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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Saturday, June 23, 2001  
    “Like all Prime Ministers, Chifley had a dedicated phone on his desk known only to his wife and senior colleagues and advisers.
    It was of course a silent number but apparently it was only one digit removed from the number for the butcher shop in the nearby suburb of Manuka and every now and then the phone would ring and when the Prime Minister of Australia answered he would find some housewife calling wanting to leave her meat order for the weekend.
    And what would Chifley do?
    Of course he’d simply take down the order for the chops, the leg of lamb whatever, say nothing to the caller except “yes Madame”, then, when she’d rung off, he’d phone the butcher himself and say “it’s happened again” and he’d repeat the order and the butcher would duly have the meat delivered and the original caller would never be the wiser.
    It’s a wonderful story and could only of happened probably in the Australia of half a century ago and only with a Prime Minister like Chifley I suspect.”
    -Allan Ramsey in today’s Sydney Morning Herald on the train driver who became Prime Minister.

    The average age in Australia is 35.
    The Sydney to Melbourne air route is the third busiest in the world.
    The second most widely spoken language in New South Wales homes, after English of course, is Arabic.

    “My expectation of a good Australian is when white people would be proud to speak an Aboriginal language, when they realize that Aboriginal culture and all that goes with it – philosophy, art, language, morality, kinship – is all part of their heritage and that’s the most unbelievable thing, that it’s all there waiting for us all – white people can inherit forty thousand or sixty thousand years of culture and all they have to do is reach out and ask for it”
    “Charles Perkins: An Autobiography”
    Germaine Greer expressed similar feelings when she told a BBC World Service radio program about Australian identity that all the navel gazing going on about Australian identity these days (European vs. Asian) was unnecessary – Australians already have an identity, culture and history and it is Aboriginal.

    The national Australian rugby union team, the Wallabies, are currently hosting the visiting British national team, the British Lions, in a series of three games.
    Some of the “action” from the stands includes British fans shouting (to the Australians) “get your stars off our flags” and Australians fans rejoining with “what’s the matter mate, couldn’t you afford the whole flag?”

    Immigration, particularly boat people, is a controversial issue in Australia at the moment (when hasn’t it been?).
    A cartoon by Tandberg in the Sydney Morning Herald depicts two Aboriginals standing on the shore looking out at a tall ship, presumably a First Fleet ship, in the bay and one saying to the other “you can’t trust these boat people”.

    Since coming into power in 1996 the Liberal federal government has spent a record 1.5 billion dollars on advertising, marketing, consultancy etc.Dressing up mutton to look like lamb.

    5:00 pm

    Sunday, June 03, 2001  
    Miranda Devine’s column in today’s Sun-Herald is about envy being the most mysterious part of the Australian psyche.
    She attributes this to “the rebellious anti-authoritarian psyche of captured people who later became subjugated by bureaucracy – it seeps through generations”.
    I agree.
    Australians are indeed subjugated by bureaucracy.
    Australia is the most over governed and over regulated country in the world and there ought to be laws against this!

    Sam’s moved into his new mansion on the hill.
    An elegant and luxurious sprawling modern minimalist place with all the mod cons, it has one inconvenience – it has an outside dining room.
    His parent’s place – some 300 metres down the hill.
    That joke’s a “feature” of the “guided tours” I take visitors on – “here’s the billiards room…the cinema room…and there’s the dining room (pointing down the hill)”.

    “The only nation to pass from barbarism to decadence without the intervening stage of civilization”.
    - George Bernard Shaw on what I call “the accidental superpower”, the United States.
    At the risk of sounding like “what have the Romans ever done for us?” what do the American’s have that enables them to be or makes them deserving of being a superpower other than military might and economic supremacy (just about the only things that make a superpower these days)?
    The Americans have no culture, no great intelligence or education, nothing!

    There are all sorts of terrible side affects being reported by people taking the popular new smoking cessation drug Zyaban, but I think that the worst side affect (it certainly doesn’t appear to be a primary affect) by far is that it makes you not want to smoke, give up smoking.

    5:00 pm

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