Whilst technically not a proper
big-thing, more of a sculpture, it probably ranks as number
one on our books, as it is so interactive.
The idea is you sit on it to make
yourself feel like a child again. It works, I felt like watching
BJ and the Bear, and
nicking my fathers Craven-A's. People of Broken Hill we salute
you as being the Heppest town in New South Wales without
Has been made world famous by Bill
Bryson, in his travel book Down Under. Funny stuff.
Here our intrepid 'Big Thing' scout
Smokin' Lachie Clark shows how big the big Lobbie is, especially
as he's seventeen feet
We Have it on good authority that
the locals call him "Larry" (The
lobster, that is, not Smokin' Lach) which is weird could as
we thought he was a chick. Sorry Larry.
Is at the entrance to the new town
A bit of Local history here: Adaminaby
was moved brick-by-brick from it's original location, to it's
current one in the 1950s,
due to the fact that the original site was flooded. The reason
for this was due to one the icons of the 1950s- The Snowy
The snowy was damned and Lake Eucumbene
was formed. Rumour has it that the reason that Adaminaby is
not situated right
on Lake Eucumbene, is that the locals worried that the
mosquitos would be too bad. Shame.
However, Adaminaby is a Mecca for
trout fishing, which is one of the finest ways of needing an
excuse to drink
The Snowy Mountains area rarely
disappoints, and Adaminaby is no different. After Stopping
in at the Snow Goose
Hotel for a lazy dozen, the Big Trout seems even more
due to it's use of fine chicken wire, and awesome paint-job.
It's pretty big too.
You can pick up many fine souvenirs
at the Newsagent too.
Anyway, here is Jeremy 'Bin' Lagan, and yours truly
giving the thumbs up to the Big Trout, and Below
scout Juliet MacKenzie shows us that a 'Big Thing'
be trained just like a dolphin.
Is what life in a hep town is all
about? Goulburn and the Big Merino (‘Rambo’ to
the locals) are synonymous, and it would be hard to imagine
one without the other.
The Legend Feel Co. followers were
thrown into turmoil when in 1997 the Vienna World, housed in
the adjoining BP closed
down. There are still to this day men in Lederhosen wandering
the streets in shock and despair "Vere ze fuck are vee
gonta eet now".
Since the Hume Highway by-passed Goulburn (about twenty years
ago!) the locals got drunk one night and moved Rambo a few
clicks down the road closer to the highway. Not sure why, you
still can’t see it from the highway (or at least I can’t).
You can pick up many fine souvenirs
too, and on permanent display is a Golden Fleece Bowser-Ram.
Anyone will tell you this but attached
to the Big Merino is in fact The Great Love-spuds, as the Merino
is quite well endowed
in the fondle-berry department.
By the way, Goulburn does have
some pretty hep cafés;
the Blue & White has gone, but the Paragon still stands
-- The best café in New South Wales after the Central
Jonathan Podborsek, another Legend
Feel Co scout has been trekking over this vast, flat, brown
land of ours and has stumbled across one of the Jewels-in-the-crown
of Big things, the big Ned Kelly.
One of the most confusing, misunderstood,
misreported, not to mention misrepresented Australian characters
has at last
been given a descent tribute. Well if you consider the shocking
Peter Carey novel, and that completely shit film with Heath
Ledger, then this would be the first time Ned Kelly has probably
not spun in his grave over recent years.
Question? If all children who were
born in Australia had developed an instant Australian accent
a phenomenon recorded
by historians on the ground in 1788, not to mention Robert
Hughes and Manning Clark, then why do filmmakers give Ned
Kelly a FUCKING IRISH ACCENT?
He would have had a bloody Australian
accent like everyone else. Maybe they just couldn't understand
Anyway, go see the big-Ned in Glenrowan,
Victoria, Jonathan obviously gives it the thumbs-up, Incidentally
is standing where Ned was shot by the police, right
in the legs,
Wouldn't happen in Victoria these days, no-sir-ee.
Here Malcolm McKernan, Rock'n'Roll
God, and legend of the highest order, is pictured here with
another one of his Rock'n'Roll conquests The Big Potato! (The
babe is his fiancé, Lyndall, probably not one to appreciate
being called a "Rock'n'Roll conquest", remind me
to re-write this later).
The Big potato is affectionately
known to as the "Big
Pooh", due to its obvious similarity to a bum-spud, although
the colour might have something to do with its ambiguity.
It looks like fairly strong concrete-render,
and not a bad big-thing at all, however, it could have been
more potato-ish, which is why the Legend Feel Co. give the
people of Robertson NSW...
As if being nominated
for triple-j hottest 100, and marring afore-mentioned
babe Lyndall, Malcolm McKernan manages to travel the
globe (Tasmania) on the never-ending search for all things-big.
