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a friend sent me this article - "Jesus might have been the son of God but he was also a top bloke who threw ripper barbies, according to a version of the Bible released Thursday that translates the Christian holy book into Australian slang. In the Aussie Bible the Virgin Mary is "a pretty special sheila" who gets knocked up with the Big Boss' son wraps him in a bunny rug and tucks him up in a feed trough in the back shed because the local pub is full to bursting. Learn about Moses and the exodus Author Kel Richards said the 90-page book was a light-hearted way of introducing the Bible to ordinary people who might be put off by the traditional version's language. "It is written using the Australian vernacular and as if the events had actually happened in Australia," he said. Richards started the project after reading about a London teacher who translated the Bible into cockney rhyming slang for his students. Instead of the Bible's traditional opening of "in the beginning..." Richards opens his book with the informal Australian greeting of "G'day." He describes how the drovers (shepherds) "shot through like a Toorak tram" to Bethlehem. Cocky leader Herod was "as jumpy as a wallaby on hot rocks", so he gathered together a bunch of smart blokes with "more degrees than a thermometer." The three wise guys "bowed and scraped and gave Jesus some terrific pressies ? gold and frankincense and myrrh (strange pressies for a baby but better than a hankie or a pair of socks)." The book has been given church backing, with Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen attending the launch in Sydney. Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson also lent his support, sending a message to the launch."