So back in 1908 ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So back in 1908 ...
Before 24 hour TV Goodnight Kiwi signalled the end of nightly broadcasts. The last airing of this animation was in 1994. Today the characters are regarded as icons of New Zealand culture.
New Zealand National Anthem sung by Benjamin McHugh at the
Telstra Stadium, Sydney on 13/08/2005.
E Ihoa Atua,
O nga Iwi matoura
Ata whaka rongona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau to atawhai;
God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.
The All Blacks' Haka
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Click here to find out what 'bugger' means.
New Zealand commercial using the "mate" theme to combat drink driving. Tag-line: if you drink then drive, you're a bloody idiot.
He's calling the guy by his name (Dave) rather than mate because they're not mates anymore after the crash. "Mate" is a pretty common term when you're speaking to someone. It's actually more common than using a person's name a lot of the time so to go from "mate" to "Dave" shows how far he's been separated from his friends. He's not one of them anymore. He's just someone who killed their real mate.
A hilarious commercial from New Zealand that explains when togs (the kiwi word for swimsuits) begin to be considered undies (underwear).
Click HERE for more Kiwi words and expressions with their equivalent definition.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Although Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield are British singers, they were born in New Zealand.
The Australian ABC-TV programme The Gruen Transfer challenged two Sydney advertising agencies to come up with a mock TV ad to promote an invasion of New Zealand. They came up with two very different and funny ads, which, since airing has been a massive hit online and generated media interest in New Zealand.
And this is New Zealand's revenge:
The official Tourism Australia ad was released in early 2006 with the intention of increasing Australia's appeal as an overseas tourism destination in the international tourism market. The ad not only caused controversy at home in Australia, but also stirred a large amount of controversy in overseas territories, with Great Britain banning the original version of the ad after pressure from family groups. A compromise was reached and the ad was eventually broadcast with "bloody" being removed from the ad and a sanitised version being shown to the British market. However, the publicity that the ensuing controversy caused drew even greater attention to the campaign.
We've poured you a beer
and we've had the camels shampooed.
We saved you a spot on the beach
and we've got the sharks out of the pool.
We got the roos off the green
and Bill's on his way down to open the front gate.
Your taxi 's waiting
and dinner's about to be served.
We've turned on the lights.
And we've been rehearsing for over 40,000 years.
So where the bloody hell are you?
And this is New Zealand's parody of the previous ad:
Got you a nice house in Auckland.
We've fired up the P labs. (=clandestine drug labs)
And we've pulled the boy racers off the footpath.
We're putting on the haka every couple of minutes.
We've got most of the urine out of the pool.
And Winston's on his way down to open the front gate
They call me xenophobic...
So, where the bloody hell are ya?
“Each morning the Maori people of New Zealand, which is part of Australia, rise at dawn, cook some eggs, put on their grass skirts and go out to the fields to make 42 Below vodka. There they trade with the fierce All Black tribes that live in the hill country for raw ingredients and ship them down the Shotover in traditional Americas Cup yachts to the 42 Below factory. Then using only stainless steel distilleries carved from ancient kauri trees they create the world’s smoothest vodka which they give to the white man in exchange for blankets, muskets and hobbits. And as the day turns to night, the tribes come together, drink large amounts of 42 Below, carve plastic tikis for Air New Zealand and tell the traditional Maori joke which goes like this: Knock knock. Who’s there? Statue. Statue who? Statue bro? 42 Below Vodka - made right here in Sydney, New Zealand.”
42 Below Germany
42 Below - Britain
42 Below Canada
42 Below Wallaby
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
No one knows who first created the Pavlova. But the name and the recipes first began appearing soon after Russian prima ballerina, Anna Matveyevna Pavlova (1881-1931), toured both Australia and New Zealand in 1926 and Australia again in 1929. Anna Pavlova was considered the greatest ballerina of her time and her visit to New Zealand has been described as "the chief event of 1926." It was said "She does not dance; she soars as though on wings." From this you get the sense that this is a light, airy dessert.
There is a controversary with both Australia and New Zealand. While it has been suggested this dessert was created in New Zealand, it has also become recognized as a popular Australian dish. Both countries claim to have invented this dessert and claim it as their national dish.
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
pinch cream of tartar
300ml thickened cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar mixture
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250g strawberries, hulled, sliced
2 kiwifruit, peeled, sliced
cream of tartar is "ácido tartárico", if you can't find it you can use some lemon juice instead
caster sugar is just a very small crystal size white sugar
icing sugar is ground up white sugar, "azúcar glace"
Friday, April 24, 2009
On 25 April every year, Aussies and Kiwis celebrate Anzac Day. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
The ad mentions: Phar Lap horse, Dragon, Split Enz, Crowded House, Maori, Coutts and Butterworth, All Blacks players, Electric fence, Pavlova, Spreadable butter, Dame Kiri ...and many others.
Pineapple Lumps (confectionery made with a pineapple flavoured centre covered in chocolate)
Mainland Cheese Cheesemakers
Where did I come from? Well...
And the flowers and the trees
The moon up above
And a thing called love
When I look into your big brown eyes
It's very plain to see
That it's time you learned about the facts of life startin' from A to Z
That's so cool, dad, because Jimmy Johnstone only comes from Scotland.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Jamie Oliver is one of the most popular chefs on British Television. He’s famous for his recipes, his restaurants and his informal style. In this programme he drives down to the south west of England with friends from his restaurant. And while they’re having fun on the beach, he cooks a salmon with fresh herbs.
I’ve got this beautiful big salmon. Look at that. It’s a really fantastic way of cooking fish - fish in general really, but salmon’s ideal because it’s slightly oily. You wrap it up in paper and cook it on the Barbie and you get that slightly smoked flavour going through it, which is just like, ideal. So what I’m gonna do is put a bit of salt and pepper inside and outside the fish.
Right. And I got some fennel seeds, and they’re great with fish and make them taste fantastic. Um... good with chicken as well. You just sprinkle them over the whole thing. So once you done that… I got some nice herbs, and I tell you what, I got a serious amount of herbs. And… what’s …is you get a nice bit of everything everywhere. And you wanna stuff that right inside the salmon, it’s gonna steam straight through the inside of the fish. And I’m gonna put a layer of herbs on the bottom and I’m gonna plonk the fish on top of that.
I’m going to put the herbs along the top like this. So, basically, it’s not sitting on paper, it’s sitting on herbs. I’ve got some lemons here. Just slice up your lemons… flick them over the top. Get some, put them in the middle. Just copy what you’ve done with the herbs really. And then put some underneath it as well. And then, what you’ve got to do is wrap it up like, literally like, a Christmas present. So what I’ve got to do now is wet it to stop it burning too quick. So just get it really wet…
How you going mate? Lookin’ good.
Nice one Danny boy. ‘Ere listen. Take that!………. Nah, that didn’t get ‘m wet…. Haha…..
Click here for more Jamie Oliver's recipes.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The 48 year old charity worker from West Lothian, announced from the stage that her dream was to emulate West End star Elaine Paige.
Her eccentric ways and less than polished appearance drew sniggers from the audience when she initially appeared but they were mesmerised from the moment she broke into song and gave her a standing ovation.
Simon Cowell pronounced her voice "extraordinary" and Amanda Holden was reduced to tears by hearing her sing.
Lyrics | Fantine - I Dreamed a Dream lyrics
Man About The House was a very popular British sitcom during the 70s. Its basic premise concerned a young male student sharing a flat with two girls - hardly a radical concept now, but something that was considered revolutionary and improper. The young man in question was Robin Tripp, a catering student from Southampton. His room-mates were Chrissy Plummer, with whom Robin wanted to be more than friends, and dizzy blonde Jo. The other main characters were their landlords, George and Mildred Roper. Whilst George was very uptight and disproving of the situation, Mildred was more relaxed.
Man About The House spawned two separate spin-offs - Robin's Nest, in which Robin started his own restaurant, and George and Mildred about the Ropers.