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Come visit Australia? Why? Because it's cheaper... [Jan. 19th, 2009|11:51 am]
Hi All,

The topic of sightseeing in Australia came up in my previous LJ post.

It just occurred that I should mention that if you're willing to brave all the news of the economic downturn in the global economy, now might be a pretty good time to tour this country because the Aussie dollar has shot straight down compared with some of the other major currencies.


Look at what happened to its value against the $USA.


Back in 2006-07 when Pony first asked for suggestions on the venue of Ponycon 3 I jokingly suggested Melbourne (this was never a serious idea). Of course this was all lost when the entire thread was deleted...

Now the suggestion of holding Ponycon in Australia is just plain stupid (hence my offering the idea as a joke), but if any of you guys from the United States are interested in visiting here, now is as good a time as any. I'm not sure how airline fares are charged, but I'm wondering if traveling on an Aussie airline (eg Qantas) might in turn be cheaper for you guys as well.

[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-19 06:52 am (UTC)
Tempting... and I do dispute (in the kindliest manner, of course) your suggestion that anything you have to see could be found elsewhere. Every country has things to offer that can be found nowhere else. This is one Seppo that may hold your nation in higher regard than some of its natives...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-19 07:47 am (UTC)
Heehee! Another brilliant animated avatar! :D

Well if you want to travel here I certainly wont stop you, and neither will Australia's half-starved tourism industry. :)

With regard to Australian natives. The genuine Australian natives hold the land in very high regard; it's literally sacred ground to them. I'm an import (3rd generation but still an import) and I defintely don't belong here. Every cell in my body is crying out for a colder climate, particularly the Scottish & Irish blood in me.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2009-01-19 08:41 am (UTC)
U like-a my avatars? I mentioned to Scott, who was complaining about inking tigers in fishnet, that Max Blackrabbit once complained how hard it was to Ink Zig Zag. He suggested I imagine Zig Zag in fishnet, and that prompted me to come up with this one, which I think is my best effort thus far.

This is all your fault, by the way...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-19 11:56 am (UTC)
ccdesan said:"This is all your fault, by the way...",
I can live with that. It's someone's fault that there's a harbour bridge for there to be traffic jams and slow trains upon it... but I think the designers can live with that ;)

ccdesan said:"U like-a my avatars? I mentioned to Scott, who was complaining about inking tigers in fishnet",
Well he's just drowned them both, so that gets him out of the chore...

ccdesan said:"that Max Blackrabbit once complained how hard it was to Ink Zig Zag.",
...I could well imagine, but then if it's difficult for the master, then it's doubly difficult for anyone wanting to forge her image.

ccdesan said:"that prompted me to come up with this one, which I think is my best effort thus far.",
Ooh :o Quite an impressive piece of drawing and animation... but it's definitely in the region of the Not Safe For Stephan. Not keen on violence... [cringe] sorry. :(
(I do like the faces pulled on the emoticon though :) )
...now Zigzag in fishnet stockings... RROWRR!!!
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2009-01-20 03:30 am (UTC)
i want to visit australia some day :) looks fun and you speak English :P
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-20 07:28 am (UTC)
Not so many as you'd expect. If you visit Melbourne you would benefit if you also speek Greek and/or Italian. If you visit Adelaide you'd have an advantage if you speak German, particularly in the Barossa Valley. If your intention is to visit Sydney then there are some suburbs where you would absolutey need to speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Arabic and Lebanese. ...and those are just the suburbs with a dominant culture. There are plenty of public non-English conversations around the clock throughout the city.

I get along well with the staff at my local speciality tea shop, and they put up with my terrible accent whenever I order my drink in Mandarin.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-20 09:35 am (UTC)
Hey wait a minute... do you use American dollars over there? I guess you probably would come to think of it.
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