Australia has a unique reputation as a tourist destination. On one hand, many Canucks I’ve met would give up maple syrup and beavertails (but not hockey) to visit Australia. It’s a dream destination that they want to get to ‘someday’. But, on the other hand, they’re a tad scared of Aussie creepies and crawlies!
The fact is that you needn’t be scared of snakes, spiders and other critters. You just need to be aware of the places they are found, be vigilant and take a few minor precautions. I’ve listed a few tips below.
The inland taipan snake is the deadliest snake in Australia. Over 80% of inland taipan deaths occur in a person’s own bed. But many of these deaths can be avoided. They love dark warm places and often find their way into houses and settle themselves under pillows or blankets on beds. It is recommended that you have a long stick handy to hit your pillow and bed each night before you get in. Most Aussies have a snake stick next to their beds. Continue reading →
How many indoor ice rinks do you think there are in Australia? Go on, say a number out loud. Bear in mind that Australia’s population is 22 million.
There are in fact only 22 rinks. That’s one rink for every 1 million people!!!
In my home town, Canberra, we have one rink. It costs $14 per person (plus $3 skate hire each). So, for my family of five it is an expensive outing costing $70 (or $85 with skates). In Ottawa it only costs $5 for my family to skate indoors. If I want to skate outdoors, I have the choice of countless rinks that pop up over winter in local parks, or the longest skating rink in the world- the Rideau Canal. And all of these are free – nada – nothing – zero!
Now have a guess how many indoor rinks there are in Canada…
I’ve just added a new page to G’day Canucks which includes a whole lot of useful and not so useful comparisons between Australia and Canada.
Click here to see serious information such as population comparisons and the highest mountains as well as statistics that every Canuck and Aussie should know on shark attacks, bear attacks and Olympic medal counts!
I’ll keep adding the the page as new vital bits of information come to hand!
On the first day of school my children came home with a list of school supplies to be purchased. No big deal! Surely we use the same language with stationery. A pen is a pen, a stapler is a stapler. Hmmm. Maybe not. The third item on the list was pencil crayons. Do they mean pencils or crayons?
Luckily, a new friend and kind soul, took pity on the Aussies (who obviously couldn’t speak Canadian) and helped decipher the list.
We now know that pencils are called pencil crayons, textas are markers and rubbers are erasers. But what about duo-tangs?