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Giraffes have long tongues

I discovered this fact at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, when I went there in the mid-nineties.

I was working in Sydney at the time, but I had opportunities practically every month to visit somewhere in regional New South Wales. I don’t think everyone liked doing that, but I always found something fun about everywhere I went.

In this instance, I got to dictate a memo, sitting outside on a big lawn, on a mild sunny winter afternoon, with four different animal noises in the background on the tape. Well, something like that.

A few weeks later, I was at a dinner in Sydney, where I spent a fair portion of the evening swapping notes about the zoo with a friend’s conservative cousin, and the cousin’s equally conservative spouse. Apparently, before the dinner, the friend was worried about how much I was going to offend his relatives.

Yes, I was known to wear the odd provocative t-shirt (not anymore, too stingey to buy things with writing on them) and say the odd tactless thing (still can), but really! I was never that bad.

Some enjoyable, varied (and clean) travel experiences go a long way to being able to mix with anyone.

I was concerned about printing a photo of this random child, but he’d be about 28 by now, so I don’t think it’s a problem.

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Michael from Perth

A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth