Sydney Opera House
“Love this building, but Australian radio DJs have no sense of humour. I'll just leave”
The Sydney Opera House is an opera house in Sydney. It is located by Sydney Harbour - the harbour of Sydney - and close to Sydney Tower, which is a large tower in the same city. It is a relatively short distance from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, (which bridges Sydney Harbour), the Sydney Entertainment Centre, (which is a centre for entertaining activities, as opposed to opera) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (self explanatory).
So was everything in Sydney named by Captain Obvious?
I'm not sure what you mean. Things in Sydney are always given exciting and original names. Not like in Melbourne! They're always giving things boring names, like the Melbourne Cricket Grounds and the Melbourne Entertainment Centre. How uninspired is that?
I see. So this obviously is a more generalised Australian thing, then?
Nonsense! Australia is full of interestingly named things. They are all over the country, from the Great Sandy Desert to the Snowy Mountains; from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to the Perth Entertainment Centre; from Western Australia to South Australia; from the University of Tasmania to the University of Western Sydney; from the Scenic Railway to the Big Banana; from the Top End to the Great Australian Bight...
Wait! Those last two sound interesting! What are they?
The "Top End" is what we call the North of the country, you see, at the top end of the map; whereas the Great Australian Bight is that bit in the south that looks like a big bite mark on the map.
Or maybe not. What's this "Big Banana", then. A sex shop?
Don't be silly! It's in Coff's Harbour, a harbourside town named after Mr. Coff, and it's a building in the shape of a banana
Well you can walk in and buy bananas and banana based food items. And there's some sort of educational thing about bananas. And maybe a ride. And if you're not interested in going in, you can take funny pictures. Like if you can get the perspective right, you can make it look like you're trying to eat a building.
Okay. That's a little interesting, I guess.
Oh, it gets better. We also have a Big Pineapple.
Also A Big Lamb, Big Chicken, Big Cheese, Big Bull, Big Cod, Big Prawn, Big Mosquito, Big Spider, Big Sundial, Big Crab, Big Miner's Lamp, Big Cow, Big Golf Ball, Big Guitar, Big Wine Bottle, Big Mango, Big Marino, Big Whale, Big Kangaroo...
Okay, you can shut up now.
Sorry, I sometimes get carried away with all the interestingly named things that there are in Australia. Did you know that the word Australia comes from the Latin word for "south", because it is in the Southern Hemisphere?
This is getting painful. Let's go back to the Opera House.
Okay, what's the name of the opera house in Milan?
And what's the name of the opera house in London?
And New York?
The Sydney Opera House.
Now do you see what I'm getting at?
Uh... We should have called it the Big Australian Sydney Opera House?
Oh, so close. Let's try again. Name the cricket grounds in Mumbai, Johannesburg and London?
Gymkana, Old Wanderers and Lords.
And Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide?
The Brisbane Cricket Ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval.
Light dawning yet?
Uh, revenge is self-defeating?
Always be true to yourself, even if all of the popular girls...
...Something about man's inhumanity to man?
N... Actually, you know what? That's probably as close as you're ever going to get.
Great! So, what else can I tell you about the Big Australian Sydney Harbourside Opera House of Sydney-Style Opera?