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  1. Lance Scoular

    Lance Scoular

    18/10/2016
    Aberdoon House
    Aberdoon House Aberdoon House, Rouse Hill, Sydney, New South Wales,...
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    Javier beBee
    18/10/2016 #1 Javier beBee
    Great buzz ! Thanks
  2. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    30/09/2016
    May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?
    May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?Believe it or not, 'Waltzing Matilda', the unofficial national anthem of the Land Down Under, has absolutely nothing to do with ballroom dancing or fair damsels. Β Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...
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    Ken Boddie
    03/10/2016 #37 Ken Boddie
    #36 thanks, Franci, but spare a thought for Banjo Paterson, the real talent behind this tale.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    02/10/2016 #36 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #33 Thank you for letting me know about this story. It's truly an artfully crafted piece and one I'll read more than once.
    Pamela L. Williams
    02/10/2016 #35 Pamela L. Williams
    #34 No, he had the right to sell it because legally his 'Squatters Rights' gave him legal ownership. It was considered abandoned property. I don't know all the legalities at the time. It's just an interesting family story for us.
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2016 #34 Ken Boddie
    #32 So the Kentucky property wasn't the squatter's to sell, Pam? Quite a few Aborigines here in Oz would say this is a widespread 'white fellah's' practice that has been going on for a couple of hundred years. πŸ˜•
    Ken Boddie
    02/10/2016 #33 Ken Boddie
    #31 If you get a chance, Franci, read "The Man from Snowy River".
    Pamela L. Williams
    01/10/2016 #32 Pamela L. Williams
    Ken, had to take a few days off beBee due to other commitments. Sad, but what a welcome back. Something for my Cultures Around the World App and one of my favorite 'oldies' explained to me! I had always heard that Australia was the equivalent of a penal colony for all those who dared to thwart the crown. Your explanation is pretty close. Of course didn't know a loaf of bread was 'thwarting the crown'! Wonderful read, enjoyed this little piece of Oz! One thing struck me: A squatter in the U.S. is someone who is/was living illegal on a piece of land. Eventually 'Squatter's Rights' developed, meaning if they stayed on the land long enough with no claim made by the real owner then the land became the squatters. In days of old, when the west was not yet won, much land was 'grabbed' by squatters. Just a bit of US trivia for ya!
    Here's some family history in relation to squatters. The family story is that my father's ancestors once owned the land upon which the famous Kentucky Derby is now held. In the mid to late 1800s during a drought the family had to relocate to survive. A squatter they asked/paid to watch the land for them eventually claimed Squatter's Rights and later sold the land...not sure when the 'Derby' owner took possession as it could have had several owners after my family. But there you go!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    01/10/2016 #31 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #22 Banjo Paterson - quite the man. Well worth taking time to read about. http://www.wallisandmatilda.com.au/banjo-paterson-biography.shtml
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #30 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the share, @Milos Djukic πŸ‘
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #29 Ken Boddie
    #27 The modern meaning of squatter (in relation to property) is the same here, Lisa. This is, of course, assuming that you discount the stress and strain activity undertaken behind closed bathroom doors, while customarily reading a newspaper or magazine? 😝
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #28 Ken Boddie
    #26 We aim to please, Karen. πŸ€—
    Old mate at the bottom of the billabong, however, may disagree? 😟
    Lisa Gallagher
    01/10/2016 #27 Lisa Gallagher
    @Ken Boddie The unofficial Anthem is well... different? I'm glad you gave definitions of the terms. Squatters here take over a person's home if they are away for some time. Some people have a hard time re-gaining their home ( I don't quite understand it) and it's usually a major mess after they are able to legally get the squatters to leave. I'm proud of you because you know how to 'use the google.' Thanks, really enjoyed this!!
    Karen Anne Kramer  ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015
    01/10/2016 #26 Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015
    @ Ken Boddie....Pure enjoyment reading this. Light and so refreshing. Many thanks. Made me smile Ken !
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #25 Ken Boddie
    #24 Bloody oath, mate!
    Paul Walters
    01/10/2016 #24 Paul Walters
    @Ken Boddie Onya mate. Bloody beaudy!!!!
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #23 Ken Boddie
    #3 as for your wylie walkabout music teacher, Dean-San, presumably he/she was dispatched back to the penal colony on a cruise ship?
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #22 Ken Boddie
    #17 Thanks for the compliment and the shares, Franci, but I'm still not up to the story telling prowess of Banjo Paterson. πŸ™
    Ken Boddie
    01/10/2016 #21 Ken Boddie
    #20 She'll be right, mate. Just bring your didgery, do, blue, and they'll let you go through.
    Gert Scholtz
    30/09/2016 #20 Gert Scholtz
    @Ken Boddie I will be in your country in a month so thanks for cultural education. If they ask me at passport control what I know about Australia I will burst into a full rendition of Waltzing Matilda complete with swagman, billabong, jumbuck and Sheila's (Oh no, Sheila's are not part of it?) Just to fuel some more nostalgia, remember this one @Ken Boddie? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RviuTfdfArM And as they say down under - thanks Mate!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    30/09/2016 #19 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing to beBee Australia
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    30/09/2016 #18 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
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  3. Pamela L. Williams
    The latest Swarm Map features Australia! Our Bees from Down Under! Pamela L. Williams
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    Crikey mate its been 10 years! Flavio πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Souza
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    04/09/2016 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    In hearts right across the world...R.I.P. Steve....In a NatGeo like heaven!
  5. Mohamed Amroussi
    Mohamed Amroussi
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    Mohamed Amroussi
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