OT: Small Island (was Re: Vienne and others)
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 9 21:05:39 EDT 2003
--- minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> I always knew that Britain had History but no
> Geography, America had Geography but no History, but
> hadn't remembered that Australia ought to be put in
> American camp on that. :-)
Actually much of Australia has no geography either -
it's just nothing in all directions. The Darling River
at Menindee (where we used to go for a swim) is 2000km
from its ocean outlet but only 80 metres above sea
level. As a result it can take flood waters months to
reach the place (which may well be still in drought)
and months to flow on.
> When I was a child the population of London was
> than that of Australia, or so I was told by the
They were probably using an old text book as the
poulation of Australia would have overtaken that of
Greater London in the late 1930s (or else you're older
than I assumed)
> This demonstrated how crowded London was/is rather
> the emptiness of Australia, even if there are
> great tracts of desert in Australia in which not
> people try to live. (Personally I think of London
> as a
> whopping great tract of desert, with a few outposts
What qualifies as an outpost of civilisation?
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