I wonder if Van Morrison wears a seatbelt, and if he stops at red traffic lights - or if he thinks those are examples of fascist bullying taking away his precious freedumb...
Let freedumb ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedumb ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedumb ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedumb ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedumb ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedumb ring.
I hear a lot of ringing. Poor Martin Luther King. He little imagined what sorts of freedumb Americans would rise up to defend - while still embodying all sorts of injustice and inequality, more than 50 years after his death. (And how morons all around the world would be inspired by their example - like Morrison, and Australia's own Bunnings Karen.)
Australians like us have been watching the European response to COVID-19 and have wondered: Why can't a lot of people in the UK get COVID tests, symptomatic or not? Why did some countries never impose hard borders on international travel - including between EU countries? (Our regional travel restrictions here were an effective part of the virus control arsenal - and yet the whole of Europe seems to be treated like it's a single country, and with the population size there, that's so dangerous...) Why can people go on holidays to other countries at a time when neither their country nor the holiday country has eliminated SARS-CoV-2 from community transmission? Why is there no consistent compulsory quarantining of incoming people? And how on earth does anyone think they can effectively suppress COVID-19 without doing those things?
I think we're very lucky in Australia that the epidemiologists essentially got to run the show here this year. We look at Europe and the US with horror.
I'll try and explain it via the example of VM: if he has his opinion, that is okay. If he can give good reasons for his opinion, even better. In this case: if he just says "no lockdown please" but doesn't have better suggestions, that's stupid. If he says, "Covid is just a hoax" or similar conspiracies, that woulde be "moronic".
And that Italian place name... I wonder if they do postcards?
I do rather vividly remember looking at a map of England for the first time when commencing my first year of learning English as a 10-year-old in Germany. Some of the place names were rather disconcerting: Sussex, Wessex, Middlesex. It gave me the impression that the English were sort of weird...
My favourite place names are in Tasmania.
Place names to make you laugh: Penguin, Nook, Nowhere Else, Promised Land, Snug, Flowerpot, Electrona, Paradise, Bagdad, Tomahawk, Lower Crackpot. 🤪
And then there's Doo Town:
The houses in Doo Town have some unique names:
And in case you are wondering, yes, there is an Agadoo, and a Xanadoo, and a Kakadoo, in Doo Town...