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Australians Rubbing Off On Anyone?  
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1982 times:


Australia the land of the free!

What do you dislike or like about our country? (Besides me!)

What do you know about our country?

Tell me all. (I like to think that people realise that we are not a concentration of convicts or something...)



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

I lived in New Zealand for four years but never visited Australia. I don't think I've ever met any Australians in-person other than an example I will use below.

However, my parents did visit Australia for seven weeks in March-April 1999. They travelled almost everywhere except the west coast in that time. Generally, they enjoyed their stay. People were friendly (with a few exceptions) and had a great sense of humour. Food quality was also very good. The only complaints that they had really was the quality of accomodation was not usually as good as it was said to be in literature.

In Hamilton, my parents bumped into an older local couple and started chatting. My mom wanted to visit Hamilton for the mere fact that she was born in Hamilton, Canada and had also previously visited Hamilton, Bermuda and Hamilton, NZ. So they kept in touch and arranged to host them at our house in Toronto for a few days in November 1999.

In short, I've never met such annoying people in my life. All they ever did is complain that everything they had seen in Canada and the US in their travels had not measured up to their expectations. Well, boo-hoo! I suppose we're expected to appologize to them! At the dinner table, the conversation was usually the copious academic and financial accomplishments of their offspring. I was so turned off that I abruptly left the table during dinner without saying a word. My mom knew why and sort of gave a smirk...she joined me a few minutes later and told me how she wanted to hit them with a sledgehammer (this is my mom, remember!). That left only my father to go through the snooze-fest of bragging.
Thank goodness they didn't stay long!

I don't know if this applies to all Aussies, but I certainly see some characteristics in them that are also common to Mx5_boy.

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

The only good thing that ever came from Australia was.......ummmmmm........was.........hmmmmmm

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I think Australian cultural export peaked with Crocodile Dundee  Big grin


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

I lived in Adelaide for five years, as well as Melbourne and Sydney for shorter periods of time.

First things - The weather is great. I live in London and although it is a fantastic city, the weather is really demoralising.

Also, Aussies tend to be more optimistic and fun-loving than Brits in general - I guess this is the weather once more.

They are the greatest sporting nation on earth, no contest. Of their national sports (those played outside of Australia - meaning Aussie rules doesn't count) then they are the masters certainly of Cricket and probably rugby too (the forthcoming England (I mean Lions!) tour should settle whether England or Australia are number one - although it does concern me that England always manage to peak BETWEEN World Cups!). But, if you look at the ratio of olympic gold medals won compared with the number of people in Australia, then the Aussies are way ahead. In my opinion this is because their sporting academies are second to none.

I do find incredible similarities between Oz and the UK. If it wasn't for the weather, being in, say, Melbourne is like being in the UK at times. And yet many Aussies seem to take pride in the fact that they are so different, when the reality is that I can take a train from London to Paris in two hours and see people ten times different from us than those residing on the other side of the world.

Bad things about Australia - I think that the country gets a little too patriotic at times, (but this pales into insignificance compared to some of the verbal diahorroea I have seen emanating from some of our US members). However, Australia does have a lot of recent successes to be proud of, so to an extent this tubthumping is justified.

I think the country also suffers significantly from extremist views - my prediction is that within five years tere will be an escalation of violence against illegal/economic migrants in Australia. Also, Cathy Freeman winning a gold medal does NOT mean that the Aboriginal issue has been resolved (at least not as far as the Aboriginal people are concerned).

What needs to be considered is that the country is huuuuuggggge. There is a hell of a lot of diversity and that is why it is such an interesting place.

As an aside, my memories of OZ involve a plethora of man-made 'The World's largest' objects, such as 'The world's largest lobster', or 'the world's largest orange'. What is this obsession with huge objects?

I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 12435 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

Look at this inferiority complex!!!!

We talk about America, so you feel compelled to show how great your country is by starting the exact same topic, substituting Australia for America...

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User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

I had the chance to visit and felt that Australians are one of the nicest people I encountered. Friendly, no attitude and fun to talk to. The country is great so it also talks a lot about it. Is a multicultural place that grew with a lot of tolerance too.

When I was there I was surprised because I look for some sort of reference to the British (somehow their ancestors). But I found Australians so different to the British, in my opinion far more pleasant and relaxed.

