Be nice to OZ

Old Dec 22nd 2006, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by arkon
Talking of boredom, It's the 22nd December, the friday before xmas and I don't know if it's just me, but it's exactly the same as every one of the 365 days before it. Shouldn't it feel a bit special and christmassy? Today I've mowed lawns, cleaned the pool, refilled the fly traps, cleaned the mozzie killer, filled a hole and basically done the same boring shite I do every day. Went into town for a bit too, and well what a damp squid.
Personally I can take or leave Christmas, but my wife loves this time of year... or at least she did before coming here. It really does just feel like any other day.
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 7:58 am
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you are a nasty bitter and twisted individual. I do not dish out personal insults nor do I criticise England, it is the country of my birth and I will always be proud to be English. However it offers me and my family nothing anymore and I make no apologies for that. You can criticise Australia/Perth all you like, that is not what I have the issue with. What I have the issue with is you slagging people off personally. I have been called a loser and disgusting today by you and I find that highly offensive and as such will be complaining to the mods about you. I am quite a tough old bird usually but you have absolutely floored me today .
I am :scared: now .Grow up this is the internet ,not real life .
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Originally Posted by arkon
Talking of boredom, It's the 22nd December, the friday before xmas and I don't know if it's just me, but it's exactly the same as every one of the 365 days before it. Shouldn't it feel a bit special and christmassy? Today I've mowed lawns, cleaned the pool, refilled the fly traps, cleaned the mozzie killer, filled a hole and basically done the same boring shite I do every day. Went into town for a bit too, and well what a damp squid.

Something those thinking of coming here really need to think about if they like their UK christmas's, Oh and easters too. IT JUST AIN'T THE SAME!

(And before a muppet replies, 'ooooooow but your in another country what did you expect, you have to adapt to their way' blah blah blah.... Well so what, I didn't recce over xmas and even if I did I would have been in holiday mode, then after 3 years to get a visa there was no way shite xmas's would have put me off)

Santa got stuck up the chimny because he couldn't pull a bird, his p*b*s got stuck around his plums and all the kiddies heard...'pull me out or you'll get nowt you nasty load of pr***S'....F*** your toys the kids replied and pelted the C*** with bricks.........
It hasn't felt like xmas for me for along time. I think a lot of that is to do with what we associate xmas to be with: family and friends, climate, familiar surroundings etc But aside from all of that, I see some traditional signs of xmas here but don't feel the 'xmas spirit' if you know what I mean.

I think this is just synonymous with one of the greatest social problems australia faces: a general lack of community spirit/belonging that stems from a lack of inclusivity of others. On the surface oz claims to welcome and include all new comers to their country, but in reality this does not pan out that way at all.

I spoke to a UK guy of Indian descent recently who has lived in oz for a decade and works in a govt department. He put his finger on it when he said to me " Back in London (where he was from) if we came across each other we'd prob say hi to each other and end up having a chat over a cuppa or a pint but here we'd at most likely just give a polite smile or hello as we passed on by "

People badmouth the UK, but by and large those who live there have learned how to get on with others and understand the value in friendship building on a real level. It's part of the British spirit/psyche, a part I hope never gets lost.
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 8:32 am
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Originally Posted by arkon
Santa got stuck up the chimny because he couldn't pull a bird, his p*b*s got stuck around his plums and all the kiddies heard...

'pull me out or you'll get nowt you nasty load of pr***S'....F*** your toys the kids replied and pelted the C*** with bricks.........

You might be having a boring time Arkon...but I'm off to sing this to the neighbours
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by kiwi_child
It hasn't felt like xmas for me for along time. I think a lot of that is to do with what we associate xmas to be with: family and friends, climate, familiar surroundings etc But aside from all of that, I see some traditional signs of xmas here but don't feel the 'xmas spirit' if you know what I mean.

I think this is just synonymous with one of the greatest social problems australia faces: a general lack of community spirit/belonging that stems from a lack of inclusivity of others. On the surface oz claims to welcome and include all new comers to their country, but in reality this does not pan out that way at all.

I spoke to a UK guy of Indian descent recently who has lived in oz for a decade and works in a govt department. He put his finger on it when he said to me " Back in London (where he was from) if we came across each other we'd prob say hi to each other and end up having a chat over a cuppa or a pint but here we'd at most likely just give a polite smile or hello as we passed on by "

People badmouth the UK, but by and large those who live there have learned how to get on with others and understand the value in friendship building on a real level. It's part of the British spirit/psyche, a part I hope never gets lost.

