Sunday, January 26, 2020

Australia Day

Mucked that up didn't I. I thought Monday was Australia Day, not today, so two posts today and probably nothing tomorrow.

Our Aboriginal citizens who know Australia as Invasion Day have my sympathy. I have no strong feelings about the date, so if it would appease them, then let it be another day. Celebrating what was the establishment of a penal colony doesn't do much for me either.

Happy Australia Day to the rest of us with us having a not so bad country, even though we seem in crisis at the moment.

Happy Republic Day to India.


Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the rat. Photos are of department store David Jones window display.  I thought it was Year of the Rat myself, rather than rodent.



This is the Australian flag. Let's pull it apart, although not literally. Desecration of our flag is verboten. Top left we have the flag of Great Britain, the Union Jack, reflecting white Australia's early origins and heritage. The red vertical and horizontal cross represents the patron saint of England, St George. The diagonal red cross represents the cross of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. The diagonal white cross represents the cross of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland and the patron saint of Wales St David is represented by.....well, he isn't. Later edit: Marie, aka Fun60, of London corrects me in a comment below. 

The helpful information below the Australian flag explain what the stars are about. I think the seventh point to represent the territories was a later addition. 

47 comments:

  1. I'm going to have a whinge...I'm sick of all the whingeing that goes on these days!!!!

    I'm sick of all the whingeing that goes on about Australia Day, 26th January...

    If this country hadn't been settled by the British...it would have been settled by another. And then, the whingers would probably definitely had something to whinge about!

    Get over it! Celebrate who we are...Aussies, one and all....whether you're black, brown, white, red, yellow, brindle, freckled, sun-burnt, blue, dusty, or clean...

    Enjoy your Australia Day weekend to the utmost! Fair diinkum, youse all...be happy; be positive...shut down nasty negativity! Toodle-oo!

    There...I've joined the whingers because I'm sick to death of all the negativity that abounds these days!

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    1. Lee, I think we had the same bash against other last Australia Day. We'll agree to disagree.

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    2. It proves you've not learned much in the intervening 12 months then, Andrew! :)

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  2. I would be happy to move it to another day. A day we could all celebrate. Wattle Day sounds good to me.

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    1. EC, Wattle Day sounds great to me.

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  3. Personally it's Australia Day today and no other day.
    Let those who don't like it - suck it up Princess's.

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    1. Margaret, I don't understand the passion for Australia to be on this day, but I do understand why some don't want it changed.

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  4. Where do you get rodent from? Does the sign in the window say year of the golden rodent? it definitely is Rat though and my first hubby was born in the year of the rat, and rat he turned out to be.
    What or who does the horizontal/vertical white cross represent?

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    1. River, yes, that is what it says inside, year of rodent. I think the white cross you mention is just framing for the cross of St George.

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  5. And further to my previous comment...there is a wonderful story in the "QWeekend" magazine which is part of Saturday's (yesterday's) "Courier Mail"...the story - "The old man and the seafarer" (sic) is written by Peter Michael, with photos by, Marc McCormack...about Cook and his crew and their damaged ship limping into what is now known as "Cooktown"....it is a wonderful story to read. If you can find it somewhere...it is worth your wile reading it....

    Also Peta Credlin's opinion piece in today's "Sunday Mail" and "Daily Telegraph"...Quote - "No debate — January 26 the perfect day to celebrate....
    Peta Credlin The annual outcry over Australia Day may have been muted by the bushfires this year, but the reasons why we should celebrate January 26 are as strong as ever, writes Peta Credlin...." Credlin's article is worth reading...and makes sense.

    I agree with Margaret-whiteangel's comment above.

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    1. Lee, the first sounds very interesting. I do like to read Credlin's mostly nonsense writing.

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  6. This princess would rather find a day that we can all celebrate, a day which doesn't upset our first peoples. And, not being a subscriber, I can't read Peta Credlin's articles.

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    1. EC, I don't get the attachment to the 25th. Why not move it and make in inclusive.

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    2. You obviously don't have an attachment, Andrew.

      Australia Day is the 26th January, not the 25th! At one point you thought it was Monday...27th!

      A real example of..."not knowing what day it is"....

      (Any of that Scotch left in the bottle?) :)

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    3. Yeah, that one. That day. Alas the Scotch ran out on Saturday night, the 25th?

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  7. Back in GB they celebrate St Patrick's Day, St David's Day, and St Andrew's Day; St Patrick's being the most fervent. However no-one celebrates St George's Day; certain things are simply taken for granted.

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    1. Cro, but still, there is no end of celebrations of being English.

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  8. Americans have a similar issue with Columbus Day, he being the one who led the way to the decimation of the native populations, among other things. Familiar story, eh? If I'm not mistaken, Columbus was an Italian sailing for the Spanish. Got his foot in the door before the English.

