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Old 12-13-2012, 06:31 PM
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I know this thread is meaningless, but I feel obligated to say it:

Australians are the nicest, coolest people on earth.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:37 AM
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I had a mate

I had a fishing mate from Florida, come and stay / fish with us for 10 days, And I have to say he was a great guy!



Poor guy had a great time BUT, it was 45 hours in the air to get here (Florida - LA, LA - Hawaii, Hawaii, - Auckland NZ, Auckland NZ - Sydney Aust, Sydney Aust - Perth Aust, Perth Aust - Karratha Nth West Aust).

If Capt Mitch was anything to judge the rest of you guys bye - then your all OK by us as well!.

Not seeing another human, boat, plane, or vehicle for 10 days straight was a bit of an eye opener for him i think!



The fact we were domiciled on an island offshore the most remote sparsely populated area in Oz might have had something to do with that!

He was telling us how he & his kinfolk go down to Cancun in Mexico, to fish & "get away fro the people" and arrive to find they are sharing the place with 10,000 other US based fishers in their floating gin palace game fishing boats, put his experience here in the Wild West of Oz into a "totally" different perspective...

We enjoyed our time with Capt Mitch. Wouldn't mind visiting Florida one day to see how the other half live.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:11 AM
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Sounds like you were a very gracious host. Glad you had a good time.

Just think - if you do travel to Fla., you too, can enjoy all the flight time and airport hassles!

That looks like a great "domicile" there on the ocean.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:51 PM
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Probably correct

Your probably right, but on the return trip one actually travels backwards in time (by some 19 hours or something) once time zones are taken into account - you arrive a day before you left!

I'd love to travel to Florida, but as a result of 9/11 and Dubya The Shrub, & my refusal to believe it wasn't either an inside / or false flag job, and my propensity to say so publicly to anyone who will listen (consider me a 9/11 truther or conspiracy theorist if you prefer) there's a high likelihood that I'm on the no fly list!

It goes with the territory.

One day maybe when the crap gets sorted, and the criminals are put in jail - maybe then I could consider a visit.

Doesn't look like being anytime soon, sadly.

I can wait.

Maybe when the Kenyan usurper is back in his mud hut in Kenya where he belongs - things might change maybe. I'm not holding my breath.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:23 PM
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I know this thread is meaningless, but I feel obligated to say it:

Australians are the nicest, coolest people on earth.
From those I've met I'd have to say the same. Unbeatable work ethic and they play as hard as they work!
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:28 AM
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There are many similarity's between our cultures - but equally many differences too!.

While most Australians of my generation and older will forever remember the sacrifices of those brave US servicemen in the Battle of the Coral Sea, that saved us from the inevitable invasion of the Japanese in WW2, that doesn't mean its always been a smooth relationship!.

Battle of Brisbane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The so called "Battle of Brisbane" is an example where some bad blood remains to this day....

The thing is there are more similarities than their are differences. We get so much US TV content these days and so little from the UK, that we are becoming more and more "Americanized" every day.

That said our rate of immigration means that today "Australians" (WASPS) are already a minority in this country, so much so that this country is changing also at a great pace such that many from the WW2 era are now passed on and today we have the issues of triads and mafia and terrorism etc from all nations of the worlds refugees - heck the darned kiwis have almost over run us now days as well!

Many peoples who's future is nobbled in their own country, due to a criminal past for example, comes here as a refugee in a boat with false papers and a new identity to start over.

We seem to be inheriting a LOT of pother country's "problem children" as refugees - and as a result our country's changing even more and NOT to become more like the US...

A Lot of the recent immigrants don't seem to assimilate well like those after WW2 from Europe did, the recent arrivals form enclaves.....and bring their own form of crime with them.

Oz as a country is not all peaches and creme let me tell you.

It's still good by world standards but slipping rapidly from what we once were.

This is NOT the country I grew up knowing.

No religion in schools

No Gods 10 commandments in our courts system.

No mention of our Queen in our national anthem - I used to sing "god save the queen" at school.

Many core values are changing and not all for the better.

Just look at our PM...for example:-\



A Lesbian, Fabian, Unwed, Childless, Atheist, Ranga (Red Headed kiwi), who back stabbed her way to power by deposing the duly elected leader of the people in Kevin Rudd.

She represents NON of the values, that I as an Australian, aspire to.

She was put there thru surreptitious actions by the Israel, because our prime Minister Kevin Rudd had the temerity to expel a few Israeli spy's from the Israeli embassy after Israels Mossad used falsified Aussie passports to assassinate some Arab bad guy in a hotel in Dubai!.

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Just as dual citizenship and Israeli ownership of your congressmen, has allowed the take over of the USA, the same games are afoot here in our nation and "the Ranga" is the epitome of the problem here.

Distance is a blessing maybe in this case - you might not like us as much, if you got to know us better, we can be "Cactus Kates" (prickly little bitches to handle) when we get the hump about something.

Sometimes we can be as outright ornery as the Canukistanians.

We do still like to work and play hard tho...and we've been known to like a beer or 3.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:04 AM
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Thank you for the compliments.
I have been fortunate to have travelled to the USA many times and shoot in in a number of international events and world titles.
On every occasion I have been treated like a long lost brother and spoilt by the generosity of my American brothers
I feel that I am very lucky to have so many American friends where I am made welcome in their homes
I have tried to do the same when some of them have visited me here .
We shooters and gun enthusiasts must stick together.especially in the light of the recent event in Connectic
I feel sure everyone in Ausralia is grieving over this horrendous event.
There is a serious debate coming and I hope calm and balanced judgement prevales.

good shooting

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Old 12-26-2012, 04:21 PM
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I feel horrible that I neglected to come back to this thread I started. It's been the Christmas...and Hannukah...season for me.

