In honour of Australia Day (Jan 26th) here are a few great things about being Australian...
Everyone knows that Australia has the BEST beaches - no pebbles or dirty looking sand - just clean, white sand that is so fine, it squeaks when you walk on it. Plenty of coast line so there is always an uncrowded beach to lie on, or walk on, or take your pet to. In Western Australia we have the added bonus of our sunsets being over the ocean - very beautiful indeed. Our weather is amazing - hot and dry Summers and mild and wet Winters - with long spells of perfect weather in Autumn (not Fall - see below *)and Spring. You can even travel to a mountain or two if you are a a snow bunny and want to ski.
OUR ATTITUDEWe are laid back and easy going - it takes a lot to get an Aussie riled up. Unless they've had a few too many drinks, most Aussies have the motto of "live and let live". We're multicultural and proud of our integration - and in most cases that reflects in the peace we love so much.
We make our own rules - we have our own version of football, we have our own version of government, if we don't like something we feel like we are a young enough country that we can make changes and try new things. I love our free spiritedness and our willingness to embrace change.
OUR POLITICSOur politicians are not perfect but they're not tearing our country to pieces, or starting wars, or causing friendship breakdowns over their policies. Ranting on facebook about politics or on our blogs is not really the done thing here in Australia.
We're a long way away from everyone. This tends to make us self-sufficient and a little complacent about our own safety. Watching the world going to hell in a hand-basket is easier to take when you live 17 hours flight away from it all. It still saddens us to see the troubles in other countries, but we appreciate our distance when there is so much turmoil.
OUR USE OF WORDSWe choose to spell our words and pronounce them like the English do: We use words ending with "t" (learnt, earnt, amongst, leapt, smelt, dreamt) all the time. It's only when we start to blog that we come across US spellings and find that we're supposed to be using "ed" at the end. Most of us think "stuff it!" and keep spelling it our own way - we're free spirited you know! The same goes with changing spelling to make z's into s's for US spell check - I didn't realis/ze it was a "thing" until I started blogging.
We tend to follow the British with our definitions of words too - with thongs being things you wear on your feet (and not wedged between your butt cheeks), biscuits are for eating with coffee (not for dipping in gravy with your meals) - and are even better covered in chocolate - we have Tim Tams and they are the BEST! Scones are for eating with jam and cream for afternoon tea. And our measurements are metric - mm, cm, m, km, g, kg, and Celcius. Two weeks is a fortnight, and Autumn is not Fall* - that isn't even open for discussion!
But we are also know to add a twist here and there: An “o” is the suffix to any word it can shorten. If in doubt, throw an “o” on the end of the word and it’s bound to be Australian. Garbo (rubbish collector), troppo (going a bit crazy in the tropical heat), aggro (getting hot under the collar when you're angry), arvo (the afternoon - when you have your scones), compo (when you receive compensation), and many more. We also do the sickie, bickie, postie, cossie, pressie thing too (looks like we love our abbreviations doesn't it?)
OUR FINANCESWe also managed to weather the Global Financial Crisis without falling in a heap - our banks didn't fold and most people kept their jobs. There will always be unemployment, but our welfare and health systems are top notch and there is help for those who need it.
Another bonus is that we don't have tipping - we pay a fair price for what we eat and drink and employers pay their staff what they're worth. So no mental math at the end of a meal in Australia!
And a great overview of our country to finish off with....