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    Posted: 22 Nov 2011 at 21:12
Not sure if anyone here is familiar with the work of Kate Beaton, but she has some incredibly funny history-related comics:


Just a small sample of her work. You can find more at http://www.harkavagrant.com
Also, she wrote a book which was released in September of this year featuring some of her best comics.
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That stuff was hilarious... LOL 
the single postmodern virtue of obsessive egalitarianism
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Haha, I really enjoyed that. It has my tick of approval.
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Hark, A Vagrant!

On a different note, most English speaking people will know that Australias "unofficial" National Anthem is Waltzing Matilda.

But how many know the true story behind the song?

Well here goes:-
"Once a jolly swagman(itinerant, hobo, tramp) camped by a billabong(bush pond)
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda,(Matilda=swag, bedroll) with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy(A metal container for boiling water etc) boiled:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Down came a jumbuck(Sheep) to drink at that billabong.
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker(tucker=food) bag:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Up rode the squatter (land owner), mounted on his thoroughbred.
Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.
"Whose is that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
"You'll never take me alive!" said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

So, we have an itinerant who steals a sheep and puts it in his food bag. When approached by the land owner and the police, he commits suicide by jumping into a pond, and drowns.

It's not that I was born in Ireland,
It's the Ireland that was born in me.
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