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#1794 - 05/09/00 03:03 AM Re: £1,000,000
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
miwionnaire - we've got a few of those too, I didn't realise that it was South Australian, I like to collect accents.

> "shtreet" for "street" or, worse, "Aushtraya" (3 syllables)for "Australia" (4 syllables)

I sound a bit the same after too many tinnies (spelling?)
(could progress to Ashtray-a over time (or is Austria already pronnounced that way?)

#1795 - 05/09/00 10:28 AM Re: Duct Tape
tsuwm Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10538
Loc: this too shall pass
I stumbled across this whilst cleaning out my mailbox; it relates to Red Green and duct tape and deconstructionism...

Tonight, in the Handyman's corner, Red showed us how to fix a toaster (he
sprayed WD-40 into it in massive quantities) and how to install air
conditioning in the van (it was a household window AC that he found in
front of someone's house - he first made a step-up transformer out of a
tire rim and then duct-taped the AC into the passenger side window).
In the "male room" segment he answered a letter which
questioned why there were never any women on the show: "They've all
said no so far."


#1796 - 05/09/00 04:07 PM Re: Duct Tape
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Is it a bit like "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"?
It sounds worth emigrating to Canada for - I'll bear it in mind.
We have "Ground Force" and "Changing Rooms" but they don't sound quite so deep.

<A HREF="http://www.bbc.co.uk/changingrooms/" target="_new">http://www.bbc.co.uk/changingrooms/</A>

<A HREF="http://www.bbc.co.uk/groundforce/index.shtml" target="_new">http://www.bbc.co.uk/groundforce/index.shtml</A>

#1797 - 05/11/00 10:58 AM Re: Duct Tape
shanks Offline
old hand

Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 1004
Loc: London, UK
On the other hand, does Red Green have the redoubtable Charlie Dimmock on his show? I find it amazing that we have become almost post-PC in the UK, with the lad/ladette culture (as exemplified by FHM, Maxim and the like), that 'Ground Force' has become a mainstream success because of her propensity for going bra-less! (Is there a more euphonious word to refer to this phenomenon of 'sisters doing it for themselves'?)


the sunshine warrior

#1798 - 05/11/00 11:34 AM Re: PC
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10538
Loc: this too shall pass
'post-PC'ness was inevitable. PC has taken on a very pejorative sense here. This happens to any cause which becomes strident, but stridency is required to gain notice in the press -- it's a vicious circle.


#1799 - 05/11/00 02:11 PM Re: Charlie Dimmock
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Shanks - Don't we just love her.

We'll have to swap Duct Tape and Ground Force Videos with twu to see which has the most to say to the modern world.

I think my problem in being understood is that I'm pretty "post everything", I think I'm getting more existential than anything - certainly to sleepy to make it as a real ladette - all that drinking and nightclubs!

#1800 - 05/11/00 05:43 PM Tinnies
Meta4 Offline

Registered: 05/01/00
Posts: 13
Loc: Sydney, Australia
Tinnies is correct. There was a time, during the 70s, when they were also called "tubes" (or to use the phonetic spelling - "choobs"), during the time of a film about an ocker Aussie on safari in London called "The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie" starring Barry Croker (for the UK readers he was the singer of the original "Neighbours" TV show theme!). Not quite the advertisement for our country that I'd endorse, but an exposé of the chundering (under)belly of Aus culture.

BTW the collective noun for a carton of 24, or more recently 30, tinnies is a "slab"; as in "Give us a slab of VB, mate". We also have beer in 375ml (13 oz for the Americans) bottles called stubbies, and 750ml bottles which are referred to as longnecks. I had a friend who could drink a case (12) of longnecks and a half-bottle of Southern Comfort before dinner - an iron constitution (and a spongey liver).

#1801 - 05/12/00 03:21 AM Re: Tinnies
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Thanks for the info about stubbies, slabs and longnecks - I'll try to drop them into conversation. I have fond memories of many tubes of Fosters.

Isn't there some saying that you can tell what is important about a culture by the number of words that it allocates to certain topics.

The Inuit hold the record for the number of words for snow (soft, slightly wet snow; firm but not quite frozen snow ...)

I wonder what item or concept would claim the record number of words in Australia?

#1802 - 05/12/00 04:54 AM Re: Tinnies
Philip Davis Offline

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 81
I don't know about Australia but the long list of terms and euphemisms for the male sexual organ says a lot about how male centered the UK is.

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