I think alot has to do with living closer together too.People consider their neighbours more ie barking dogs etc.
Village life is very community based and that is something I miss.I have not made any friends really it us all a bit superficial.This maybe where I live but forming close friendships seems to be harder.
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by kiwi_child
It hasn't felt like xmas for me for along time. I think a lot of that is to do with what we associate xmas to be with: family and friends, climate, familiar surroundings etc But aside from all of that, I see some traditional signs of xmas here but don't feel the 'xmas spirit' if you know what I mean.

I think this is just synonymous with one of the greatest social problems australia faces: a general lack of community spirit/belonging that stems from a lack of inclusivity of others. On the surface oz claims to welcome and include all new comers to their country, but in reality this does not pan out that way at all.

I spoke to a UK guy of Indian descent recently who has lived in oz for a decade and works in a govt department. He put his finger on it when he said to me " Back in London (where he was from) if we came across each other we'd prob say hi to each other and end up having a chat over a cuppa or a pint but here we'd at most likely just give a polite smile or hello as we passed on by "

People badmouth the UK, but by and large those who live there have learned how to get on with others and understand the value in friendship building on a real level. It's part of the British spirit/psyche, a part I hope never gets lost.
good post kiwi
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 8:48 am
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Well....I happen to love Xmas here in Aus [sorry guys ]....I hated all the commercialism in the UK, the massive ques, car parking nightmare, cold, cooking, spending obscene amounts on presents and food we either threw away, gave away or forgot about until it went off

The other half on the other hand preferred the UK Christmas as he's a right Christmas baby .....although he's easy going so is quite happy as long as I'm happy

Christmas in Aus for us is breakfast on the *barbie* followed by finger food during the day while it's hot, playing in the pool with my bro and his family, BBQ steak and salad and roasties in the eve when it's cooled down and loads of laughs and drinks with family and neighbours.

NO CHUFFIN COOKING FOR ME

So Merry Happy and Happy Merry to all....and I hope 2007 is a better year and that you live the life you want, wherever that may be
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Originally Posted by phoenixinoz

So Merry Happy and Happy Merry to all....and I hope 2007 is a better year and that you live the life you want, wherever that may be
What more could anyone want?
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
What more could anyone want?
Agreed Polly.

And a Happy Christmas and New Year to you and TheBloke too

I hope 2007 is a good year job wise for you
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by phoenixinoz
Agreed Polly.

And a Happy Christmas and New Year to you and TheBloke too

I hope 2007 is a good year job wise for you
Thanks. Though I must admit I have almost given up hope.
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Old Dec 22nd 2006, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
Thanks. Though I must admit I have almost given up hope.
I'll second the sentiment Poly, I hope you do find a job this coming year and things improve for you.

Another little story for you... 2 nights ago I spent all night down at A&E, I won't go into the where's and whys but I met a nurse there and got talking like you do. She was Australian and had an English husband, they had just got back in the country after years away, they have been here 4 months so far and she as a nurse walked straight into a job within a day or two. The English husband on the other hand can't get a job for love nor money and is now a stay at home dad looking after the kids. She (Australian) was saying they can't wait to leave again as anywhere was better than this.

Without drawing too much from this, my wife is a qualified nurse and can't get a job as a nurse here for any amount of trying. I'm convinced something stinks here and it's not the sausages.

Anyway good luck next year, have a good xmas and get your old man to dress up as santa.....Did I say I've got a song about frostry the snowman too?.......
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
Thanks. Though I must admit I have almost given up hope.
Don't do that Polly. Don't be beaten. You've gone through too much and deserve better

It's not unusual to go through hell to find a job you deserve here in Aus. Like you said before, previous UK skills and experience stands for nothing. Your time has got to come ......so maybe 2007 will be it
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Originally Posted by Lord Pom Percy
Anyone want to say something nice about OZ for a change, poor OZ seems to be getting a big bashing down here in this forum.
Great Milkshakes in OZ and Smoothies...thats it ..thanks.
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Originally Posted by paulrachel
Great Milkshakes in OZ and Smoothies...thats it ..thanks.
Yeah but they're not proper milkshakes are they mate.
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Originally Posted by rossifumi
Yeah but they're not proper milkshakes are they mate.
Are they not!!! jee..what have i been drinking all this time
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