Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Merry Oz Day

I sit here at my Chinese made keyboard, looking at my Korean made monitor, sipping my coffee made by a Swiss company but hey, at least the chair I sitting on is Aussie made and the carpet it sits on is from NZ where a few lambs and nylons were shorn to weave it.

Where was I. Ah yes, what does it mean to be Australian? The above probably sums up what we now are. A bit of everything from everywhere. One admirable quality that I think Australia has, is the way we pick up bits and pieces of culture from everywhere. We aren't like Americans and we aren't like English and although in we take a lot of their culture, we also reject much of their culture. We fill the gaps with other culture from around the world but still respect our own constantly evolving culture. I use culture in a very wide sense.

For all the wrongs in our country that we should never be complacent about, it is not such a bad place.

How about a tune? This is not so relevant if you don't live in Queensland overlooking a cane field but it is very Australian.


  1. Enjoyed the tune, haven't heard it for ages.
    Off to uTube Great Southern Land by Icehouse/Iva Davies ;)

  2. Thanks for the song...had never seen it performed before

  3. Great minds think alike Andrew... haha, I put that you tube clip up also. I guess I could have put up a clip of John Williamson..my favourite song of his is "Better than a Picture". That is such a gorgeous song and depicts Australia as it is.

  4. Another one I like Jayne.

    Me either MC. I guess it is the original clip.

    Really Cazzie? Just off to check in a minute.

  5. Anonymous9:40 pm

    Fuck nationalism, and patriotism - usually an excuse for a war (along with xenophobia) - anyone tried buying a flag/whatever that wasn't made in China? - and thought of the irony. Its turned into another Consumer Festival...and the Great Unwashed fall for it.....

  6. I think ALL (or at least most) countries are a little bit of something from everywhere.

    As for what Anonymous says: I don't think patriotism has to be violent, loud, xenophobic, commercial, and obnoxious.

    It can be simple quiet reflection and appreciation. I don't see anything wrong with that. And it looks to me that this is what you've done. So kudos to you.

  7. Agree Michael, but we are of a certain age.

    Yes Dina, most would be really. Successfully absorbing other cultures is our specialty, or so our politicians and big business tell us.


Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people? - Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.