Monday, December 18, 2006

Some highlights from my pre Christmas haul

Oh I'm a happy camper indeed. Rather than skite on about all the wonderful black and white goodies I received over the weekend I thought I'd just share my faves.

Yes, you spy black and white candy canes! The wonderful Princess B managed to track them down where I failed miserably. She also gave me
Myer card promotional black chocolate beans and, most excitingly a copy of a black book by John Gale entitled (hang on, need to take a deep breath to get through this one) Canberra history of and legends relating to the Federal Capital Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia together with pen pictures of some of its beauty spots; its flora, fauna, mineral and other resources. With illustrations, maps and prefactory matter (no idea what that last bit is but it sounds painful!)It was originally published in 1927 (I have a limited edition 1977 reprint) and the language is just wonderful (you've got to read this aloud in a plummy accent): "The consensus of public opinion unquestionably is, that hithero whatever has been published purporting to be a history of the Federal Capital Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia has fallen short of what a subject of such paramount importance - to the present and future generations of Australians and the civilised world at large - demands of a historian..." and so on.

The poor civilised world at large, not having a decent history of Canberra. Maybe that was really the cause of World War One and the depression?

Anyway, back to my goodies.
Mondo and I had a drink and catch up after I got back last night and she presented me with an Electric Shadows goodie bag (which was another black and white bag to add to my collection) which included a mug commemorating the end of an era. *sniff*

Need I tell you that everything else I unwrapped this past weekend was either black and white or black or white? No, didn't think so....

(Listening to: Paul Weller, Heliocentric)

3 comments:

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Carson said...

When I first saw that top photo, I thought it was a set of drill bits, and I thought "What a practical gift"!!
But on closer inspection, it was revealed that they were in fact candy canes.

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Not drill bits, but that's mainly because for my 18th birthday I asked my parents for (and received) a tool box with hammer, nails, screws and fantastic ratchett screwdriver/ drill which I still use regularly 22 years later...