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Day 112 20-9-2007 Wagga Wagga

So good they named it twice?

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I decided to break up the journey from Sydney to Melbourne with a stopover in Wagga Wagga. Why? "I remember when i was a lad" (about 5 or so) looking at a map of the world and seeing Wagga Wagga, alongside Sydney, melbourne and the other major cities. I remember wondering what that place would be like. Well now i have been there.(still, i'm still not sure why it was on the map).
Wagga means crows, so Wagga Wagga means lots of crows (although i dont remember seeing any). The town is low key, it reminds me of Hamilton in New Zealand, with a main street for shopping, a picturesque rail station, a small shopping centre and a river with a decent park alongside. Like the larger cities, Wagga has numerous war memorials with an eternal flame burning in the park. The most impressive memorial being a scupture showing the route of the Sandakan - Ranau Death March in the second world war.

It's commendable how the Aussies embrace their history and achievements. If i looked around Grimsby, where would i find any sence of history and respect of the past? A cenotaph at Nuns Corner, tooked out of the way, is that it? Sad.

Yes, even Wagga Wagga has pride in their towns history and their achievements .They've immortilised them with bronze plates embedded in the pavements. I only been a day here but supprisingly learnt alot (plus they have a beach!)

Posted by I Langley 17:34 Archived in Australia

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Haven't heard fron you since the last text, are you still in Hong Kong? I find it interesting when as a 5 year old you were obssessing about Wagga Wagga when most kids of that age, myself included, were just bothered about football in Grant Thorald and watching Pipkins. Must be your superior intellect,(have i spelt that right?!). Are you posting much at the moment? Not sure if it's my machine playing up and not updating your stuff regularly or it's you being a lazy tw4t. If it's the former i appologise and will contact Virgin (again!) to complain. Mr Branson will get another indignent e-mail regarding his shoddy service, i have already returned my copy of Tubular Bells. Where to next....?

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