Happy Birthday Australia! Today, being Australia Day, means a public holiday, bar-b-ques (lamb of course), concerts, fireworks, free breakfasts and some new immigrants being naturalised as Australian citizens.
I don't think we do it as well as the Americans do their Independance Day, but this year we seem to be showing a bit more patriotism. I have noticed several cars flying the Aussie flag. It's a start.
Then, on Tuesday we had this learned University professor from Perth, come out and say that she had done a study and people who chose to fly the flag on their cars were RACIST! Whaaaaaat!!!!!!
"People who fly Australian flags on their cars have more racist views than the rest of the population, a new study has found.
Many flag flyers also support the now-defunct White Australia Policy and are afraid the Australian culture is under threat, researchers from the University of Western Australia say."
On reflection, maybe she has a point. I think we are all racist in some small way, whether it be against a persons' nationality, religious views or culture. I put my hand up, I know I am. We are all Australian, therefore we should all be treated equally, not favoured because you were here first.
We know we're Aussie because we......
So Tony and I spent most of the day doing nothing. That's what Australia Day can mean too. After having a late lunch we headed off into town to watch the Australia Day parade.
This year it was much better than last years parade. There were quite a few more nationalities represented and more people watched along the streets. Maybe because it coincided with the finish of the days play of the cricket test at the Oval.
We wandered down to Elder Park where thousands of people had gathered for the Australia Day concert and the fireworks. We didn't stay for very long.
We ended up going down to Henley Beach and had some dinner at Zoots Cafe. It got quite cool sitting outside while we were eating. Even a coffee didn't warm us up.
On the way home we came back through the city, and parked the car along War Memorial Drive and watched the last of the fireworks. It gave a different perspective seeing and hearing them from behind.