Halloween is fun, but the 31st of October is significant in Australia for another reason. 101 years ago our brave light horseman charged machine-guns to take Beersheba with one of the last cavalry charges in history. These amazing light horsemen really define the Aussie spirit.
The Light Horse artwork was painted by our Mythic Australia artist: Ian Coate – Artist / Illustrator.
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It’s a pretty tough country when even the sharks aren’t safe.
“That bloke gave me a real earbashing. Strewth, he could talk under wet cement.”
Spring is here and in Australia that also means swooping magpies, but what many don’t realise is that behind every swooping magpie is a nasty Bailup. This Aussie subspecies of leprechaun has formed an interesting bond with the magpie to separate humans from their money. Just like the bushrangers of old, Bailups sit and wait for an unwary passerby. As soon as its target walks by its tree, the Bailup forces the magpie to swoop. As the passerby runs away from the magpie, coins usually fall from pockets, purse or bag. Then when the person has fled out of sight, the little bushranger will scurry down, snatch up the coins and hide them in its secret gumtree.
Over many years of bushranging, Bailups can amass a large fortune. If you are clever enough to catch one of these shrewd blighters – Bailups are forced to hand over their key that unlocks a hidden magical door at the bottom of their gumtree. Once this magic door is opened, years of hoarded treasure will pour out.
Australia is such a MYTHIC place.
If Aussies say they are watching the bush telly beyond the black stump, they are in the remote outback sitting by a campfire and looking at the stars above – the lucky stiffs.
In Australia, we love the underdog and even if they lose people will clap them on the back and say: ‘Goodonya mate for giving it a crack.’