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Posted By: Bruce Gibbins
Posted On: Friday September 11, 2020 at 8:41 PM
You're all good with me, Joop mate. NZ was named after the Dutch province of the same name.
Bruce was a ubiquitous name in both Australia and New Zealand especially in the immediate post WW2 era. So naming a shark Bruce is not surprising.
Although there is certainly deep sporting rivalry between our two countries we mainly get along for the most part anyway.
Australia is our nearest neighbor - about a three and a half our flight away, otherwise we are surrounded by a massive moat that is the Pacific ocean, the Southern Ocean and the Tasman Sea.

Our soldier's have fought alongside each other in two world wars, Korea and to my everlasting shame, Vietnam. Both our countries ship off our soldiers in continuation of both AU & NZ support of US military objectives.

As a New Zealander and because our accents are, to foreign ears similar to each other, I am used to people asking which of the two Antipodean country's I hail from and I am proud to tell them where.
I often make the same mistake when I hear a North American accent and ask if that person is either Canadian or American.

It's all good we are all friends anyhow.

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Message thread:

I am so sorry, Bruce, and I hope I won't offend you, but whenever I read your name by Joop Gisbers #50261
I don't know which Bruce you are talking to but my youngest daughter is a marine biologist by Bruce Parsons #50261.1
A formidable woman! You raised her right! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #50261.1.1Moderator
Joop,by the power of suggestion......you have now proclaimed "Bruce" to be sharkish :-D by John Barry #50261.2
Hey Joop....I'd go with Mr. Parsons, not our Kiwi Bruce. The shark is by Jack Dodds #50261.3
based on the premise that arguing with Jack Dodds is more fun than agreeing with him .... by John Barry #50261.3.1
Holy heck John, a flying Shark with Goldfish back up. - hellzapoppin! (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #50261.3.1.1
John B. I think you and I need to confine our hemispherical comments to MOPAR. :-) (EOM) by Jack Dodds #50261.3.1.2
LOL =) (EOM) by John Barry #50261.
You're all good with me, Joop mate. NZ was named after the Dutch province of the same name. by Bruce Gibbins #50261.4
Bruce G. IMO only you can accurately judge whether the great mammal by Jack Dodds #50261.4.1
dont let this influence you Bruce....but I`ve got 5 quid riding on your answer (EOM) by John Barry #50261.4.1.1
Quid schmidt....Bruce....a bottle of Canadian Club.....think Kiwi....no pressure. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #50261.
...and a pack of Rothmans king size.....UR killing me....... (EOM) by Jack Dodds #50261.
BG...a final enticement....one flying shark ....WITH dorsal activated lasers (EOM) by John Barry #50261.
Bruce G,ever the cagey strategist,is playing his cards very close to the vest on this one (EOM) by John Barry #50261.
Bruce.....I'm throwing in a WWII Zippo lighter......final offer. Again, no pressure....friend. :-) (EOM) by Jack Dodds #50261.

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