Australia Day

Submitted: Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:06
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The following appeared in my emails today. Don't know the author but too good not to share.

Australia Day

Australians are a funny lot, you'll often hear one curse,

How things have started badly, and they'll probably get worse,

The weathers dry, the sun's so hot it's stolen all the water,

The Government has never done the things we think they oughta'.

But if we hear a tourist say his home is much more grand,

They had better be prepared to make a very solid stand.

For although we Aussies may complain at what's become our lot,

When someone knocks this country, we defend with all we've got.

We may criticize some teenage brat, may even wish them failure,

But we stand behind them cheering when they're playing for Australia.

Because, if this is home to you, the country of your birth,

Then you back the native player to beat anyone on Earth.

When the cricket bats are swinging or when someone scores a try,

When a home grown horse has won the cup and made the owner cry,

When some paralympic athlete hits the front and sets the pace,

You'll hear "Aussie Aussie Aussie" as the crowd goes off their face.

And although we like to take a break in overseas locations,

If you take the time to question this nomadic population,

They will tell you without blinking that wherever they may roam,

The best part of the journey was the last bit, ....coming home.

For the sun was never brighter on the beach at Waikiki,

Than it is on all the sandy shores Australia has to see,

The water never purer nor the air as fresh and clear,

The people never friendlier than those that we have here.

If you venture to the outback where grass is scarce as snow,

As you swelter you may wonder what it was that made you go,

But just look at the locals who have lived there since their birth,

And I know you will not find a better class of folk on earth.

All across this wide brown country from the Cape to Hobart town,

There are people who will help you when you find the chips are down,

And if someone should abuse you, and does it just because,

Then that person's not Australian, and that person never was.

So when you feel disgruntled just remember this rendition,

And never blame the country for the acts of politicians,

Look up and count your blessings when you see our flag unfurled,

And be grateful that you live in the best country in the world.

Have a nice day
Kevin J

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Reply By: jamesw - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:22

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:22
You bloody beauty. Great sentiments
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin J (QLD) - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:42

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:42
Have been advised through another forum that the author is Warren Dakin.Well done I say.

Kevin J
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Reply By: Louie the fly - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:35

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:35
These sure are the things that make our country great. We have the right to whinge, and we execute our right, but we get stuck in when we need to. I was at the cricket on Saturday, Australia V's India. What a moment when they sang the National Anthem. Only 26000 people but everyone from the oldest there, to the most bleep idiot on the hill, stood up to show their respect for our country.

BTW, it was India's Republic Day on the 26th also. It was equally moving to see so many Aussies standing next to India supporters, sharing their moment, shaking hands, chatting,etc. Great stuff.

Not enough of us are proud of our country and it's achievements.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:48

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:48
Great story Louie

Must have made you proud to be an Aussie

Life's great and it just keeps getting better

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Follow Up By: Louie the fly - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:16

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 11:16
Always proud to be an Aussie my man. So's my dad; he migrated here 50 years ago from Europe. He's more Australian than Hoges!
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:04

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 17:04
Sorta makes you want to sing Waltzing Matilda or Song of Australia
or recite My Country....
My Country

by Dorothea MacKellar

The love of field and coppice

Of green and shaded lanes,

Of ordered woods and gardens

Is running in your veins.

Strong love of grey-blue distance,

Brown streams and soft, dim skies -

I know, but cannot share it,

My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of rugged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains,

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror -

The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,

All tragic to the moon,

The sapphire-misted mountains,

The hot gold hush of noon,

Green tangle of the brushes

Where the lithe lianas coil,

And orchids deck the tree-tops,

And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!

Her pitiless blue sky,

When, sick at heart, around us

We see the cattle die -

But then the grey clouds gather,

And we can bless again

The drumming of an army,

The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!

Land of the rainbow gold,

For flood and fire and famine

She pays us back threefold.

Over the thirsty paddocks,

Watch, after many days,

The filmy veil of greenness

That thickens as we gaze...

The opal-hearted country,

A wilful, lavish land -

All you who have not loved her,

You will not understand -

Though Earth holds many splendours,

Wherever I may die,

I know to what brown country

My homing thoughts will fly.

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