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The Population of England in Shakespearean Times – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Population of England in Shakespearean Times – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson · Australian, Australiana, History

William Shakespeare was born into a world that was short of people and struggled to keep those it had. In 1564 England had a population of between three and five million – much less than three hundred years earlier, when plague began to take a continuous toll. So Australia should never use our population as […]

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Asian and Australian Values – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Asian and Australian Values – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, Culture

We were not Asian and did not seek to be. But then we were not European or American either. We could only be Australian. Yet many values often declared to be ‘Asian’ were also ‘Australian’: family, work, education, order and accountability, for example. And the word used to describe the core value of Australia, ‘mateship’, […]

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Menzies and the Red Ensign – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Menzies and the Red Ensign – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, Communism, Conservative Politics, History

No-one manipulated symbols better than Menzies, including the Australian flag which he made official by an act of parliament without referendum or public debate. In the half century preceding, three flags had flown in Australia’s name in peace and war—the Union Jack, the Defaced Red Ensign and the Defaced Blue Ensign. The Blue Ensign had […]

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Offense as Defence – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Offense as Defence – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, War, WW2

It has been proved over and over again that a straight out defensive will always be defeated by a bold offensive and the best and only defence is attack. H. GORDON BENNETT, WHY SINGAPORE FELL

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The Australian and American Continents – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Australian and American Continents – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, History

(Keating) made the point that Australians and Americans had both inherited continents, the ‘gift outright’ as the American poet Robert Frost called it. ‘[A]t first we were still England’s colonials. In time we gave ourselves to our new countries and the people and the land became one,’ Frost wrote. There was in there an echo […]

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Australia’s National Parliament – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Australia’s National Parliament – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Architecture, Australian, Australiana, Politics

AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL PARLIAMENT is interred in a vast lawn beneath a giant rattling aluminium Hills Hoist of a flagpole on a hill, an elephantine expression of the suburban dream, yet wanting only a few sheep and a Southern Cross windmill on it to also represent the rural rump. Little tractors with flashing lights incessantly mow […]

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Don’t Apologise for A Small Population – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Don’t Apologise for A Small Population – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Australian, Australiana, Philosophy

Australians apologise for themselves by saying that they do not have the 230 million people that the US has, (Keating) said; but ‘they weren’t 230 million when Thomas Jefferson was sitting in a house he had designed for himself in a paddock in the back end of Virginia writing the words, “Life, Liberty and the […]

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On Aboriginals – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz

February 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on On Aboriginals – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz · Australian, Australiana, Quotes

“Land rights is a communist plot to set up land bases that could be used for subversive activities by other countries as well as for guerrilla training centres for other countries.” “Aborigines are as wealthy as Arab oil sheiks…. They wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the United States of America, together with […]

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So Why Didn’t an Australian Kill Hitler? – “Fromelles” – Patrick Lindsay

January 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on So Why Didn’t an Australian Kill Hitler? – “Fromelles” – Patrick Lindsay · Anzac, Australian, Australiana, History, War, WW1, WW2

The Luftwaffe bombed (Fromelles) on 27 May 1940, destroying some buildings when British ammunition trucks parked there were hit and exploded. The following day the Germans occupied the town once again. Then things went along uneventfully until 25 June, when France surrendered to the Germans. That very day, Chancellor Adolf Hitler, the former humble lance-corporal […]

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Don’t Forget me Cobber – “Fromelles” – Patrick Lindsay

January 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Don’t Forget me Cobber – “Fromelles” – Patrick Lindsay · Anzac, Australian, Australiana, History, War, WW1

Bean highlights the work of one of the rescuers, 40 year old Victorian farmer, Sergeant Simon Fraser of the 57th Battalion, and quotes from a letter Fraser later wrote him: “It was no light work getting in with a heavy weight on you back, especially if he had a broken leg or arm and no […]

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