International perception of Australia

  • Jayjames

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    Apr 17, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    So just out of curiosity I wanted to hear what people think about and perceive Australia and Australians to be like and then perhaps if you have visited, how it compares to your expectations?

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    Apr 17, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    i think australias areally cool country and the people to be very laid back. i got to visit 2 years ago and didnt expect to see people dressed in business clothes hahaha.
  • needleninja

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    idk......... :^
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    think of america's mid west with just as many fat people, racists, and pockets of open minded people but only in the big three (Brisbane, ,Melbourne and Sydney).
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    All the guys are ridiculously good looking that it would cause one to be in a constant state of arousal.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    soulman1969 saidAll the guys are ridiculously good looking that it would cause one to be in a constant state of arousal.



    thats such a lie...they are not good looking at all! icon_lol.gif the mnajority look like britts. very unattractive. the greek and turkish mixed guys are the hot ones. ugh... annoying how people have been watching too much crocodile Dundee,.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    I was in QLD (Queensland) during the Poline (SP?) Hanson campain against John Howard.....she was one racist politician and extremely open about it! That made my jaw drop. I went to a school and thought they were similar to New Yorkians ( icon_razz.gif ). They both talk fast at times (usually). The mean portions can be HUGE sometimes, and when I was eating with friends at the HS i attended, they would just grab food off my plate, THEN ask if they can have it...followed by "Thanks" before I could answer. I ended up learning to wack their hands when they came within a certain radius of my plate. icon_twisted.gif

    Quite a workout in QLD with the steep slopes of their roads i must say.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    Hoshiaki saidI was in QLD (Queensland) during the Poline (SP?) Hanson campain against John Howard.....she was one racist politician and extremely open about it! That made my jaw drop. I went to a school and thought they were similar to New Yorkians ( icon_razz.gif ). They both talk fast at times (usually). The mean portions can be HUGE sometimes, and when I was eating with friends at the HS i attended, they would just grab food off my plate, THEN ask if they can have it...followed by "Thanks" before I could answer. I ended up learning to wack their hands when they came within a certain radius of my plate. icon_twisted.gif

    Quite a workout in QLD with the steep slopes of their roads i must say.


    thants why youre so skinny lol
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    LOL don't hate!
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I often think they're hot, and something about the Australian accent is attractive, which is strange because it does not at all sound pleasant... in fact, I dont think its pretty at all.... its just somehting about the way the men speak it that just screams "rugged sailor" to me and that is a turn-on.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    no hate, remind me to thank those Australians for allowing you to become such a well developed specimen lol
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    haha, my weight gain didn't really start till I came back to the states....I was a twink compared to the guys i went to HS with, but the most interesting part for me was the chineese friends I made there that spoke with an australian accent...icon_smile.gif there there was one who lived in the states that spoke with an american accent so the compare/contrast was amusing. Made me think, "DO I REALLY SOUND LIKE THAT!?"
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    jrunner25 said
    soulman1969 saidAll the guys are ridiculously good looking that it would cause one to be in a constant state of arousal.



    thats such a lie...they are not good looking at all! icon_lol.gif the mnajority look like britts. very unattractive. the greek and turkish mixed guys are the hot ones. ugh... annoying how people have been watching too much crocodile Dundee,.


    Ok, I may have exaggerated a bit, but the same could be said about every country. I happen to have a thing for British guys as well, work with one who's completely adorable but unfortunately straight.

    But still a great guy.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    oy, i almost went to a uni of sydney for my masters. way over my head.... diiiiiid not realize how different their medical field is and their terms. oy... no thtanks. ill stay in my little pocket known as u s of a
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    soulman1969 said
    jrunner25 said
    soulman1969 saidAll the guys are ridiculously good looking that it would cause one to be in a constant state of arousal.



    thats such a lie...they are not good looking at all! icon_lol.gif the mnajority look like britts. very unattractive. the greek and turkish mixed guys are the hot ones. ugh... annoying how people have been watching too much crocodile Dundee,.


    Ok, I may have exaggerated a bit, but the same could be said about every country. I happen to have a thing for British guys as well, work with one who's completely adorable but unfortunately straight.

    But still a great guy.


    i guess, i find that most are pastey, lose thier hair early in life and dont know how to deal with it, have fat in all the wrong places. although id live in england long before id live in australia. at least britts are far more open minded.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Things I've heard about Australia and Australians

    1. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming

    2. They drink a lot of beer(so ive heard)

    4. But they dont drink fosters beer

    5.88% of the the worlds hottest men originate from there

    6. The beaches are amazing

    7. They found Nemo, and held him captive in a fish tank

    8. They dont use the phrase "shrimp on the barbie"

    9. They are had workers but also very laid back people... (I dont know someone told me that)

    10. They are awesome.

    but thats just what Ive heard/think about Australia and Australians
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    as far as ausralia is concerned, there isnt much architecture or history to really soak in.... leave that to europe. frankly, aside from hanging in the north east side of australia, gay mardi gras, no idea why people bother spending so much money to go there.
  • TrentGrad

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Jayjames saidSo just out of curiosity I wanted to hear what people think about and perceive Australia and Australians to be like and then perhaps if you have visited, how it compares to your expectations?

