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Bush Ticks These are common in the wetter parts of the East. Their bite is not fatal but can make you very ill. Do not try to pull the tick out—you may create a septic wound. Just touch the tick with a hot match head, or dab it with kerosene or methylated spirit. As it backs out of your flesh, seize it with fingers or tweezers, taking care to pull the head out, not just It is possible not to know that a the body. tick has visited you. If you have Leeches Relatively harmless in themselves, leeches are bloodsuckers and any problem walking or with body co-ordination after hiking in the bush, see your doctor.

This reverse-image bird, seen in northern hemispheric terms, has caused awful trouble for the Japanese, since their word for swan can only refer to a white bird. Of course, of all the Australian birds, the ‘laughing’ Kookaburra is perhaps the most widely known. It is quite a cheeky bird. The few times I have been out to use the public barbecue pits in Perth’s King’s Park, there have always been a couple of these quite large and handsome birds sitting beside me on my log seat, hinting that they would like to be offered a few slivers of meat, please.

As columnist Max Harris has commented in The Weekend Australian: ’Australians regard an honestly won failure as the essence of success. ’ Anzac Day commemorates the terrible trials of the Anzacs—the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps—in their attempts to scale and control the rugged sea-cliffs at Gallipoli, from the landing date, 25 April 1915, until their withdrawal on 19 December that year. During this time, 8,000 or so Australians (and more than 2,000 New Zealanders, as well as French soldiers and others) were killed, and 19,000 Australians were wounded.

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