how dare they!!!
last update: tuesday, may 11, 2004. 8:31am (aest)
australians incensed by british boomerang claim
a british children's author is claiming the boomerang, an iconic symbol of australian heritage, was in fact invented in britain.
terry deary says he was out jogging in the ilkley moors near west yorkshire, when he passed the famous swastika stone, an ancient carving on a rock which looks like a curvy swastika.
experts say the bronze-age image, dating from around 3,000 to 4,000 bc, is a sun or fire worship symbol.
but mr deary is going all out by suggesting that it is, in fact, a depiction of a quadrangular boomerang.
however, a member of britain's australian community described the claim as absolute rubbish.
"next the british will be claiming they invented fosters beer," he said.