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Old 14-05-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default A little boy writes home from the worst holiday ever

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Old 15-05-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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Well now, that was as bit different.
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Old 15-05-2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thank you MkIXHawk, you have no idea how much that has brightened my week. You have my gratitude for bringing back something that has not been seen in my household for months - a smile and a laugh.
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Very well done!!!
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Old 15-05-2009, 01:23 PM   #6
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Mostly works for me - funny idea, well-executed, some good timing - but the canned laughter kills it!

A personal reminiscence, if I may: I used to hate that song. My classmates and I were forced to perform it as part of an end-of-year concert. We were about 9 or 10 at the time, and utterly bewildered by the American references: Poison ivy? Bears? 'Ptomaine'? '"Alligators"... do they mean crocodiles?' In fact, the whole concept of 'summer camp' was foreign to us.

In a classic teacher tautology, we were told to 'just shut up and sing it' - by a teacher who was, presumably, a die-hard Allan Sherman fan.

Mind you, a friend of mine who grew up in Dayton, OH told me he had to sing 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree...' as a kid - all the time wondering: 'WTH is a "kookaburra" - or, for that matter, a "gum tree"?'

I can only conclude there was some trans-Pacific exchange scheme designed to disorient and embarrass kids.
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Old 15-05-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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had the same experience with the kookaburra myself. Had no idea what it was, but presumed the song had something to do with Rolf Harris - a man I admired, and still do, along with Tony Hart for their ability to paint random shapes on a wall and have it come out looking like something that I could recognise.
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Mostly works for me - funny idea, well-executed, some good timing - but the canned laughter kills it!
I hate canned laughter but that was the only version I had available
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Old 15-05-2009, 04:34 PM   #9
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I hate canned laughter but that was the only version I had available
Not your fault: ISTR it's on the original track. Still a funny video and on reflection I think the idea survives the fake laffs.

So, bring on the Kookas:


Hearing their calls is a Proustian reminder of evenings spent in the bush.


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Mind you, a friend of mine who grew up in Dayton, OH told me he had to sing 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree...' as a kid - all the time wondering: 'WTH is a "kookaburra" - or, for that matter, a "gum tree"?'

I can only conclude there was some trans-Pacific exchange scheme designed to disorient and embarrass kids.


Yeah, I can remember those days pre-internet days... when finding out what in the world a kookaburra or gum tree was darn near impossible without a trip to the library. I had images of packs of gum hanging off maple-like trees!
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And then there's that whole (badly misspelled I know, but I don't know French...please don't tell them.) "Frara Jacka" song. At least I understood the Aussie one!
That's pretty cool, grew up hearing it but it got funnier later in life. When I used to pick my kids up after camp I'd belt out the "Hail to Thee Kamp Krusty"...now they drive themselves, oddly enough.
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Not your fault: ISTR it's on the original track. Still a funny video and on reflection I think the idea survives the fake laffs.

So, bring on the Kookas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZTZ4Z9R5VI

Hearing their calls is a Proustian reminder of evenings spent in the bush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSM9IOcLL_4
Ohhhh... So THAT was the sound that was always in the background in all those jungle movies. And also the inpiration for George of the Jungle's Tookie Tookie bird!
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Didn't you guys ever read Charlie Brown.... I'm from AU..I knew what Summer camp was as a kid, and I always liked that song... even with canned laughter... how do they get it into the cans... that's what I want to know. The strange questions of childhood. I did actually think it was in something like a drink can you opened.

That was nicely cut... put a smile on my tired face.

We didn't like Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, as kids and and proudly conspired to make it nice and rude and then laugh our heads off.
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