Monday, September 12, 2005

Yeah, he's an Aussie

Aussies have an amazing ability to 'adopt' successful folks as their own. But I think Lance Armstrong would be surprised to find that he is Australia's most successful road cyclist.

Caption from The Financial Review
(Revealed on tonight's Mediawatch)

Some Other Famous 'Australians':

Phar Lap:

For all intents and purposes, the big red race-horse was a New Zealander. He was born and raised there.

But hey, he won a few races in Australia, capturing the imagination of a nation.

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Verdict: Aussie as.

The Finn Brothers:

Split Enz, Crowded House, Tim Finn and Neil Finn: All products of New Zealand I would've thought.

The first track on Crowded House's debut album even speaks of their origins; Te Awamutu is in New Zealand isn't it? Or is it a suburb of Melbourne?

I will concede that the Crowdies were not 100% Kiwi, Nick Seymour is obviously an Aussie. I suppose it naturally follows that the Finn brothers are Australian by association.

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Verdict: Aussie as.

Kim Clijsters:

Okay, so she was born in Belgium and lives in Belgium. She has also represented Belgium at the Olympics and in the Fed Cup.

But wasn't she 'rubbing uglies' with our own Lleyton Hewitt for a while there? Everyone knows that Lleyton is one of the Aussie-est Aussies that ever Aussied. Surely enough of that Aussie-ness would have rubbed off on Kim for her to be considered an Aussie.

And besides, how long has it been since an Aussie female won a major tennis tournament? We need her!

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Verdict: Aussie as.

Russell Crowe:

Familiar story here too; Crowe was born and raised in New Zealand, his cousins Martin and Jeff Crowe even played cricket for New Zealand.

A couple of big movie roles and little gold statues later and he's Aussie as.

Then there was that thing with the phone...

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Verdict: New Zealand can have him back.


At 10:36 pm, Anonymous tmz_99 said...

Lets not forget Sam Neil.

At 8:39 pm, Blogger miss wendy said...

It works the other way too, doesn't many nz'ers in Autralia!.. very nationalistic ...'cept when it comes to where to live!!

At 10:31 am, Blogger miss wendy said...

someone sent me this today.. may or may not amuse... HOW TO SPEAK NEW ZEALANDISH (KIWI)
Milburn - capital of Victoria
Peck - to fill a suitcase
Pissed aside - chemical which kills insects
Pigs - for hanging out washing with
Pump - to act as agent for prostitute
Pug - large animal with a curly tail
Nin tin dough - computer game
Munner stroney - soup
Min - male of the species
Mess Kara - eye makeup
McKennock - person who fixes cars
Mere - Mayor
Leather - foam produced from soap
Lift - departed
Kiri Pecker - famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps - potato chips
Ken's - Cairns
Jumbo - pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills - Christmas carol
Inner me - enemy
Guess - vapour
Fush - marine creatures
Fitter cheney - type of pasta
Ever cardeau - avocado
Fear hear - blonde
Ear - mix of nitrogen and oxygen
Ear roebucks - exercise at the gym
Duffy cult - not easy
Amejen - visualise
Day old chuck - very young poultry
Bug hut - popular recording
Bun button - been bitten by insect
Beard - a place to sleep
Sucks Peck - Half a dozen beers
Ear New Zulland - an extinct airline
Beers - large savage animals found in U.S. forests
Veerjun - mythical New Zealand maiden
One Doze - well known computer program
Brudge - structure spanning a stream
Sex - one less than sivven
Tin - one more than nine
Iggs Ecktly - Precisely
Earplane - large flying machine
Beggage Chucken - place to leave your suitcase at the earport
Sivven Sucks Sivven - large Boeing aircraft
Sivven Four Sivven - larger Boeing aircraft
Cuds - children
Pits - domestic animals
Cuttin - baby cat
Munce - usually served on toast

At 5:55 pm, Blogger cotard said...

Oh my... has this post turned in to a 'take the puss out of the kiwis' post?


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