ANZAC = Members of the Australian and NewZealand Army Corps in World War I. Anzac Day, which falls on April 25, is a national holiday. Delicious biscuits (cookies), made with oats and golden syrup, are also known as Anzacs.
amber fluid = Beer. “Lets have a quick transfusion of amber fluid.”
ankle-biter = A small child. See rug-rat.
apples = Everything’s under control, as in “She’s apples.”
arvo = Afternoon.
Aussie = Australian.
Aussie salute = The backward and forward waving of hands before the face to shoo away the flies.
After Ayaka Shiomura has insulted by cowards in the Tokyo Metropolitan
Assembly a few weeks ago, Prime minister Abe decided to make a website
to show his support for the women of Japan. This was the title page. Can
you see something strange?
How many people do you think read this before it went online? Professionals paid a lot of money to make this didn't notice? That's right. After everything that happened, Abe makes a website for the women of Japan and tells them all to "DIE" on the title page. It is so stupid I almost can't believe it is true. You see SHINE in romanji sounds like しね or DIE (氏ね) in Japanese. If you are going to use just one word of English Mr Abe, try to make sure it doesn't mean something else in your own language next time. LOL !
There is a popular Aussie habit of nicknaming mates and (friends) by embellishing the endings of their first names with an “o”. For example, if your name is David, you may find yourself being called Davo; likewise, Stevens can expect to be called Stevo; and Johns to be called Johnno. Names ending in “n” or “y” are often transformed by a “zza” ending. A Gary is almost invariably known as Gazza, Barry as Bazza, Sharon as Shazza.
The "Black Stump" is an Australian metaphor for the middle of nowhere or the end of civilization. It is also a comic strip, that like Ginger Megs appears in many newspapers around the country. Can you get the following comic strips?
Created by Jimmy Bancks in 1921, "Ginger Megs" is Australia's longest running comic strip. Appearing in many newspapers on a daily basis, Ginger Megs is a young red headed boy who is a bit of a rascal and mischief maker at school. Every kid who grows up in Australia knows who ginger megs is, so much so that we often nickname people with red hair "Megsy".
I saw the latest 300 movie last Sunday. For those that don't know it is the second movie in a series. The first move, just called 300, was released years ago, and when I saw it I thought it was really good. So I was hoping this new one would be even better. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. It was similar to the first film, but it didn't really do anything new. The evil character played by actress Eva Green was good, but all the other characters were very forgettable. One big problem I had was that half the cast (including the hero) were Australian actors. They made almost no attempt to cover their natural accents and Aussie accents just sound wrong for ancient Greece. I kept waiting for them to add a "mate" at the end of all their lines.
"TOMORROW WE STAND AND FIGHT...mate"
If all you want is the blood and violence you got in the first film, maybe give it a try.
If you were hoping for something bigger and better than the first one, maybe give it a miss.
(I gave it a bonus point because I love the historical setting,
Two weekends ago I went to Kouchi prefecture. One of my japanese friends invited me to her wedding and I was very excited to attend. I had never been to a japanese wedding before and I heard many stories on how it works here but I was definitely happy to experience the whole thing. It was purely gorgeous. I was lucky to go that wedding as many people said this wedding was kind of exceptional given the venue, the decorations, the food,... it was truely beautiful! I felt a bit nervous since I went by myself and I was told there are many rules you should follow at a wedding. But my friend had me meet her friends at the hotel before going to the wedding place so I felt much less stressed and pretty much at ease surrounded by easy going girls of my age ^^
Here is a picture of the pretty bride and her friends who really did a great job at being friendly and helpful to me!