Product: Camping
replacement corks and string for australian type hats   (+4, -1)  [vote for, against]
you can’t get them anywhere!

looking forward to that trip out in the outback? hat looking a bit mangy? corks fallen off?

no time to drink the wine and thread them yourself? it’s a dying art I tell you - threading them corks. why, oh why, cannot you buy replacement corks with string?

there’s definitely a forgotten nook in the marketplace here for some entrepreneur
-- po, Dec 18 2004

(?) Cheap pommy imitation
[marked-for-expiry] e-bay junk [ConsulFlaminicus, Dec 18 2004]

Travelling to the outback?

Your hat must not lack.

With thread and needle

you could string corks, indeedle,

but spare your thumb

call the Corkeran Museum

Our corks are strung best

In the east or the west.
-- dentworth, Dec 18 2004

trying to find a rhyme for 'down under'...not thunder, it's been done to death.

waltz matilda down under

and don't make a blunder

pretty lame, think I'll go get sommore coffee [po]
-- dentworth, Dec 18 2004

Another antipodean business opportunity for Richard Branson?....Virgin Corks....
-- ConsulFlaminicus, Dec 18 2004

[dent] chunder, plunder, asunder, dunder...
-- ConsulFlaminicus, Dec 18 2004

wattle you pommy bastards think of next
-- benfrost, Dec 18 2004

At the risk of sounding terribly provincial (which, not altogether strangely, comes quite naturally to me), what IS the purpose of that hat? [see CF's link] I cannot imagine the antipodean thought process which defined this particular "cork hat" as either stylish or practical.

It's enough to make one wonder if somehow Argentinian gauchos and aboriginal Australians and eccentric Californian beekeepers were somehow cross-channeling chapeau thoughts when they were interrupted by massive El Nino electric storms.
-- jurist, Dec 19 2004

it's the guinness thing that cracks me up!
-- po, Dec 19 2004

[jurist], An Australian Bridal Veil?
-- Ling, Dec 19 2004

Heh!, [Ling]. Not much mystery to be found in those gaps, but a romantic notion nonetheless.
-- jurist, Dec 19 2004

[jurist] These hats are absolutely unknown in the modern era - if you saw someone wearing one now...well as [UB] said, it would be a Japanese tourist or some pommy with sunstroke.

As to their purpose - the animated cork veil was simply to keep the flies out. We live on the driest continent on Earth, there aren't many of us humans, but there are about about 400 million large mammals and reptiles, which means we have mountains of dung everywhere and the fly population to match. Because it is so dry, the flies are usually desperate for moisture, so they are very persistent in trying to get into the corners of your eyes, into your mouth and up your nose. This is fine if they have been eating koala shit, because of the nice eucalyptus smell, but not so nice if they are straight off a python's half digested rat bolus.
-- ConsulFlaminicus, Dec 19 2004

So I was sorta right...We blame it on the gauchos, beekeepers and aborigines, all of whom have questionable couturier skills.

Thanks [Consul], for the definitive explanation.
-- jurist, Dec 19 2004

fashions come and go in cycles and this one seems extremely sensible in the light of what CF says and so perhaps it's time to bring this hat back out of the closet.
-- po, Dec 19 2004

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