other than the australians


1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).
18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.
20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.”
21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else. Narrabri, NSW is Australia’s sportiest town.
24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. It is theorised that it was also covered in rainforest before humans applied a burning style of hunting.
25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
30. And it has it’s own postbox!
31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
37. Australia’s national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.”
43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
46. 63% of Australians are overweight.
47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people 'mate’. It lasted one day.
49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
52. The name 'Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines.
59. Half of these are found in New South Wales.
60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means 'up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
61. No native Australian animals have hooves.
62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
64. So is the selfie.
65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia.
66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970.
67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win.
72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires.
73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting 'Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing.
78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages.
81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station 'Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.
82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it 'New Holland’.
88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.

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Okay so there has been a recent spike in the TCC about an Australian shooter threatening to shoot up their school with blueprints and weaponry, etc. It’s been taken very seriously, as it should, and is causing a lot of anxiety, especially since there is little hint to their whereabouts other than Australia. 

As an Australian, I wanted to clarify some details in hopes it could ease some people’s stress or help some people help to figure things out and report the anon.

Australia has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, since the 1996 Port Arthur shooting, it is very rare to find Australian’s with legally acquired fire arms. As they are an underage, high school student, if they do in fact have possession of a fire arm, it would be from family members who have obtained the weaponry legally and used for hunting. This is common amongst Australians who live more in the country side, typically within the middle of Australia or the edges of certain states, such as Alice Springs or Tasmania. It is extremely unlikely the anon themselves bought the gun illegally, even if they look the age.

Australia is not small enough to all have the same time. I have seen certain post that, when the messages correlate with American times, say it was sent around 6:30AM Australia time. Where Western Australia can be 6:30AM, somewhere like Victoria or Tasmania could be as late as 9:30AM. Whilst it may be helpful to consider if they are in class at the time of the messages (things such as ‘sitting in class right now and I want to shoot up the school’) could specify the state considering which state is in the right time zone to be in school. However, this is clearly a minimal detail. 

To all the Australians who are seeing this, high schooler or otherwise, whilst it is fine to be stressed by the matter, I ask you NOT.TO.PANIC. As a lot of us (Australians) know, school violence is limited to typically fists and if weaponry is used, is limited to lighters and maybe a kitchen knife. Most forms of weaponry are banned from the country all together, and the ones that aren’t are extremely hard to obtain. I am not saying to look the other way, as until this is properly investigated, this threat should be viewed as an actual threat. If you feel you may know anything, do not hesitate to report it and speak up. If you find someone in your particular school who may be the ‘Australian Anon’ do not hesitate to tell a teacher or higher authority. It is better to be safe than sorry.

@pledgeallegiance has been the main source for the anon and screen shots of the messages (I believe) so if you know anything or would like to find more details, I would recommend going to them. All in all, stay safe TCC

- Kenzi.K

anonymous asked:

Headcannons on what languages other than Japanese that Kuroo, Oikawa and Iwaizumi find most attractive and if the immediate reaction if they found out that their s/o spoke them fluently? Love your blog!!

Random oversharing fun fact I have a Thing for accents

Hindi. He was amazed his partner could speak more than one language, fluently at that. Despite not understanding what they’re saying (he’s convinced they’re either swearing at him or saying the cheesiest, sappy things), he loves hearing them talk.

French. The first time he heard his partner speak it, he went stiff and blushed. Unfortunately for him, they like to speak French often after seeing his reaction. It never fails to make his face turn red, but he can’t feel annoyed with them.

Portuguese. He denies liking his partner speaking it as much as they do, to their amusement. They make a habit of whispering random things into his ear as they pass him in school since it makes him blush. In private though, they can speak as much as they want.

erisintheclouds  asked:

hey! i love ur blog a lot & i know u have some aussie mods so i was wondering if u could help me? do u know of any physical places to buy stim toys in aus? specifically tangles, squishies, chewies, & textured (bumpy/rigid) things? alternatively, do u have any good online shops/links that ship to aus?

Thank you so much for the compliment! Yes, we can absolutely help. Mod Rainbow and I (Mod K.A.) are both Aussie and invested in trying to make stim toys more accessible for Aussies - part of the reason I started this blog was because few people at the time were talking about places Aussies could buy stim toys that didn’t involve dollar conversion and international shipping costs.

