ccdesan said:"Those Ozzie dollar and two-dollar coins slip through your hands like water.",
Quite right there; those coins are a joke. When they first emerged people said it was a con to make people spend quicker. What's most ridiculous is the $2 coin being smaller than the $1. What was the idea behind that? The New Zealanders got it right; they made the $2 bigger than the $1.
Are you sure it was '85 though? The $1 coin came out in 84, but I'm pretty sure the $2 didn't come until '88. I recall a hilarious skit on television which started with the then Prime Minister Bob Hawke looking at something through a microscope and our then Treasurer Paul Keating (AKA "The Undertaker", "Mr J Curve" and "Mr Recesion") came running up saying "Bob! Bob! Have you seen the new $2 coin?"
Bob Hawke looked up from the magnifying glass and said "I'm just examining it now. Why is it so small?"
ccdesan said:"My hat's off to folks that can navigate a transport system full of names like Pymble, Turramurra and Wahroonga!",
Oh those are just the start. Before continuing my journey to Fox Valley, the station I alight at is "Warrawee" ("Where are we?"). You can see it on the map.
Some time back (last year IIRC) DHLawrence and I swapped a few wierd place names. There's one from his neck of the woods named "Medicine Hat
" after the meeting with the indigenous people where the medicine man's hat blew off.
Here's a few more Aussie places that might make you cringe if you didn't live there: Attunga, Awaba, Allawah, Berala, Baan-Baa, Barraba, Burringbar, Boggabilla, Ben Bullen, Bredbo, Blandford, Baradine, Bundook, Bendick-Murrell, Beckhom, Bell (near Lithgow), Berowra, Boggabri, Bogan Gate, Booragul, Biniguy, Bethungra, Burilda, Binalong, Bribbaree, Burren, Banksia, Bilnudgel, Bulliac, Bellambi, Bombo, Cabramatta, Cullen Bullen, Cowra, Dubbo (heh heh :) - Hi Batty! ), Dungog, Delungra, Dorrigo, Duri, Edgeroi, Eugowra, Eungai, Euabalong West, Leumeah, Leura (where Perri lived before moving into Sydney), Merah North, Mullumbimby, Murrurundi, Medlow Bath (I can never pronounce that one), Menangle Park, Merriwa, Menangle, Mungindi, Mittagong, Merriwagga, Mount Kuring-gai, Mindaribba, Menindee, Manildra, Mendooran, Mandurama, Mount Colah, Molong, Morundah, Merrygoen, Marrar, Marulan, Mudgee, Stockinbingal, Tahmoor, Toongabbie (I've always said it sounds like a cartoon cat), Tarcutta, Tocumwal, Trundle, Telopea, Temora, Trangie, Tuggerah, Tarago (also happens to be a make of Toyota van), Trida, Tallong, Tullibigeal, Turrella, Telarah, Tullamore, Turramurra, Wagga Wagga...
...and my all-time favourite which is a suburb in Sydney's CBD - WOOLLOOMOOLOO!!
The native Australians love the sounds "Ah" , "g" and "ee". Eg: "Kanga"
Wow... it's surprising how many of those places I've actually been to in person. I didn't think I'd travelled that much, but there you are!