Saturday, July 06, 2013

Backscratching

Greetings from Adelaide, where I'm on a mini-visit - my anthropologist friend G has just accepted a job at thr University of Adelaide, and this is her very first weekend down under. What fun to be able to initiate her in some local Australian knowledge - notably the advantages of a Cinema NOVA membership and the tasty cheapo wines called clearskins, which have slightly mitigated the inevitable shock Americans encounter at the Australian cost of living. In return she noticed things in the impressive Australian Aboriginal Culture Gallery of the South Australian Museum I should have but didn't - like the curious use of the loaded word "colonised" in its introduction. Tomorrow we take on the Barossa Valley!

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