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Old 05-27-2009, 10:50 PM   #76
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The Bill Connelly World Tour of Iraq skit was hilarious.


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Very very cool! Thanks for the heads up, fwj.
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This sounds really fascinating - I assume it will get a cinema release shortly.
Imagine how terrified and confused they must have been.

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WHEN Yuwali first saw the truck, she thought it was a rock. A rock that moved. Turning to her young companions, the 17-year-old Aborigine, who had never seen a white man, said: "You know those big rocks that we always play on? The rock has come alive."

Terrified, Yuwali and her friends fled across the desert, too scared to sleep, lest the "monster" and the "devil men" inside it catch up and eat them.

Yuwali and her mob of desert-dwelling Martu were the last Aborigines to remain untouched by the modern world. All that changed, however, when patrol officers entered their country, in the Percival Lakes region of Western Australia, to clear it for a series of rocket tests in 1964. This historic episode and the subsequent "first contact" is now the subject of a documentary by the Sydney filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

"This story has to be the most extreme clash of cultures ever seen - the height of space technology meets a group of fully traditional hunter-gatherers with absolutely no idea of the outside world," Butler says. "It's a story that has to be told now because in a few years all those Aborigines adult enough to remember pre-contact life will be dead."

Contact, which will screen at the Sydney Film Festival, is told largely from Yuwali's perspective, and features surreal footage, shot by patrol officers, of her group emerging from the desert for the first time carrying little more than digging sticks.

"We were hungry," Yuwali says in the film. "But [the white men's] meat tasted like shit, so we spat it out and buried it in the sand."

Born at Yulpu rockhole in the heart of Percival Lakes, Yuwali spent her early life travelling with her family through the sand and spinifex, their movements dictated by seasonal patterns, the availability of food and the direction of the dreaming tracks.

Fear of strangers was deeply ingrained, owing not only to malpu, human-shaped spirits that were hairy and fanged, but also to "featherfeet", ritual killers from other tribes who travelled vast distances to exact revenge for real or perceived slights.

The patrol officers' sudden appearance, therefore, caused great fear. The first night with the patrol officers, "they tied us with rope around the ankles", Yuwali says, "to stop us running away".

The encounter ended the Martu's nomadic way of life, one they had led for at least 5000 years. Yuwali's group was taken to Jigalong, 200 kilometres south, where they were fed by missionaries and given money. (Thinking it was worthless, Yuwali buried it in a riverbed.)
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Re: The Australian/NZ Chat Thread

Over the weekend I hired a car and drove on Australian pavement for the first time in the five years I've been here. It was weird and a little disorienting at first, especially given that it was dark, raining, the roads were not lit for the first quarter of the drive, and I was on the other side of the road AND car. Still, I made it back to the city in one piece and not a scratch on the car.

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Wow, you did well. I would be terrified to drive in the US.
Also, Albanese is starting to look like Harold from Neighbours.
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What's so different about driving there? I'm intrigued.
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we drive on the left
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That's it? Psh.
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What's so different about driving there? I'm intrigued.
Our cars all have spikes on the outside of them.
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Wow, you did well. I would be terrified to drive in the US.
Also, Albanese is starting to look like Harold from Neighbours.

Speaking of creepy MP's who look like creepy actors, Brendan Nelson looks like Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks, I swear.

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Our cars all have spikes on the outside of them.
Yes. Spikes and sacs of venom.
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I also saw on television this weekend that you have to deal with giant toads hopping across the road.
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Yes. We call them Jehova's Witnesses.
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I also saw on television this weekend that you have to deal with giant toads hopping across the road.
In the northern parts of Australia they probably do, although I think the bigger problem for most motorists is if they miss one. Cane toads aren't a problem (yet) in the southern states.
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Yes. We call them Jehova's Witnesses.
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Speaking of creepy MP's who look like creepy actors, Brendan Nelson looks like Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks, I swear.

Never noticed, but you are right. I met Dr Nelson once. I was fairly underwhelmed. Nice enough fellow but not exactly impressive.
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Yeah, well at least I'll get to celebrate my birthday in hell!

Oh, schnap!
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Yeah, well at least I'll get to celebrate my birthday in hell!

Oh, schnap!
Wait, is it your birthday today?
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Nah. Not until late November.
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Never noticed, but you are right. I met Dr Nelson once. I was fairly underwhelmed. Nice enough fellow but not exactly impressive.
I ran into Tony Abbott once when Howard was still in power. I gave him the meanest death stare.
And I agree about Nelson being underwhelming, if his recent appearance on Q + A is anything to go by.

How about that Greens Senator, by the way? She's a bit of a spunk. A very articulate one at that.

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I ran into Tony Abbott once when Howard was still in power. I gave him the meanest death stare.
My husband has been bike riding with Tony Abbott. He said he was a nice guy although those bikers lose all sense when they are see each other dressed in lycra.
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I also saw on television this weekend that you have to deal with giant toads hopping across the road.
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