This is the very last sketch from the sketchbook project that I haven't already used to illustrate some post or another. And for that reason, this week we will mostly be travelling armchair stylee to Australia!
The reason above aside, I actually would very much love to go to Australia. It is one of those places that is always on the itinerary on a round the world trip and one of my biggest regrets is that I didn't make it there to get it out of my system when I was younger. At a company I used to work for, they actually offered year long transfers to their Sydney office, setting you up with accommodation and guaranteeing that you would still have a job back in Ireland on your return. A couple of my work colleagues did actually go and had the time of their lives. Instead, I quit that job and went to Liverpool to live. Don't ask.
Anyway, this picture was taken from this photo - another one sourced from the paint my photo website of course!
|Credit: Helen Vanderwoude|
So interesting, if somewhat useless, things that I know about Australia (and some I Googled!):
- Perth was the birthplace of my favourite actor of all time, the lovely and sadly deceased Heath Ledger
- Home and Away is the only soap opera I watch and I only watch it because everyone is pretty and it is set on a sunny Australian beach - unlike British soaps which are miserable and depressing.
- Three girls I knew at school have married Australians and are happily living the dream down under!
- Australia is the smallest of the world's seven continents
- It is the largest island in the world
- Australia was the second country to give women the vote
- Britain chose Australia as a penal colony for settlement after losing the American War of Independance
- Ned Kelly - was an infamous Irish-Australian son of a convict who is a folk hero in Australia and the lovely Heath Ledger played him in the 2003 version of the movie of the same name
- They have their winter during our summer
- It would take approximately 19 hours to fly to Australia from Belfast (not including stop overs)
- The idea that water flows down the sink in the opposite direction in Australia is a myth.