in marmite but parwill - groan) in queensland before deciding that a change of tack with marketing would (and did) work, in the late 1920's, which would still be too long ago for an 80 year to remember.
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