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By Harry Oliver, Mike Mosedale

ISBN-10: 1857829476

ISBN-13: 9781857829471

Now we have all touched wooden to push back misfortune, or visible a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a marriage, yet how usually will we cease to consider the place such customs come from, or why we nonetheless use them? in point of fact that at the back of a lot of our day-by-day rituals and ideology lies a desirable heritage of strange and lovely notions, a few rational, others fanciful, that offer a wealthy and interesting addition to our lives. during this captivating and forever diverting ebook, best-selling writer Harry Oliver has delved into the tales at the back of our wealthy traditions to provide an explanation for them to us with attribute wit and aptitude, in a gem of a quantity that may remedy any of the niggling doubts you've gotten approximately our daily ideals. So prior to you look for to any extent further four-leaf clovers, fear in regards to the subsequent Friday thirteenth or inform an individual that chocolate will supply them spots, dip into this remarkable tome and notice the reality approximately our diversified ideals in order that subsequent time your ear itches you'll comprehend if someone's fairly speaking approximately you!

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I am forever doing this with the Australian prime minister—committing the name to memory, forgetting it (generally more or less instantly), then feeling terribly guilty. My thinking is that there ought to be one person outside Australia who knows. But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century, wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister, Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into the surf and vanished.

In the investigations that followed, it emerged that Aum’s substantial holdings included a 500,000-acre desert property in Western Australia very near the site of the mystery event. There, authorities found a laboratory of unusual sophistication and focus, and evidence that cult members had been mining uranium. It separately emerged that Aum had recruited into its ranks two nuclear engineers from the former Soviet Union. The group’s avowed aim was the destruction of the world, and it appears that the event in the desert may have been a dry run for blowing up Tokyo.

And Pamela Harriman, the former ambassador and socialite who died in February 1997, a misfortune that evidently required recording 22 times in the Times. Put in the crudest terms, Australia was slightly more important to us in 1997 than bananas, but not nearly as important as ice cream. As it turns out, 1997 was actually quite a good year for Australian news. In 1996 the country was the subject of just nine news reports and in 1998 a mere six. Australians can’t bear it that we pay so little attention to them, and I don’t blame them.

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