Monday, October 15, 2012

She doesn't look Jewish at all

That is a line from one of my favourite tracks from the movie Cabaret, if you didn't know. While not my favourite movie, it is well up there and it is one I have seen more than any other.

Our family is diversifying, as are many in Australia. Not only has Non Make Up Niece a partner who was born on a South Pacific Island, now Dreaded Nephew has a Jewish girlfriend, well, he has for some time.

Mixing genes is such a good thing. There should be more of it.

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  1. I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen it!

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    1. So you should be Kath. I think Sapphire is old enough. Get it and make it a family evening viewing.

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  2. ah! The Melting Pot is happening. Remember the song? Turning out coffee coloured people.

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    1. River, damn. I wanted slip in coffee coloured people, but I forgot. Coffee coloured people by the score.

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  3. Ah, the ever-so-androgynous Mr York! Be still, my beating heart ...

    It's FAAAABULOUS that being Australian is full of so many different possibilities!

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    1. Red, wasn't he so luscious. His 'friend' wasn't half bad either.

      Our family has always been so mono culture, yet this next generation is not being so. They have no knowledge of catholic v proddys, black or white, jewish or gentile... whatever. While I am twisted by old prejudices I was brought up with, they just don't see them. Sis in Law, their mother, may not have taught them how to keep a house clean, but she taught them love.

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  4. Dipping into a new gene pool is essential for every family. Otherwise the second generation of Australian-born children will be marrying their cousins.

    My family is Russian, Joe is Czech, my sons married into families from Egypt and Syria, and my brothers married a Pole and Hungarian. Joe's brother married an Israeli and his sister married a German.

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  5. Extraordinary Hels. You have been well and truly trumped me.

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  6. It is good to see Australia becoming a melting pot. When I started teaching in an outer Brisbane suburb in1990 there was a handful of coffee colored kids. Today there is a handful of white kids. I was born in England, TOH was born in Switzerland, our girls were born in Australia and one of our grandsons was born in USA but we all have Australian passports.

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    1. Diane, haven't things changed so much. There was one German student and one Greek student in my secondary school.

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  7. Dina [That weird American] shocked me when she pointed out that, in Australia, first cousins are allowed to marry [each other]. It explained a lot, and I can only agree that the approach favoured by the house of Windsor may not be a good thing.

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    1. FC, I have heard the stats and my understanding matches Dina's.

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  8. gosh Fruitcake is it? Might be legal to marry, but not genetically sensible to reproduce..
    The Sun had a photo last week of the record 24 babies born in one day at Monash Medical, and only one of them was a paleface.
    'Cabaret' was the adapted novel "I am a camera'.
    One of my favourite movie lines is from Bulworth about a US Presidential election candidate who decides to only speak the truth (it's funny) and in a speech he say "we just have to keep fucking till we're all the same colour".

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    1. Ann, go to Frankston Public. Still plenty of white faces there. Not a bad movie line.

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  9. I totally agree about mixing genes.

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  10. Ann

    From what I remember reading, the birth defect risk of first cousins marrying was about equal to mothers giving birth after the age of 41.

    Both paths are probably not the best to go down; but I'm guessing more people are going to frown more upon the cousin thing.

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    1. Yes Dina. And the defects are usually of a very minor nature. Perhaps not preferable, but ought not be prohibited.

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  11. Mixing genes could just be a solution to a lot of our societal ills.
    My parents met because they had the same last name and lived in the same rural area. Such a sad gene pool we have. :)

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    1. Yet Rubye, you turned out amazingly well! I guess same area and same name, there had to be a connection.

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  12. My maternal grandmother married her first cousin. Both were teenagers. Explains a lot about me?

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    1. Victor, no doubt the reason you are gay.

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