What do you think of Aussies/Australia?
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Shelley - posted on 07/13/2010
I love Australia.
We stayed strong financially throught the economic crisis
We have one of the greatest social security systems in the world.
We have medicare that is access to free medical assistance. (necisary with all the scary snakes, spiders and wild animals).
We go alright in most sporting events.
We have a comparable education system.
Some of the most beautiful places on earth eg Great Barrier Reef.
I'm proud of our Herritage and to say that i am a decendant of a convict.
I am proud of our defence force and our system of government.
Hey, let's call a spade a spade.... That guy is a fuckwit! Even my 3 yo said he was silly to sit on a croc.
I'm an immigrant (Japanese/Finnish American) and fairly new Aussie citizen and am STILL totally in love with the country!! It is the best place in the world... and the American in me loves the free healthcare for all. Take my taxes and give me free medical, low cost tertiary education and a safe environment in which to raise my kids. :-)
Hmm, Vegemite is an acquired taste, but it is really good. I vego friend of mine told me about avocado and vegemite sandwiches. It's the best way to have it, after the melted butter on fresh bread of course. The problem most Americans have with it is the way they spread it. I'm not sure about the Brits. ALL my US friends hated it because they'd spread it on thick like peanut butter. You piss yourself laughing as you watch, but when you see someone take a bite it's hard not to keep from cringing. I have one clever friend who took the jar and used it like a stock. It's great as a flavouring for beef stews and casseroles.
I think one of the best things about Australians is their self-deprecating humour. They take nothing so seriously, including themselves... and they are the first to take the piss out of themselves. I had a friend come visit me and he was totally fascinated with "Good News Week" because there's nothing like it in the states. He couldn't believe how nothing is sacred or taboo. Even just general language... Aussies swear a whole lot more than Brits or yanks, and it is possible to use profanity (including the most profane) as a term of endearment.
Yes, there are lots of "dangerous" snakes and spiders, but I have yet to see one. Well okay, I did find a redback once, but it wasn't too dangerous after I stepped on it.
Let's not forget about DROP BEARS! They are far more dangerous.
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Meghan - posted on 07/17/2010
I live in Peachland Jenny! Go K-TOWN!!!
Kelowna is considered a dessert...but I have found the past few years maybe due to traffice the weather is taking on more humidity than years before!
Dana....*whispers* move back!!
Meghan - posted on 07/17/2010
I have heard comments that Aussie's are arrogant and rude...but the mum's I have met on here seem awesome! I don't believe it...haven't been there...and most of the people who I have heard the above from are New Zealander's...apparently there is some sort of rift?? LOL
Jodi - posted on 07/16/2010
It's not hot in the winter, although northern Australia is still very warm. Darwin averages around 33C all year round, and we went to Kakadu (a must see) in the middle of August (our winter) and it was stinking hot!! So some places, if you want to see them, you need to put up with the heat.
Jane - posted on 07/16/2010
Don't personally know anyone from Australia but have ALWAYSA WANTED to visit there. I think what holds me back from going is the ridiculously long travel time from the US. BUT, when I retire, I will most certainly be visiting Australia because I hear it's amazingly beautiful, that the people are kind and welcoming and because the food is great. I also wanna see kangaroos and koala bears in the wild. I do not want to come during the Australian summer though so tell me when it's not hot :)
Rosie - posted on 07/16/2010
i tried watching that video jodi, and it wasn't available in my country!! stupid stupidness!! god i want to go there!!!
when you all started talking about saying g-day, i immediately thought of dumb and dumber.
"that's a lovely accent, where are you from?"
"austria, huh? g-day mate, lets throw another shrimp on the barbie!!"
i'm a nerd....
Jenny, I'm googling Kelowna now!
We're in Brisbane, well about 30 minutes drive from the CBD itself in Redbank Plains. It's a very spread out capital city. I think I read somewhere that Brisbane is the largest city in Australia, in terms of size. Not sure if it's true or not though, because it still feels like a medium sized country town to me after L.A. But where we live is about halfway between the city of Brisbane and the beach.
Oh wow! You're basically living in the north of the northwest! I'm an Oregonian who's lived in Coeur d'Alene and has family in Montana! Is it drier out your way, as opposed to Vancouver?
*Lisa* - posted on 07/15/2010
Dana you should use your relatives as an excuse to visit!!
BTW I just about wrote 'relo's' instead of relatives... but then I wondered if it's Aussie lingo?? We shorten everything and often add an O to the end... arvo, relo's, g'day (though I'm not sure how many ppl actually say that these days), ambo (ambulance), avo (avocado), cockie (cockatoo or cockroach)... I could go on.
