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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Friday, June 30, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 3) - Bondi Junction

Home in County Bondi!

Let’s see, oh, of course, the flat. Aussies call flats 'units' no idea why, one of their many quirks. We got one on the second day we went hunting. In fact it was the first place we looked at. It's in Bondi Junction, which is 10 mins from town on the train (it's cheaper than the bus ?!), 2km walk from Bondi Beach and 20 mins bus journey from Coogee, not a problem. There is a shopping mall right opposite, restaurants and cinemas nearby, also did I say Bondi Beach is only 2km away. <Pause> I gotta say that again, Bondi... friggin... Beach....<brain...BOOM>

Thursday, June 29, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 2) - Sydney

The Land of Plenty


When I first arrived in Sydney, Australia, it was rain, rain, rain. I was nay impressed and SO tempted to ask for my money back. However, rain never lasts long out here and ever since then it's been sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

Thursday, June 1, 2000

Fragments from the Australia Diaries 2000 (part 1) - America


Well, California was the Business Baby!

LA was excellent, I don't get these people who waffle on about how ruuuubish it is. What's not to like; Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hollywood (or Holly - WUD, as the locals pronounce it, or at least they do in my head) all very rich, very flash, very wannabe! It's great. I don't necessarily wanna live there, let's not lose our minds here. The difficulty for tourists is that it's widespread and public transport isn't very obvious. Most people seem to hire a car but we managed on the metro, taxis and tours.