What Do You Think Of Aussies?

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Most if not all Aussies have a certain stereotype of Americans and Europeans.

What do Americans and Europeans think of Aussies?
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    All I know is that wherever I go in the world, however remote, I am going to run into Aussies. Met Aussies in Tierra Del Fuego, met Aussies in Guiyang, even met Aussies in Saskatchewan (good luck finding Vegemite there).

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    • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
      Originally Posted by thunderbird View Post

      All I know is that wherever I go in the world, however remote, I am going to run into Aussies. Met Aussies in Tierra Del Fuego, met Aussies in Guiyang, even met Aussies in Saskatchewan (good luck finding Vegemite there).
      Interesting.

      All the Aussies I have met have asked if I have met the great explorer Thunderbird. Saskatchewan, Guiyang, Tierra Del Fuego...he's everywhere!

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    As a kid, I always wanted Olivia Newton-John.

    I try to avoid stereotypes since I live around every color of the rainbow.
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by GforceSage View Post

      As a kid, I always wanted Olivia Newton-John.

      I try to avoid stereotypes since I live around every color of the rainbow.
      What!?

      That's the best thing! I love stereo typing!
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      Originally Posted by GforceSage View Post

      As a kid, I always wanted Olivia Newton-John.

      I try to avoid stereotypes since I live around every color of the rainbow.
      Well I hate to be a bigot -- but stay away from the green people. They can be pretty contageous.

      Aussies - um....I've only met one in real life and then some on the forum and frankly, I don't see much difference in them than the average American. Some are even every bit as redneck as some of our people are.
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        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        Well I hate to be a bigot -- but stay away from the green people. They can be pretty contageous.

        Aussies - um....I've only met one in real life and then some on the forum and frankly, I don't see much difference in them than the average American. Some are even every bit as redneck as some of our people are.


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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          I have a good opinion of Aussies. I had a friend who talked about it incessantly after a couple visits there and ended up moving permanently to Australia (that was a trick that took some doing but his skills in glass blowing were welcome there).

          A close friend worked as an engineer in Australia for two years and we corresponded during that time. He wrote fascinating stories about his experiences.

          I've also read Bryson's "A Sunburned Country" about his travels through Australia. My only problem with Australia is there are too many bugs and snakes that can kill you:p
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          • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            I've also read Bryson's "A Sunburned Country" about his travels through Australia. My only problem with Australia is there are too many bugs and snakes that can kill you:p
            The bugs won't kill you and the snakes will leave you alone if you leave them alone! Now the spiders on the other hand.....
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            • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
              Aussies?

              God's (assuming he/she actually exists) chosen people.

              Salt of the earth.

              Devastatingly attractive and highly intelligent.

              Also full of sh1t.
              Good one, mate!

              Better check the barbie to make sure the Shrimps don't burn. And the Kangaroo steaks are red raw of course!

              Aussie, aussie, aussie, arrrrggggg!!! :rolleyes: See Australians don't talk like that, thank god.

              Unfortunately except the ones, who end up on national television, wresting crocodiles!!!

              You are right we are full, of s****, but in a good way!


              The bugs won't kill you and the snakes will leave you alone if you leave them alone! Now the spiders on the other hand.....
              You are right, l used to live on a farm, and saw my fair share of blackhead snakes, (highly poisonous) but they will ignore you and go after small lizards, instead.


              No bugs or snakes or even Kangaroos, in Melbourne, etc. But you do trip over the occasional Wombat.


              Had to put this song in, this is our unofficial national anthem!

              Men At Work-Land Down Under - Video Dailymotion

              Sorry it won't embed, Google in it's infinite wisdom has banned most of this in AU, except this one!

              Google is certainly overflowing with ......


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            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post


            I've also read Bryson's "A Sunburned Country" about his travels through Australia. My only problem with Australia is there are too many bugs and snakes that can kill you:p
            That book is well-known here for it's description of Canberra (our capital) as the most boring place on earth. In fact he said "Canberra: Why wait for death?"

            (Canberra's not quite that bad.)

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            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            I have a good opinion of Aussies. I had a friend who talked about it incessantly after a couple visits there and ended up moving permanently to Australia (that was a trick that took some doing but his skills in glass blowing were welcome there).

            A close friend worked as an engineer in Australia for two years and we corresponded during that time. He wrote fascinating stories about his experiences.

            I've also read Bryson's "A Sunburned Country" about his travels through Australia. My only problem with Australia is there are too many bugs and snakes that can kill you:p
            Dont forget the drop bears Kay... extremely dangerous and not to be messed with.
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              Originally Posted by goindeep View Post

              Dont forget the drop bears Kay... extremely dangerous and not to be messed with.
              very dangerous:


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              • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
                Bloody nice people, bloody nice weather and bloody nice ice cold beer.

                And I'm a Pom.

                Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

                No bugs or snakes in the city
                I was visiting my sister in Sydney last year and I can tell you, I don't know what you lot do in Melbourne but there are plenty of spiders and wildlife where she was. Not to mention the Huntsman in her car that ran over my bare foot.

