LOB011: Matilda’s Wedding

It happens to the best of us. You’re on your way to your wedding anniversary, gift in hand and then you realise. “OMG I live in a Australia so how can I be sure that I got the right gift?” In this episode of Lost Out Back, Kev and John tackle this important issue by delivering to the world the definitive Aussie Wedding Anniversary list.

Also, Waltzing Matilda is a Classic Aussie bush ballad. But its lyrics have befuddled the world. Its true meaning is hidden behind a mask that is more complex than the DaVinci code. This week Kev and John smash it open.

See: Traditional and Modern anniversary gifts

LOB010: Beers of Australia

Travel from state to state in Australia, and one of the first things you’ll notice is how the local beer changes… or doesn’t change, as the case may be. This episode, John and Kev find out whether any of the local favourites of Australia’s various states actually stand out from the crowd.

Beers of AustraliaHappily, this also meant drinking a lot of beer.

Beers tested:

  • Cascade Pale Ale
  • Coopers Red
    (South Australia)
  • Foster’s Blue
    (nobody drinks this)
  • Tooheys Extra Dry
    (New South Wales)
  • Victoria Bitter
  • XXXX Gold

Listen in for the results!

Also mentioned:

LOB009: Soccer, The Ukrainian & Rum

It’s a big week folks. Australia is in the World Cup and we have a fan in the Ukraine. In this week’s huge episode Kev and John talk about:

  • The Socceroos making it into the World Cup 2006.
  • The massive impact LOB has had in the Ukraine. (Go Ruslana.)
  • The return of Dinkum Aussie History: The Rum Rebellion

‘Told you it was huge.

LOB008: Bart vs Australia Commentary

Bart vs Australia episode highlightsIn this special episode, John and Kev sit down to watch Bart vs Australia (The Simpsons season 6, episode 16) and discuss every bit of Australian trivia—both fact and fiction—to be found in the episode.

If you happen to have the episode on DVD, put it on while you listen to the podcast! If not, just listen along—we describe most of what we’re seeing as we go.

Special thanks to The Simpsons Archive, and James A. Cherry, whose episode summary was instrumental in compiling our list of minutiae.

For the full story on the fall of Skylab, see The Day the Sky(lab) Fell (Wired News).

LOB007: Maps, Bread & Milk

It’s another huge episode folks, heck it’s almost as big as this big brown land we call home.
In this episode:

  • Kev get excited about Google Maps, mapping Australia
  • John tells you all you need to know to survive in the desert
  • Talk’n ‘Stralian: John teaches Kev how to buy bread and milk with an Aussie accent.

LOB006: Toast & Vegemite

Vegemite JarVegemite. The iconic Australian salty spread. Listen in as Kev tries it for the first time.

In this episode:

  • the sordid history of Vegemite
  • John sings the jingle under protest
  • the (after)taste test


Photo credit: Stuart Hamilton.


April 25th is ANZAC day in Australia, so Kev thought that he’d tell John all about this important Australian holiday.

  • Background and histroy
  • Funny observations
  • Learn to play “Two Up” (and play along!)

So listen in and “come in spinner!”

LOB004: William’s Diesel Bra

Welcome to episode four. This week John and Kevin have got even more amazing stories from Down Under.

  • Kevin goes Bra Shopping
  • John gets High on Diesel
  • Dinkum Aussie History: William Buckley

Where do they get them all from?

Duration: 30:58

LOB003: Footy & Moonlite

It’s episode three, this week with 90% fewer Australian accent attempts by Kev. My ego can only take so much bashing, people! To make up for it, we have the triumphant return of Dinkum Aussie History.

  • All about AFL/Aussie Rules/Footy
  • Dinkum Aussie History: Captain Moonlite

Duration: 29:39

Kev’s Possum Photo

As promised in LOB002, here’s the photo I took of a possum on the way home one night.

Kev's possum photo