*play Great Southern Land by Icehouse while you read this..
Australia and Canada are an interesting study in Colonial Evolution. Both countries are young and the byproducts of Rule Brittania. However Australia has had the benefit of being isolated, atleast geographically, from the overwhelming influence of the our next door neighbour, the USofA.Whereas Aussies have an overwhelming unique brand (18Million people vs our 30M) we Canucks are generally regarded as sedated versions of Americans.
A quick review think Australia; HOT
Boomerangs,Slouch Hats,Strine,INXS,Surfing,Men At Work, ACDC,Split Enz (close enough) Savage Garden,Box Jellyfish,Air Supply,Midnight Oil,Poisonous snakes,Blue Ring Octopus,my list would be huge.
think Canada: COLD
Beer,Mounties,Beaver, Bears,Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams, eh!,Maple Syrup, Pine Trees,Igloos,and Hockey.
Australian and Canadian Aboriginal struggles are similar(indeed as they are worldwide)the first immigrants to Australia arrived about 50,000 years ago and here in Canada about 12,000 years ago. I suppose that both First Nations could be classified as First Asians since all humans travelled through Asia to reach their destinations. I tend to regard all humans as having evolved from Mitochondrial Eve 150,000 years ago in Africa so no disrespect is intended. I do find it interesting that Australia's first inhabitants have done a much better job of exposing their issues around the globe than their Canadian counterparts. For instance one of my favorite movies is Rabbit Proof Fence. I fell in love with those kids as they escaped the British indoctrination process to find home.OMG Fabulous film.
Hopefully both groups will eventually find a homeostatic position in this world that we have to share and that NOBODY really owns anyway.
I have lost a few friends to the Land Downunder because there has always been an enthusiastic exchange of young people between Canada and Australia. While I was at Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia (eh notice the B word eh) it was impossible to overlook the number of Aussies working there, they seem to love our mountains. Alternatively Canucks go to Australia to find the eternal beach. Both countries are celebrated for their rugged out-of-doors lifestyles. Even though we have HOT summers and beautiful lakes (no sharks mate) the world still thinks of us as a WINTER wonderland.????
Australia is always considered a SUMMER place (Melanoma capitol of the world) where the water swirls in the opposite direction down the loo.
OK wrap it up.
Australia to me is SHARKS!
(a future6000 word post lookout)
As a confirmed shark nut I even named my eldest son after Spencer Gulf where most of the Great White Shark films are shot.
Both countries are cinematically portrayed as dangerous places for humans. I laughed through the movie SIRENS where Hugh Grant read headlines in the morning papers describing how somebody died from a shark attack, jelyfish, snake or crocodile attack! It's all relative. When I talked to a surfboard dude in California he said that he would never go into the Canadian woods because of all the Bears!
One of my favorite memories of Aussies involves Grizzly Bears.
While camping in Banff, Alberta (another British stamp) my buddy and I returned from a night in town to find our Aussie mates at the next tent lining there tent with weiners (yes alchohol was involved)to attract a Grizzly for a photo op. A huge bear had been seen around the campground that day and warnings were posted. I slept in the car that night and our mates were evicted around 4 am! YIKES!.
Here in Canada more people are probaly killed by Moose on the highways than from a Bear attack (Black/Grizzly/Polar) but the image persists of a land where, as they say in the film Missouri Breaks..
"the closer you get to Canada..the more things there are that'll eat yer horse"
Branding is weird eh mate?. I think that we should form one country, enjoy our similarities, and cover all of the bases. That's fair dinkum eh!