Gina - posted on 07/15/2010
I love living in Melbourne,beautiful beaches, fresh food and lots of beer!.We are easy going and love a laugh, we work hard, and know how to party.Fish and chips with a cold beer down at the beach , with the kids chasing the seagulls is the best way to spend your summer! Good news week is the best show, you do something stupid? we have the right to laugh and make fun of you, we think it's our duty to show you how dumb you are. a If you're in Melbourne you better like your footy, and other sports because really that's all they put on TV on the weekend so if you don't you're really screwed lol
Louise - posted on 07/15/2010
I love the Ausies, you seem to have the same sence of humour as us British but are more chilled out! I like many thousands of other Brits have relatives in Australia but I doubt I will ever get there unless we invent teleportation as I don't like to fly.
Kimberly - posted on 07/14/2010
I love aussie!!! Moved here 7 years ago and even though everywhere you go something could kill you in hot year around the people are great ( bit full on sometimes) and we just enjoy life. Great place to raise your kidss too only thing is we need to get the snakes out!!! havent seen one and dont want to!
Oh Jenny, we may have a winner! My husband wants to live in the states (or Canada) for a year or two, but we haven't been sure how to actually do it. We ride, so there's no problem in taking care of the Harley! :-) What part of Canada?
Vegemite is a concentrated yeast extract. "Oh yum!" I hear you say. lol I know it doesn't sound very nice, but it is. Marmite tastes different to Vegemite to me. Marmite is sweeter and Vegemite saltier. My husband prefers Promite, which tastes like.... uh.... well, HE thinks it tastes more beef-like, while I would say more beef dung-like. :-P
I've seen Vegemite on the shelves in some Ralph's stores, but that's in Los Angeles.
We did have Vegemite ads on tv not long ago, when they were doing the "Name the new Vegemite" campaign. I now wish I'd bought that horribly named "iSnack 2.0" when it came out.
I love "Good News Week" too!! You're right, Jodi! It'd be banned, or at least bleeped so much you might as well put the tv on mute. The best way to describe it is a current affairs type show. It's a game show format on the previous week's news stories (some rather obscure stories from foreign countries too). Yeah, best to google it. I always thought Paul was so yummy... until I met him. Well, still think he's a cutie, but way too short and skinny. :-(
The best episode of GNW I've seen was when Kelly Rowlands was on and I think it was Frank Woodley explained what "fanny" meant here after she'd bandied it around about a half dozen times. ROFL Her reaction was classic!
Jenny - posted on 07/14/2010
I love everything about Australia. We almost moved there for a year awhile ago. Then my partner bought a Harley he couldn't bear to leave. I'll keep working on him though. I'd like to do a house trade for a year with an Aussie wanting to come here. My partner's company even has branches out there so we'd be set. He can work and I can surf. Win-win!
Jodi - posted on 07/14/2010
LOL @ Good News Week.
There's nothing like it in the States because it is SOOOOO politically incorrect it would totally get banned. Sometimes I am amazed what they get away with, but it's all in an effort to take the piss.......
I wonder if they have it available online so people can see what we mean......
Sharon - posted on 07/13/2010
This article kinds of sums it all up for me!
A man who had too much to drink is recovering today after he attempted to ride a 16-foot saltwater crocodile at a zoo in Australia and was bitten in the leg.
The 36-year-old man broke into the wildlife park after he was thrown out of a bar. He tried to sit on one of the crocodiles, named Fatso, and give him a pat on the head. Police say Fatso didn't appreciate the gesture and bit him.
"Fatso has taken offense to this and has spun around and bit this man on the right leg," Sgt. Roger Haynes of Broome said in a press conference.
The man is lucky to be alive.
Western Australian Police / AP
Fatso, a 16-foot-long saltwater crocodile, lies next to the flashlight left by a drunken tourist who scaled a barbed-wire fence at the Broome Crocodile Park in northwest Australia to pat him. When the 36-year-old sat on Fatso's back, the crocodile turned around and bit him on the leg. The man survived.
"Saltwater crocodiles ... once they get hold of you, are not renowned for letting you go," Haynes said, according to The Associated Press.
The zoo's owner, Malcolm Douglas, said the cool weather may have saved the man's life. "They're cold-blooded animals, so their reflexes slow down," Douglas told The Australian. "If it had been a hot night, he would have been dead."
After sustaining a nasty flesh wound, the man headed back to the bar where he had been kicked out before his reptilian romp. Mark Phillips, the bar's manager, told the BBC that the man returned to the pub that night with pieces of bark sticking out of his leg. He's expected to fully recover.
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