Down Under

I posted this six years ago, which certainly dates the references in the next paragraph, but not the state sanctioned excuse for enjoying an opportunity to gather the clan together, lay in a slab of beer and put more shrimps on the barbie on a three-day weekend at the end of January.

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What with the sad passing of Heath Ledger and the disappearance of close to 10 billion dollars from global investments, you may be excused for not noticing the national holiday down under. In case it does not appear on your calendar, it is called Australia Day. January 26 commemorates the completion of phase one of Captain Arthur Phillip’s orders– lead a fleet of eleven ships halfway around the world to a barely-known continent and set up housekeeping with a population of prisoners and their keepers. To the natives, of course, it was Invasion Day.

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