User currently offlineVictor Hotel From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 305 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

One thing I hate is being referred to as "convicts" or a place where "brittish sent their scums", these are some of the things that people have said jokingly to me, and somtimes in a hostile way. I am proud to have that sort of heritage, those convicts did petty things compared to todays criminals, and they were the poeple who helped settle our nation, they had to move to a new and hostile environment that they knew nothing about. They were then usually released after a few years and were allowed to settle in Australia. It might be hard to imagine for people who are not Australian, but for Australians who have ancestory that dates back to the convicts, or early settlers, it makes you pretty damn proud of it. I am not saying that to be Australian you need to have ancestors in the first fleet or anything like that, Australia wouldnt be Australia without its diversity of cultures. Like I said it is hard to explain. Today is ANZAC day to, lest we forget.

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

Crocodile Dundee... now that is a model austrailian.

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineSea_Tac2000 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

I've been to Australia 5 times and enjoyed myself thoroughly every time. It's a great place.

How can people dislike you, Mx5_boy?

User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Never been there, but I think that it is awfully interesting by being such a technologically-advanced and exotic place that is so far away from everything else. Would love to go there sometime in the future to see it for myself.

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

THANK GOD, NO you arent rubbing off on anyone.

User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1772 times:


No inferiority complex at all. But I did post the topic, ad nausem, due to the other silly ones that were floating around this board.

One would have hoped that we had more to offer than the proverbial "crocodile dundee", ick the yanks can keep Paul Hogan...

As for the poms, you guys can keep Rolf Harris too!

As someone suggested, the land of oz is huge and sparsley populated. All our capital cities are completely different, what I found odd was that Ryanb suggested that we are still like the UK? Perhaps Melbourne clings to Brittish stuffines however Sydney and Brisbane are completely different.

As for the bizarre 'big' things, there are plenty of them. Where I grew up in SE Queensland, we had the Big Pineapple, the Big Cow, the Big Beehive, the Big House made of Bottles etc etc. Tacky and gaudy tourist attractions that were filled to the brim on weekends and public / school holidays.

I can't remember how many times I had to suffer as one relative after another came to visit us and demanded to go to the big cow and big pineapple.

Others to note are the Big Prawn, the Big Banana, the Big Merino, the Big Worm, the Big Avocado etc etc.

Anyhow, back to work for me! (as I stare out my 20th floor window overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world - harbour bridge on one side and Sydney opera house on the other.)

Would anyone like me to send them a 'snow dome' of the big Banana?



User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

Does everything start with "big" there?

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineWindsong From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

People from Texas like to tell me how big everything there is.

Oh yeah, we have the big pineapple, further north of me.( gee, does that place even still exist?)

User currently offlineAduum From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

What really really really made me laugh was when I was watching the US version of survivor when the host....hmm i dunno his name but then again don't really care... was when he said here is a "BOOMERAnG"- dunno if thats how you even spell it.

He then goes on to say " THis is Australia's favourite weapon".....that there is right about when I lost it - considering me being an Australian for over 17 years and the only time that I ever see one of these things is in a friggen tourist shop.

What p*sses me off in Australia is the television industry.... just because something was a hit in the US or in the UK, yes it means that we down under all have to sit through a crappy season of some American such as Bette who just really wanted to have her "own" show. Not just one but bazillions of them.

ANd another thing - can Australians TV producers come up with there own ideas at all? I have seen all these lifestyle shows and then at the end it says based on the Uk version or based on the US version. What realy did it for me was at the end of the Survivor episode there was a commercial to apply for the Australian version of survivor.... WIll they ever learn???

ANd can someone answer me this question - is The Mole an Australian idea or just another imitation??

Yes I could go on forever..... oh and one more thing - last year i went to high school this year Uni..... time and time again I hear Americans bashing Australia how it sucks and they own us - but quite frankly I coul'nt care less because I will always know in my head that I can go to secondry education and learn without running the risk of some class mate shooting me down. Yeah thats right this lucky country was smart enough to take the guns away from the people. Hehe.
You see we arent that dumb after all.

But yeah its a bit of a hole but overall we are lucky... and no technically no one owns us. Or i hope not anyhow.

Didnt mean to offend...

