Eilen siis Australiassa juhlittiin, ja tämän viikon vieraskynäilijä onkin Simone Kabylakis Geelongista, Melbournen läheltä. Australia Day -sivuilta löytyy paljon tietoa tästä vapaapäivästä, esim. täällä kerrotaan:
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.
70-luvun teemalla juhlinut Simone teki pienen koosteen siitä, mitä Australia Day tämän australialaisille kavereilleen ja sukulaisilleen merkitsee.
Vox Pop from our 2012 Australia Day party!
Question 1) What does it mean to be Australian?
• To be Australian is to have opportunity and freedom. Australians are friendly and always up for a chat. I love Australia’s landscape of wide, open spaces and gum trees.
• Sharing and caring. All cultures must learn to live together in Australia as it is very multicultural. The freedom of speech is pretty cool but the best part is the ability to be a BOGAN! (A bogan is someone who is a bit of a dag, a bit uncool but at the same time cool because they are doing what they want without being embarrassed!)
• Being free to be who you are. Making your own choices. Accepting others and being friendly.
• As an Australian we have access to many possibilities, opportunities and lifestyle choices that other people are not as fortunate to have. We have privileges of space, rights, choice and wealth to develop communities and support of people who believe in dreams.
• To have the freedom to ‘bad mouth’ our government without consequences. To have whatever lifestyle choice we want without persecution, to demand better living conditions for people of other countries, but in the same breath expressing our concerns with illegal immigrants. We are one, but we are many…
Question 2) What does Australia Day mean to you?
• Australia Day is sunshine, barbeques (bbqs) and too many drinks. It is meeting new people and reminds me of the great country we live in.
• Being free!
• A day off to share with the people you care about, talking shit and drinking. Sunburn and freedom.
• To catch up with family and friends, have a bbq, drinks and just being Aussie, oy oy oy!
• A day with those you know and may not…Many beers and laughs…Straya Day. The best day of the year.
• A day where we should all enjoy doing the things we love—our booze, fishing and music.
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Simone lähetti myös pari uutislinkkiä The Sydney Morning Heraldista.
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