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Old 31st July 2008, 02:32 AM   #3
VANDOO
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: OKLAHOMA, USA
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I HAVEN'T BEEN TO OZ SINCE THE LATE 1980'S AND IT HAD CHANGED A LOT SINCE MY FIRST VISIT IN 1978. IT HAS OBVIOUSLY CHANGED A LOT SINCE THEN THERE USED TO BE SHOPS DOWN BY THE ROCKS AREA AND THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE THERE SELLING GOOD AUSTRALIAN ART PAINTINGS AND SUCH MOSTLY, BOOMERANGS AND CLUBS WERE ABOUT THE ONLY NEWLY MADE WEAPONS. YOU MAY FIND SOMETHING OF THAT SORT BUT IT WILL LIKELY BE MADE TO FLOG TO THE TOURISTS AND NOT FOR ACTUAL USE. I USED TO SEE A FEW GOOD OLD ITEMS AT FLEA MARKETS AND THE ODD SHOP OFF THE BEATEN TRACK AND AT SOME ART GALLERYS AND PAWN SHOPS. I USED TO FIND SOME NICE ARROWS AND ART FROM NEW GUINEA ALSO ESPECIALLY UP IN THE NORTH EAST AROUND CAIRNS.

OZ IS STILL A GREAT COUNTRY BUT THE POLITICKS ARE WAY OUT OF CONTROL SO KNOW THEIR LAWS SO YOU DON'T GET GOT BY THE CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER YOU MIGHT PICK UP SOME OPAL WHILE YOU ARE THERE I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE DOUBLETS AND TRIPLETS AS THEY ARE MORE STURDY, CHEAPER AND CAN LOOK VERY NICE THEY WERE A GOOD DEAL FOR THE PRICE IN THE PAST AND IF UNMOUNTED THE CUSTOMS DUTY WAS NOT BAD. ABORIGINAL ART CAN BE QUITE ATTRACTIVE AND UNIQUE ALSO. ENJOY YOUR TRIP AND GOOD LUCK
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