I appreciate the observations about the geopolitical and other reasons Americans and Australians feel so close...and reasons they may not...but...

That has nothing to do with how much I love every freaking Australian I've ever met. As a RULE, you're the nicest yet tough people on earth--and that would ring true REGARDLESS of where I was from.

Except for that crap Vegga something that you guys eat.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:41 AM
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Vegemite

Yeah Vegemite - unfortunately it has no redeeming features.

We did try to introduce Capt Mitch to the joys of vegemite on toast one morning for breakfast - but failed dismally.

Its one of those things, unless your raised on it probably your not going to take a shine to it - specially of your used to sweet as opposed to savory condiments on your bread!.

Heck, not all Aussies can be that good, some of them even we don't like!

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Old 12-30-2012, 01:42 PM
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Id like to meet Dundee and associates someday.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:05 AM
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Just look at our PM...for example:-\



A Lesbian, Fabian, Unwed, Childless, Atheist, Ranga (Red Headed kiwi), who back stabbed her way to power by deposing the duly elected leader of the people in Kevin Rudd.

She represents NON of the values, that I as an Australian, aspire to.


Aww Heck!! here I was reading happily and you had to put up a picture of *That Thing*,

Yeah, just because we are led by a Moron please don't think any of us are like that...OK?
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:09 AM
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Id like to meet Dundee and associates someday.
Mick Dundee was a fantasy, however the caricature is based on Men I see here in the Territory every day, went hunting with one just last week, chasing pigs through the scrub and the bloke takes off his boots and walks over stony ground in bare feet, why?.... " I likes ta feel the ground better"
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:27 PM
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I've always thought it a shame - that US Audiences weren't subjected to all of Paul Hogan (Mick Dundee)'s early "Paul Hogan Show" comedy skits.

It ran for some years, and was pretty lame really but we loved the guy (And Delvine & Strop of course) because they are quintessentially Aussies and didn't pretend to be anything other than that.

Hogan was a bridge painter in his early working life, who spent most of his early years painting the Skinknee harbor bridge starting at one end and commencing back at the start a year or so later when he got to the other end!.

He was a "funny bastard" - according to his work mates who all encouraged him to have a go at standup comedy in pubs and clubs (for free beer in the early days) and then he got his own TV series, and eventually the Crock Dundee movie's performances that most US audiences know him for.

The rest is history as they say....

BUT - we tend to remember him fondly from his early days and the litany of "characters" he portrayed week after week in his comedy show - NOT so much as Crock Dundee.



You mention Paul Hogan down under to his legion of fans, and we tend to remember him as variously:-


"Leo Wanker" - legendary stuntman!


"Nigel Lovelace"


"Luigi the Incredible"

and many many others I can't recall right now (Sgt Donga).

I'm actually surprised non of his early Paul Hogan comedy shows were ever broadcast as best I know on US TV, after his Crock Dundee movies success.

If you haven't seen his early work - it's hard to know the guy as an actor later in his career IMHO.

If you type into you tube search "Paul Hogan Show" you'll find many many short 3 or 4 minute clips from his early shows, which will give you an icdea what i am on about.

Here's one to get you all started.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9-ZST7qzek

And - a send up/spoof of your own tennis ace "Bad Boy" John McEnroe entitled John Macenhogues!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKUIrsZ7taY

What the heck another for good luck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeHCq6fFkNo

Jus Sayin,
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:05 PM
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Most Aussies are pretty nice people.

I remember seeing the Paul Hogan show on the PBS channel in Texas I think 30 years ago and not understanding a word of it.

Then I had to take a plane to Australia once...I said "Do you have ANY IDEA HOW FAR IT IS TO AUSTRALIA" and "why the **** would anybody in their right mind want to go there?"

Then I ended up living there for a few years. Also ended up with an Australian wife and she is the greatest girl on earth.

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:01 AM
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Mick Dundee was based on a true Buff Hunter named Tom Cole, oft described as a "Living legend".

His best book of a few written is *H ell West and Crooked* (Space to get past auto editing) published in 1988 by Harper Collins Publishers, (They have offices in Ontario, Toronto, and New York).
Well worth the read if one wishes to learn about the Top End.
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Thanks for the compliment I always try to buy Australian first and if that is not possible, I buy American second as we have always been allies.

By the way Anne Shoots, Julia Gillard is not a kiwi (New Zealander), but Welsh. She came to SA as a child I believe.

It seems ok to vilify red headed people, but it is a racial thing, the red hair comes for the Norse areas (that is why we are such wild bastards when stirred up!). We are not allowed to vilify any other racial group, but people from viking/norse origins seem to be fair game.

I have never travelled to the States, but have found the Americans (we tend to call all Americans Yanks, which is not correct, but that is the way it is) that I have met and dealt with during my time in the Army and while working in the Prisons to be great people.

By the way Ms Gillard has been voted out by her peers and Kevin Rudd is back in power. In Australia, we can only vote for a party and that party can change the leadership if it suits them, which is not good as it means that you could end up with the country being led by someone you didn't or wouldn't have voted for.
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