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It's just something about Australia.. by ev on 9 May 2007 12:59am
 
Something that is often very clear living in a foreign country is the almost universal admiration people have for Australia. Being an Australian I find this uncomfortable sometimes but nonetheless moving. At first most presume I am British, and the reception is often so-so.. but when Australia is mentioned, eyes light up and conversation turns to an almost magical land where the weather is apparently always warm and good, and where everyone is taking it easy.. I guess they don't realise that Sydney is full of pricks, Melbourne has crap weather, and that the rest of the country is heaving with flies and ants..

I found a very unique website about Australia that is well worth a browse.. it's called 'Convict Creations'..:

http://www.convictcreations.com/index.htm
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by ev on 9 May 2007 1:04am
 
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Re: It's just something about Australia.. by ev on 9 May 2007 1:22am
 
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Re: It's just something about Australia.. by tucsonmike on 9 May 2007 2:36am
 
Well I will see what happens when I go in 2010. I know nothing about Australia. Seems like a very interesting place.
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by ev on 9 May 2007 2:51am
 
I will resist the temptation of trying to tell you all about it..
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by Miss-M on 10 May 2007 6:40am
 
Of course it's interesting Mike. I live here! ;)
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by tucsonmike on 10 May 2007 6:50am
 
LOL! Missy.

Actually, someone who was my babysitter emigrated to Australia. She lives somewhere in a rural area in New South Wales.

I only know of one negative story of an American visiting. A friend of my parents went there for a meeting 35 years ago. He hated it. He was married to a Filipina. He said people called them names in the street.
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by Miss-M on 10 May 2007 7:13am
 
Times have changed since then Mike. It's quite common for Australian men to have Filipino wives these days. My neighbour and a work colleague are both married to Filipino women. I think I'd like to import a husband from the United Kingdom...
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by johnnythemonkey on 10 May 2007 7:35am
 
....even a multiple bigamist, Missy ?
Ev, are you the sole disenchanted Australian ? When I was there,the propaganda had everyone believing they lived in paradise. Everyone I met was asking me if I wanted to move there and telling me how dreadful the U.K seemed.This was 1981. They seemed to think we were all living in poverty, ignoring the fact I was there for a six week holiday while they all worked two jobs and never had a holiday.
 
Re: It's just something about Australia.. by kazzzz on 10 May 2007 9:56am
 
Truth is this is a rather racist bigotted country with a lot of people having little tolerance for people from other countries, despite the fact that most of the population has overseas roots and background anyway. If you mention this it's " No, I'm Orstrayan". Yeash wotever. The attitude is fit in or piss off. I lost a friend recently for saying this ( he's a male Australian so who cares) I am quite often seen as an outsider because I have spent so much time in the UK and my other 'alf is English. Inetgration here is not common. So much for paradise hmmm. I know people from various countries are subjected to stereotyping everywhere but I think the problem is much worse here.

In saying that, Missy and I are quite fab and embrace you all...except the Scottish ;)

1981 Johnny? Do you have any up to date experiences?
 
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