'Australia Day' - 26th January


(Photo courtesy of our friend and colleague Karen Warlow, whose son Luke is currently touring Australia)




INTRODUCTION


Ask members if anyone has visited Australia? Would they like to?


Has anyone any relatives living there?


What do people think of the country? What about the wildlife?


Do people know any 'Aussies'?






IDIOMS


Ask members to complete these Australian inspired idioms ...



“Don’t blow your own - TRUMPET.”


“A bad worker blames his - TOOLS.”


“A bird in the hand is worth two in the - BUSH.”


“The grass looks greener on the other side of the - FENCE.”


“There is a thin line between love and - HATE.”


“You can’t teach an old dog new - TRICKS.”


“You might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a - LAMB.”


"You can’t judge a book by its - COVER."


“He who laughs last, laughs - LONGEST.”


“Faint heart never won fair - LADY.”


"A stitch in time saves - NINE."


"A watched pot never - BOILS."


"The pot calls the kettle - BLACK."


"Actions speak louder than - WORDS."


"After the storm comes the - CALM."


"Bad news travels - FAST."


"Better safe than - SORRY."


"Blood is thicker than - WATER."


"Call a spade a - SPADE."


"Cut your coat according to the - CLOTH."


"Charity begins at - HOME."


"Absence makes the heart grow - FONDER."


"Familiarity breeds - CONTEMPT."


"Don’t count your chickens before they are - HATCHED."


"Empty vessels make the most - SOUND."


"Don’t look a gift horse in the - MOUTH."


"God helps those who help - THEMSELVES."


"If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with - FLEAS."


"Once bitten, twice - SHY."


"One good turn deserves - ANOTHER."


"To each his - OWN."


"One man’s meat is another man’s - POISON."



And my favourite ...



"Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you’re a mile away and - HAVE THEIR SHOES."






AUSSIE SLANG


Ask members to guess at the meanings of these Australian slang words ...


Chunder - BE SICK


Budgie smugglers - TIGHT BATHERS


Sheila - WOMAN


Amber nectar - LAGER


Dunny - TOILET


Fair dinkum - FAIR ENOUGH


Mates rates - CHEAP DEAL


A Pommy - A BRIT


Tinny - CAN OF LAGER


Wedgie - PULL UP SOMEONE'S PANTS TO CAUSE DISCOMFORT


G’Day mate - HELLO


No worries - OKAY


Feeling crook - UNWELL


Barbie - BARBEQUE

Bruce - MAN


Your shout - YOUR ROUND


You little ripper - YOU BEAUTY





MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ



ROUND 1. Culture




1. Who was the first European in 1770 was to explore and map the eastern coastline of Australia?




2. Between 1788 and 1868, 608 ships transported more than how many convicts to Australia?




3. True or False. HM Queen Elizabeth 11 is constitutional monarch and head of state of Australia?




4. What are native Australians called?




5. Which are native New Zealanders called?




6. What is the name of this Australian musical instrument?




7. And this traditional Australian weapon?




8. What is the name of the ceremonial dance the All Blacks perform before rugby matches?


Here is a link to the Haka (All Blacks vs England) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiKFYTFJ_kw





9. SONG. ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Australia Patriotic Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yILM3L2sXM


What is a ‘Billabong’, as mentioned in this old bush ballad?





ROUND 2. Animals




10. ‘Skippy The Bush Kangaroo’ - link to TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByob-5pPEs&t=91s


What is a baby Kangaroo called?




11. 'Flipper' - link to TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6PqrTZsho0&t=76s


What creature is ‘Flipper’?




12. Koalas eat a diet exclusively of what?




13. Which Australian bird did Rod Hull model his puppet on?


Who did he attack when appearing on his chat show in 1976?




14. What is the name given to the only egg laying mammal living, which is native to Eastern Australia?




15. What is the name of this wild Australian dog?




16. What is the name of this little varmint, native to an island state of Australia?




17. Which is the most dangerous creature in Australia, i.e. which caused the most human deaths between 2008-17?


- Sharks

- Horses and Cows

- Spiders, or

- Snakes




18. SONG. 'I Should Be So Lucky', Kylie Minogue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_TvpBwSZDM


Complete these other Kylie song titles:


- 'The Loco- ******'

- 'Especially For ***'

- 'Hand On Your *****'

- 'Wouldn't Change A *****'

- 'Tears On My ******'

- 'Better The Devil You ****'

- 'Step Back In ****'




ROUND 3. Places




19. What is the proper (Aboriginal) name for 'Ayers Rock'?




20. What is the name of the structure made of coral off the coast of Queensland in North East Australia? (It stretches for more than 1,250 miles long and makes up an area of 135,000 square miles)




21. In which year was 'Sydney Opera House' opened by Queen Elizabeth? (Nearest guess)




22. What is the name of the most famous surfing beach in Australia (it is in Sydney)?




23. 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' is one of those landmarks across the world where you see the fireworks on New Year's Eve. How many hours ahead of us are they in New South Wales?


