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Morning MrMichael and .icenspice ……It is indeed Irn Bru !!
And here’s a bit of Thursday taste trivia for you …..
Many a moon ago, back in the poverty of my youth, when house parties enriched your body and soul since your wallet couldn’t afford you the luxurious warmth of a pub. .
In the dying embers of one of those parties, at the time when “The Jam” is a distant memory, replaced by the melancholy sounds of Leonard Cohen, and well after the lassies had either physically or lucidly left us boys to consider the future……
The melancholy songs where amplified by the cheerlessness of a near empty last bottle of Grouse, with diligence only afforded to survivors in a life raft, the last drops where shared out……and lemonade (Sprite) then added to bulk up the glass…….And hey Presto, whatever the ratio of whisky to lemonade was , you end up with a concoction that tastes just like ……….IRN BRU .8 Oct 2015
Interesting Topic .. but a word of warning …. DO NOT EVEN THINK about taking anything remotely like snack bars , tea , coffee , miso into Australia.
Seriously … if caught you’ll get a $220 fine , get stuff confiscated , get a lecture and a right telling off …
Ask me how I know .. over a sealed packet of peanuts … off the plane in F.
As an Aust PP holder , politely told them to stick them where the sun doesn’t shine and do what they have to do. Do not suggest anyone tries this , as I got away with it … but sadly they do love to stick it into anyone visiting the country ,.. a real welcome to tourists NOT …. so beware …8 Oct 2015
‘AsiaPacific’ regretfully all true.
My mother flew to Sydney to visit her sister last year taking with her some home made cake. In her words,
“Honestly it was ridiculous, this silly little man kept telling me I had exposed Australia to the potential for disease and I kept telling him it was a fruit cake not diphtheria. They were also very upset when they kept telling me it was ‘very serious’ and I kept replying ‘ no it’s not’ “8 Oct 2015
I think that must have been the TV series I watched once in a hotel while in Abu Dhabi. An incredibly self righteous Australian man who clearly relished every tiny bit of power he had and who simply loved the opportunity to ruin a person’s day. His ridiculous speech to a Chinese woman who had bought in a tiny amount of dried herbs had me laughing out loud. I don’t remember the full details but it was along the lines of,
“We are the front-line in the fight against terror threats to Australia, we are like soldiers in battle”. A statement that lacked some credibility as his vast bulging stomach was already obscuring his belt and was still heading downhill.8 Oct 2015
Wholly agree on the comments regards all those Border Shows .. they are a blight on society and give the ‘players’ an excuse / justification to act out their fantasies as Attila the Hun ..
There are some good customs people … but these sorts of shows do not assist IMHO.
The Aussie folks are renowned for being unwelcoming to visitors … which makes me cringe and I have occasionally intervened and thanked them for their contribution to welcoming visitors to Australia– who will now , no doubt never return and also tell their friends about it.9 Oct 2015
What I find fascinating about these programmes is that, generally and stereotypically they confirm to our perceptions of the originating country……..
And on that basis, I’d suggest that the Canadian series differs from the rest….
It tends to show their officers in a more positive light. And dare I say it, the officers on this series mostly demonstrate a well-mannered and courteous approach to “defending Canada’s borders.9 Oct 2015
Going back a little bit now but I will not have any Irn-Bru bashing on this forum! Currently holding onto a can for dear life, as it gets me through yet another work night out induced hangover.
Also have to say I’m a fan of the Aussie border control program that you have been referring to. My absolute favourite was the man from South Korea who had arrived with no relevant visa in place. He was genuinely perplexed as to why he was being detained and kept arguing with the border staff to allow him entry. Safe to say he was swiftly sent packing.
Oh to be a fly on the wall of that one.9 Oct 2015
I think it a disgrace that people come on to this forum and advertise their product. These clearly Scottish “I drank too much alcohol” people advertising their liquid bubblegum concoction should be booted off the forum and sent an email from BT explaining how they can purchase advertising on the forum pages. In addition, for the free advertising they have already enjoyed they should each be made to make a substantial contribution to BT’s Fanta Is Best fund.
Now where is my deep fried Mars bar……..
Have a great weekend everybody.9 Oct 2015
Martyn, I fully support your wife. Corrie wins over any other programme anytime. Delighted to say we now get it in SA as well. Screened just 2 days after the UK screening.9 Oct 2015
@charles-p – 08/10/2015 13:41 BST
So you are telling me that the Aussie Border Force has *ssh*l*s working for them both at entry as well as exit?
I still shudder to recall the male Ocker security guard at SYD who, having swabbed just about everything for explosives, then told me I required a full body strip search. He thought my look of horror to be uproariously amusing before letting me in on “his little joke…” I was too stunned to think of letting the joke run a little further with the head of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport security – and seeing just how much he laughed then.
Beyond that, the things that you cannot find abroad: when in Ulaanbaatar, M&S fruit cake. Beyond that, Private Eye and Viz magazine. And, with a view to the (ahem) scatological nature of the latter publication, it can double up if you’re caught short…12 Oct 2015