We tag by country of toy origin (not countries to which toys ship) so you might wish to check out our Australia tag for locally-sourced toys. We’re now up to twenty pages of posts! Note that I am Victorian (regional Western Victoria, close to Melbourne) so that a lot of my resources tend to skew Victorian. Mod Rainbow is based in QLD, and I’ll ask them to add to the post if they have any local offline sources that I haven’t covered.

But, to answer your question more specifically, I’ll go by store and list the things they sell. Links below go to that store’s tag or a post featuring that item. Please note that it might be worth checking on the store’s tag, as all these stores stock many more stimmy things that don’t quite meet your brief for the toys you’re after - everything from bouncy balls and poppers to wooden puzzles and bubble wands.

Also note that dollar stores right now are stocking spinners and knock-off fidget cubes as well as the usual range of hedge balls/hedge creatures, bouncy balls and knock-off slinkies. There’s lots of things available in the toy, stationery and party sections, often for inexpensive prices.

First, offline (or offline and webstore) Australian stores:


(Store locations: Australia-wide, mostly on the East Coast.)

Mind Games

(Store locations: Victoria, Tasmania, QLD)

  • Tangles: $10 AUD for Tangle Jr and Tangle Jr Textured

Queen Victoria Market

(Located in the Melbourne CBD, Victoria.)


(Store locations: Melbourne and Sydney.)


(Store locations: Australia-wide. Also allows online purchasing.)

Sensory Oasis for Kids

(North Altona, Melbourne. Also allows online purchasing with flat-rate shipping in Australia for $9.95 AUD.)


(Store locations: Australia-wide. Some items for sale online.)

  • Mini Snake Puzzle: $7 AUD (often on sale at 2 for $7 AUD)
  • Large Snake Puzzle: $14 AUD (often on sale for $7 AUD
  • Serpent Puzzle: $14 AUD (often on sale for $7 AUD. Note: not available online, but I have still seen these available in offline stores).


(Store locations: Australia wide, mostly on the East Coast.)

Second, Australia-based webstores:

Sister Sensory

Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

No shipping price listed on their website, so it seems they calculate based on weight.

The Therapy Store

Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

No shipping price listed on their website, so it seems they calculate based on weight. 


Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

Shipping is calculated based on the value of your order. $0-$25 is $8.25 AUD shipping; $25-$50 is $14 AUD. I do not recommend this as a good way of determining shipping, since it’s possible via this metric to purchase two chew pendants, which are light, and pay $14 AUD to ship both when they’d both fit in Australia Post’s under 250 gram weight bracket.

Third, international sources:


Source for: Chewables

Despite being located in the US, I really recommend Stimtastic as a source for chewables. This is because Australian stim toy/OT stores only tend to stock Chewigem and ARK Therapeutic chewables, which are usually priced around $20-$22 AUD plus shipping (usually around $10 AUD … thanks, Australia Post). Stimtastic’s chewables are $10 USD or less, so even by the time you pay dollar conversion and international shipping, you’re still often saving money. Depending on the chewable in question, sometimes you can even get two items for the same price as one purchased here in Australia.

(Because of issues of weight, there’s other items that I wouldn’t purchase from Stimtastic and would try to source here in Australia instead, but the chewables are too well priced not to purchase from this store, even with international shipping. Plus the shipping is quick!)


Source for: Squishies

Most things have free standard international shipping. Despite shipping from China, I’ve had everything I’ve purchased so far arrive in three weeks or less. There’s a range of squishies available here, from only a few dollars each to $10 AUD and more for the larger, higher quality squishies. Not paying shipping makes their offerings that much more affordable and I’ve had no problems with the items I’ve bought.


Source for: Squishies, Tangles, Spinners, Knock-off Fidget Cubes

A great many of these things also have free standard international shipping from China, Hong Kong, the Philippines. Please note that quality varies widely and most of these things (especially the cheaper free shipping options) are knock-offs. (Check out this post of mine about the knock-off eBay Tangles: they work just like a Tangle Creations-packaged Tangle, but they’re lighter, looser and clickier.) For stimmers without a lot of money, though, these things are well worth checking out, especially if you don’t mind something clickier and louder (fidget cubes particularly).

