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Posted on: February 26, 2010, 02:32:37 pm
Posted by: caskur™
No change to racist names

NZPA | 2:32PM - Tuesday, 23 February 2010

While Americans and Australians try to banish racist place names from the atlas it seems New Zealanders are quite happy to cross **** Stream to get to a hill bearing the same name in the Arthur's Pass area.

A spokesman for Land Information New Zealand said yesterday he was not aware of complaints about the names **** Hill and **** Stream, or proposals to change them.

This week, a peak in Southern California known as Negrohead — it had been changed from the more offensive word in the 1960s — was renamed Ballard Mountain after a former slave, and in Australia plans are afoot to rename Mount Niggerhead something less offensive.

However, it it appears the "n" word will be in the New Zealand vocabulary for some time yet.

Swamps are alive with niggerheads (Carex secta), a tussock-forming sedge, so called because it resembles the feathered headwear of African tribes people, or to describe the plant's blackened appearance after the fires that swept through swamplands during early European settlement.

Similarly, in the United States and the United Kingdom there are cactus, termites and even cabbages bearing the same name as the swamp plant.[/size]



I told you all **** isn't a racist word in Aus and NZ.....changing in Oz though for some mad reason..
Posted on: February 16, 2010, 08:58:06 pm
Posted by: caskur™
I haven’t been to very many places in Australia and certainly never traveled overseas like my well traveled family counterparts. I never really had that much of an inclination to travel as such but have enjoyed holidays I have taken.

I’ve been to Melbourne and it was very cold at the time and Hobart which was also cold, though extremely beautiful. In Hobart I won $1200 the first night,….. at the Wrest Point Casino where we stayed in the five star accommodation. Everything was first class except the heating was turned a little high. I was in Port Arthur (just outside of Hobart) 1 year before Bryant massacred the 35 people with his semi-auto. I get the creeps that he shot these people in the very souvenir shop/restaurant I had stood in, in the twelve months previous to the tragic incidence. My cousin, who was living in Hobart at the time, was living in the very same suburb as Bryant and that was Newtown. In any case, staying in five star accommodation gave me a taste of what that feels like and unless I can stay in accommodation like that I wouldn’t travel otherwise.

On the way to Tasmanian’s, Port Arthur this rainy day, our bus driver took us through a town called “Doo Town” a very quaint and quirky place where all the houses have names that contain the word “Doo” Scooby Doo, Xanadoo, Doo Nothing and further from site where it is googled
[As well as the dramatic coastline, there are the houses where most have names with “doo” in them, such as “This Will Doo”, “Doo Come In”, “Just Doo It”, “Love Me Doo”, “Much-A-Doo”, “Doo-All”, and the house which reputedly started the craze, “Doo Little”.]

click this link to view the town,


Port Arthur History,,+Tasmania&hl=en

In Melbourne I stayed with my step-fathers parents and I remember they had one of those disgusting toilets that can’t be flushed and once a week a man comes around and changes the bucket. Yuk, yuk, and double yuk. My mother travels a lot to Bali and for years I’ve been hearing the toilet habits of people who live in far away places and this has been the main reason I have been turned off travel. I’ve been offered free trips to Bali and wouldn’t go unless someone actually paid me a lot of money, even then I would think twice. Still I pay people to import shoes and sarongs for me and that’s all I want from that place.
I do have a strong inkling to go to Europe to see the art galleries and that is my dream.
Now America is on my agenda and I look forward to that. I mainly want to see the G.P. Getty Museum for artists and I can’t wait to see that place.
I’ve been to many country towns in my state which is very vast and has extreme to temperate climates. Port Hedland [Port Hedland]

was one place with an extreme climate. Kalgoorlie [Kalgoorlie-Boulder
] was a great place to see with their history and huge wide streets of this famous gold mining town. Munglinup.

I grew up holidaying in a Cray fishing town Dongara and Geraldton [Geraldton
Dongara ] Donagara/Port Denison contains the monument where my father and his crew are memorialised with other men who lost their lives at sea.
Posted on: December 03, 2009, 05:25:03 pm
Posted by: caskur™
Calamity gives birth to one of a handful of dolphins to give birth in captivity..
cool stuff...

Coffs Harbour..

Posted on: October 30, 2009, 08:59:20 pm
Posted by: caskur™
Ok recently, I took a short trip to Busselton. That is only a 3 trip by car down the south coast of my state.

Busselton boasts the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and is under repair so you cannot walk its length for the time being however this is the spot and it’s a pretty spot…..


