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Something A Little Australian…

This is totally off topic, and has nothing to do with my designs… buttttt I’m always collecting funny little things about Australia – and so today i thought i might share some with you all :)

  • This is Perth – One of my friends from HS showed me this a while ago and I still can’t stop laughing. Bit of a silly video making fun of Perth – warning you may have to be from Perth to find this funny, but I know a lot of you are :) so enjoy! hehe
  • Another Sunny day in Western Australia – This is another one about Perth that really fascinated me. It’s a a 60’s documentary / advert for Perth, and it was made around the time my mother in law was a little kid living in Perth. I warn you its long (20 mins), but I just loved looking at all the gorgeous clothes – and seeing that despite a few sky scrapers and changes in fashion – Perth is pretty much the same as it’s always been, and we still all pursue the same past times.
  • For all those who still don’t understand why we left Perth – here’s one of the main reasons – Perth is now ranked the 13th most expensive city in the world to live in. To put that into perspective, it’s 25% more expensive than NYC and no American cities make the list. Brisbane is 14th, and Sydney and Melbourne are the 6th and 7th respectively (sorry to my brother (Syd) and sister-in-law (Melbs)… you guys are gonna be sooo broke hehe).
  • Cracked article about Australian wildlife – most hilarious explanation I’ve heard of how all Aussie wildlife wants to kill you. I think what makes me laugh the most, is that behind all the jokes and sarcasm, it’s true. Though i’m surprised they didn’t mention the snakes (9 out of the 10 deadliest in the world). Pretty much everything in Australia is dangerous. Lucky us.
  • Also, Strictly Ballroom is now in netflix instant view. If you are like me – you probably freaked out when you noticed and have already watched it 6 times in row. One of my favourite things about Aussie cult classics is that they always involve an element of us laughing at ourselves / poking fun at Aussies… i kind of like that. I think it’s good not to take yourself too seriously. Some of my other faves are The Castle, and pretty much all of Kath and Kim.
All images are screenshots from Another Sunny day in Western Australia – extra points if you can guess the specific locations :)
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Heather, 29 Skirts
10 years ago

Haha, this is awesome! I love the “This Is Perth” and “Another Sunny Day in Western Australia” videos (especially the weird rhyming narrator in the second one). Also, random, but the guy featured in “This Is Perth” looks like my brother. I’ll have to share the link to this blog post with my sister who’s living in Melbourne right now.

Rachel
Rachel
10 years ago

This may be a show/series that Australia cringes at but I love/loved watching McLeod’s Daughters. My husband hated it and said it was very hokey but I would watch it with my daughters and we all really enjoyed it. It is so beautiful in Australia. Why is it so expensive? I never realized that the cost of living was so high there (I thought we were high in Washington State).

Kelly
10 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

Ha, ha … McLeod’s Daughters was filmed in my home state. I even know a couple of people who had bit parts. My mum loved it. I was a bit meh …

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

Kelly
Kelly
10 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Ha, ha … One was a friend of a friend who was the bar man. Not the actual bar man, but the one that was in the background that had one word lines occasionally. The other is a woman I work with occasionally & she was the mother of a contestant in a beauty pagent (I think this was in a early season). it was filmed an hour out of Adelaide where I live … The pub (which was a real pub) was for sale a couple of years ago aswell. I pretty sure SA tourism runs MD tours if your ever in SA …

the other emily
10 years ago

Hee, this is great! So sad we don’t have Netflix while traveling, or I would be watching ‘Strictly Ballroom’ right. Now. My other favorite Aussie movies are ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ (it is not uncommon for my dad and I to turn to one another and mutter, ‘Muriel, you’re terrible.) and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.’ :)

Kelly
10 years ago

Really? Perth is that expensive? I would have never have guessed … must be something to do with the minning boom.

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic