Randoms From Down Under
- Who are the Grateful Dead anyway? I asked Lisa. Seriously. I can't recall ever hearing them. She said "you can't explain the Dead. You just have to hear them". And that was it. I guess I'd better find a CD somewhere so I can see what all the fuss is about.
- Does anyone seriously believe the inflation numbers?
- Fannie Mae (FNM) is not just a $9 Billion accounting error .... Tick ,tick, tick. Opinion only.
- I miss hockey.
- Contrary to popular belief, we do NOT drink Fosters. And they're prawns not shrimp. Do you know vegemite? Lisa reckons it's a great hangover cure.
- The Australian $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.
- 95% of the world's opal is dug up in Australia, and also the biggest opals outright. (The record holder being 6.8 kg!)
- The mining town of Coober Pedy, epicenter of opal mining in Australia got its name from the local Aboriginals. It means something like "White fella down a hole".
- The original 50cent piece in Aussie decimal currency had $2 worth of silver in it. That was until some freaking genius worked out that something just wasn't quite right. They replaced it with a more "suitable" coin. 1966 50c pieces are tough to find.
- Goldcorp (GG) produces gold at $60 per ounce. Their ore is over an ounce per ton. Here in Australia some operations are profitably processing ore at less than a gram per ton. Leverage to gold price rises is what it is all about.
- Anyone who has been to Sydney has probably dined at Doyles seafood restaurant at one stage or another. The patriarch of the family, Peter Doyle passed away this week. The funeral had an impressive turnout. His sons will continue the longtime family tradition and the restaurants will be there for another fifty years.
- Two in a week. The White Pointer is protected. Hmm.
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