If you need more help with finding sources closer to your state, please let us know. I’ve probably forgotten something, but my wrist is starting to hurt so I’ll end this one here! Being Victorian, I have more resources than many other Australian stimmers, but availability varies so widely from state to state, at times it’s like being in another country. I know a lot of what I take for granted just isn’t available elsewhere.

- Mod K.A.


Monito del Monte

The monito del monte (Spanish for “little monkey of the bush”) or colocolo opossum, Dromiciops gliroides, is a diminutive marsupial native only to southwestern South America (Argentina and Chile). South American marsupials have long been suspected to be ancestral to those of Australia. The monito del monte has been shown to be more closely related to Australian marsupials than to other South American ones, and it is likely related to the earliest known Australian marsupial, which lived 55 million years ago. It was believed to have been extinct for 11 million years until one was discovered in a thicket of Chilean bamboo in the southern Andes.

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sushi-snek  asked:

So in a zombie apocalypse would animals be as to get infected it's never shown in shows and I want to stay similar to other media since it would be my first book, would they be able to be infected but not show symptoms? I'm pretty sure it depends on how the disease is spread but I'd like a second opinion from a professional. Also would it be more likely for an ape to contract an illness that mainly effects humans easier than other animals like dogs or cats?

This is a great question, I’m so glad somebody asked it. To answer it well, first I need to divide it into two halves:

  1. Would other species be infected by the zombie pathogen and not show symptoms?
  2. Which species are most likely to be affected by the zombie pathogen, in addition to humans?

And now we need to briefly discuss zoonotic and anthroponotic diseases.

For the quick and simple version, if a disease is zoonotic then it can be transmitted from an infected animal to a human. If a disease is anthroponotic then it can be transmitted from an infected human to an animal. A pathogen can be both zoonotic and anthroponotic.

Now, I don’t have a Zombification Pathogen in the real world, (ZP for short), but there are a few real life diseases that might serve as a potential model that you can build off. This is, of course, fiction. You make the rules, but there’s no reason you can’t look at a few similar things that already exist.

Rabies is the classic ZP model. It’s a virus, it’s spread by saliva in bites and it causes changes n behavior before death. It can infect any mammal, though some species (eg dogs) are more likely and more obvious than others (eg mice). This is partly because the animal must first survive the initial bite (let’s be honest, if pretty much anything chomps on a mouse, that squeaker is probably dead) and because rabies has variable symptoms.

For example, carnivores often present with ‘furious’ rabies, which shows increased aggression. Herbivores are more likely to present with ‘dumb’ rabies, which may present with fearlessness, but they’re less likely to be aggressive. It’s theorized that because the virus is spread by saliva, inducing its host to bite things is an advantage, but herbivores like deer are just not as inclined to be bitey as the classic dog. Interestingly, humans can present in either way.

Also interesting about rabies, is that birds and reptiles are not affected by it. Something in their physiology is too different to succumb to the virus. There is a similar virus, Bat Lyssavirus, in Australia. It looks just like rabies, except it rarely gets out of the bats.

Simian Herpes B Virus is an interesting zoonosis of monkeys, mostly macaques. It may cause absolutely no symptoms in the natural host at all, but it kills humans. Being a herpes virus, once a macaque has it, it has it forever, even if it looks perfected healthy.

Toxoplasma is another potential model for a ZP. It’s a protozoan parasite that matures in the intestines of cats, and does very little damage there. Its danger is that to get to the intestine of cats, it does damage in prey species to get there. Toxoplasma will cause cysts in muscle, eyes, brain and almost any other tissue. It will cause abortion in pregnant animals infected for the first time (including humans). In a relatively resistant species they may just seem vaguely unwell for a week or two (easier for a cat to catch and eat) but in a more sensitive species Toxoplasma can make the host very sick. Toxoplasma can also be a latent infection, just sitting there and not doing much in muscles, until the host becomes immunosuppressed and allows it to become a significant illness. It can also be transmitted from a mother cat to kittens in utero without apparent damage. Host species that have not co-evolved with cats (eg Australian Marsupials) often are worse affected than other species.