(Do any members fancy climbing over it?)




24. The Australian flag is based on which British maritime flag?




25. SONG. ‘Land Down Under’, Men At Work - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s


What is the English version of Vegemite? (Do members love it or hate it?)




ROUND 4. TV & Film




26. Who starred in the 1980s drama ‘The Thorn Birds’?


Here is a link to the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcQXWxcjMGw




27. What was the name of the prison in 'Prisoner Cell Bock H'?


Here is a link to the TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK1iAwlhsnQ




28. What is the name of the cul de sac where 'Neighbours' is set?




29. What is the name of the fictional coastal town in 'Home And Away'?




30. Which hit BBC TV show did the 1992 movie ‘Strictly Ballroom’ inspire?




31. What is the name of this 1994 movie about a group of drag act friends who take their act on the road?




32. In the 1994 movie 'Muriel's Wedding', Muriel is obsessed with ABBA. What are the names of the two female singers in ABBA?


Here is a link to their 'Waterlooo' dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqti-Sxsxk4




33. Filmed in New Zealand and released in 2001-3, what was the name of the wizard in ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and which actor played him?




34. SONG. 'Summer Lovin', Grease - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW0DfsCzfq4


Which UK number 1 hit did Olivia Newton-John have with E.L.O. in 1980?


How old is she?





ROUND 5. People



35. What flower is Dame Edna Everage associated with?




36. Complete the name of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jason Donovan starred in from 1990-93?

JOSEPH AND HIS -




37. Which Page 3 model did Peter Andre marry in 2005? (They later divorced in 2009)




38. Which electronic musical instrument did Rolf Harris advertise in the 1970s?




39. Name this famous Australian cricket player?




40. Name this character and movie star?




41. Which presenter duo host ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’ each year?




42. Name this actor, who starred in the 1995 movie 'Braveheart'?




43. Name this actor, who starred in the 2000 movie 'Gladiator'?




44. Name this (now divorced) Hollywood couple?




45. Name this actor, who starred in the 2012 musical movie 'Les Miserables'?




46. SONG. 'Two Little Boys', Rolf Harris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmL3m2zcoOI


Complete his other hit song titles:


Tie Me Kangaroo - **** *****

Sun - *****

Jake The - ***




BONUS SONGS



Encourage members to get up and dance their best moves.




BONUS SONG. 'Xanadu', Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLi8fTlDEag




BONUS SONG. 'Physical', Olivia Newton-John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zwPVU92-XQ




BONUS SONG. 'Locomotion', Kylie Minogue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POWsFzSFLCE





PRACTICAL ACTIVITY




Have members make some original Aboriginal inspired artwork, either on cloth, canvas or pebbles. You could either do this individually or as a group.


Aboringal art tends to be very colourful and uses repetitive symmetrical patterns. Painting dots on top of block base colours also seems to be important. Often an animal or tree or something else from nature is included in the drawing.


Have some fun with this and maybe play some more Australian music in the background?










ANSWERS



1. CAPTAIN JAMES COOK


2. 162,000


3. TRUE


4. ABORIGINES


5. MAORIS


6. DIDGERIDOO


7. BOOMERANG


8. HAKA


9. A POND


10. JOEY


11. BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN


12. EUCALYPTUS


13. EMU / MICHAEL PARKINSON


14. DUCK BILLED PLATYPUS


15. DINGO


16. TASMANIAN DEVIL


17. HORSES AND COWS - 77


Other mammals eg Kangaroos 60

Hornets bees and wasps 27

Sharks and other marine animals 26

Reptiles including snakes 23

Dogs 22

Crocodiles 17

Spiders 0


18. - 'The Loco- MOTION'

- 'Especially For YOU'

- 'Hand On Your HEART'

- 'Wouldn't Change A THING'

- 'Tears On My PILLOW'

- 'Better The Devil You KNOW'

- 'Step Back In TIME'


19. ULURU


20. GREAT BARRIER REEF


21. 20TH OCTOBER 1973


22. BONDI


23. 11 HOURS


24. 'THE BLUE ENSIGN'


25. MARMITE


26. RACHEL WARD & RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN


27. 'WENTWORTH'


28. RAMSAY STREET


29. SUMMER BAY


30. 'STRICTLY COME DANCING'


31. 'THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA OF THE DESERT'


32. 'ABBA' were AGNETHA Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and ANNI-FRID Lyngstad


33. GANDALF / IAN MCKELLEN


34. 'XANADU' / 72 (Born 26 September 1948)


35. GLADIOLI


36. 'AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT'


37. KATIE PRICE AKA JORDAN


38. STYLOPHONE


39. SHANE WARNE


40. CROCODILE DUNDEE AKA PAUL HOGAN


41. ANT MCPARTLAN & DEC DONNELLY


42. MEL GIBSON


43. RUSSELL CROWE


44. NICOLE KIDMAN & TOM CRUISE


45. HUGH JACKMAN


46. Tie Me Kangaroo - DOWN SPORT


Sun - ARISE


Jake The - PEG









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