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    Talking Aussies and Kiwis...may the force be with you!

    Aussies and Kiwis converting to the Jedi religion!

    Couldn't resist...feel free to reciprocate. I know there are plenty of stories you can find about us Americans!

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    Bryan, don't forget, we have Trekkies! They have one of their conventions at a local hotel every year. Our EMS guys always have a run or two during the event and come back with some rather odd stories. Have you ever listened to an ongoing discussion in Klingon?
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    Default Trekkies!!!!

    I'm a Star Trek fan, but never have I felt the urge to dress up like Spock or learn Klingon.

    I did see a story on CNN the other day on a "Learn to Speak Klingon" class that you can take. The lecturer travels all over the US and offers weeklong seminars.

    For a price, of course!
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    But of course, for a price. It's the American Way!. There's a Startrek.com site from Paramount that has episode summaries and news on upcoming movies, programs, etc. That's about the extent of my involvement. (There are the 7 of 9 sites, of course). There are some Star Trek sites out there that are just too bizarre.
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    You question the power of the force, Silver?

    I'm sure my sabre is bigger than your sabre.

    Use the force.... (The chicks love it!)
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    Talking Off World Leaders

    As a resident of "Godzone"--Kiwiland-Noo Zelund--have a good look at our political leaders and convince me that the aliens have not landed!! In my humble opinion Mr "No Bus" wins hands down--"Flying Kiwi" may be co-erced into explaining!!
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    hehe.

    "Take me to your Leaders."
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    Doesn't seem so strange to me. After all, most of the people participating in these forums seem to have "Jedi names".
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    Come to think of it, firefighters are a lot like Klingons...

    The Klingon language has a lot of guttural "hard" sounding words words... kind of like shouting at one another through our SCBA units.

    Klingons go into battle with bravery and the intent to conquer their enemies with bravery...Firefighters go into battle with bravery with the intent of conquering the enemy... fire.

    When a Klingon dies in battle, the survivors gather around the remains of their comrade and let out a loud wail, letting their ancestors know that a mighty warrior is returning home... when a firefighter dies in the line of duty, we gather around the remains of our fallen heroes and the bagpipes wail lets those who have gone before us know that a hero firefighter is returning home.

    Klignons and firefighters respect their fallen heroes and go to battle with honor!

    Trekkies rule!
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    The Klingon language has a lot of guttural "hard" sounding words ... kind of like shouting at one another through our SCBA units
    But when we shut up and just breath, we sound like 'Vader.

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    Love long and perspire, Gonzo.
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    jIyajbe' ...nuqDaq 'oH puchpa''e' ....Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam ....'arlogh Qoylu'pu'?

    Darn Klingons....must be that high fiber food!
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    Jeez and I always thought that "Klingon" was a coloquial expression for small children.
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    Thing you have to remember about Klingons is, they can't wait to DIE in battle.......

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    CB, that dying in battle part is one of the downsides of the whole Klingon thing. I do like the analogy otherwise, though. If BA's continue to develop with heads up displays and electronically assisted voice communications, we'll really resemble Lord Vader.
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    One of the reasons for this little fact is that our census forms are pretty invasive is the amount of information the Govt seems to want to know about us every 5 years. A lot of the questions are optional but written in such a way they appear you have to answer them.

    I do not see any reason for the Govt or any other person to have on file my religous beliefs, it will not help in providing the country with better education or health services. And seeing that the Govt has never funded any religious buildings or events, they have no need to know.

    That question and quite a lot of others were left blank on my form, and I know a lot of other people felt the same way. It seems every time we get the damn forms they are bigger than last time.

    Some people inject a little "Down Under" humour by picking a theme like Star Wars and using that as a basis for answering the form. A little digging will find Trekkie answers, Hobbit forms etc.
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    Ah, it's always good to tweak the tail of Big Brother. Humor is certainly a better way to respond than "none of your ---- business!". It's also more likely to keep your name off of some list somewhere.
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    Well, since I saw this thread was addressing at least Aussies; it is a possibility that I will be accepted for a five-week Group Study Exchange learning about firefighting in Queensland starting in November. It's through Rotary International and I'm still in the interview process, but I told them that I've at least conversed with Kiwi (but you're in NZ) and Lutan (clear down the road in Melbourne). So I may be in your hemisphere at least very soon...
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    6alpha, good to hear you are coming down this way. When in Queensland you will see Australians drinking a beer called XXXX, they annouce it "Four O" for some daft reason. The rest of us think it is beacuase they can not spell BEER.

    Do not be tempted to drink it. it makes Budweiser look like Guinness in comparison.

    Keep us posted how you get on.
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    You guys are confusing the issue!!

    Star Wars took place "a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away". Star Trek takes place in the 23rd and 24th centuries and actually involves us Earthlings!!! Sheesh!!!

    As for the Big Brother being invasive thing, I used to put a different occupation on my tax forms every year. One year I was an "freelance independant film critic" and one year an "alchemist" . Then I got scared and thought that they may check into me for being smart with them.
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