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Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

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James the Giant
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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby James the Giant » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:50 am

Happy Invasion Day!
At my workplace, Australia Day is an excuse to moan about the "bloody brown boat-people swamping the bloody country" who need to be deported or sunk, and the "F*#%ing filthy abo scum" who need to be wiped out.
Even though my workplace is composed to about 30% immigrants, (UK immigrants) there is still an outright anti-immigration, openly racist attitude.
There is one Indian guy who works there, the rest are white. When they are ranting on about the blacks, they sometimes turn to the Indian guy and say "Of course, Deepak here is different, he's a nice bloke, we're not talking about you Deepak."
Deepak smiles a small, thin-lipped smile as they return to their bigotry.
I've worked in two "blue collar" jobs since I came to Aussie, and both have had this culture to varying degrees.
I'm sure the vast majority of Aussies aren't like this, but it seems Australia day brings the bigots out of the closet.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Kim OHara
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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby cooran » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:03 am

Having been through 40C ++ in the last month, and now the flooding rains - it reminded me of one of my favourite poems from primary school:

My Country
a poem by Dorothea McKeller

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 ragged 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 ringbarked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The saphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where 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 when the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The stealthy 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.

An 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.

You may find the images in this link to be of interest:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 206818678/

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:31 am

Happy-snaps from around the country:

:namaste:
Kim

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:21 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby manas » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:50 am

I love Australia, the land I was born in and in which I live, but this day, for me, is nothing more than a day of sombre reflection, and certainly not a day of celebration. More than 200 years have passed, and still no formal Treaty with the First Peoples of this land has been made. It's not good enough.

Metta
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:53 am

Happy Oz Day!


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Happy Australia Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby James the Giant » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:50 am

Ooh ooh there's an FA18 flying up and down the river woo it's NOISY!
Plus some weird remote drone... Sinister.
Massive fireworks later, in the shape of a Koala!
I'm at work in the city now but we get to have 45 mins off to watch the fireworks.

Plus I'm getting paid a massive amount for working Australia Day.
Hmm... It's not all bad I guess.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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