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Here I go again being unpatriotic. by kazzzz on 25 January 2010 10:31am
 
Well tomorrow is Australia Day. The day the British arrived in the First Fleet, stuck a flag in the ground and claimed Birtish sovereignty.
I have very mixed feelings about the whole thing.
MOST people here don't even know what it commemorates (lots of polls have shown this, for years) and all just go to BBQs and drink and have a day off. The indigenous community refer to it as Invasion Day, and they have a good point, they basically see it as the day they lost their land. Hard to argue, what with the stolen generation and so forth. Things aren't quite like that NOW but they certainly were, and that's the time we are commemorating.
Notable Australians are recognised , and the Australian of the Year is announced, and it's almost always a cricket player or someone equally as undeserving.
This year was a good choice, Professor Patrick McGorry took the honours, he's a leading mental health expert, working mainly with teens for the past 30 odd years. So I'm happy with that choice. For the first time in living memory the final nominees weren't sportsmen and entertainers. Someone's sat up and taken notice, finally.
Anyway, hope those celebrating have a good time. I don't bother really, based on the fact that most people just treat is as yet another chance to get drunk.

Tonight on the news it was announced that an estimated 1/4 of a million people didn't turn up at work today just to make it a nice long 4 day weekend, which clearly shows that the actual DAY means nothing to a lot of people.
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by ev on 25 January 2010 12:22pm
 
Actually Kazz, Captain Cook declared the whole east coast to be British in 1770.

Where's the pedantic twat thread when you need it.. :)

Another interesting point is that it wasn't even officially called 'Australia' until the states federated in 1901. Until then each colony was separate under the British Crown.
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by kazzzz on 25 January 2010 12:44pm
 
*cracks a coldie*
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by Loretto on 25 January 2010 1:03pm
 
Now I am confused, should I commiserate or congratulate? Anyhow, enjoy the day off.
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by suzulu on 25 January 2010 1:13pm
 
Well, the British have a lot to answer for. So have several other European countries.
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by kazzzz on 25 January 2010 1:16pm
 
Neither Loretto, I just ignore it!
Agreed, Sue.
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by Loretto on 25 January 2010 1:56pm
 
Don't blame the Irish suzulu, :-) we didn't go willingly in the early years!
 
Re: Here I go again being unpatriotic. by George on 26 January 2010 1:21am
 
"... go to BBQ's and drink and have a day off." Sounds like 4th of July or any other American holiday. We just had Martin Luther King Day. Most of the younger generation can't tell you much at all about him.
 



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