Saturday, January 26, 2008

Being Australian or un-Australian?

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It's the Australia Day weekend with a holiday tomorrow, though yesterday was the real day.

Okay, is it un-Australian to think that our national anthem isn't up to scratch because it's inaccurate, full of hyperbole and has silly words such as 'girt' in it?

Is it un-Australian to laugh as perhaps even cry at Michael Leunig's take on the anthem in this cartoon of a poetry student being assessed?

You might need to click on the picture to be able to read it easily.

We like to be subversive perhaps as we regard the folk song 'Waltzing Matilda' as our national song. It's about a homeless loser who camps under a gum tree, gets hungry so pinches as sheep, barbecues it and almost gets caught by the officers so he leaps into a murky swamp (a billabong) and that's the end of him! Other songs we like are 'I still call Australia home' particularly if we are overseas, and also that song the Seekers made popular which starts, 'We are one but we are many' - about being a multicultural society. Way to go.

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