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An old friend of mine from school days in Tokyo is an Aussie who works for the government. He was one of the first people to tell me that Australia would be the right place for me, a place I could call home and be free. Back when we were kids and schooling together there were probably fellow students from 20 or so different cultures in our homeroom. Our homeroom teacher being an English in an American school. It was wonderful, really. Now I have friends in so many different countries and we're all different but we stayed in touch. We're all connected on Facebook and celebrate our friendship. This was one of the first gifts in life that my father bestowed me. Knowing and learning the different ways yet being loyal to our own way of upbringing, and respecting the host nations ways, Japan.
I also went to school in London. I have many friends over there whom I love and graduated from University in Scotland. Its so nice to enjoy such diversified cultures and friendships.
I propose to a few people with doubt in their hearts to take the time and watch 'American History-X' the movie. It does tackle the issue somehow and at the end to quote Robert Furlong in the same movie: "Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it."
Hi I have to disagree with the comments that Aussies are racist, I arrived here in 2007 with nothing nowhere to live and paying a fortune in hotel accommodation, on hearing this my Aussie work mates clubbed together. One of them had an empty house, he agreed to let me live in it free of charge till my wife arrived 1 month later he then got his mates to drop off items of furniture a bed a fridge and a TV.
This I can assure you wouldn't have happened in the UK.
Please don't confuse Aussie's as racist they are in my opinion outspoken and passionate about this country and if our fellow Brits back in the homeland had been as outspoken about 50 years ago then maybe just maybe they wouldn't be having the problems that they are faced with today.
I agree anyone who comes to this fine country should adopt the Aussie way of life and also agree that the boat people should be stopped and that skilled migration will continue because without it Australia would stand still.
I do have to agree though and would like to repeat if people don't like here and whinge about it....then the doors open for you to leave just as it was open for to enter....
Interesting series of programmes being shown on ABC2 which started last night - if you can get ABC iView search for a programme called "Dumb, Drunk and Racist" - http://www.abc.net.au/tv/dumbdrunkracist/
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
What an unfortunate bunch of stereotypes :( I have to say I have found myself really welcome here. I don't get why people find so strange that Australia tries to defend her envied way of life tooth and nail. Not everyone drinks, is dumb and I think the level of drunkness I have witnessed in the UK thankfully is not found here to any comparable extent.
Strange how no-one praises the kids with good old fashioned manners, who can hold a POLITE conversation with an adult!
The UK should try to rediscover her traditions... however anachronistic those may be. The Britons irritated by the Aussie nationalism maybe have a tad of jealousy for something that they yearn and has been sadly lost to PC. It's understandable and natural, but it takes a change of mindset and a sense of mateship that clashes with the modern trend of one upmanship (keeping up with the Joneses....class system... etc)
What do you think?
Just to clear a few points.
Jim, first I appreciate the fact that you acknowledged me not being a racist. Second, how do you think asylum seekers enter a host country? I was not trying to label them. Some call them boat people (and I'm not naive, I know some percentage of the so called boat people do it for other reasons), some call them illegals and this is due to the fact that ordinary citizens of a country might be misinformed.
The other point I'm trying to make is that there are racists everywhere. They might not be the majority but yet there are so many. Back in 1995, on vacation in Hamburg Germany I asked a guy for an address and almost got my bum kicked because I had spoken in English. But I have so many wonderful German friends. That incident alone doesn't make a nation racist.
I hope that I've done a good job of clearing what I've been trying to say
Can't wait to fly out and get there.
Regardless of what people think of it, there's nothing illegal about seeking asylum, so to use the two terms in such an interchangeable way is simply (and technically) wrong.