This is the wattle, the symbol of our land
You can stick it in a bottle
Or hold it in your hand
40 years ago, Monty Python first uttered those words. Whether it was seen as an accurate portrayal of Australians at the time I'm not sure. Certainly, the sketch does depict the drinking culture we have, and our attitude to 'pooftahs', but what else are we?
Australia still remains a bit of a mystery to foreigners. To be asked by an American exchange student if I rode kangaroos to school highlighted this mystique. A stereotypical Australian male would be described as tall, sunburned, probably blond and blue-eyed, short on words but long on ability to sink the stubbies (i.e. get drunk) with his mates, unhurried ("she'll be right, mate"), an enemy of pretentioness, and unreconstructed in his chauvinism. This stereotype exists, for sure, but few Australians can be easily catagorized these days!
In a way, I'm going to embark on a Little-Britain like documentary of the people of Australia. You can expect to see the videos, entitled: "The Dummies Guide to Australians" on youtube and eRepublik very soon
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