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IT’S GOOD TO LEARN NEW THINGS…

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…and I’ve just learned a new word. Well, I’ve known this word for many years, but this definition is new (surprisingly!) to me.

I did think I’d have a little guessing game, but it would be too easy for the smarty-pants crew to google it. This is what they’d find:  In some parts of the U.S., “brolga” is used to refer to a cocktail made from ginSprite (or 7 Up), and a few drops of Angostura bitters.

But boring ol’ me had something else in mind http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brolga

Taking palm trash up to the local tip this morning I spotted a small group of Brolgas so I pulled over to the side of the road, scrambled across to the passenger seat, put the window down and managed a few shots with the little camera. (more on Flickr)

Another fact…the brolga is on the Queensland State coat of arms, with a red deer. Never figured out how or why the red deer, an introduced beast ,made it to that level!

update    The final and current addition to the coat of arms was created in 1977, during the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, with the granting of supporting animal. A Red Deer, to represent the old world and it is a classic animal of heraldry; and a Brolga, which represents the native population and it is the state’s official bird.    

 More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Queensland

Sporran is back to normal after her limpy leg adventure. Not sure what Dave gave her, but I’m thinking of asking him if he’ll jab my shoulder with some!

Don’t know why I’m trying to write a post when I’m so tired. We stayed up late, watching Tim Minchin on television. Recorded when he performed at the Sydney Opera House.With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. When I think what they did to Lenny Bruce for swearing…Mr. Minchin would’ve been on permanent cauliflower cheese back then! If he’d been performing then. A difficult trick, since he wasn’t yet born! He has quite a few clips up on youtube; here’s one of them. If the sixth letter of our alphabet upsets you, don’t play the clip. Otherwise…enjoy

The bar is open…back later. 😉

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Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

20 thoughts on “IT’S GOOD TO LEARN NEW THINGS…

  1. So jealous of your brolgas. And hadn’t heard of Brolga the drink.

    I am pleased that Sporran is fully recovered, and laughed all the way through that Minchin clip. Thank you sooooo much.

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  2. Had never heard of the ‘brolga’ drink – although i’ve been known to use 7-up when there’s no tonic in the house to go with the gin…

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  3. They’re like redheaded cranes. Pretty! Listening to Tim Minchin as I type. Never heard of him before but definitely enjoying!

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  4. Can’t say as I’m crazy about his swearing OR his hair, but what the H…

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  5. brolga and red deer together?….. ‘only in queensland’…..

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  6. I left a comment here yesterday with a link to another Tim Minchin clip. Did it end up in your spam?

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  7. Well, not in the part of the US. Never heard of Brolga before in either sense – bird or drink. Thank you for the photos. I would be over the moon if I saw a crane like that. We have blue herons and white egrets here locally, but haven’t been able to get a decent snapshot.

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  8. Those birds were superb…and thank you for the Minchin…I’d never heard of him and I’ve clearly been missing something.

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