- What is it with Australia?
I think it is the perception that less people move there from the UK (or dream about doing so…), therefore there is less demand for information about it from people back home – Australia is viewed as having more UK expats there, and as such, the news is interested in reporting about what is going on somewhere where some people feel they have a connection. I have no idea if that is actually the case – but I don’t think that news reporting etc. is done on the basis of factual assessment, perception is much stronger on that sort of thing anyway – and self reinforcing.
There is also that big bit that is quite French, and many English people have a bizarre thing about the French – which is perhaps related to the above perception that less people head there or want to head there.Posted 4 years ago
Actually Jekkyl, I think Australians and Canadians recognise each other and get along just fine. I’m just curious as to whether my perception of Australia as a more ‘favoured’ English-speaking country than Canada is correct, and what its origins are. Like a shared sports tradition (rugby and cricket, for example, as opposed to ice hockey and lacrosse), or something else.Posted 4 years agoads678Subscriber
I reckon it’s the sports: we’re crap at ice hockey, and the Canadians know nothing about rugby, cricket or football.
You need to be better at, at least two of those sports before we recognise you. Do it quick cos I love Canada, although I’ve never been to the French bit!!Posted 4 years ago
See, that’s sort of what I am trying to understand. Obviously Canadians don’t see themselves that way, but if we’re comparing, then Australian has none of the characteristics that I think make Canada more interesting.
1. We’re bilingual
2. We have cool sports
3. We are a hardy bunch that live in snow for a good part of the year
4. We have a strong intellectual tradition
5. The tension that comes from living beside America, also makes for interesting contrasts
6. We have an interesting history and a Native people that introduce a whole ‘appreciation for the earth’ dimension to our culture
Now, I know that Australia has some comparable features; but with twice the population, and a more diverse migration profile, I would think Canada might be seen as more interesting than it seems to be.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I think most Brits are confused about Canada.
There seems to be a small French nation embedded inside it. No one really understands why.
Australia seems to mostly be people with cockney accents talking with clenched teeth to keep the flies out and far easier to grasp as a government/judicial system.Posted 4 years ago
1. We’re bilingual – Yeaah but FRENCH
2. We have cool sports No you don’t
3. We are a hardy bunch that live in snow for a good part of the year – only cos you have to
4. We have a strong intellectual tradition – Do you talk to girls ever, that’s not leaping out at me as a chat up line
5. The tension that comes from living beside America, also makes for interesting contrasts – see above
6. We have an interesting history and a Native people that introduce a whole ‘appreciation for the earth’ dimension to our culture – yoghurt weaving, boring francophiles with a mild neighbour dispute. Sounds like one huge housing estte from undistinguished berkshire has been transplanted to north america
Hoist by your own petard
(just taking the P, would actually quite like to go to canada –Posted 4 years ago
I was listening to Radio 4 last night, and they were talking about some provision that will allow police authorities to recruit chiefs ‘…from America, and Australia, and other places with a similar legal system to ours…’
To be honest, as a Canadian expat, I felt a bit put out by this. I mean, Canada shares exactly the same legal system as the UK, has exactly the same parliamentary system as the UK, and it didn’t get a look-in.
But of course, this seems to happen quite often. People talk about Australia (and to a lesser extent New Zealand) in terms of sports, and holidays all the time. Heck, even events in Austrialian politics get reported here. But Canada? Very little.
Come to think of it, in coverage of one of the recent world university rankings, in which Canada had three universities in the top 50, an article mentioned the position of UK, US, and Australian universities.
There are numerous examples, from entertainment to politics to sport, I can think of that exemplify what feels like a neglect (or just plain ignorance) of Canada, and I am wondering why people think this is.
Or am I just imagining it?Posted 4 years agofasthaggisMember
If someone gave me a ticket to Australia I would trade it in for a ticket to Canada,or give it away.
If I went to New Zealand ,I would not plan to visit Australia just cause I was down that way.
I would go back to Canada in a heartbeat
I don’t know why I am not attracted to Aus as a place to visit,maybe I is just weird 😉Posted 4 years agoThe PinksterSubscriber
I think that it’s 2 fold –
1) Canada is right next to the good ol’ USofA which shouts loudly about everything it does, likes to tell everyone who will or won’t listen how great they are and think they own the world.
2) Australia likes to shout loudly about to anyone who will or won’t listen how great they are and think they own the Southern hemisphere.
In both cases Canada is seen as being meek & mild, not attracting any attention and just getting on with it, so no-one notices it.
Although this did seem to work in it’s favour in the current global financial situation.Posted 4 years ago
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