The 140-year-old Busselton Jetty, measured at 1841 metres, is the longest wooden jetty (pier) in the southern hemisphere and today is one of Australia's most unique eco-tourism sites.
Just two and a half hours drive south of Perth, the seaside resort town of Busselton is situated at the northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region. The Busselton Jetty attracts over 400,000 visitors a year and is the most popular tourist attraction in the South West region. It is an ideal starting point for any visit to the South West Capes.
The Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring "forest" of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. It is described as Australia's greatest artificial reef.
Each year during autumn and winter, the Leeuwin Current brings a narrow band of warm water down the Western Australian coastline. This warm southerly current is responsible for the incredibly diverse array of tropical and sub-tropical species in Geographe Bay including coral growth at a latitude of 33 degrees south. The west coasts of other southern hemisphere continents such as Africa and South America have no coral growth below 5 degrees south.
Posted on: April 19, 2009, 05:07:47 pm
Posted by: arete
I'd love to go to NZ!  It looks so storybook-ISH.
Sometimes the landscape is the best entertainment of all.
Posted on: April 11, 2009, 02:31:04 pm
Posted by: caskur™
My family said New Zealand was beautiful and going by the big screen views of the landscape in The Lord of the Rings, I would say it was too.
Posted on: April 11, 2009, 10:49:50 am
Posted by: Outlawed
No one wants to go to New Zealand.

They only have sheep and fields to look at.
Posted on: April 05, 2009, 09:14:35 pm
Posted by: caskur™
South Island gets its own Lonely Planet

www.Stuff.co.nz | Monday, 02 March 2009

DEDICATED GUIDE: Travel bible Lonely Planet is releasing a guide to New Zealand's South Island, catering for travellers who spend a lot of time there. — Photo: Lonely Planet.

DEDICATED GUIDE: Travel bible Lonely Planet is releasing a
guide to New Zealand's South Island, catering for travellers
who spend a lot of time there. — Photo: Lonely Planet.

Travel guide Lonely Planet will publish a dedicated guidebook to New Zealand’s South Island.

“This is something that our readers have been crying out for, and we’re pretty excited to be finally bringing it to them,” said Errol Hunt, author and Lonely Planet’s Australia-Pacific commissioning editor.

“It’s aimed at travellers who spend their entire time in New Zealand on the South Island, so removes the need for them to buy the heavier full-country guide,” Errol said.

320,000 Australians, 61,000 Britons and 43,000 Americans all fly directly to New Zealand’s South Island each year.

• The guide will be available in April.


Capital start for a smart guide to the other island

By CAMERON WILLIAMSON - The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The most surprising thing, on opening Lonely Planet's good-looking new guide to the South Island of New Zealand, is a beefy chapter on Wellington.

This morning, admiring the harbour and the hills, I and my fellow capital-dwellers were convinced we were in the North Island. Reassuringly, Lonely Planet agrees. “But it's such a major travel hub and point of entry for the South Island, we thought it was important to include it,” they say. And showing admirable balance, Stewart Island at the other end of the long, underpopulated land mass the tourists love, is included in rich detail also.

While no guidebook can hope to be right up-to-date, capital visitors looking for caffeine at the “grungy bunker” Espressaholic, or Maori- fusion food at Kai in The City, or hoping to catch a film at Rialto cinema, will find the businesses no longer exist.

And if they dwell too long on this chapter, with its comprehensive coverage of the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa, they might just miss the ferry.

Once across Cook Strait the guide, written for the more than 450,000 British, Australian and American travellers who visit the South Island each year, is exhaustive in its coverage of every stop on the main tourist trails, and clever about its advice for those who want to get off it: “Truly wild places are rare in today's world, but the South Island delivers them in droves: fiords, sounds, glaciers, cloud-topping mountain ranges, remote islands, raggedy peninsulas and wide river plains.”

“You might meet other travellers seeking the same solitude, but there's plenty of wilderness to go round.”

With a history chapter supplied by James Belich and a nice summary of the Captain Cook legend by Tony Horwitz, it's no wonder visiting travellers are well informed, although editors make the common mistake of pluralising our PM's name. But the book supplements its savvy and up-to-date travel information and advice with solid information on culture and environmental awareness — warning of the danger (and repercussions) of unthinkingly contributing to the spread of “rock snot” or didymo that threatens to choke our rivers and kill our delicate freshwater fishery.

All told, it leaves a reader with an unequivocal appreciation of New Zealand's core value: “There are few wild places on this not-so-lonely planet as pristine, diverse and staggeringly good-looking.”

• New Zealand's South Island, Lonely Planet, paperback — $36.95.


Posted on: March 29, 2009, 06:34:34 pm
Posted by: caskur™
This one is better...


Posted on: March 29, 2009, 04:18:58 pm
Posted by: caskur™
Mangroves are very important places for the sea life as many species start their life at the mangroves.

