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27 August 2011 @ 03:16 am
Cross Cultural Tips  
Still plaguey. Will be fine once I can sleep without any coughing. Way behind in sending out flist love, but LOVE!!!! to all of you, especially the ones having crap weeks.

Very shortly, I have noticed that Australia and America have been exerting cultural influences on each other more strongly of late, and just wanted to share a few hints on the topic.

Things Australians SHOULD do more like Americans
* Personal and corporate philanthropy
* Respect for and interest in the arts
* Recognition of people achieving in academic fields and celebration of those achievements

Things Australians SHOULD NOT do more like Americans
* Politics (I'm looking at you, Tony Abbott!)
* Health care (Still looking!)
* Pop music (OK, this time it's whoever that crap was on 2Day that was playing in the Turkish pizza place. But I feel certain Tony Abbott's probably bought the CD.)

Things Americans SHOULD do more like Australians
* Irony. Some of you have the hang of it, but it needs wider acceptance
* Health care
* Media critique (there's not enough mixed ownership here, but there is a solid focus on cross-checking and making loud reports about perfidy when certain outlets are crap)

Things Americans SHOULD NOT do more like Australians
* Constant natural disasters
* Wear flipflops to work, even if they have some sparkly bits glued on. They're not professional. And I have been here too long as I originally wrote thongs and then realised the enormous potential for cross-cultural confusion.

Stay safe you East Coast kids. That earthquake looks like fun in comparison, I'll bet.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 27th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
You know that I am sitting here nodding at all your brill points, while laughing at the idea of servicepeople with their shirts tucked into their undies, right?

And YES! The memorial service had me raging! God he's a knob-end! As a Rudd supporter, Gillard is not my fave, but I tell you that I am supporting her more and more as Tony goes on. The last thing I want is to be living in a country where Alan Jones determines policy!
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on August 27th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I didn't believe they did until one day one of the guys confirmed it! And yes the visual of him (ex basketballer, fit and used to wander around the office in his lycra bike gear knowing how good he looked) trying to tuck his uniform shirt into a thong, was just WRONG and very very funny.....

I am also a Rudd fan, but respect Julia Gillard hugely, I just don't think she's that good the public face stuff and the shenanigans of the party machine is not helping her at all.

Tony Abbott is an idiot, and how anyone could possibly want him as PM is beyond me.

And one day we need to have a talk about Alan Jones - bit of a juxtaposition going on there :)