I call myself Australian
I hate AFL and any other sport for that matter
I've never owned thongs or tank tops
I don't drink beer
I don't listen to Jimmy Barnes
I rarely do anything for Australia Day
I don't own a flag or cover my car with them on Australia Day
I don't want to ever visit Bali
I cook a BBQ maybe twice a year
I don't have a southern cross tattoo on my shoulder....
I went to school with a diverse group of friends that enriched my life, opened my eyes to many different cultures, languages, religions and above all
. Their families and my family all became a tight group who spend lots of time together. I was the only "Australian" out of the group and
never had problems fitting in in my own country. My friends were Russian, British, Polish, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Iranian,
Dutch, Philipino and a New Zealander. It was a wonderful time at high school and they are still good friends to this day. My Vietnamese mate went on
to join the Australian Army full time and has the nick name "Charley" and he thinks it's a cracker.
I am also a volunteer fire fighter for 2 years, a State Emergency Service volunteer for 11 years, lead a community fire safe group and am a
professional career man. Its all in your demeaner and openness/friendlyness towards strangers that counts. I'd probably look at you wierdly and not
particularly friendly if you looked at my multi-cultural mates with no doubt a look of contept and a lack of an Australian friendly smile.
Next time you walk through a group of "non Australians", do me a favour and crack a big smile and say G'day and see what response you get...... You'd
be surprised fella......
PS Didn't Captain Cook get killed by racist Hawiians?
edit on (9/4/12) by Paldr001au because: Lysdexia