why thank you, intuviel, and i've never SEEN this thread before!
<P>it IS pretty funny - especially bek's contribution about running shoes...*BUT* #@$%!!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Then there is the matter of Perth. With all due respect to some nice, intelligent rounded people I know in Perth, the city is still comparatively small and not exactly thriving in cultural activities.... Don't get me wrong, Perth is moving forward and is a beautiful, civilized city, but dance is still for the minority to enjoy. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>excuse me all, BUT :-<P>we have very stringent quarantine regulations here, in order to PROTECT precisely the lovely quality of life we have here (i COULD say 'from people like you', but you MIGHT quite understandably take offence!) <P>the fact is that wood-boring beetles DO bore into pointe shoes of certain makes, which is one reason why Freeds are usually no longer sold in australia, except on special order.<P>i am MOST embarassed to admit that i actually HAVE some, complete with the cute little round borer holes, which were given to me from the royal ballet shoe room, years ago, and have the ballerinas' names on the soles (new ones). for sentimental reasons, i didn't want to get rid of them, even tho' i can see they WERE infested - still, actually i'm calming down as i write this, because they came in a shipping container so they WOULD have been fumigated - i was thinking i had better go out and burn them on the barbecue....<P>actaully i don't HAVE a BBQ, folks, ...i'm just having you on. we ALL KNOW what you northern hemisphere types think of downunder!<P>like jenny says, that's YOUR loss - come and see for yourselves one day!
<P>p.s. yes jenny, i AM 'rounded' too, (as well as 'nice' and 'intelligent') - and i must DO something about it!! it comes from all this computer-ing, instead of being active.
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