Sometimes I hate social media; sometimes I sort of like it. But this week I’m thrilled to have made a social media connection that tipped me off to this week’s Saturday Selection: Australia All Over with its host Macca.
A Love/Hate Relationship
Let me just say I was dragged kicking and screaming into the world of social media. I had no interest in sending out random blurbs about what I was doing, what I was eating, what joke struck my funny bone, and all the other stuff that zips across the strings of fiber optics. Still, since I don’t have a huge social circle in the real world, I needed to find one in the virtual world in the hope of getting my books and art noticed beyond this blog.
I first joined Twitter and then (very very very reluctantly) joined Facebook not long ago (I’m still not sure about the whole Facebook thing…something about it just annoys me).
Despite this disinterest in joining social media and my annoyance at every author that tweets nothing but book promo crap (or sends the same ten tweets over and over and over…seriously, I can’t imagine how boring their books must be), I have “met” some fun people via Twitter who like to toss silly banter back and forth (not surprisingly, I have not “met” anyone on Facebook because it is weird).
One of my Twits hails from Australia. He does cool stuff like call me “mate” which makes me feel like an adopted Aussie, and also recently told me about a radio program called Australia All Over. Since I hate working on my art projects in silence, I gave the show a chance and now I’m hooked on Macca (the host).
Learning the Language
Australia All Over is a talk radio program, but rather than blather on about news or sports just to hear himself speak, Macca has people from all over Australia (hence the name of the show) call in and tell him what’s going on. This can range from sheep farmers trying to solve their dingo problems with donkeys, veterans telling about their war stories, Australians taking Chinese tourists camping, and conservationists telling about how to save the bilby.
Yeah, a bilby.
I didn’t know what it was either. Turns out it’s a very cute rabbit-like marsupial that’s in trouble. Here’s a pic:
Unless you’ve spent time in Australia, there is a bit of a language issue when you first start listening. Not only do some callers have STRONG accents (I mean when Macca can’t even understand their accent, you know it’s strong), but Aussies love their slang and you have to kind of work around that. But that’s all part of the fun. Australians make some wonderful turns of phrases that remind me of listening to the clever sayings of Irish people and make me realize how dull our way of speaking is here in the Northwest.
Listen for Yourself
Australia All Over broadcasts live on Sundays at 5:30am (that’s Sunday at 5:30am in Australia, you’ll have to figure out the time difference for yourself). The show runs for over four hours. If you don’t have that large of an attention span or, like me, you want to listen at your convenience, you can also get the podcast that covers some of each week’s highlights, can be listened to anytime, and only runs about 40 minutes.
It’s a great way to get a glimpse into the lives of people in a different country, so I hope you give it a listen and maybe learn to incorporate some colorful Aussie phrases in your daily conversations!
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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS.