Last night Mel (OBG2.....) bit of a mouthful, and I were chatting about Hillbillies in Granny's new website thread and I learned some really interesting things from her.
You know, when they teach us about history and geography at school, they just give us the bare bones - this country is here, so and so discovered it in 16..., etc. What we really miss out on are the valuable little titbits of information, that make each area so fascinating.
I was born and grew up in what was then Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe) now. I lived in a normal house, went to a normal school (no boys allowed), lived next door to, played and went to school with african and indian children, drove a car and did all the normal things that people do. I had a penpal when I was a teenager who lived on the European continent. She thought that because I came from Rhodesia, that I was black and lived in a little mud hut with no running water and electricity. There's a misconception for you. I don't think anyone ever told her that white people lived there too.
We all tend to forget that the world is such a vast place, peopled with a multitude of interesting people and decorated with some of the most stunning scenery imaginable.
Mel commented to Granny that throughout America, people refer to themselves as American and that if you scratch the surface you will find that somewhere along the line they were all once immigrants. Well that is so true. There were no white people outside of Europe before I think the 1600's.
Whatever you do Mel, don't mention to the Aussies that they are really all convicts - you might hit a sore point there. That is one of the most beautiful continents in the world, and where did England send it's convicts rather than to prison - Australia of course. Can you blame them for not wanting to let anyone else immigrate to Australia (especially us Brits) - I don't.
Mel commented on eating possum stew. Do you know, I bet it was really tasty. God there are some dishes that people really love that I would not touch or eat, even if I was paid to. Faggots, grey peas and bacon (looks and smells disgusting), tripe and onions (yuck). Something I always used to love eating when I lived in Rhodesia was "Biltong". It is very similar I suppose to what americans call jerky. Strips of meat, usually game, coated with spices and salted and dried. Highly nutritious and once you acquire a taste for it, you really enjoy it. Now my husband having lived all his life in England cannot bring himself to touch it, let alone eat it. Just the thought, for him is enough to make him heave.
I could go on and on, and you all are probably thinking, "God what a gassbag" - you're right, but I will let you get a word in now. It is nice to be able to learn a little bit about how the other half live, rather than having to rely on stereotypical TV programmes.