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    1. Not something I was aware of Walt. Thanks. The legacy of Columbus had not been forgotten.

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  9. Tricky problem, the Commonwealth star on the Australian flag!! Our flag's original design was chosen in 1901 immediately after Federation, including those states that joined (eg W.A) and excluding those potential states that decided to stay out (eg New Zealand).

    But the Feds had no idea which Territories would be included in the future eg Australian Capital Territory (ACT) separated from NSW in 1911, as did the Northern Territory which separated from South Australia in 1911. And who knows when other territories will be created in the future?

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    1. Hels, trust you to be so knowledgeable. We have so many territories already but I can't see any more being created.

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    2. There were many other states and territories that were proposed over the years eg Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Hutt River, Pilbara-Kimberley etc. I assume they were seriously contenders at the time.

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    3. I'd exclude Hutt River. That was never going to happen. I think PNG might be a whole lot better off if it was our territory, one of the few mistakes God Gough made.

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  10. I think you are right with the invasion day ! and the poor Chinese had to cancel all festivities due to this new virus ! For once not an animal !

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    1. Gattina while I don't understand your animal reference, it must be so sad for Chinese who delight in travelling to see families for CMY.

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    2. A virus that WASN'T started by an animal or bird, eg: bird flu.

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  11. Happy Australia Day and Happy Chinese Lunar Year. I appear to be a Rat in the Chinese horoscope, so hopefully it will be a fabulous year for me, lol.

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  12. Yup I'm definitely a 'change the day' supporter, see post tomorrow.. and yes I am a bit of a princess 😄 😄

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  13. We had a distant cousin visiting from London one summer, on the American independence day, he wished us all a happy treason day. I am not sure what the year of the rat will bring, but happy one.

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    1. Travel, that's funny and a new one to me.

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  14. Hurrah for the not-so-bad countries of the world. I seem to be still living in one, but things could go either way I suppose.

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    1. Cynthia, we need to do more to protect what we have and learn to share it more.

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  15. They should change the day so we can all celebrate. Notice how low key and almost non existent Australia Day has got now.

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    1. Jennede, it was quite low key. I didn't see one car with our flag draped to it or stuck somewhere. I think our mood for nationalism is a bit subdued at the moment.

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  16. Happy Australia Day! Hubby has been watching the Australian Open on TV and enjoying it.

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    1. Gigi, Melbourne has the most wonderful atmosphere when the tennis is on. I'm pleased he is enjoying it.

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  17. I think that those who don't understand the indigenous viewpoint (in any country) don't have much imagination. If they could only put themselves in the indigeneous person's shoes for awhile ...

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    1. Jenny, quite so. Walk a mile in my shoes. While I am a comfortable, middle aged white male, I am gay, and I have had a tiny smattering of knowing what it is like to be a minority.

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  18. Don't think you have got it quite right for the union jack : The flag consists of three heraldic crosses.

    The cross of St George, patron saint of England since the 1270's, is a red cross on a white ground. After James I succeeded to the throne, it was combined with the cross of St Andrew in 1606.

    The cross saltire of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is a diagonal white cross on a blue ground.

    The cross saltire of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground.

    This was combined with the previous Union Flag of St George and St Andrew, after the Act of Union of Ireland with England (and Wales) and Scotland on 1 January 1801, to create the Union Flag that has been flown ever since.
    (Copied from the internet)

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    1. Thanks Marie. I've made a slight edit. I did read about the saltire of St Andrew but I had no idea what a saltire is and so I doubted too many others would either.

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  19. This flag adoration bothers me a lot. We have our indigenous people here too and celebrate Canada Day on July 1 but we try to be inclusive of our First Nations. Not always succeeding.

    The one that bother me the most is St. Patrick's Day which hauls out every trope, every stereotype in the book, drowing in green Chinese tat and criticism of me for not joining in all the paddywhackery (my word) going on everywhere.

    Glad to get that off my chest on Australia Day - not forgetting all those Irish "felons" sent your way for stealing bread to feed their starving children.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, a few years ago we were in Whistler for Canada Day. It was great fun and seemed quite inclusive, as much as a tourist town can be. I think here we should call St Patrick's Day, Backpacker's Day.

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  20. Here in the US we have Columbus Day, which really no one but government employees celebrates (they get it off). And then Independence Day, aka, The 4th of July, which is a bit of a bigger deal (though our indigenous don't have much of a reason to celebrate either.)

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    1. Kirk, travelling in Vietnam in the company of two American women during a train journey, we made great plans to celebrate Independence Day, with lots of snacks and drinks bought. But it was just too hot and humid on the non air con train. At least Independence Day celebrates getting rid of colonial masters. We still have our colonial masters.

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