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

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 11 17:02:31 EDT 2003


--- "Ian W. Riddell" <iwriddell at charter.net> wrote:
> >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?  :-)
> 
> So . . .where does that leave Canada and New
> Zealand?

New Zealand has all the geography of the US crammed
into a country the size of Britain and the population
of a largish country town :), I can't speak for
Canada, but I'm told it has Winter. (I believe it does
have a summer but if it doesn't fall on a weekend you
often miss it. :)

Jon

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