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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 AM   #501
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I've been reading some Australian novelists: Kenneth Cook. His book Wake in Fright portrays some parts of Australia and its culture as pretty brutal - the schoolteacher in a remote town ends up losing all his money in a gambling game; his punishment is to drive around the outback with a bunch of drunks assassinating kangaroos.

And Nevil Shute. Though technically Shute was English, but he emigrated to Australia in the late 40s when Clement Atlee had the cheek to ask him to pay tax on his earnings. Some of his Australian-set novels are stunning; On the Beach is deservedly famous, but Requiem for a Wren is heartbreakingly good.

I think I'm reading about Australia because I've realised I'm never going to get there.
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Saw a very cool, recently re-discovered film called "Wake in Fright" about a schoolteacher in an Outback town. Its a wild picture of very drunk people, not exactly flattering to Australia, but with some really amazing scenes of pub life, including the old gambling game "two up" (which I've heard about, but never seen played).
Oooh. Thanks for alerting me to this film, I just read the book. Ta, very much.
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I think I'm reading about Australia because I've realised I'm never going to get there.
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I live in Australia, its a great place, But the cost of living has got out of hand, especially, food, petrol, utilities, at least beer is still relatively inexpensive.

And we do get some good storms here, check this picture I took from 2010.

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I live in Australia, its a great place, But the cost of living has got out of hand, especially, food, petrol, utilities, at least beer is still relatively inexpensive.
Well, the mining tax would have helped.

The problem that Australia is facing is somewhat like Norway -- huge wealth from extractive industries (oil in Norway, coal and ore in Oz, mostly) distorts everything else.

You can see the impact of the mining wealth on overall price levels in a comparison of cost of living between NZ and Oz. NZ is much cheaper, and its still a very productive economy, but there's no river of money from one commodity warping everything else.

Natural resources wealth really is a "mixed blessing" -- because it kills competitiveness in every other sector.

The mining tax would have addressed that somewhat, but Rinehart and her cronies managed to sink it . . . too bad.
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Would you be terrified by the venomous wildlife?

What if one, or two or three of these decided to sleep in your socks? One bite can kill you in 90 minutes, you know



Or what if you trod on one of these? One bite would give you a leg rash for at least a weekend



Even Kangurus can outbox humans

It's good Australian people are so friendly
Other than that...go 10 miles out of any City...Sydney, Perth., Melbourne...even bloody Darwin...
10 miles outside the city and you are in 'Redkneck Land"

No Sanitation .... No Septic Tanks ( Thats Hi-Tech mate) - No brick built houses ( Thats because there's no stone or quarries mate)... Roofs made of corrugated iron sheets, streets without lighting,police 10 miles away and don't come out for domestics or Rape.....

A total shitenhowzen country, built around half a dozen cities that produce money.

I've lived there. The society is a repressed and censored community, in the 70s it was liberal and expansive. Now it is closed down, censored to the hilt and anal.

Go 10 miles out of ANY city and you will have septic tanks overflowing, corrugated tin roofs blowing half off....a redkneck paradise.

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Other than that...go 10 miles out of any City...Sydney, Perth., Melbourne...even bloody Darwin...
10 miles outside the city and you are in 'Redkneck Land"...
Oh!

Comrade Estreeter didn't tell us this

Is it true?
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Oh!

Comrade Estreeter didn't tell us this

Is it true?
Yep.

I don't know your comrad mate.

But Oz is terrific in the coast down south, it has a culture and an ambience that is almost 'Venice' as in CA.

But if you are a working joe, you can only live within 10 miles or so of the best beaches. Unless you are Russian or Japanese.

You live in any of the other 6 cities, you have a choice of cultures..."Ptretend Brit"..."Pretend Brit"....and the underlying feeling is Hate Brit...hate Poms.....go figure. I can't.
It's like a country that needs to blame someone else for something they haven't achieved themselves.

But anyway....go in any direction...10 miles...from any of the cities and you will witness decay, dereliction and abandonment.
Tin roofs hanging off, wooden walls broken in...on properties people still live in....3rd world in the main, but sophisticated and lively in a few cities.

Go figure.

Not a place to raise kids, imo. Unless they just want to surf - because schools are really cr@p.

Blimey, I liked living there as well, for 5/6 years, but grew to understand why so many aussies were unsatisfied. They wanted the US lifestyle and got the UK lifestyle. Wanted more-Got Less.

Meanwhile there is no back-up and barely any infrastructure. No Hi-Speed rail...no bloody rail actually- except along the South - 60 mph stuff----Hi-Tech- NO. 5-day travel ? .....Normal.

You fly...on third world airplanes...across huge distances to land in another really, isolated city that has a self-image of being Rome or London or New York...but is really just a big town, with a Finance Hub,and a beach for the kids of rich parents to surf on.

(10 miles outside this 'City' you see true despair and hunger..the city takes the water)

What could be a glorious country will turn into a disaster imo, because of the disparity of wealth, restriction of education and health (on racial grounds) and the inheritance of a 'white-only' immigration policy.

Trouble trouble trouble.
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Oh!

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Is it true?
You mean Redneck Wonderland?

It depends entirely on your perspective. (i think?) I've lived in the Aussie bush most of my life, prefering it to cities. But then i've never actively protested about anything. There is still time. and i'm begining to think reason.

Truthfully i don't think you'd find that many extremists, or rednecks here, although they do exist. (as would their equivelant in any part of the world?)

I've never had any problems with overflowing "septic's", but then i don't live at 'Wolf Creek' either.

It's a complete coincidence that I'm considering changing my username to 'kananga' and having something like this for an avatar.
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