waltzing matildas

self-care is making billy tea under the shade of a coolabah, stealing a jumbuck, getting into a chase with 3 troopers, drowning yourself in the nearby billabong, haunting the site as a disembodied voice, and harassing strangers until they come waltzing matilda with you 

Spent all day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with my mum and it was such a blast- I’ve been going since I was a super duper tiny tot (like, 2 years old) and I’m turning 23 this year and have not missed one year! It’s always great to see the fantastic work out farmers and general primary industry people do and I just really love getting a taste of country New South Wales during Easter 💚 This picture is of the beginning of the amazing fireworks display at the end of the show! Omg- look how beautiful the colours are!!! (My photography skills are not even level 1 soooo it probably doesn’t look like much 😅). I just wanted to share a bit of this precious day with all of you wonderful people who read my silly little writings because you guys have truly accepted me into such a wonderful fandom community full of the most beautiful souls I have ever come across and I just want to spread the love in the spirit of Easter 💚😇 Anyways, I’ll be back to writing tomorrow after getting a good night’s rest because I am absolutely pooped right now! Hope ya’ll are having great days/nights- take care and I adore you all! 💚💚💚

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But the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain
We buried ours and the Turks buried theirs
Then we started all over again

Sniper Headcanons

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Sniper loves to be in the water and is an expert swimmer. He spent a lot of time splashing around creeks and billabongs when he was a boy, and he was even on a swim team for a while when he was in school. On one of his days off, he found a secluded swimming hole where he likes to spend time by himself just relaxing in the water. Also, while he does own a pair of swim trunks, Sniper prefers to swim naked because wet clothes are uncomfortable.

On a related note, he also rarely wears the one pair of pajamas he owns. Usually he’s either under the sheets and naked, or passed out on top of the sheets still in his clothes.

Sniper has selective hearing when he sleeps. Typical shouting and laughing and crashing around from the other mercs will not wake him up, but any suspicious or out of place sound, no mater how small, has him sitting bolt upright with a weapon in his hand.

Sometimes on warm clear nights, Sniper will fall asleep on the roof of his van while watching the stars.

Sniper is an introvert. He loves hanging out drinking and having fun with he other mercs, but after a few hours he needs to get away somewhere quiet and recharge. He really does love people, it’s just that he can only stand interacting with them for so long before he starts to feel drained and grouchy. Sniper also hates crowds, as they make him feel vulnerable and unsafe.

Don’t sneak up on him or unexpectedly touch his back. The reaction will not be pleasant.

If you need to vent to someone, Sniper’s there. He won’t judge you or try to give advice, he’ll just sit there and listen to whatever you have to say. If you do need advice, well, he’s probably not the best option, but he’ll do his best if you ask.

He caught a fish with his bare hands once. Nobody will believe him.

While Sniper likes to be alone, he doesn’t want to be alone. He wishes he had someone to be close to and spend his nights with. One of his greatest fears is dying alone. If ever a relationship were to fall apart, he’d be torn to shreds. He just wants to be wanted.

Sniper tried to learn to navigate by the stars, but he was never really able to get the hang of it. He knows, like, five constellations. That’s about the extent of his knowledge.

Sniper loves music and has quite a music collection. He likes to initiate jam sessions with the other mercs who can play instruments.

He says he hates the song Waltzing Matilda, but if someone starts singing it he’ll eventually join in after grumbling and demanding they stop.

Sniper might be self conscious of his own body around potential love interests, but cares very little about other people’s physical traits. He doesn’t judge people based on their bodies. If he enjoys being with them, that’s good enough for him. He just hopes they feel the same way.

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
The Pogues
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

The Pogues - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (1984)

A song for Veteran’s Day, originally known as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of WWI.  All sorts of people have recorded this Eric Bogle penned song, but I’m posting the Pogues version from the b-side of their first single Dark Streets of London. They recorded a much longer version for their second album but this recording is simpler and more direct, not to mention a good 3 minutes shorter.

Never knew there were worse things than dying

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Johnny Cash sings ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

missychloemon  asked:

Do you have any facts about Australia? I have to a school project on their school systems but Im not getting graded on it.

Australia and its school systems:

Australia was founded in 1901 by Jimmy “Crocodile” Austral, a deportee of England who was banished for cannibalism, having eaten 32 members of the House of Lords. In accordance with English colonial law, this entitled him to an entire already-inhabited continent.

Austral brought with him his pet rabbit, which was pregnant. Within three years, Australia was completely overrun by rabbits, which lead to Austral building a rabbit proof fence across the country, dividing it into West Australia and New South Wales, the directions North and East were only invented in 1909 and not introduced to Australia in 1921. Most of the rabbits west of the fence evolved into kangaroos, a species which contributed to the invention of the pocket. Most pockets in modern pants are harvested from live kangaroos to this day.

Austral’s son, Dundee Kidman Austral, founded the school system in 1924 as a means to separate native Australians from their children, so they could be more easily abused. About 70,000 hunter gatherers were collected and shipped to “Social Centers for Harrowing Offensive Outrageous Lugubriosity“ or “S.C.H.O.O.L.” where they were viciously broken down and tormented into acting like their insane English overlords. The practice proved so effective at beating children down that it soon caught on in England, then in the rest of Europe, and finally even in America, where schools exist to this day as centers where parents can dump their progeny to be abused in the most nauseating and insulting manners.

Having evolved since those days, presumably with the help of Darwin city, Australia is now a more peaceful land where only 87% of the wildlife is deadly, only 92% of native descendants are subjected to atrocious non-stop abuse, and a mere 99.8% of the English descended population are still cannibals. The school system has also changed over the years to feature more Catholicism.

Australia’s national anthem is “Waltzing Matilda,” a traditional ballad about a homeless man drowning in a puddle. It is currently ruled by Reichskanzler Abbott, a descendant of the Austral family who like his ancestors, lives on a strict diet of human flesh and whole raw onions.

Australia is divided into eight districts:

  1. The Capitol
  2. New South Wales
  3. Tasmanian South Wales
  4. Queen’s South Wales
  5. South South Wales
  6. North South Wales
  7. Victorian South Wales
  8. The West

Australia today thrives on its tourist industry, its pocket industry, and on funds siphoned from “New Zealand,” a set of subsidiary islands to its east where Hobbits are farmed for food and pets. Australia is best known across the world for its didgeridoos, which go like “Oowowowoeowoowowoeow.”

Good luck with your project!

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Prologue

And then the Lost Boys walked in.  Another gang, a lot better dressed than the Surf Nazis, but still a gang.  Their leader, a tall, blond fellow named David, walked up and got right on the slowly moving carousel.  The ride was almost over.  The other Lost Boys followed him on.  And as they spun around, Shelly managed to smile in David’s direction.  

David smiled back and nodded his head slightly in greeting, a polite gesture, the sort of friendly nod you might see a hundred times in the course of a day.

Greg didn’t think so.  He scowled at his girlfriend and jumped up from his seat.  He took a couple steps in the Boys’ direction, but the other gang was moving too.  No, not to face Greg.  He realized they were going to go by him as if he weren’t even there.

Greg stood up and said something that wasn’t exactly flattering.  He shoved the Lost Boy out of the way.

But now David was there.  The calliope played on.  Waltzing Matilda.  The Surf Nazis joined Greg.  Waltzing Matilda.  The Lost Boys closed ranks as well.  If the Surf Nazis wanted a fight, they were ready.  Won’t you go a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.

The Lost Boys novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner

Australovenator wintonensis was one of a theropod clade known as Megaraptora, which has been at the center of a number of taxonomic realignments in the past couple years. Current analyses place them within Tyrannosauroidea, so although the matter is far from resolved; here they are.

Australovenator first achieved notoriety (albeit not in its own guise) as the ‘Polar/Dwarf Allosaur’ of Walking With Dinosaurs. Known only from ankle material at the time, it wasn’t until further analyses and the description of more material that it was found to be entirely distinct from the allosaurid lineage. It is part of a radiation within the megaraptoran clade which includes the other Australian megaraptoran Rapator and the Japanese Fukuiraptor. The holotype was popularly nicknamed 'Banjo’, after Australian folk lyricist Banjo Paterson, the author of “Waltzing Matilda”.

A gracile carnivore, Australovenator seems to have measured in at about 20 feet (6 meters) in length, its most obvious means of hunting being the large claws on each hand. Its fossils are known from the Aptian-Cenomanian Winton Formation, which represents a river delta/estuarine environment at the extremity of what then would have been the great inland Eromanga Sea.

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