From Author Jack Derwin (15 July 20`9) Business Insider


Australian slang can be a slippery slope. It was iconic Australian film star Paul Hogan, after all, who introduced the world to the phrase, ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie’ — a phrase which hasn’t been seriously uttered by anyone since.

You may remember last year, we wrote a post about Bot(s) and Bot Farms and how Facebook often overlooked that many of our 'LIKES" were bots and not humans. Well, this Bot is a good one -- almost human and we love it! Even budgie smugglers makes this Bot's list...

  • Facebook's Messenger has launched a new bot called Bruce that speaks and explains Australian slang for the Facebook community.
  • Bruce not only curates a list of the most popular slang terms like ‘arvo’ and ‘schnitty’ but also explains more obscure ones, like ‘bleeding dog’s eye’.
  • With Facebook finding that one in four Aussies believe our way of speaking is declining, it’s hoped that Bruce will help preserve the unique Australian vernacular in the digital age.


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"Hear ye, Hear Ye" Step into the world of a medieval faire where knights do battle, damsels feign fear and children transport to middle earth. This reinactment on the Hawkesbury Showground, transformed into a medieval realm, occurs July 6th & 7th (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Dress for fun and expect to meet the unexpected: Mermaids, Unicorns, Elves and Orcs. Come. 'tis Winterfest -- the Sydney Medieval Fair in the Hawkesbury.


In our youth, we loved the festivals of Marin County, north of San Francisco and are so looking forward to the Hawkesbury Winterfest. Cosplay and dancing are at the top of our list. Talented roving musicians, jugglers and dancers of the Court will roam the grounds. Magicians and wizards will appear, suddenly as in a "Harry Potter For Adults" movie! 



But kids,'don't dispair! At the Kids' Corner, meet mythical mermaids and unicorns. You can practice your jousting skills -- with safe swords of course!



Yes, Battles and Baubles are a-plenty: Practice your battle skills at the Re-enactor's Row then stroll down Artisan Alley and Merchant's Row for a bit os shopping. 



 Birds of Prey take Flight --  do they return when hungry?



"The Battle of Evermore"



The Queen of Light took her bow
And then she turned to go

The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom
And walked the night alone

Oh, dance in the dark of night
Sing to the morning light
The dark Lord rides in force tonight
And time will tell us all
Oh, throw down your plow and hoe
Rest not to lock your homes
Side by side we wait the might
Of the darkest of them all, oh

I hear the horses' thunder down in the valley below
I'm waiting for the angels of Avalon
Waiting for the eastern glow

(from Led Zepplin IV)


Join in the costume events: July 6th & 7th -- Winterfest 2019 Hawkesbury Showground!


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