Monday, August 2, 2010

VDU Week - Day 1: All please rise

It's here!  It's finally here!  Can you believe that we are actually living and breathing during:

And Happy Picnic Day!  Remember when I started this? (click here to read all about it) I picked today because it's a Australian Holiday.  Come to think of it, if you Aussies are sitting around reading this, I am especially proud. You should be out having a great holiday, not staring at your computer!

Would you all please rise for the singing of the national anthem of Australia, performed by Chris Woodman and Sid:

Chris Woodman is a Sydney ventriloquist.  He began working as a musician and performing comedy at the age of fifteen. Chris realised early that as a performer he had to be himself.......and a few other people - he had to be a ventriloquist!

His characters include Sid (singing in the video), Mitch, and what appears to be a wild pig named Leon, who brags about being a champion Lamington eater.  A Lamington, by the way, is a sponge cake served as two halves with a layer of cream and/or strawberry jam between, with a chocolate icing.*

His website is  Thanks, Chris, for providing the video that is the perfect start for  Ventriloquists Down Under Week.
For those of you who want to sing along, here's the words to the Australian National Anthem:

Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page let every stage
Advance Australia fair,
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
 We'll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.

Some of you probably checked in yesterday because you've been watching the counter in the sidebar area, and assumed that when it said one day left (on Saturday), that meant Sunday was the start.  Instead, you watched the counter (which right now says there's 17 minutes to go - holy cow!) on Sunday tick down the hours and minutes.

Yea, I was confused too.  Does this mean that my lead-up series and running them on the "prime numbers to go" was all screwed up?  Hope not. 

Ok, I'm going to relax.  Not hang out on a beach relax, but I'm not going to worry about it.  I have a lot of promise to fulfill with this series.

Let's getter done.
*  This Lamington thing looks awesome.  I continue to learn cool stuff about the land down under.  I might just throw a Lamington party!  Once I get this posted, I'll be up surfing for recipes.
 Of course, I should be surfing for Aussie ventriloquist acts. But hey, I'm hungry.  Blogging is aerobically draining.
 At least it is if you're doing it right. 

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