    Fire away....



    I haven't visited, so I can't really compare what my perception to the reality...

    ...but my perceptions of Australians are that they tend to be athletic, friendly people who notorious for being playful and handsome...and adventurous as well. icon_smile.gif

    My perception of Australia would be similar to Canada: a large, sparsely populated nation with very multi-cultural urban centres, and a sizable indigenous minority which hasn't always been treated fairly. Australia, like Canada, has large, open geographic spaces...though my perception is that Australia's winters are likely milder than Canada's, and Australia's summers are likely warmer than ours.

    Australia's political traditions, in my opinion, tend to be a bit more progressive than say the US political system.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    ridiculous exchange rate...no good to travel too until the markets adjust.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    StandardSocal saidThings I've heard about Australia and Australians

    1. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming

    2. They drink a lot of beer(so ive heard)

    4. But they dont drink fosters beer

    5.88% of the the worlds hottest men originate from there

    6. The beaches are amazing

    7. They found Nemo, and held him captive in a fish tank

    8. They dont use the phrase "shrimp on the barbie"

    9. They are had workers but also very laid back people... (I dont know someone told me that)

    10. They are awesome.

    but thats just what Ive heard/think about Australia and Australians



    88% lol.... wtf? lolololololololol lets break that down... everyone gets half their genes from their mom, half from thei dad... right? k, most models come from brazil and venezuela... right? ummm... you factoid isnt much fact as it is bunk.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    Jayjames saidSo just out of curiosity I wanted to hear what people think about and perceive Australia and Australians to be like and then perhaps if you have visited, how it compares to your expectations?

    Fire away....



    I haven't visited, so I can't really compare what my perception to the reality...

    ...but my perceptions of Australians are that they tend to be athletic, friendly people who notorious for being playful and handsome...and adventurous as well. icon_smile.gif

    My perception of Australia would be similar to Canada: a large, sparsely populated nation with very multi-cultural urban centres, and a sizable indigenous minority which hasn't always been treated fairly. Australia, like Canada, has large, open geographic spaces...though my perception is that Australia's winters are likely milder than Canada's, and Australia's summers are likely warmer than ours.

    Australia's political traditions, in my opinion, tend to be a bit more progressive than say the US political system.



    try warm and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay humid. woof. but i love the humid weather so bring it on! i feel like canadians are soo cute as far as their personality is concerned.
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    jrunner25 said
    StandardSocal saidThings I've heard about Australia and Australians

    1. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming

    2. They drink a lot of beer(so ive heard)

    4. But they dont drink fosters beer

    5.88% of the the worlds hottest men originate from there

    6. The beaches are amazing

    7. They found Nemo, and held him captive in a fish tank

    8. They dont use the phrase "shrimp on the barbie"

    9. They are had workers but also very laid back people... (I dont know someone told me that)

    10. They are awesome.

    but thats just what Ive heard/think about Australia and Australians



    88% lol.... wtf? lolololololololol lets break that down... everyone gets half their genes from their mom, half from thei dad... right? k, most models come from brazil and venezuela... right? ummm... you factoid isnt much fact as it is bunk.


    lol it was just a random number that sounded good in my head, its more personal preference than it is fact icon_biggrin.gif
  • gallus81

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    i'd like to address this apparent issue of racism in australia.

    having lived all my life outside the so called "big three" cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, I can guarantee racism is NOT prevalent throughout the rest of the country and is no worse here than the UK or the USA, or other first world countries.

    in the past few years there have been some highly publicised incidents of apparent race-based bashings of international students, however it was widely accepted these had NOTHING to do with race, but were opportunistic attacks on staff at late night convenience stores and petrol stations, who are regularly staffed by international students due to their study requirements. these attacks were well documented in Pakistan and India as race-based attacks, but it was later shown here in Australia race had nothing to do with it, yet THIS was never reported (from what I've read/found) in Pakistan and India. as a result, Australia has been branded a dangerous country by these other countries, which is quite shocking when you consider how dangerous Pakistan and northern India can be themselves.

    There HAS been a long history of abuse of Aboriginal people in Australia, however this is no worse than the way native Americans and the Maori people of New Zealand have been treated by the colonialists in those countries. In reality, the colonial-based racism here is no worse than in every other colony; yes it's bad, but no worse than many many other countries. I'm not saying it doesn't exist, as I know too well that it does, and I see it on a daily basis. That being said, it's not a one-way street, with some of THE most racist people I've dealt with being Aboriginal people themselves (not all, of course).

    There are many other facets of racism I haven't covered, mainly as I'm not a specialist in this area and can only speak from my own experience, but comparing my life here in Australia with the extensive travels I've done throughout South East Asia, the UK and north America, it's no worse here than anywhere else.

  • gallus81

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    and mr jrunner25, how much time have you spent here? you do seem to be such a wealth of knowledge on this country.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    3 months. i have been there back and forth since i worked a couple years for American and get free tickets through my buddies to visit my frined kitty (: who goes to usyd. LOL,flew to sydney, took virgin blue up to cairns and drove back down (: