"the plethora of deadly creatures found in the one-time prison colony"
I would have enjoyed writing that line too :-)
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Come now Simon, it's not just the deadly creatures, but the deadly fauna too (gympie gympie I'm looking at you), the deadly sky and then when you want to cool off the deadly water (rips) and its contents (sharks, jellyfish, stonefish, rays etc..).
They should advertise it to techies as "Want to level up? Come play on hard mode.."..
My favourite is Carukia barnesii, a jellyfish, body the size of a fingernail, tentacles a bit like spider webs. You can't tell when they contact you, until the excruciating pain kicks in, usually about ten minutes after you get out of the water.
People have been documented to
- have died on the beach from the pain alone
- be still crying through the ET tube after anaesthesia is induced
- stop breathing from the opioids before pain relief was achieved
Where on the Aussie coast might you find it? The top half.
Did the great Terry Pratchett not make reference to certain non-dangerous creatures in the great continent of XXXX.
To quote Wikipedia
"XXXX is also called the Terror Incognita. Almost all animals and plants in XXXX are dangerous; when Death requested a book about the dangerous creatures of XXXX from his library, he was subsequently hit by a large pile of books consisting of the various volumes of "Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita", the total books going up to Volume 29C Part 3, while a request for information about the harmless creatures merely produced a note saying "Some of the sheep". The land is inhospitable because the flora and fauna all hate you"
Even in suburban Sydney my sister finds dangerous spiders all the time.
"the fact that Oz was a Prison Colony for a chunk of the last 200 years is a statement of fact
A tiny part of Oz was used as prison colony. The rest, where inhabited at all, was occupied for the previous several millennia (and concurrently) by the indigenous people. It's all a question of perspective, and "Oz was a Prison Colony" seems a rather 'colonial' one. It reminds me of what Sellar and Yeatman said: "The Roman Conquest was, however, a Good Thing, since the Britons were only natives at that time." 1
1: W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, 1066 and all that, Methuen, London, 1930.
"It's all a question of perspective, and "Oz was a Prison Colony" seems a rather 'colonial' one."
Yes, exactly, I'm glad someone made this point. The prison colonies were tiny and short-lived: most of them failed after a couple of years, and even the "successful" larger ones were only in existence for 50-60 years. Compare that to Australia's 120 year existence as a modern state, and the thousands of years of indigenous life beforehand, and it does like a particularly perverse perspective to emphasize one colonial aspect...
...and added to that, it's just hacky.
Australia > Sydney + Hobart + Norfolk Island.
It's also technically accurate to describe Britannia as a former outpost of the Italian Empire, until they got sick of the food and couldn't be bothered defending it any more. No wonder Scotland and Wales are looking for the exits.
Just keep giving out OBEs, as if the BE was still a thing.
Don't worry they already know.
We cannot process the skilled migration visas fast enough.
With the usually creapy-crawlies and some of the nastier plants no one mentioned the devastating bush fires or disastrous floods (even in one season.) The floods can bring the crocadiles and trying to escape the fires might feed the sharks :)
This last week we learnt that "Dropbears" were a thing a few million years ago as were tree climbing crocadiles.
If you can avoid being envenomed, bitten, burnt, drowned or eaten it is a great place. Wide choice of climate - tropical through cool temperate and mediterranean alhough you have move while its changing.
A plentiful supply of a large variety of fresh food is available all year round - no one has to eat turnips (and not many do. :)
While we have our fair share of nutters and outright raving loonies at least most of ours don't have guns and are not overrepresented in our parliaments.
>We cannot process the skilled migration visas fast enough.
Funny how the successful economies are rushing to attract skilled workers from all over the world while the ones tettering on recession are desperately trying to reduce the number of legal immigrants.
I wonder if there is any correlation ?
>tree climbing crocadiles
Probably trying to get away from all the dangerous animals on the land and in the water
Going by USA, UK, Germany, etc., the foreign workers on visa know what they're signing up for and will happily work at the underpaid wages. The ones really being exploited are the local workers who are replaced by cheaper foreign workers basis an immigration policy that purports to prevent any pay disparity.