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Australia Day the YP Way!


By Jessie

Fire up the barbie and throw the coldies on ice – Australia Day has rolled around again and we’re in the mood to celebrate.
Whether you’re planning a backyard snag n’ coleslaw fest with your best mates, dusting off the cricket bat for a friendly (!) family test match or simply heading to the nearest beach/pool/creek/puddle to escape the summer heat, be sure to drop a line in the comments box and share your plans.
Do you swathe the verandah in artfully draped flags? Make your own kangaroo party pies? Perform the best Cold Chisel karaoke? Let us know!
And if you could invite anyone at all, from any time in history, to your Australia Day do, who would you choose? I’m torn between the classiest Aussie lady, Dame Edna Everage (“hello possums”) and the most enthusiastic ‘honorary’ Aussie, Oprah Winfrey. She recently visited the country – did you hear about it? Probably not, it was so low-key. But can’t you just picture her arriving with a tray of baby-back ribs and a hearty holler: HellOOO AustRAYYYYlians – WOOO-HOOOO! That kind of whooping is infectious. 
For me, Australia Day is all about family, friends and food (of course). This year we’re going to christen our brand spankin’ new BBQ with lots of tasty treats and I’m definitely going to whip up a batch of lamingtons as I’ve never made them before (any tips would be appreciated!) I’m also going to take a few moments to contemplate how lucky I am to live in such a fine country and do my bit as a good Aussie citizen should by raising funds for flood victims through the BBQ for Floods initiative .
And once I’ve lunched myself into the shape of an inflated beach ball and become slightly delirious from the combined heady scents of Aeroguard and factor 30 sunscreen, I shall leave the kids/menfolk to the splashing and the how-zatting and settle back with…
You little beauty! It’s just not a public holiday around these parts without a battle o’ skills, a test o’ wills, a bucket o’ thrills. Until Thursday 27th Jan, you can enter the Quizzard of Oz Trivia Tournament – and put your knowledge about all things Australian to the test. Who knows, you might just end up being crowned the official Wonder from Down Under - bonza!
WIN PRIZES! The leading Premium Member will win a $250 VISA gift card. The next three runners-up (Premiums or free accounts) will each receive a special YouPlay gift pack (valued at $30 each).
To get you warmed up, here's some fascinating Australia Day trivia:
 - Australia Day (Jan 26) wasn’t considered a nation-wide public holiday until 1994.

 - The first Sydney Regatta was held in 1837 and included five types of races, including one for whale boats.

 - In 1888, representatives from all five states celebrated the day together in Sydney for the first time, although South Australia’s Advertiser sternly reported that NSW, though ‘senior’ was not ‘the parent colony of all the others’. New Zealanders also attended.
 - In the mid 1800s, the Victorian ANA organized excursions and activities including a cricket match between ladies and gentlemen, the latter carrying broomsticks instead of bats. The ladies won.
 - By the late 1880s, tensions between the various states and colonies were on somewhat better terms, especially after Premier Sir Henry Parkes agreed to drop his legislation to re-name the state of NSW as ‘Australia’.
 - During World War 1, 30 July 1915 became Australia Day, a way of raising funds for the war by drawing on Australians’ pride in their soldier’s achievements at Gallipoli.
 - The first Australian of the Year award was appointed in 1960 to Sir Macfarlane Burnet, a medical scientist known for his ground-breaking research on viruses.
 - In 1984, Australians ceased to be British subjects and Advance Australia Fair replaced God Save the Queen as the national anthem.
 - In 1988 a re-enactment of the landing of the First Fleet, featuring Tall Ships from around the world, attracted over two million people to the shores of Sydney Harbour.
Happy Australia Day!
Jessie x 

10 Responses to

Australia Day the YP Way!

February 06, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Who won the Quizzard of Oz Tournament, Jessie?

February 07, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The winners of the Tournament (in order of placement on the comp leader board) are: 1st - Kazby 2nd - axolotl 3rd - poonyi 4th - gogrease My apologies for not publishing them earlier! All winners should have submitted a form and will be receiving their prizes very soon - Jess :)

February 07, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Well done winners!

gogrease said:
February 08, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Jessie...could you please tell me where i submit the form?

February 08, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Oh...whoops! I've just been informed that there was no 'form' for the winners of the Aus Day Trivia Tournament to fill out (my mistake!) - instead, all winners should have received an email from us requesting details. Gogrease - please send me an email if you have not received one from us. Cheers - Jess

gogrease said:
February 08, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Thanks for that! I have inboxed you my details Jessie.

axolotl said:
February 08, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Thank goodness! I thought I'd missed out by neglecting to fill in the "form". I have also sent you my details, Jessie.

gogrease said:
February 21, 2011 at 9:27 AM

I received my YP prize pack today. I was very impressed with all the goodies in the pack. Thank you YP!

axolotl said:
February 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I also received my YouPlay prize pack today. There were certainly plenty of fun items enclosed. Thanks YouPlay and Jessie!

chris4 said:
February 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Congrats to the winners. Well done.