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Old 21st Jan 2011, 22:39
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Jesus Slasher are you drinking water from the fountain of youth. All those years in Nam haven't aged you a bit. Although those sheilas you're with look a bit young for ya!
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 01:31
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Australians basically:

1. Anal retentive, as demonstrated by their traffic police. A few km/h over the limit makes you a major criminal and considerable effort is put into catching you.

2. Whingers, who do they think they are refering to poms as whingers ? NO OTHER race whines like the Aussies. Anything which disrupts their soft easy lives is taken out of all proportion. Remember the words "drama" "crisis" and "panic". These are applied to everything from a shortage of tomatoes onwards.

3. Direct, you never need to work out what an Australian is trying to say. They are not subtle.

4. Bureaucratic, about ten times the amount of government needed. Who on earth came up with a system that builds different gauge railway lines in the same country for no valid reason ? Only a few years ago different states change to daylight saving time on different dates, imagine the fun that caused.

5. Generally friendly and helpful especially in the countryside.

6. Relaxed and laid back.

7. Good friends who stick by you.

8. Would be one of the best countries to live in if it wasn't for the insane tax rates caused by having Scandanavian level welfare and too much government.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 02:02
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1. Anal retentive, as demonstrated by their traffic police. A few km/h over the limit makes you a major criminal
Was ticketed for doing 74 mph over Sydney Harbour Bridge on bike with rated top speed of 59. I was doing 74 or so. Still haven't paid that ticket.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 02:24
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Had an Irish mate who lived in Oz for a few years. He made an observation about our police forces that was a revelation to me, for it was so true, but I'd been too close to it to see it (and, of course, had grown up with it so couldn't see it).

"You don't have police forces in Australia. They're more like prison guards."

Have to admit that I think he was spot on.

I also agree with Metro Man's early assessments. We must be the most over-governed, over-bureaucratized (and close to the most over-taxed) people in this world, and the only country I can think of where the bureaucrats are worse is Canada, and that says a lot, because both countries' systems came from the same place and were initially staffed by the same kind of people.

We might have been a little luckier than the Canucks, for we got a good swathe of rebellious Irishmen to leaven the loaf of puritanical Scots Presbyterian wowsers who came here where the severe Scots seemed to predominate in Canada (and still seem to in their government departments).
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 05:49
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RJM and Post 15

RJM, you state that your location is Australia. However you have got the fourth line of Dorothea Mackellars poem wrong
The correct line reads, "Of RAGGED mountain ranges"
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 12:02
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Interesting debate about 'Australia Day'. I think the biggest issue this yaer is that it occurs on Wednesday, so there is no natural long-weekend we can make of it. Like all "National" days around the world, some take it easy, some take it too far, and many just take the day off because the can.

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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 13:55
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“G’day, sport”. = abuse?
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 14:01
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I must say, last night a passenger caught sight of me as he was getting off the plane and said: "Thanks Skip"

Bloody insult to a Melbournite! Perhaps I can have a huge compo claim and free holiday as well?


Explanation for those who need it: "Skip", or "Skippy" is a mildly derogatory term for a white Australian in Melbourne, from the television show - "Skippy the bush kangaroo", where every actor was whiter than white...
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 14:33
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It starts when...

....you get off the plane. As you walk in through the labrynth there are signs warning of dire consequences for all sorts of things, food, fruit, wood etc, "you can be fined under ordinance no XX" eventually you get out and get your hire car and along the road sides there are more signs warning of fines for this and fines for that and "Don't drive tired - take a power nap NOW!" Really? Now? At the wheel??
I failed to see at any point in the arrival process any sign saying "Welcome to OZ mate! Have a good trip"
As it happened, I did have a good trip, but there is definitely an ambience of menacing officialdom in the arriving in Australia experience.
And the refuelling stop in Sydney on the way to NZ &*^%$£". Get off a/c with all your gear get directed to the end of the queue of your fellow pax spend an hour shuffling through the duty free area to go to ? SECURITY!! Where they take away the bottle of water you bought whilst in the queue and shuffle all the way back to the gate you emerged from an hour ago!! Lots of deep breathing and karmic thoughts needed
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 14:43
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It starts when...
....you get off the plane.
I never had that problem but maybe times have a-changed. When I arrived in Perth (May 2000) I was greeted with a "Welcome to Australia Sir" by the immigration guy.

Didn't really notice any "offensive" road signs either.

But it was ten years ago so maybe things are different now...perhaps for good reason.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 16:58
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Direct, you never need to work out what an Australian is trying to say. They are not subtle.
That's one reason I've always enjoyed the company of those from Skippyland

Generally friendly and helpful especially in the countryside.
See above

Relaxed and laid back.
Not as much as the Oirish I know, but see above

Good friends who stick by you.
No question about that, and see......... Yeah, you guessed it


Met some from "down there" who have been absolute <expletives deleted> but have had the pleasure of knowing, and working with, FAR more who had the "D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F" attitude which is something I share. It was always a pleasure, shall we say.

And Aussies gave us Kevin "Bloody" Wilson so there's no way they can be bad people
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 17:14
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One has fond memories of Oz built up over something lke 10 visits there overs the years. Some when I was in the RAF but most when I go there gliding.

Have a very fond memory of a day's gliding when I was running out of lift somewhere near Albury and spotted a nice paddock with an airstrip. Perfect place for a landout.

And so I did.

This was in the era before mobile phones, so one ambled up to the nearby, rather grand, farmhouse and knocked on the door.

Duly answered by a lovely young thing in her early twenties.

Explained my predicament and asked if I could use phone to call my retrieve crew.

'Sure,' she replied. 'No worries. But my parents are in Melbourne for the weekend.'


Very welcoming and hospitable folks as has been said before.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 17:28
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 17:33
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 17:38
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Say what you like about the Aussies, but they are great in a scrap

Second SAS Afghan Victoria Cross for heroic charge | The Australian

thread just started on Military Aircrew.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 17:39
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RT, that's blocked over here


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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 19:56
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....you get off the plane. As you walk in through the labrynth there are signs warning of dire consequences for all sorts of things, food, fruit, wood etc, "you can be fined under ordinance no XX"
Awesome, you read the signs! That's more than a large number of native English speakers do (including Aussies who should know better) as they stroll past all fifty of them with bags full of undeclared banana leaf hats, insect infested baskets, live fish and frightening looking pork products from The Old Country. Even Steve Irwin being loud didn't get the message through to everyone, although most staff working within earshot of the baggage hall tvs turned homicidal after about six hours of rolling replays.



This is partly what gives AQIS their bad attitude (undeclared stuff, not Steve) although a lot of it is also generic public service surliness which I've encountered at pretty much every international border crossing I've been to in Europe and Asia (Switzerland and Singapore being notable exceptions).

Anyway, I'm glad you had a good trip despite the officialdom, and if you return (have a good trip if you do) I'm sure you'll enjoy the courteous feel to the latest Qld road safety campaign...


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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 21:10
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One does have to admit that he loved the "wave little finger" campaign directed at anyone who was driving like a twunt................

If it's true, it could only happen in Oz..........
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 21:32
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It is a national sport in Arstralia to rubbish other peoples accents, particularly the Kiwis.
But is seems, although the shackledraggers like to hand it out, they get seriously upset when others do it to them.

Australian teased abroad for his accent, now depressed and suing

Ah, diddums, go away and have a good long cry and it will all be better.
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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 22:28
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I haven't entered Oz through a capital city for years, but on the advice of a travel agent, I enter through Cairns if possible, shorter queues, laid back & friendly (but efficient) immigration & quarantine.
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