Australia is another passion of mine, and I want to share it. All of this can be found on another profile of mine here on this site- but the profile was created as an homage to Australia- better suited for the Member Pages:
The wisdom of Errol Flynn
It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.
I am not biased against the rich because they are rich, but the most lively people are those without money who would like to have some.
Someone, I don't know who- it might have even been me- said, 'Any man at the age of twenty-five who is not a Communist has no heart: any man who is still is at the age of thirty-five has no head.'
Man's indecency to man all over the world rules out the idea of humanity as an actuality. It is a dream of young idealists. In practice a misnomer.
I crave the indulgence of my senses but this is countered by an interior desire that is even keener than my senses to know the meaning of things.
I want faith; but I am faithless.
I enter a whorehouse with the same interest as I do the British museum or the Metropolitan - in the same spirit of curiosity. Here are the works of man, here is an art of man, here is the eternal pursuit of gold and pleasure. I couldn't be more sincere. This doesn't mean that if I go to La Scala in Milan to hear Carmen I want to get up on the stage and participate. I do not. Neither do I always participate in a fine representative national whorehouse - but I must see it as a spectacle, an offering, a symptom of a nation.
I portray myself as wicked, hoping I will not be regarded as wicked. But I may be wicked in the biblical sense.
I am on the side of the underdog except when I am on the side of the rich.
It is habit for me to discount myself before somebody else does it for me. Better to get in the first lick.
You can never trust a human being to behave as you would have expected in a given circumstance.
Has every oyster a different taste?
If they say I am inconsistent let them say it, for it is true, because inconsistency is a part of living.
I am convinced of the validity of contradiction. There are many worlds. Each is true, at its time, in its own fashion.
It is a mistake to think you can't be hurt if you don't care.
Flynn is not always in.
Thank You for sharing this page.
Thank you for sharing such knowledge about a different and harsh country.
All I gathered by paying attention from afar... and making Australian friends online :)
This is a great page about my own country that I love.
Most of us take for grated the beauty of our country and would rather travel overseas instead of exploring our beautiful outback which is sad actually.
Thank you for showing everyone a bit of Australia.
This is a fantastic page Heidi. But you forgot about one of our all time favorites too, Paul Hogan (Hoges). I truly believe he must have been one of the first ambassadors for Australia, unpolitical of course, LOL.. Not to mention Dame Edna Everage, Ned Kelly, Kevin Bloody Wilson, just to name a few. I'm not sure if links come up on these types of pages, but here are some more famous Aussies:
Thanks again for an extremely well written piece of info about the country I was born, breed and live in proudly.
Thanks, glad you like it. I know I didn't add everyone that's gone 'international' but as I mentioned in the piece- it's not all-inclusive. Paul Hogan is not known for much here in the US other than being Crocodile Dundee... these others I mentioned have done far more world-wide reaching work.
I only regret not mentioning Ned Kelly- but even then... most people today don't recognize his name- or *wouldn't* if Heath Ledger hadn't portrayed him in the latest movie version.
I think I will edit to add a bit about Ned Kelly- and also about Darwin. Darwin is lost in America when studying the World War II- people think of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima and Nagasaki... no one ever mentions Darwin... not here, at least.
Nah... I'll leave that alone- it was never meant to be a history lesson, just a simple peek into the country I have grown to love from a distance. If this sparks an interest in Australia for anyone else- they can dive in and learn more on their own
The platypus and echidna. ♥ Only monotremes in the world. Those sneaky egg-laying mammals. ♥
Nicely written. ;)
I love discussing the diversity and uniqueness of wildlife on the continent of Australia. My middle child has a book titled "Field Guide to Dinosaurs." It is a pretty in-depth catalog of dinosaurs and what we know of them - including where their fossils have been found. You can see traces and similarities of the species un-Earthed across Europe, North and South America and Asia - but even the dinosaurs of Australia tend to be unique. A completely different evolutionary path due to it being one of the first land masses to separate from Pangaea. It is awesome to study, yet so difficult to truly grasp just how many years have passed to cause these differences...
Pangaea... yep... my son and I discuss that when we study Australia as it is as you mentioned one of the first continents to separate. Different dinosaurs is one thing I didn't think about- but their Indigenous people are also one of the if not *the* oldest tribes of people on Earth.
Austrailia is a fascinating country and this brings it a little closer to me.
This has become a very interesting page, full of insight into my homeland. It's great to 'feel' the excitement build as people discuss their thoughts here, thanks again Heidi. The Aboriginal tribes-people are indeed quite unique. I've had both the pleasure and the honor of meeting one of the oldest known, still living. His name, endearingly as everyone calls him is "Uncle Albert" (no-one can pronounce his aboriginal name). He's the heir of Warul Kawa, or otherwise known as Deliverance Island, up near Thursday Island, Torres Strait. I've also had the privilege bestowed upon to be initiated into the Bunerong Tribe, when I was called to help with a ritual for Sacred Womens' Business.
A very beautiful members page. I loved reading about the land I live in.
I would love to see that place, I have never been there
It's a perfect place to live and a perfect place to visit. It's a great county with great people. Harsh environments ranging from deserts - snowfields - tropical rain forests. Where else in the world would you get all that on one island?
Always wanted to visit there...
I never thought I'd see the day when somebody loved this country more than me lol.
I hope you get the chance to visit for more than a day.
Just fixed a really silly typo... so this floats up to the top again in doing so- not planned.
I spent a month on that continent and you should make it a priority to go. Its all that and so much more.
We should talk, I can tell you what AU is really like, its heavenly
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