Interestingly, some studies suggest that mice and humans with Toxoplasma are less fearful of cats. This means you have a parasite that doesn’t always cause obvious symptoms, can have shedding hosts with no symptoms at a, capable of causing sporadic disease AND behavior changes in its host. There’s a lot of sci-fi potential there.

It’s also difficult to eradicate an infection from a patient, and humans usually get it from undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables.

Ophiocordyceps fungus of ant brains is another potential ZP with a little modification. Fungus gets into ant, causes changed in behavior resulting in death of ant in such a way that is convenient for the fungus. Wikipedia has a good write up on it, so follow the link if interested.

And if you want a potential ZP model that’s got an unusual transmission cycle that is difficult to figure out, take a peek at Histomonas meleagridis. That’s a protozoan parasite that does very little in most birds, but it’s transmitted within the egg of a second parasitic species, a type of worm, and if it happens to get into turkeys manifests as devastation and death. That’s two parasites teaming up on those poor birds.

So if we look at those few examples, you can see real diseases where some species show very subtle, mild symptoms, or no symptom at all, and others are devastated. It’s entirely plausible that your ZP infects multiple species, but affects some more than others.

Onto the second part of the question, which species in addition to humans are likely to be affected, there are three factors to consider:

  1. Biological SImilarity
  2. Environmental proximity
  3. Luck (I’m looking at you, pigs!)

Closely related species are more likely to share pathogens. It’s an evolution thing. Some pathogens are extremely host specific and can only survive on one species (eg lice), while others will affect whole groups of species (eg fleas).

So in a outbreak of a ZP, apes and monkeys are likely to also be affected. The closer the other species is on the evolutionary tree, the more likely they are to also catch the disease, but their symptoms may be different.

Environmental proximity is most cases will be the more important factor in determining whether your ZP affects species other than humans. If there’s no monkeys around, they’re simply not there to get infected. It’s simple probability. The more times infected humans encounter another species, the more likely they are to be infected.

Species that live in proximity with us in greater numbers (dogs, cats, rats, poultry) are more at risk. Particularly dogs and cats, which lick us and often sleep in our beds. We often share their fleas. Depending on how your ZP works, that might be a significant problem.

Luck is the unpredictable factor, and it often comes down to pigs and bats. For some reason, pigs and bats are vulnerable to a whole host of viruses that you wouldn’t normally expect them to be, and they can transmit them. Bats are a big problem because they fly everywhere and poop all over the place. Pigs are interesting because they often excrete vastly larger numbers of viral particles than it took to infect them in the first place. They are sometimes referred to as ‘viral replicators’ for this reason. They also can be infected with viruses (influenza being a classic) from different species and recombine them, introducing a virus from one species and mixing it to allow infection of another. Pigs are often kept in proximity to the home in developing nations, and eat our food scraps. We then put their dung back onto our food to fertilize it. Plenty of opportunity for an infection cycle there.

But any species may be the just unlucky one that is vulnerable to the ZP.

I hope this has given you enough fuel to inspire your writing


Let’s Christmas 🎄☃️

Inspired by @book-boys-are-my-guilty-pleasure:
3. Christmas decorating with ______.
Request from @murmelche.

A/N: You don’t think decorating with this cheeky Aussie would be working out, now would you? xD

Words: 865
Warnings: swearing

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lemon & ginger | luke coffee shop au

a/n: hi friends! so i see 5sos from calum’s pit tonight. you can imagine how dead i am right now. here is another chapter! i travel all day tomorrow so i will write, but i dont think i will post until the following day. as always, reblog please! stay tuned on my blog and twitter as well for pictures and videos of slfl tonight!

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | PART FIVE

 It was late in the day, around six o’clock, which was time to start closing the small coffee shop. You closed early on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It usually took you an average of forty minutes to end the day by yourself, which was on most occasions because you enjoyed the quiet of being the only employee. Everyone else had asked if you wanted to go out drinking with them, because it was a Friday night, but you politely declined.

You were back in the kitchen when the front door of the shop opened, the chiming sound of the bell warning you that there was a customer. You swung open the door, letting the new occupant know that you were closing up for the night.

“Sorry, we’re clos-“

You were met with the same blue eyes that you found yourself thinking about all day when they didn’t show up this morning for their usual tea.

