"All sorts of entertaining" - Elizabeth Seckman

"Michael and his pals make me wish I lived in Adelaide" - Cherdo

"If I had a daughter, I'd send her to Australia to meet him (and marry him)" - Robyn Alana Engel

"An Australian version of me. Only younger. And Talented. And better looking. Okay, nothing like me." - Al Penwasser

"Whom must I fuck or pay to get a quotation at the top of your blog post?" - Janie Junebug

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Ask An Aussie


Ask An Aussie is this blog's first joint venture! We here at the Think Tank got together with Cherdo On the Flipside for a big cultural exchange program. Cherdo got some schoolkids to ask some questions about Australia. I answered them. Exciting, right??? Check it out!

41 comments:

  1. Smiles. Great project.
    Here in the suburbs we have red-backed spiders. And I do see spiders every day. Which I carefully usher outside. No snakes though. Or not often.

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    1. Really?? I've never seen a snake outside of a zoo. Even when I've gone to the outback. Spiders I don;t get often.

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  2. lol who knew Santa had to do yard work too. He needs to delegate authority to the elves :)

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  3. The thing that cracked me up as I was filming kids was the number of questions that were about spiders. Literally, I had half the kids wanting to ask about spiders and I said, "It's been done! Can you think of another one?"

    All really little kids think that kangaroos are outside your window at every waking moment, regardless of where you live. :-)

    I told you, though - I have a friend from the other side of the world who think the USA is all gangsters and cowboys. His country is so crammed with people per square mile that he thinks I live on a large ranch (nope...but I have a 3 acre yard and apparently that makes me rich in his eyes...he doesn't have to mow it).

    Great job and I think our first collaboration is a success. Already hearing back from the kids! :-)

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    1. Yep, that's the enduring perception: Animals EVERYWHERE. I'll give you a sneak preview of the next video, one of the kids asked which animal I'm most afraid of. Cockroaches. I can't stand those little #%$!.

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    2. Stay away from Janie's Palmetto bugs - totally look like a giant cockroach. Shivers!

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    3. Stay away from Janie's Palmetto bugs - totally look like a giant cockroach. Shivers!

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  4. Great video -- informative AND funny! I love your accent.

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  5. Michael, great job on this, and so fabulous that Cherdo had you interact with the children. I loved the Christmas part. So hard to imagine! And if you find any spiders, you can keep them.

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    1. Really? I thought you wanted the spiders back?

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  6. Awesome video indeed, really well done. Santa needs to let the reindeer out to eat the grass

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    1. Ah it's genius! I'll write a letter to him now!

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  7. I just commented on Cherdo's site. You did an awesome job with the video.

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  8. I just commented at Cherdo's same blog bit, but I'll tell you here, anyway, MICHAEL, that I loved this. I hope you'll do more!

    Poor Santa, has to mow the lawn after he's already slid down every chimney in the world. That's a tough job. I think I'd rather be a reindeer.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. How about an elf? I hear they can do magic.

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  9. I actually jumped back in my seat when you pulled the camera stunt with the "got'cha" spider.You have a nice voice, certainly conducive to announcing and these educational clips! This was fun, (smile).

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    1. Thanks! I've been told that before, but I also have a very slight lisp which bugs the heck out of me :P

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  10. lol, so cute. I love that you are in charge of spiders because I ALWAYS am in charge of them in every house I've ever lived in. BUT, that's because they don't scare me AND I always free them outside, so I'm happy to do it so they have a chance to live. :) But I'm not sure how huge they are over there.

    Love your comment about the boy's deep voice, ha.

    And even though I know it, I still cannot picture a Christmas in Summer. So crazy to me. But I can guess i would be super fun.

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    1. Good on you, doing the compassionate thing and bringing the spiders outside ;) I don't think they're any bigger here than anywhere else.

      Summer Christmas is fun, but I think White Christmas would be better :P

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  11. I thought the first part of the video was the intro to the latest Spiderman movie. You'd get stung and then end up with spider powers... ahh well, it was still good.

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    1. Phew! I'm glad I survived the initial scare!

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  12. Spiders? I wonder what inspired that? Are there special, super-scary spiders in the outback? I'm the spider person in my house too and I keep telling my girls spiders are great because they eat bugs. Then a huge one popped out at me from a pile of dirty laundry. Its front two legs had little knobs on it. The thing looked like a little, bitty boxer or something. Anyway, I must confess, I almost screamed like a girl. Well, I am a girl, so that would have been okay, right?

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    1. Perfectly acceptable. The worst is when they raise their front legs at you. You know they're about to bit you if that happens :P

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  13. And what's with that whole Shrimp on the Barbie, anyway?
    My daughter got so ticked off at me several years ago when I put dead fish on her dolls.
    And Mrs. Penwasser got ticked off at me for ruining dinner.

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    1. Oh yeah we should have mentioned that doesn't work in real life :P

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  14. And is there a season for Bloomin' Onions?
    Or is that just jive when I go to 'Outback' for dinner?

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    1. Bloomin' Onions are terrible, avoid them at all cost!

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  15. Ha! Oh, what a fun segment! I'd love to see more! This reminds me of the Finding Nemo spot at Walt Disney World. They have all the kids ask Crush the Turtle a question to answer (and he talked about Australia a lot!)

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    1. That sounds cool :) I'd love to be Crush in that scenario.

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  16. That was great! I'd like to see more of these questions and answers. Made me laugh. :)

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    1. We've got one planned for next month :)

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  17. I don't know about informative, but it was extremely entertaining. You did a great job splicing it together, with the Simpsons and all. That final question, from the student with a deep voice, was a great one.

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    1. It was, wasn't it? Hopefully the next ones they can come up with will be just as good.

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  18. This was fantastic. I didn't really learn anything... and yet I don't care. It was so fun to watch. Great editing skills, btw. Everything was very seamless. I hope you do this again. If you do, and you don't mind questions from regular folk, we'll definitely send in video questions.

    (We don't have deep voices either... so envious of that one kid)

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    1. Aw I'm glad you liked it :) It doesn't have to be video questions, after a while I'll start doing written ones. Fire away :)

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  19. I like your accent.

    We don't have too many crazy spiders in Nebraska, but where I lived in Savannah, Georgia there was crazy spiders!

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    1. Haha thanks :) How big were the spiders?

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