It’s been 50 years since Lego bricks arrived in Australia!
Lego first arrived in the suitcase of British sales rep John Peddie in 1962.
When he first started off he was informed by retailers that the Lego would never work here because Australian kids preferred being outside. However, he persevered and now we have a nation of brick builders! Lego is now the country’s #1 toy brand, with every Australian owning an average of 70 bricks. In 2011 almost seven million Lego sets were sold in Australia.
To celebrate Lego Australia today launched the Festival of Play.
We only (legally) hear that sound once a year & that’s on ANZAC Day, the 25th of April each year. A lot of money passes hands on ANZAC Day!
Just in case you’re not an Aussie, here’s the run down on ANZAC Day & Two Up!
Two-Up is a traditional Australian gambling game played with pennies that get thrown into the air. Players stand in a circle on a small pitch or ring and a spinner is chosen & players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both (obverse) heads up, both (reverse) tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as ‘Odds’). The spinner calls his bet and if the coins land on both heads the spinner has won. If the result is tails, the spinner loses. If it’s one of each (heads & tails), the spinner throws again. The toss is done with a small wooden paddle called a ‘kip’, which holds two coins.
Posted in Australia, Out & About
Tagged Australia, festivals, fire, flood, music, New South Wales, NSW, politics, QLD, Queensland, surf reports, surfing, Western Australia
Summer is always our busy time & this year it was no different. In fact it’s been a little busier than usual because we’ve had additional social networks to maintain, and so much has been happening in Australia this summer.
Posted in General Info, Wildlife
Tagged animals, Australia, Australian Wildlife, Blue Ring Octopus, dangerous, reptiles, saltwater crocodiles, snakes, spiders, White Pointers
Australia has a bad wrap for being full of dangerous nasties that can kill you, which is pretty far from the truth really! Most of our wildlife is actually non-threatening, made up mainly of harmless cute and cuddly marsupials. We have a few species that might give you a hard time if you come across them, most of them being snakes. Like most species if you leave them alone & take a few precautionary steps, they won’t cause you any grief.
So what are our deadliest Australians?
What do visitors to Australia want to take home? Usually something small because airline luggage weight limits restrict them. There are tourist shops and roadhouses willing to sell all kinds of tacky little sourvenirs to tourists to take home with them. Even our own locals can’t resist buying them to send to relatives or to take home themselves from their holidays.
So what are some of our tackiest souvenirs that visitors are representing Australia with? Here are some we found, know of any more?