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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "O"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
It's time for "The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

O.S.: Over Sea's
Ocker: Unsophisticated person [stereotyped uncultured Aussie male]
Off One's Face: Drunk [extremely drunk]
Off the Beaten Track: Away from the main stream of traffic, seldom used road/roads
Open Slather: Anything goes - a free-for-all
On for Young and Old: This is usually referring to a fight or an argument - involving everyone
On the Nose: Smells awful
Outback: Remote country - bush location
Out in the Sticks: In the bush, away from civilisation, or in a remote area
Outhouse: The toilet was in it's own little "house" in the back yard
Oz: Nick name for Australia

Now for something very Australian beginning with "O"

web photo - Yalgoo Shire
The Outback is the vast, remote, arid interior of Australia. The term "the outback" is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas named "the bush" which, colloquially, can refer to any lands outside the main urban areas.

Early European exploration of inland Australia was sporadic. More focus was on the more accessible and fertile coastal areas. The first party to successfully cross the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney was led by Gregory Blaxland in 1813, 25 years after the colony was established. 

The Overland Telegraph line was constructed in the 1870's along the route identified by John McDouall Stuart. While the early explorers used horses to cross the outback, the first woman to actually make the journey riding a horse was Anna Hingley, who rode from Broome to Cairns in 2006.

Other than agriculture and tourism, the main economic activity in this vast and sparsely settled area is mining. Owing to the complete absence of mountain building and glaciation since the Permian (in many areas since the Cambrian) ages, the outback is extremely rich in iron, aluminium, manganese and uranium ores, and also contains major deposits of gold, nickel, iron, lead and zinc ores. Because of its size, the value of grazing and mining is considerable. Major mines and mining areas in the outback include opals at Coober Pedy, Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs, metals at Broken Hill, Tennant Creek, Olympic Dam and the remote Challenger Mine. Oil and gas are extracted in the Cooper Basin around Moomba.

In Western Australia the Argyle diamond mine in the Kimberley is the world's biggest producer of natural diamonds (including the rare pink and red diamonds) and contributes approximately one-third of the world's natural supply. The Pilbara region's economy is dominated by mining and petroleum industries.  Most of Australia's iron ore is also mined in the Pilbara and it also has one of the world's major manganese mines.

I grew up in the Pilbara - my parents took us from the outback of South Australia to the outback of Western Australia in the late 1960's and I stayed there until I moved to the big smoke (ie the city - approx 1000 miles/1600 kms away!) in the early 1990's.
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As an aside.... for those of you that buy Dinky Dyes threads... they have a red thread called Pilbara!  I love reading their thread names - they started their thread dyeing business while they lived here in Perth so there are quite a few West Australian names as well as Aussie names in their thread ranges :o)

So that's it for "O".... quick and simple!  Next month is "P" - I was going to doing something on the Pilbara but might rethink that one now!

Hooroo for now!  Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your post for the Letter "O".  Posting is generally the first Saturday of the month.


Lesley said...

Really interesting post,Australia is such a diverse country.

Julie said...

Enjoyed your O post

Tiffstitch said...

Excellent post! Some terms we use here as well, although "on the nose" usually means you're right or correct, so that one might be confusing. :)

Bea said...

I always end your TAC posts knowing more than I started. Thanks for another informative one.

gominam said...

Very informative. Thanks for sharing😊

Kaisievic said...

Great "O" post, Noni, lovely to learn more about both you and Australia.

Brigitte said...

A very interesting O post, Leonie. I loved to read about the Outback.

jocondine said...

t O p post, love to learn all about O words, Outback and Pilbara! Bisous ;)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great post, I love "On for Young and Old", we'd probably say a "free for all" for the same thing.
Pilbara looks like a lovely colour and rather familiar, I wonder where I could have seen it recently? LOL

Heather said...

Great post!