User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Since almost all my family think so much of me that they went to live in Australia/NZ and I ended up having to stay in the UK,I have recently started to become a bit of a frequent visitor to Australia.I love the place,and I love the people-they have an outlook that simply doesn't exist in the UK,mostly because of the climate which is far more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle.I also admire Australia's ability to take pride in itself-unfortunately in the UK there are too many divisions i.e.Welsh,Irish,English,Scots etc for us to be a 'United' Kingdom,and a show nationality is all too often mistaken for racism.:-(

you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineWindsong From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1719 times:

America has been airing their own version of The Mole, and Big Brother.

User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (15 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1716 times:


Australia is da kine, man!!!

I love Australia and I love Aussies!! They seems so tought but are some of the funnest people to be around, and most Aussies I've met on vacation seem to be good-spirited people with hearts. I love 'em.

Australia the country itself- What pictures I've seen make it look gorgeous!! I personally would love to go see the Twelve Apostles rock forms off teh caost. That area is beautiful, though I can't remember exactly where they are.

But anyway! I love Australia, Aussies, and Kiwis too!!!

Aloha 737-200 (Like foreign lands!  Wink/being sarcastic )

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

To Windsong the Big Pineapple is still here except that it is not that big as the people overpass over the 4 lane highway is now bigger.
Not everyone is big, There was once a Super Bee, but it seems to have gone, or changed names. I did find Big Kart Track, these are probably everywhere.
South East Queensland is home to a large number of theme parks, Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld(don't bother go to Universal Studios), Wet N Wild, the beaches and the Great Barrier Reef further north.
I think Mx5_Boy was looking for outsiders perceptions but I just had to say how good a place where I live.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6063 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Sorry I didn't get time to read through the thread, what's this about Australians rubbing us off? Man, don't tell my wife about it, I'd be some trouble then...

...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (15 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1704 times:

Damn nice country, wouldn't mind moving there myself!


Inferiority complex?? I'd say your country has one heck of a complex!!

& N312RC

Do you have a clue what you're talking about?? No?? Thought so!! Big grin


User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1673 times:


I grew up in SE Queensland. Bribie Island to be exact. I can safely tell you it was a 'love + hate' relationship I had with the place, until I started driving (15 yrs and illegaly) and could get around a bit more.

I realise that many of those 'big' things are no longer there or have been changed to something else, but do you remember those HUGE deserts with all that mock cream they had at the Big Pineapple? Disgusting!



User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

Been to Australia but it dosen't come close to the USA by one bit, hell i even like France more then Australia, freaking deserts everywhere!

User currently offlineFly-By-Pilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Inferiority complex!! Hell yes they have one. My dad has a long time Australian friend who rags on America everytime I go to his house, even though he has been living here for 30 years. Almost every Australian person I met on the internet is a jerk. They have contributed almost nothing and they make it seem like they invented the light bulb. They have the highest teen suicide rate in the world and they still say they love it there?? Crocodile Dundie gives them too much credit.

