20 May 2007 8:38 AM
ditto to that Jim, I am mainly doing this move to Oz to fulfill a lifelong ambition to go and live and work Downunder. It must have been growing up listening to Men at work, and watching Flying Doctors.
But now that I have kids, i want to give them the options that i never had. If we move over there and it doesn't work out, ah well, shit happens, but I am determined to stay there long enough for us all to qualify for an Oz passport, I guess that means a minimum of 4 years. Then if we do come back, then we do so with the option of going back again, and more importantly, the kids do too.
Now, I am going to Australia, with the attitude, that I feel every migrant should come to Britain with, and also every emigrant should go to Oz with. I am not going to be a British Ex Pat, I am going to be an australian.
In the Ashes, I will be cheering on Australia. I will not be walking around, with an English football shirt, I will fly the Southern cross and I will wear my Medals and remember the war dead on Anzac day not armistace day. I am not going to expect 'england with sunshine' and bemoan the lack of Marks & Spencer, I want to buy my food in Woolworths, not Tesco, I want to drive at 120kmh not 70mph, at work, I want to drive a Holden Ute, not a White Transit van.
I will sing Advance Australia Fair, not that God save the queen dirge, and I will say 'bugger!' when things go wrong.
I hope I like it, |
20 May 2007 9:40 AM
|When we first went to Aus, I remember going to 'Her Majesty's' theatre in Perth to see Snow White. At the end, everyone stood for the national anthem which was 'God Save The Queen'.
In 1977 or 78 (I can't remember exactly) they had a referendum on the national anthem. The choices were 'God save the Queen', 'Advance Australia Fair', 'God Bless Australia' (to the tune of Waltzing Matilda) and a few eurovision type entries.
I campaigned for 'God Bless Australia'. Not because of religion (I am not that way inclined), but because I thought it was a fairly rousing tune that would be instantly recognised as Australian whenever it was played. I handed out leaflets on polling day and wore a GBA T Shirt.
I was a sixteen year old kid who listened to Led Zep (loud) and had stupidly long hair. I also had a very strong sense of national identity and pride in my country. I didn't drop litter and I knew the name of my prime minister. Back then, Australia day wasn't as big a deal as it is now. Despite that, I knew when I was 10 that 26/01 was a special day and I knew why. I also remember the ANZAC day ceremonies that every school held accross the country. At the primary school I went to, every day started with the raising of the Australian flag by the head prefect.
England pi$$es me off, because we are not allowed to fly our flag or celebrate our heritage in case we annoy someone else. I feel a bit sorry for immigrants in this country. They are being blamed for all the ills, when the blame should really lie with British born,lefty PC liberals.
20 May 2007 10:10 AM
|I ditto you Davy!
My hubby moved here with exactly the same attitude. His first year at work he joined the AFL footy tipping competition (and won!!), learnt all about Aussie children's tv programs and heroes from the past, so that if they ever came up in conversation he could join in with the same amount of passion as any Aussie. He now gets excited when Wayne Carey or Plugger or any of the footy players before his time come on tv.
For that reason, many English people dont realise that he is English. It is not that he has forgotten where he is from, it is that he has made the decision to live in Australia and that means being an Australian. It means being passionate about where you live. If you can't do that, then you will never belong.