Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australia Day

G'day Mates. Just in case you didn't know, it's T-minus several hours until it's officially Australia Day here. In case you've never heard of it (which is pretty unlikely unless you're Australian) it's the day the country celebrates the arrival of the first European settlers (read:prisoners) to Australia (read: land originally inhabited by the Aboriginals). So far it really sounds like a day off to drink and shoot fireworks. I'm sure most Australians don't even know what it celebrates anymore. Similar to our Fourth of July. I mean do you really even know what it's meant to commemorate? Oh you do? Then it's just me that doesn't? Hmmm.

Understandably many Aboriginals aren't happy with the day and hold annual protests. I mean could you imagine if the US had a national public holiday to celebrate a European invasion and pillage of land originally inhabited by natives? Oh wait we do. Happy early Thanksgiving.

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