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I Love my Sunburnt Country !!!!

10 July 2007 10 comments




'Sensational Sydney" by Lisa Lorenz

Last week I was tagged twice for the


8 random facts meme......
by.... Dunn at Must Read Files
and Thereyoucome at Here it goes, there it comes.

Because I have done this meme recently I am going to write about my country...Australia...
because "I love a sunburnt country."

1. I've been to Paris, London, LA, Europe, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Wales.... and I still call Australia home......there are only two places that I would revisit and they are Paris and Wales......
2. I have lived in 43 different places and 40 of them are in Australia....
3. I have been to Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania...as well as most towns and cities in NSW (where I live)
4. I have not been to Western Australia, Northern Territory or South Australia..(they are on my wish list)
5. I believe that the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Lake Macquarie are the 3 wonders of the world....
6. Australia has the cuddliest, friendliest and most unique animals in the world.......and that goes for the human inhabitants as well......
7. Our National Anthem is Advance Australia Fair...except for when the Queen comes to visit and then we all sing God Save the Queen.....
8. Australians are recognised world wide in the arts and sports.....( think Colleen McCullough, Kylie Minogue, Dame Joan Sutherland, Nicole Kidman, Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn, Sir William Dobell, Banjo Paterson, The Ashes, World Soccer, Tennis, Swimming and of course the America's Cup...hehe)
9. Australia's original inhabitants were hunter-gatherers, with a complex oral culture and spiritual values based on reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime.
Aboriginal Australian proverb:

"Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows."
10..Australia really is the Lucky Country !!!!!
11. I believe that Gough Whitlam was Australia's greatest Prime Minister.....Although his government spent a relatively short time in office, many of the policies and institutions set up under it are still evident today, such as
Medicare. Both his 'presidential' style of politics and his dramatic dismissal and subsequent election loss still arouse intense passion and debate.
attributed Quotes...source Wikipedia

"I've never said I was a good Prime Minister. I've merely said I'm the best, and I think that's true."
- interview with John Laws ....
and
"The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race."
12. Australia's airline Quantas is the safest in the world.
13. Australia is famous for its ANZACS
14. This list would not be complete without citing Ned Kelly our most infamous bush ranger.
"A day will come in a bigger court than this when we will see who is right or wrong."
15. Australians are usually laid back and down to earth people.
16. Australia has produced more Nobel Prize winners per head of population than any other country in the world.

I am not tagging any one in particular....but I would love to hear about your country and why you feel patriotic about it......

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10 comments: to “ I Love my Sunburnt Country !!!! so far...

  • Dunn 11.7.07
     

    Hi Kim! Thank's for joining the game.

  • Lisa 11.7.07
     

    Oh Kim, that is beautiful. I loved reading about your brillant country. I have been to Australi twice and I loved it immeditealy. It is a marvelous place with stunning cities, beaches and geography. The people are nicest I have met in the world. I would to live there! And what a treat to see my painting there. Oh I touched. It is wonderful to see someone proud of their country! Aussie rocks as Andreas always says!

  • Kim 11.7.07
     

    you're welcome Dunn...

    hi Lisa
    wouldn't it be great if you came out to Australia again......I think Canadians are really friendly...and I'm sure you are just as patriotic about your home country.....
    have a great day and happy painting!

  • sylvie d 12.7.07
     

    Hi Kim, it has been a while since I last came to visit, I have a special award :-) http://sylvied.wordpress.com/2007/07/12/rockingirl-award-for-madame-fuelmyblog/

  • Loz 12.7.07
     

    Hi Kim as a victorian I would have to add the Royal Exhibition Buildings, the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians to your wonders of Oz list ;)

  • Kim 12.7.07
     

    hi Sylvie
    thanks for thinking of me....your new website looks great..
    have a lovely day !!!!!

    hi Loz
    it's good to have a visit from a patriotic Victorian....us New South Welshmen/women are known for tunnel vision when it comes to the wonders of Oz.....I cannot tell a lie....I have never driven down the Great Ocean Road and I have heard it is glorious.....same goes for the Grampians....
    As for the Royal Exhibition Buildings...guilty again but certainly a wonder worth mentioning........I flew into Melbourne..many years ago...stayed for a couple of days ....visited the cultural landmarks.....The National Gallery of Victoria.and saw my sister dance at the PRINCESS THEATRE ..another wonder of OZ
    ..and came home...your southern weather was just too cold for me.....

  • Deborah 14.7.07
     

    Nice to read some facts about Austrailia!

    I'm amazed you've lived in so many places Kim!

    That painting by Lisa is absolutely stunning! Love the vibrant colors!

  • Kim 14.7.07
     

    I think I might have a bit of the gypsy in me..... though my work has taken me to some exotic places..
    Lisa's work IS stunning !!! and I am lucky to be the proud owner of this one and another called Beach Colours...we did a trade...2 x a la Lisa'a for 2 x a la Kim's :)

  • Sueblimely 21.7.07
     

    I have lived in Australia 26 years now, after coming here for what was meant to be a year's 'working holiday'. I have never regretted my choice. I had lived in various cities in England, but none compare to my chosen home of Melbourne.

    I believe the term 'Sunburnt Country' became popular because of a famous Australian Poem, published 1908, by Dorothea McKellar called 'My Country'. She wrote it when feeling homesick while living in England. The second verse is:

    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel-sea,
    Her beauty and her terror -
    The wide brown land for me!

    I just love the poem which sums up my love of the place too. You can read the full poem at:

    http://www.imagesaustralia.com/mycountry.htm

  • Kim 21.7.07
     

    Hi Sue
    I learnt this poem at school....when I was very young...we would recite it every Monday morning at the school assembly....
    I had a link to Dorothy Mckellar in the post...but it wasn't working....(have fixed it now)
    thanks for posting this verse....
    I can understand your love for Australia....I lived in London for two years and the weather was just too cold for me.....
    26 years...that's a while......you would have an Aussie accent by now...:) :)

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Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news