This is where I was going to take a photo a day in 2012 but forgot to stop. I also write something random to give you an insight into the craziness that is Susan's mind.
Monday, January 27, 2014
January 26. Day 26. Happy Australia Day
It is very hard to exactly put your finger on what it is to be Australian and what it is that makes this country great. In an increasingly global village we buy from the same shops, sing from the same song sheet and watch the same TV shows (probably while eating fast foods from the same fast food chains). But for all that sameness, Australians are not the same and that is worth celebrating. It is true that choosing the date of the first European settlement to mark Australia Day is going to be divisive and particularly offensive to Indigenous Australians. But it is also true that while January 26 may have originally been about white European Australia, the face of Australia celebrating today at South Bank showed that is not the Australia of today. There were people in turbans, saris and burqas. Aussie flag tattoos were on the faces of Chinese students and Polynesian grandmas who gathered by the pool or took in the free entertainment on offer. I'd like to think that is, in part, what makes Australia great. Everyone, no matter where they came from, can gather with their family and friends and safely enjoy the entertainment on offer in the great Australian outdoors. You don't even have to like Vegemite (although it helps). So Happy Australia Day to Australians old and new. However you choose to celebrate the day, I hope it was a good one.