Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Not so Happy Australia Day
I was a bit worried I'd missed Oz day but according to my iThing it is still Wednesday in Perth so I've just got in under the wire. But all is not happy in the land of the bouncy 'roo and shrimp loaded barbie, for us poms are in the dog house again.
Not content with taking the ashes home we've got our grubby mits on the first map to call the land down under "Australia".
It was so named in the drawing (above) by Captain Matthew Flinders who circumnavigated the continent back in 1801-3. He made it while imprisoned for six years by the dastardly French in Mauritius and now it rests unseen within the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton.
Hence this campaign to bring the map home.
Anyhow put away those wee drams of whisky, get yourself a cold tinny and raise it the lucky country!