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    WTF Australia
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    Scotland Anarchy

    Did a similar thing last September, returning after 21 years. Re Islay, we caught the ferry from Kennecraig to Port Askaig but departed from Port Ellen back to Kennecraig. Not only did the ferry scedule suit it allowed us to mix it up a bit on Islay. At Port Ellen we stayed at the very nice Islay Hotel which has a great restaurant. Staying at Port Ellen allowed us to check out the distilleries close by. I know you've been before but there is now a near new dedicated cycle way (The Three Distilleries Pathway). Eliminates the driving problem! A visit to Portnahaven is a must and just south of of Port Charlotte. A classic Scottish fishing village complete with slightly suspicious residents who give you the up and down when you visit the pub. Away from Islay, I'd think about places in Argyll (eg Inverary, Lockawe). Anyway, as you know it is all beautiful. One thing you will notice is how much the food has improved in 20 years. We were very pleasantly surprised and can't recall having a bad meal. Some of the meals were quite special (eg, langoustines that were caught that day using the boat owned by the restaurant). The focus, as elsewhere in the world these days, is on local produce.
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    Who killed MR. CLEAN?

    Just what you need in ..... ahem ..... a chamois.
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    A paper on the history of Gary Beverages confirms the dodgy handling: During the late 1930s, another strange looking vehicle caught Fred Gary’s eye – he thought it was just the thing to catch the public eye as well. The Gary Beverage Company was advertised on the aluminum “fuselage” of a bus-car called the Dymaxion, one of just three invented by Buckminster Fuller. It had only three wheels – two in the front and one in the back – “and it was very tricky to drive,” Fred Gary remembered. “You steered it with the rear wheel. If you wanted to go to the right, the rear of the car would go slightly to the left; if you were going quickly to the right, it would force the car over (to the left) and probably hit an oncoming car.” But Fred survived in the vehicle “I think I paid $200 for. A friend drove it from D.C. to Raleigh and I drove it from there to Charlotte. I wanted it for advertising purposes.” Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (1895-1983) was an American visionary, designer, architect, poet, author and inventor. Fred Gary bought the vehicle from an employee at the U.S. Bureau of Standards where he had been employed before joining his father in the beverage business. He said that one day, after it was gassed up, the gas cap was accidentally left off, the thing caught fire and “melted right where it was.”
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    SailGP - Sydney Inaugural Regatta

    Sportsbet have a market. Aussies favourites at $2.50
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    Interesting. Search Google for image turns up nothing on this one. My guess it is somewhere in NSW. But note the two newspaper posters: one on the side of the building and another near it on the fence and they will tell you the photo was taken in September 1970 and the poster on the building captures a bit of sailing history. "GRETEL APPEAL MOVE" is almost certainly a reference to Gretel II and a possible appeal against its disqualification in race 2 of the 1970 America's Cup. Frank Packer who owned Gretel II also owned the Daily Telegraph at the time. The other poster is about the Black September conflict in Jordan in September 1970. Sailing Anarchy indeed.
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    Now there's a photo for an old Sydneysider. Upper right (the finger wharves) is the CYCA, organiser of the Sydney to Hobart. Lower middle is the original Sydney Stadium. A boxing ring that became a performance venue including hosting the Beatles. Lower right is White City Stadium, the major tennis venue in Sydney back in the day. The square building lower middle left was Rushcutters Bay Bowl (long gone). The green spaces around the bay still exist. The value of real estate in that photo? Gazillions. Thanks again Hobot.
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    As a result of Hobot's efforts I know 10 times more about stuff than I ever would have known. A spaghetti swooshing contest. And the winner is
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    WTF Australia

    A bit out of date (RIP Steve Irwin) but send her this to know what to look out for and where. It is not very complete either. The blue ringed octopus deserves a mention.
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    WTF Australia And just to remind everyone (from Wikipedia): "Considered the world's second-most venomous land snake after the Inland Taipan and based on its LD50 value (subcutaneous) in mice, it [the Brown Snake] is responsible for about 60% of snake-bite deaths in Australia."
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    WTF Australia I hope the brownies have watched the video and understand their role in all of this: leave me alone and go for safety.
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    Mate, I'll defend you to the death. Without pissing in your pocket, you are a deadset genius. A world of enlightenment.
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