“Hey,” he breathed, smiling when he saw you behind the counter. “Oh, sorry, the door says open,” he pointed, gesturing to the sign.

“Oh, shit, I forgot to change that,” you said, letting out a nervous laugh, vacating the space behind the counter to flip the sign. Luke’s eyes followed your movements, but he stayed silent as you walked back behind the counter.

“Uh, can I get you anything? I mean, I was about to start cleaning up but it’s not a problem,” you said nervously, kind of in a frantic process of thoughts.

“My usual would be great,” Luke replied and you smiled at the words ‘usual.’

“You’re late today, mister,” you said, pouring his tea into a to-go cup.

“Yeah, the day kind of got away from me, but I wanted to try to get over here,” he spoke absentmindedly, eyes widening when he realized what words he had just said.

You smirked, turning and sliding his tea towards his hands that were resting on the counter. “Oh, did you now? And why is that? Just wanted some tea on a crazy Friday night?”

His cheeks turned red, blushing a crimson color. You’d never seen him look nervous before until this moment. That look was gone in an instant, though—almost like his normally flirtatious and confident façade had broken for a split second. Snapping out of his nerves, his eyes met with yours again and he let out a regular and playful comment. “Oh, no reason, just wanted a mean cup of tea with ginger and lemon,”

Remembering the text message that was received from your coworker yesterday, you decided to mess with Luke. “Oh, I thought maybe,” you said in a sing-song voice, “you wanted to see the girl with the book,”

His eyes widened before he stammered his next words. “How did you know about tha-“

“I know everything, Luke,” you said smirking, stomach getting butterflies at saying his name out loud for the first time.

“I-“ he sighed, accepting defeat and joining you in laughter.

“’The girl with the book,’ really Luke? That’s the best you could do? I’m offended,” you said, shaking your head side to side.

“Not my fault I don’t know your name,” he replied, leaning the palms of his hands on the counter, his body hovering near the cash register and in an extremely close vicinity to yours. His eyes locked with your own, causing your heartbeat to quicken. Playing it cool, you quickly snapped back with a witty reply.

“But still, anything other than that would have been better.” You rolled your eyes playfully, pushing the palms of your hands off of the counter after replying, pushing your body further away from his own teasingly.

He chewed on his lower lip, biting back a smirk. He followed your movements, pushing off of the counter and reaching for his tea. “Thanks for the tea,” he spoke, his Australian accent in a soft voice.

Your eyes followed him to the door, noticing a small smile that was left on his lips as he turned to back out of the push/pull door.

“(y/n)!” you blurted out, making Luke stop halfway through leaving the doorway. He smiled, throwing his head back against the glass of the door lightly.

“Well then, see you tomorrow, (y/n),”

Closing the shop was hard that night, catching glances at Luke’s empty table and daydreaming about all of his flirtatious and snarky comments over the past two weeks. Finally after two weeks, you were both properly introduced to each other. No more ‘cute Australian boy’ or ‘the girl with the book.’

You didn’t know if your relationship with Luke would expand to anywhere outside of the coffee shop, but that didn’t stop you from thinking about it. But realistically, the most conversation that you’d ever had with him was one day last week when he caught you immersed in your book again; asking what was so good about the plot that made you get so deep into it. Maybe three minutes of conversation. You didn’t know anything about him other than he’s Australian, drinks his tea with lemon and ginger, and is always working on something on that laptop of his—or the paper and pen in some cases.

He was left a mystery, and you were left smiling for the rest of the night.

White culture: believing that your thoughts and believes are relevant in any situation; and that you must inform other people who do not perform the way you want them to just how wrong you think they are. 

Believing that your way, your culture, your language, is the right way, the only way, and that everyone else should conform or exist elsewhere. 

Believing that the laws made by you and your people are the only valid laws and that they automatically apply even when you leave your home or country. 

Believing that you have a right to live on the “american” continents, or the African continent, or the Australian continent, or any country or providence other than parts of Europe, just because you were born there. 

