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Paging Mr. Kooning, the black man.



I'm always impressed by the ignorance of American comics about race, really I am.

And, just as an aside, does the Opera House look wrong to you? I'm sure that's meant to be the Botanical Gardens behind it, but really, it looks like a forest, or a swamp.

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norda
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Ha!

I'm only an ignorant American who has yet to leave the States, but that is NOT what I picture when I visualize the Sydney Opera House or its surroundings,
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)


this is probably a reference shot for it (who knows), but as you can see...
norda
Mar. 6th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Exactly. The comic makes it appear like a conception of the Sydney Opera House on the set of LOGAN'S RUN or PLANET OF THE APES.
ironed_orchid
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Don't you know that the only man made structures in Sydney are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge?

The rest is all jungle filled with crocodiles and croc hunters.
crookfactory
Mar. 6th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
how dare you forget to mention the kangaroos that just hop along wherever and threaten to destroy our cars and the power lines that we finally just installed. oh and don't get me started on the drop bears...
ironed_orchid
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
We have cars and powerlines now? What do you think this is, a developed country or something?

In my day, we just had dirt tracks and cops riding kangaroos to direct traffic at the really busy intersections.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
i know. why, right now, i am wearing the clothes of something i killed and slaughtered.
ironed_orchid
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm about to head out and kill something for dinner.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
knife or gun?

i've been practising with the boomerang, lately.
ironed_orchid
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Spear.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
the classic, i see.
crookfactory
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
wwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa????!!!

we have weapons now?

and here i am, using my puny fists, punching the shit out of a goanna to get me some grub.

a boomerang. a spear. what fabulous times we live in.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
it's called evolution, man. get on hunter/gather mailing list and you'll learn this stuff quick.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad you said that about the Opera House. Now, I haven't been there in about 20 years or so, but I certainly don't remember all that swamp behind it (swallowing up the Harbour Bridge and would Taronga Zoo be back there too? in addition to a whole bunch homes?). And I love the comment about it looking very Logan's Run-ish. A better description I can't imagine.

-paul
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
didn't you get the memo? sydney went mad max like years ago. except, y'know, for the swamps ;)
drjon
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
It must be Global Warming.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
maybe we should email this to john howard. the future, we will say. the future!
shadowsandice
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Dude, who cares about the jungle? Why would anyone want to take the Opera House anyway? IT'S THE OPERA HOUSE.

Read Planetary at all? There's one issue set in Australia, and it just does not look like Australia.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
yeah, you've a point. i'm sure you and i could go sit on the steps and say we've taken it, and it'd be true. though for what purpose? an over priced dining experience and a music hall we can karoke in?

yeah, i've read planetary. uluru turns into a monster--probably not the most sensative use of the site :)
shadowsandice
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
I'm sure a whole lot of people who want to buy over priced drinks at the opera bar will be very disappointed. Seriously, I think the terrorists of the world have figured out there's no point trying to attack any of Australia's 'cultural symbols', and they'd be better sticking to trains.

It wasn't just that Uluru turned into a giant old man, it was a giant old man who didn't look remotely aboriginal. And the landscape had green bits in it. Lots of bright green bits. Whatever.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
yeah, you want to hurt australia, you go after their public transport. those cultural icons just draw tourists, anyhow--and there be plenty of them each year ;)

anyhow, any time australia appears in anything, it doesn't look like i think it does. curse of fiction, i guess.
shadowsandice
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
Well seriously, how many people can you expect to kill going after the Opera House? Exactly. And, it's the opera house. WHO CARES.

I think most people who haven't lived in Australia, who portray it in fiction, don't quite pin it down, just cause it isn't really like the rest of the world. Even just in terms of the colours.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
you know what i often find missing in the portrayals of here? the sound. sydney sounds alive. you can hear so much. it's rarely captured in anything.
shadowsandice
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:22 am (UTC)
isn't that the same of every city though? Most people are city dwellers, it's a lack of sound that people notice.

Anyways, I'm off to work. Yippee fucking skippy.
benpeek
Mar. 6th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
people are silly (and i've just not been to that many cities, i guess.) anyhow, enjoy work, or at least plan to take over the opera house with your time.
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