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Perspectives on Australia

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6. A different view of the world

… "It's a great country. It's beautiful and isolated. It's crazy 'cause it's huge but it's really disconnected, so you get a really different view of the world." - Sarah Bernhard, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 Feb 2005

7. Living abroad

“Almost every Australian important in literature, in music, in painting, lived for a time abroad. They had had to go abroad to enlarge what they felt.” - Australian writer Shirley Hazzard, ABC Radio National, Aug 2004

8. Enterprising?

"Australia needs, more than anything else, an enterprise culture that encourages the imaginative, those who try to make things happen. One of my favorite quotes comes from Somerset Maugham who warned: 'Only a mediocre person is always at his best.' " - Brian Kennedy, then Director, National Gallery of Australia Quoted in SMH, 2 April 2005 9. Australia’s National Anthem "I love this ripper country Of funnel-webs and sharks, With blowies big as eagles, Where your car gets booked by narks; Where your team gets trounced each Saturday, And the pubs run out of beer, Where there's redbacks on the toilet seat And you're nagged by Germaine Greer." Phillip Adams (Proposed words for an Australian national anthem) The Australian 7 July 1973

10. Did the first Americans come from


"Anthropologists stepped into a hornets' nest yesterday, revealing research that suggests the original inhabitants of the Americas may in fact have come from what is now known as Australia. The claim will be extremely unwelcome to today's native Americans, who came overland from Siberia and say they were there first. But Silvia Gonzalez from John Moores University in Liverpool said skeletal evidence pointed strongly to this unpalatable truth and hinted that recovered DNA would corroborate it. "This is very contentious," Gonzalez, a Mexican, said with a smile at the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. "They [native Americans] cannot claim to have been the first people there." She said there was very strong evidence that the first migration came from Australia via Japan and Polynesia and down the Pacific Coast of America. Skulls of a people with distinctively long and narrow heads discovered in Mexico and California predated by several thousand years the more rounded features of the skulls of native Americans. One particularly well preserved skull of a long-face woman had been carbon dated to 12,700 years ago, whereas the oldest accurately dated native American skull was only about 9000 years old. "We have extracted her DNA. It is going to be a bomb," she said, declining to give details but adding that the tests carried out so far were being replicated to make sure they were accurate. She said there were tales from Spanish missionaries of an isolated coastal community of long-face people in Baja California of a completely different race and rituals from other communities in America at the time. These last survivors were wiped out by diseases imported by the Spanish conquerors, Gonzalez said. ... "DNA will give us a completely new map of the world and how we peopled it," said Professor Clive Gamble of Southampton university. - Reuters report, in Sydney Morning Herald, 7 Sept 2004 WEBLINK: Australian wisdom Insightful (sometimes) quotes by Australians www.convictcreations.com/culture/wisdom.htm   WEBLINK: Famous quotes by Australians or on Australia http://thinkexist.com/quotes/top/nationality/australian/

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First encounters

(colonial era)

“I do not hesitate to declare that the natives of New South Wales possess a considerable portion of that acumen, or sharpness of intellect, that bespeaks genious.” - Watkin Tench, 1788

Australia’s Aboriginal

Sense of Humour

"The characteristically dry humour and laconic wit of Australia is often thought to have been inherited from the white Australian stockman of colonial fame. However the more likely major influence or source of this national attribute would be the many skilled Aboriginal stockmen who rode alongside them all over the outback. This likelihood makes it clear that the Australian sense of humour is in effect an Aboriginal sense of humour. After all, great humour and great skill at storytelling is a widely acknowledged trademark of Australia's Aboriginal peoples ... character traits they seem to so closely share with many of North America's native peoples ... particularly the Hopi Indians of the dry Southwest." - dropbearito.com

Coffee on every corner

“The people are immensely likable— cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn't get much better than this.”

― Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

We built this place "This nation was built on a cup of tea, a Bex, and a good lie-down. " - Phillip Adams, The Unspeakable Adams The Spirit of Gallipoli “... Perhaps the bravest thing the Anzacs could have done at Gallipoli in April 1915 would have been to mutiny.” - Germaine Greer, New Statesman, 2 April, 2015. White nomads? “There is nothing more Australian than spending time in somebody else's country.” - Anonymous