Owning an Australian Shepherd

My mother wrote this on her site as a sort of ‘disclaimer’ before people go contacting her. With a lot of people on the internet adoring the breed’s beauty, I felt I should post it here: 

“1.It’s tempting to get an Aussie because they are intelligent, trainable, athletic, fun, and beautiful.  I receive a lot of inquiries from busy professional people who want to add an Aussie to their home.  They think that they will walk the dog during their lunch hour and that should do it.  It won’t! A lonely Aussie is the cruelest fate.  They are bred to stick by their flock to the death, and short of sheep, YOU are their flock.  You will always have company in the bathroom if you own an Aussie.  He is not being an insecure pest, but doing his job of keeping a close eye on you.  If you don’t have the lifestyle or profession where the dog can be with his human MOST of the day, it is not the right breed for you. 

2. They are farm dogs bred to run, not walk, and cannot handle an indoor couch potato lifestyle. Fat Aussies break my heart!  If you live in the city, you will have to visit the dog park several times a day to compensate for this need to run off leash (they need the equivalent of a three mile run per day).  Fenced in backyard is nice for a French Bulldog, but an Aussie will not get ANY of his needs met back there all by himself.  Additionally, many Aussies are complete escape artist,  and they will negotiate that fencing easily to get back to your door, or wrestle the neighbors dog when bored.  You will blame the dog, call him crazy, but it is you who has failed him.  Please be honest with yourself and whether you can meet the needs of the dog.

3. “Aussies are like potato chips, you can’t have just one”.  Well, you can, but they are happiest with another Aussie buddy to chase outside, because they will herd each other.  Some of my Aussies “herd” my labs, and my labs hate it, so consider this fact.  It actually makes it easier to own two Aussies (unless you are seriously committed to a sport you share with the dog, like agility, or herding trials, etc).  Some of that “herding the flock instinct” as well as the need for the three mile run, is met by the other dog if you yourself will not be filling that need.  When I let one of my Aussies out, he barks at the door until I let another one out, and then they are off and running.  It’s a beautiful thing to witness such joy :-) 

4. Do you have children who have difficulty self calming themselves?  From 8  - 16 weeks, a puppy needs a home where his trust of humans can be established.  If he cannot trust your children, he will NEVER trust any child.  They are wonderful companions for children, but NOT the right breed for children with severe behavioral issues. 

I love this breed like no other.  They are a gift to the right family and a disaster to the wrong one.  I tell you this because I want my puppies to be loved and adored by you.  Relationships require two individuals each providing for the other’s needs.  Your Aussie will do his part.  Can you do yours? If so, contact me!​​

I own other breeds.  Aussies have different needs than they do.”

Ok but seriously imagine if you were an underground boxer or whatever and it was the biggest fight of your career against the Ashton Irwin, world renowned fighter from down under and you two would be circling each other in the rink and you deliver a hard punch to his face and he looks at you all astounded and is like “damn…princess likes it rough” which makes you even more angry which leads to an intense fight that left everyone sore and you won. So then when you go to school on Monday all the buzz is about the new hot Australian student which happens to be none other than Ashton frickin Irwin and his trade mark smirk
Ok but I really want to fic this…message me if you agree(or don’t..wateva floats your boat)

For another dreamy and ethereal experience, we turn to a remix of rising Australian band The Griswolds’ Mississippi, by none other than Boston synthrockers Magic Man, who have been I Heart Moosiq faves for quite some time now. Magic Man has given us so many amazing remixes over the past year, most of them upbeat and stomping renditions, but their remix of Mississippi is a billowing, sprightly number. I realize I never shared The Griswolds’ music, so catch the video for the summery original edit of Mississippi below by the indie pop act from Down Under below.

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Today’s top book news item:

Doris Pilkington Garimara, the aboriginal author who wrote of the forced separation of mixed-race aboriginal children from their families, died on April 10. She was thought to be 76.

Garimara’s novel Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence was based on the story of her mother, one of the so-called Stolen Generation, who was taken from her family and placed in a government settlement. She escaped with two other girls and walked more than 1,000 miles through the Australian wilderness. Garimara, too, was a member of the Stolen Generation and grew up in a mission believing she had been abandoned by her mother.

“[W]hile we were in the mission, again, we were continually told, you know, that the Aboriginal culture was evil … [a]nd the people who practiced it were pagans and devil worshippers,” she said in a 2003 interview. Reunited years later, Garimara’s mother told her the story of her escape, which became a novel and then a celebrated film.