Here in Penguin Tasmania, they have
a big Penguin (OK it would have been pretty left-field to
have a big doughnut I suppose). During Christmas, they even
don it in Santa attire, which as far as I know is the first
ever big thing seasonal range (unless the big Ned Kelly gets
to sport board-shorts during the hot summer months). Someone's
been busy with a sewing machine, unless they nicked it off
Are they a trees planted around the
bottom. or a garnish?
You have to hand it to Malcolm.
He’s been up north this time and found himself in Taree,
New South Wales, and stumbled across another iconic big-thing.
I'll let him explain:
The spray-crete has aged beautifully to create a faux oyster
patina of near excellence! It even smelt bad from the road!
Pity it was such a cloudy day as I’m sure the mother
of pearl ceiling detail would have radiated with an opalescence
to stop many a passer by!"
Poetry, sheer poetry.
What we have here is nothing shy-of
environmental excellence, as the big-thing is no longer a big-thing,
but a car-yard. (Big thing recycling is a weird concept
when you think about it, as most big-things are made of
tops chicken wire, pieces of architecture and poorly
disguised sheds) Malcolm has awarded the folks of Taree
Ford) a whopping score:
What Malcolm has failed to mention
(not his fault, he was driving by at eye-watering speeds)
is that the big oyster could have been greatly improved by
the big-oyster in big-bacon, and put under a big-griller,
and placed on a bed of big-rock-salt, and served up as the
big oysters-Kilpatrick, which is a much classier dish by
far. Skinny -Tim and I might get onto that when the people
of Taree least expect it.
Radio Station 2BH, coming at you
You guys ought to be ashamed of
yourself; Malcolm has yet again come up trumps with Radio Station
2BH (Broken Hill, NSW) who have turned the whole station in
to a 'big thing', in this case an old Cathedral-style Radio.
It is even complete with a dial,
speakers and tuners. You can't really ask for more than that.
How cool would it be if it actually
broadcast down the street, then you could spend those hot evenings
in the Silver-City
sitting on the front veranda, listening to Hank Williams,
and having a beer, A bloody big one to match the radio.
I'm telling you, there's nothing un-hep about Broken Hill.
And yours truly will present
the Big SLR Camera in Meckering WA.
Lawrence Hanley, designer
of The Big Banana, (Coffs Harbour, NSW) explains why he'll
make it bigger next time around.
Things: The complete list
Apple - Stanthorpe QLD
Big Avocado - Byron Bay NSW
Big Banana - Coffs Harbour
Bottle - Mangrove
Big Bull - Wauchope NSW
Big Cheese -Bega NSW
Big Cow - Nambour QLD
Big Guitar -Tamworth NSW
Big Lobster -Kingston SA
Big Macadamia -Nambour QLD
Big Merino - Goulburn NSW
Big Orange -Tenterfield NSW
Big Oyster - Taree NSW
Big Peanut - North Tolga QLD
Big Pineapple - Nambour QLD
Big Potato -Robertson NSW
Big Prawn -Ballina NSW
Big Rock - Barrington Tops
Big Rocking Horse - Gumeracha
Big Trout -Adaminaby NSW
Big Windmill -Coffs Harbour
Big Yabby -?? NSW
Barramundi - Daintree QLD
Big Earthworm - Bass SA
Big Gumboot - Tully SA
Big Ned Kelly - Glenrowan VIC
Big Rocking Horse - Gumeracha
Big Captain Cook - Cairns QLD
Big Banana- Coffs Harbour NSW
Big Arch - Ballarat VIC
Big Miner - Kapunda
Big Cassowary - Mission Beach
Big Windmill - Coffs Harbour
Big Milkshake- Warrnambool
Big Bull - Rockhampton
Big Truck - Dysart
Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge
Big DNA - Perth
Big Easel - Emerald
Big Axe - Kew
Big Murray Cod - Swan Hill
Big Black Marron - Walpole
Big Miner - Rubyvale
Big Bottle - Mangrove Mtn.
Big Penguin - Penguin
Big Crab, Miriam Vale
Big Fruit Bowl - Bilpin
Big Tassie Devil - Mole Creek
Big Croc - Darwin
Big Mandarin - Mundubbera
Big Gold Panner - Bathurst
Pelican - Noosa
Big Cherries - Young
Big Shell - Tewantin
Big Guitar - Narrandera
Big Stubby -Tewantin
Big Macadamia - Nambour
Big Wine Cask, Buronga
Big Galah-Kimba SA
Big Wool Cart-Hamilton WA
Fucking-waste-of money- Wellington
Big Mango - Bowen, QLD
Big Crab -- Cardwell, QLD
The Big Peanut --Atherton Tablelands,QLD
The Big Apple -- Spreyton, TAS
The Big Penguin -- Penguin,
due to overwhelming demand, the first "small thing":
The "Big" Uluru --
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