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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - June 11, 2017

The Aussie Sayings we Remember


We have a dry sense of humour that is often a little cryptic and unique - odd to visitors - it might be bush humour or maybe its just old fashioned AUSSIE nonsense and sense of the absurd.

Back in the good old days when we had a good thing for kids called IGNORANCE, parents never told us the truth about grown up activities.

Remember when kids knew NOTHING? Seen and not heard? Off air last week we talked about the old phrase of greeting 'WHAT DO YOU KNOW?' this week we want to see what listeners remember about these old sayings - and if you have same ones we came up with - you win a CD!

1 WHAT DO U KNOW? 
  A thing or two/ water finds its own level/ bullants don't ride bikes/eggs don't bounce/ a few bars or the prisoners' song
2 Where is DAD?MUM?GRAN?ANYONE ?
  Gone to see a man about a dog / went mad and the police shot him / gone to Gowings
3 Where is my COAT/SHOES/HAT/ANYTHING?
  Where you left it / Up in Annie's room behind the clock
4 WHATS THIS?
  whim wham for a goose's bridle / whim wham for a duck to sit in / whim wham to wind the sun up / whim wham

Who remembers these:
“If the wind changes your face will stay like that!” 
 “There are starving kids in China”  
 “Because I said so"
"Down behind the bike shed/woodshed"

THE DAY THE SPACESHIP TOOK  AUNT MEG
Wilbur G Howcroft

The day the spaceship took Aunt Meg
Was funny in a way —
We still recall her wails of woe
Like it was yesterday.

Aunt Meg was letting loose the dog
Beside the chicken coop
When downwards dived a UFO
And took her in one swoop.

They vanished into outer space
As quick as one could wink.
Grandfather got an awful fright
And almost dropped his drink.

‘What’s Meg a-doin’ now?’ he growled,
‘She’s allus been too flighty —
A-gallivantin’ round like that
And her still in her nightie!’

But Uncle sadly shook his head
And said, ‘Alas, alack,
I can’t help feeling worried they
Might bring the old girl back.’

And sure enough that very night
They dumped her off, then fled,
But left a note pinned to the coop:
‘Have taken dog instead.’

 

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