I was watching a documentary last night on the mangroves. They are very important trees that grow on the edge of swamp land and where all the food grows for other larger creatures....and there were these funny looking mud crabs called Fiddler Crabs with one giant claw apiece fighting each other over mating with the female. It is hard to imagine crabs mating.....they looked ridiculous too....it was funny.....btw, the crabs didn't rip each other claws off either....it was more for show than anything.....I just think one of the crabs was gay and was looking for a mating...LOL

But the funniest looking creature in the Australian mangroves has just got to be the mudskipper…..I’m trying to score a picture of them face on….LOL….here is one from Wikipedia….I can see where artists get their inspiration from for science fiction movies.

this youtube is a bit too dark as it was shot by an amateur no doubt...lol...mudskippers are fish that can also hop across land.

Posted on: March 27, 2009, 11:56:10 am
Posted by: caskur™
The singer Chris Isaacs comes to Australia at least twice a year. He has said on two occasions that he used to brag about Californian beaches and how great they were, until he saw Australia’s beaches….now when he goes home he says he shuts his mouth and says nothing… Grin .He is a gorgeous man, that guy is. Great singer, fantastic sense of humour, good looking…down to earth….we love him in Oz.

But alas, a couple of weeks ago, there was sea tragedy in Queensland. A ship against the crews wishes, sailed towards a cyclone [hurricane] and lost its oil from being battered by the seas so for a stretch of beach in Queensland, there is one hell of a clean-up….I think they’ve gotten on top of it now though cuz it isn’t in the news lately.
Posted on: March 27, 2009, 11:28:40 am
Posted by: Demeters Daughter
Aaah; all these island pics are making me long for summer. Long Island has some of the best beaches in the world, especially the North and South Forks!
Posted on: March 27, 2009, 11:17:53 am
Posted by: caskur
That is very cramped livng there. That has to be Malta.

Malta is known for its world heritage sites,most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

It is Malta.

Malta in reality is a lot dirtier though. It also has a lot of poverty.
Posted on: March 27, 2009, 11:00:12 am
Posted by: caskur™
The oldest structures man built were made with lentils. That is the flat stone balancing across pillars. You wouldn't survive an earthquake living in one of those. One earthquake and you'd be squashed like a pancake.

Posted on: March 27, 2009, 10:50:15 am
Posted by: caskur™
That is very cramped livng there. That has to be Malta.

Malta is known for its world heritage sites,most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.
Posted on: March 26, 2009, 05:22:28 pm
Posted by: caskur
Where is this location members?

Any takers?

Posted on: March 23, 2009, 03:10:14 pm
Posted by: caskur™
yes, yes....that is where I would love to be right now....

on an island doing NOTHING except watch the seagulls and breathe the salt air and be waited on, hand and foot...LOL
Posted on: March 23, 2009, 03:04:44 pm
Posted by: arete
Ahhh that's beautiful.  I went to an island once called half moon cay & it
looked much like that.  I went parasailing over the water and it was amazing.
Walking down the beach they had little "mist huts" where you could just
get misted by cool water.  I loved that island.  The water was crystal clear straight
to the bottom.
Posted on: March 23, 2009, 02:51:57 pm
Posted by: caskur™
Ah, the lovely Maldives..

Posted on: March 18, 2009, 07:21:14 pm
Posted by: caskur
Looks like we have two smart women and one who hasn't learned
to right click pictures.
Posted on: March 18, 2009, 11:03:33 am
Posted by: bella
Posted on: March 18, 2009, 03:26:15 am
Posted by: caskur™
That looks like Wellington New Zealand to me.
Posted on: March 17, 2009, 06:29:57 pm
Posted by: «ŠÞëärƒïsh»
No idea on the city...

I can picture me on the lounge chair of the cabin on the water.   Grin
Posted on: March 17, 2009, 05:04:24 pm
Posted by: caskur
Anyone want to guess this cosy city?

a hint:

it has a north and south island.
Posted on: March 17, 2009, 11:23:24 am
Posted by: caskur™
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It cost Richard Court, [our state premier and the BIL of Margaret Court the tennis player] the state election a few years back.

This ring of bells is one of the most historic rings in the world, highly revered in English changeringing circles it is the only location in the world where a major set of changeringing bells – the only peal of 16 changeringing bells in Southern hemisphere!! – can be observed by the public whilst they are being rung ~ all in a safe, pleasant and truly unique setting.
Come enjoy a behind the scenes look at our bellringing chamber, where one of our expert bell ringers will give your group a brief history of the Bell Tower and the art of bell ringing – YOU might even get a chance to chime one of the famous bells!

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