Tuesday, April 29, 2008

But It Sounded Like Such a Fashionable Place!

Only 238 years ago today, Captain James Cook arrived at a pleasant spot on the coast of sunny Australia and named it Botany Bay, for the profusion of plant life there. In honor of this lovely name, England began shipping all of its hardened criminals and convicts to Botany Bay in hopes of giving them a chance at a better life as far as possible from their native shores. The involuntary colonists managed to turn Botany Bay into a bustling industrial town (now adjacent to Sydney), while Captain Cook had a diplomatic problem with some Hawaiians who hit him on the head and ate him. I guess we know who had the last laugh there.

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10 comments:

the nightgoblyn said...

Re: the picture

I've seen movies that start with scenes like that.

The Angst Guy said...

"Oh, Fashionista, Where Art Thou?"

the nightgoblyn said...

"Sandi . . . we thought you was a toad.

echopapa said...

"Botany Bay? BOTANY BAY?! Keptin, ve've got to get out of here!"

MMan said...

Hardened criminals - Irish rebels.

Do you know how many Irish rebel songs mention Botany Bay? (Actually, I don't know either, but it's a lot!)

The Angst Guy said...

Quinn: "This is just like that movie with that guy and those other guys!"

Raven Nightshade said...

Four words: Caged Heat. Linda Blair.

cincgold said...

Raven Nightshade said...
Four words: Caged Heat. Linda Blair.


Oh yeah.

The Angst Guy said...

Four words: Caged Heat. Linda Blair.

I didn't know she was with that group. I love "On the Road Again" and now you've got me singing it to myself ("Well, my dear mother left me when I was quite young, when I was quite young....") Wasn't Linda Blair also in that movie with that guy and the eww! and the gross! and like everything? Not that other movie with the guys and the girl and the video camera going all over the place.

Raven Nightshade said...

"Valley Girl"? That wasn't her.

Or do you mean "The Exorcist"?

She was also in a parody of that called "Repossessed" with Leslie Nielsen.