Friday, June 4, 2010

Outback Australians face 400 mile round trip to closest pub

This is some of the saddest news I've read in a long time.

Last weekend, The Ironclad Hotel, the only pub in Marble Bar, Western Australia, closed its doors for good. The town, with a population of just 300, is barely a dot on the map of the vast Pilbara region, and has no dedicated off-licence. Supermarkets in Australia are not allowed to sell liquor.

Temperatures in the town regularly top 113F and the average maximum temperature exceeds normal human body temperature for six months of the year.

So thirsty residents in search of a "tinnie", or cold beer, were forced to drive more than an hour by car to Nullagine. But now that pub is running low on supplies.

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There's more, but you'll have to read it at The Telegraph. Thanks to for the link.

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