25 BNE : About Fly-By-Pilot lucky I am not a teenager any more. MX5 those deserts are still there and everything with its ridulous prices, I am in no hurry to
26 Johnboy : BTW, is everything bigger is Australia? Mardi Gras and Sleaze Ball. Nuff said.
27 MEGAPTERA : Australia? Great people, good cricket team, good rugby team, crap beer.
28 Mx5_boy : BNE, Is the Macadamia nut farm / factory still there as well? I haven't been to the Sunshine Coast for ages!! What high school did you go to up there?
29 BNE : Yes the Macdamia nut factory was still there. Went to WSHS. bayside, if you know Brisbane you know where it is.
30 Mx5_boy : BNE, Wynnum SHS? I went to MSHS 2yrs (in-between Caboolture and Burpengary) and I also went to the infamous Saint Columbans, which I am led to beleive
31 LOT767-300ER : What kind of an idiot plays cricket????? AHAHHA what a dumb sport, its just an excuse because you cant play a real sport like baseball!
32 Aduum : AAAhahahaha Baseball..... oh yeah thats a REAL game
33 Samurai 777 : Australia's a nice country, I can tell you. My dad's Australian, as he was born and raised in a suburb of Sydney, so I still have relatives in the Syd
34 Aviatsiya : LOT767300-ER You numbnut. B4 you go shooting off at the mouth about who can't play baseball, just go back not 18 months ago and ask yourself who were
35 Windsong : Anyone know what happened to Brissie_lions?
36 Cfalk : Windsong, I was thinking the same thing. An odd fellow, but smart and fun to debate with. Charles
37 FDXmech : I truly think Australia is amongst the most picturesque nations in the world. The beautiful Australian Alps with its Tyrolean flavor. And who could fo
38 Mx5_boy : Windsong, Brissie_Lions is still around, just not interested in this forum anymore, somethings turned him off it. Can you imagine that? Cheers, mb
39 Post contains images CstarU : Topic: RE: Australians Rubbing Off On Anyone? Username: Aviatsiya Posted 05-01-01 08:43 and read 33 times. LOT767300-ER You numbnut. B4 you go shootin
40 LOT767-300ER : Yea thats because the USA did not send Major Leaguers there, DAAAAAA who do you think played ther, college players! Just like basketball a short while
41 Aviatsiya : Here we go...here we go....here we go.... America didn't send any Major Leaguers? Well who's fault is that? Not our fault is it? Nor is it Cuba's faul
42 Post contains images CstarU : That's Brissie_lions alright--gotta be him! Who else could it be.
43 LOT767-300ER : Listen who cares i aint a basebal fan nor a cricket fan, im all bout Basketball and dont tell us the Aussie team can beat us in that! I really dont gi
44 Windsong : (just smiles)
45 B-707 : GOOD THINGS The climate Natural beauty Aussie sense of humour Australian Open Tennis Championships Great Cities Wildlife The people (those I have enco
46 Aviatsiya : Nice response LOT....NOT!!!!! Next time you claim we can't play a "real sport like baseball" check your facts out first buddy. You obviously gave a cr
47 Victor Hotel : Wow LOT im impressed you actually are educated enough to realise there are other countries out side of the U.S!!, well done!!. So now that you dont th
48 Mx5_boy : B-707, BAD THINGS Dame Edna Everage Neighbours Home and Away Too far away from England Too expensive to travel to from England The Sullivans Ha ha ha
49 AerLingus : Oh yeah, an argument between Americans and Australians is just the thing we need. This'll go on for a while.
50 Mx5_boy : B-707, Please don't take my last post to you as being critical, I am laughing with you! I think you will find a lot of Aussies would agree with you. A
51 DeltaRNOmd-80 : Didn't USA win the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics?
52 Aviatsiya : I am still about, as you can probably see, but I don't post (or even visit) on this part of the forums. This thread is probaly an exception to the rul
53 OverseasBHX : Well, I think you are THE luckiest people in the world! We've been twice to Australia: the first time we stayed mainly in Melbourne, but also saw a bi
54 Mx5_boy : OverseasBHX, Wow! What a great representation of Australia. There is more than enough room for you to come and live here. More than enough jobs, more
55 Aussiemite : IM BACK, BIGGER AND BADDER THEN EVER. PS hi mx5y and brissie
56 B-707 : mx5_boy. lol, I understand, as I said I like the australian sense of humour a lot. You're quite right though, those back packers are a nuisance. Espec
57 AirT85 : I only know of one thing that came out of Australia and that is Jamie O'Neal one of THE BEST country singers out there. So Go Australia! Oh yah Kenny
58 Cathay Girl : Wasn't there this remote area, with the farmer and the sheep ... ?
59 Post contains images Bove : Brissie, Why must you continually pick on little boys and girls from the USA and trounce them with your obviously superior arguments (because of age,
60 Post contains images Windsong : Aussiemite..had u gone somewhere? Jamie O'Neal? Kenny Chesney?
61 Aviatsiya : Wasn't there this remote area, with the farmer and the sheep ... ? Yeah you are right. It is called New Zealand!!! This to Bove. Now seeing as you are
62 Bove : >>At least I have the balls to make any comments I want to make under my own username. Is that why you changed your name from Brissie_Lions and became
63 Bove : Brissie you were such a carefree and sensible guy until you restyled your self as a ultra right wing Russian nationalist! What the hell happened to se
64 Aviatsiya : Bove I see that you have not responded to the questions that I asked of you? Is this because you are not from Uzbekistan at all? And hence have 2 user
65 Mx5_boy : Hey Aussiemite! Where have ya been matie? Cheers, mb
66 OverseasBHX : I forgot to mention the magical pleasure of sitting practically anywhere to sip the best flat-whites ever! I come from a coffee-drinking culture, but
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