IT seems that Australia and our close British Commowealth neighbour New Zealand may be leading the field when it comes to having a day off for some archaic reason.
These are what are referred to as public holidays. The people who take advantage of having a bludge from their workplace and being paid for doing so, more than likely none of these people have little idea about the significance or the reason for the public holiday and even if they do rarely show any degree of interest.
Australia has nine National public holidays,
New years Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Queens Birthday, Christmas day, Boxing Day.
Australia's seven States and the Capital territory collectively; have a further sixteen public holidays, notably 'Labour Day' is one celebrated? in six states on five differing dates.
The worst culprit of all is the 'Two headed' State of Tasmania which has eight more lazy days than the national figure, five point five more than the state average, one of these days being Easter Tuesday-would you believe!.
Today is 'Foundation Day' in Western Australia which is 3,000 miles west of NSW where I am right now, but close by to the east over the briny a bit lies New Zealand, the 'land of the big day off' Where they enjoy ten national public holidays - also fourteen anniversary holiday per year (Do they ever work there).
However, today is the Queens Birthday in New zealand where her majesty will become 81 years and 44 days of age. Next week lucky Liz will collar another birthday when she becomes 81 years and 51 days of age in all Australian states except Western Australia, but wait, Western Oz will last of all but not least give her a birthday party on the first day of this October 07 when a tired old liz - totally pissed off with this birthday bullshit will be 81 years and one hundred and sixty three days of age.
Psst! : Ill let you into a secret, Queen Elizabeth will be 82 years and no extra days old on the 21st day of April in the year 2008. 'But only you and I know that, so shush.
Happy birthday to all birthday lovers. On average 57,539 Australians celebrated their birthday today. VEST Daily Gaggle.4-6-07
Monday, 4 June 2007
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