OT: Small Island (was Re: Vienne and others)

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Tue Jun 10 07:06:09 EDT 2003

Jon Noble wrote:

>--- minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
>> I always knew that Britain had History but no
>> Geography, America had Geography but no History, but
>> I
>> hadn't remembered that Australia ought to be put in
>> the
>> 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.

So your view would be that America has Geography and
Britain has History and Australia has a Sense Of
Humour?  :-)

>> When I was a child the population of London was
>> greater
>> than that of Australia, or so I was told by the
>> teacher.
>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)

I seem to recall that it was just over and just under
nine million, for what that's worth.

>> (Personally I think of London as a
>> whopping great tract of desert, with a few outposts
>> of civilisation....)
>What qualifies as an outpost of civilisation?


Charing Cross Road's bookshops.


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