I know how your dirty minds work. I know you've gone straight to that water sports place.
Get out of the gutter for five minutes and cool yourself down in the freezer.
A Golden Gaytime is not something you need plastic sheets for, but rather one of the classic ice creams on a stick that you can buy in Oz. It's been around forever and, if I'm every going to have an honesty moment this is it... they're impossible to resist, but less messy than the name suggests.
Where other staples of Australian cuisine have fallen by the wayside, Gaytimes continue to satisfy people. I mean, it's seriously delicious stuff that is so good that it resisted a push to rename it to something more politically correct. I don't know about you, but I don't need political correctness on a stick.
But although this little ice cream on a stick has been impressing people since its inception in the late 1950s, you've never been able to buy it in a tub. Which really sucks you know because
sometimes you just need more than what's something on a stick to get you through those hot, sweaty moments. So enter the Goldengaytimeicecreamtubproject on social media: spearheaded by Jesse James Mcelroy and Ellen Fraser. These Gaytime lovers (it's now called a Golden Gaytime but when I was growing up it was just one word thing: like Cher or Goopy) wanted to live in a world where they could go to a supermarket fridge and pick up a tub of the goodness, take it home and project all of their emotions onto something creamy and satisfying. You think that sounds selfish and self centred? Well, it could be, but it turns out a lot of other Australians wanted that opportunity too! So while other countries were being torn apart by debates about flags, Aussies were actually being brought together by a cultural icon. And the news? After months of social network hype and lobbying: 1.5 litre tubs are starting to hit supermarkets this week.
So, Summer in Oz this year is just going to be that much better (and stickier). And as Summer is also the time of the year where Australia Day honours are passed down, all I can say is that Jesse and Ellen better be honoured, because they have seriously contributed more to Australian society than anyone else has this year, and it's only August. Unless someone finds a way of making all the sharks and crocodiles disappear from Australian waters in the next four months, I'm calling it: this year there's going to be a tie for Australian of the Year.