Book written by Larry Adams
Australian slang is full of wonderful and bizarre sayings and one of the most interesting and laughable expressions is ‘Fair suck of the Sav’ which translates as ‘fair go’ or ‘you have got to be kidding, mate’.
We, as a nation, have had a peaceful and idyllic way of life for much of the past century. This included the acceptance and integration of many immigrants who came to Australia, worked hard and became a vital ingredient in the country’s overall success.
Australia was economically energetic; it was a place that many not only wished to visit but would have loved to live if circumstances allowed. Education was at its best, lifestyle was at its best, business was at its best. All these made for a great way of life for the majority of Australians.
Contributed by Primoz Trubar
When I was an uncontrollable teenage boy, I followed NBA basketball, when it was in its heyday. One of the stars of that time was Shaquille O’Neal, who was known for his strength. He sometimes dunked the ball so hard that it broke the basket and the backboard. Shaq had his own advert on TV for his brand of shoes, in which he dunked the ball and destroyed the glass and the hydraulic suspension of the structure supporting it in the process, with Shaq himself doing the voice-over, saying “they said it was… Shaq-proof…” I had a tiny little plastic basketball ring and backboard blu-tac’ed to the top of my bedroom doorway, which I frequently demolished with a tennis ball, and had to repair each time, as though I were Shaq.