                I had to drink beer for an hour after just to recover from the shock.

                If I lived in the vicinity of spiders that big, I'd keep a shot gun and a bag of plaster by my bed so I could shoot it then repair the walls later.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Been working with Aussies since I was a 16-year-old restaurant dishwasher back in Vancouver. Always friendly, hard-working, tell-it-to-you-straight folks. (Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee are NOT who I think of...I remember a 20-something, tall girl from 1991ish who'd been in a car accident and had both knees replaced...you could push her kneecaps in a bit with your finger, very odd, two decades later I still remember that...)

    About a quarter of my clients are in Australia.

    Come to think of it, I've never met an Aussie who was dead broke, and not one who was ultra-rich, either. Hmm...

    Looking forward to visiting some day in the not too distant future.
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    Aussies?

    God's (assuming he/she actually exists) chosen people.

    Salt of the earth.

    Devastatingly attractive and highly intelligent.

    Also full of sh1t.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I know only a couple of Aussies, both of whom now live here.

    One's a chef running a cosy little restaurant where, he says, Kangaroo is occasionally on the menu. Food aside (sort of), he's pretty much a meat-and-taties kind of guy - outspoken, carefree and a bit of a free spirit, no stranger to buffoonery.

    The other one's really Irish, an Uilleann piper who grew up for a time in Britain before shipping off to Tasmania for over 20 years where, of all places, he learned his chops. Other Aussies with whom he associates consider him "one a-tha gang", anyway, so that's good enough for me.

    Both are genial, leisurely chaps who don't take themselves too seriously. What I like about them is that they're not as contrived as a lot of my fellow Brits, yet not so gabby and whiney as a lot of Americans (why not - we're stereotyping!? :p).

    They seem to blend the best of both with a bit of heck-knows-what thrown in. Mostly beer, I figure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      I've never met an Aussie I didn't like, and living in London, I've met quite a few.

      The stereotype may be hard to shift, but two Aussie intellectuals I always enjoy reading are Clive James and Germaine Greer


      Of course, on the other hand, there's Mel Gibson...
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

      I know only a couple of Aussies, both of whom now live here.

      One's a chef running a cosy little restaurant where, he says, Kangaroo is occasionally on the menu. Food aside (sort of), he's pretty much a meat-and-taties kind of guy - outspoken, carefree and a bit of a free spirit, no stranger to buffoonery.

      The other one's really Irish, an Uilleann piper who grew up for a time in Britain before shipping off to Tasmania for over 20 years where, of all places, he learned his chops. Other Aussies with whom he associates consider him "one a-tha gang", anyway, so that's good enough for me.

      Both are genial, leisurely chaps who don't take themselves too seriously. What I like about them is that they're not as contrived as a lot of my fellow Brits, yet not so gabby and whiney as a lot of Americans (why not - we're stereotyping!? :p).

      They seem to blend the best of both with a bit of heck-knows-what thrown in. Mostly beer, I figure.
      I'll be thinking about that one all night But then the person I associate most with the Uilleann Pipes is liam O'Flynn.

      As for a lot of Americans being whinny, you don't know the half of it

      Oh yeah I have liked every Aussie I've meet online or in person.
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    I really like them Ozzies. Y?

    Because they are straight-forward - they don't beat around the bush. I like that - ... however they are like me when upset or stressed - volatile - so much so I might think they are Italian (crazyola like me). I just go head-to-head with them and they are fine. This is based on 8 years running an online helpdesk (I can't remember meeting any Ozzies in person).

    ... and i adore accents
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    I have met many Aussies when traveling as well as online. When I was younger, I was often surprised when the majority of people at a youth hostel or on a trip seemed to be from Australia. Aside from enjoying travel, they have school and work policies that allow for lots of vacation time. Either that, or they are all prosperous, lol. The ones I've met in person tend to be fun loving and easy to talk to.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtoreality
    In England we see Aussies as people who are laid-back, love sport and are always up for having a good time. I swear you guys love to travel a lot as well. You also seem to be able to drink a hell of a lot. That's my experience with Aussies anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

    Better check the barbie to make sure the Shrimps don't burn. And the Kangaroo steaks are red raw of course!
    You eat kangaroo? Funny, I never thought of them as food before. What does kangaroo taste like?


    As for the OP's question, the only Aussies I know I met online. Became friends with some of them. Generally pretty good folks. People are people if you ask me. You get all kinds in any demographic, but you generally see in them what you expect to see.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      What do I think of Aussie's? The first thing that came to mind was the same two pics that Ken posted.

      Let me say that I have never met an Aussie in person before, but from what I do know of them from television, I think that Aussie men are ruggedly handsome exuding testosterone from every pore making them so manly, earthy and they speak with an irresistible accent that just adds to sexy.

      If I have stereotyped, I apologize but can only speak on that which I know, however limited that may be.

      And please, if I am wrong don't correct me, I like that stereotype and want to keep it that way in my mind. :p

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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Best if cooked medium well with lemon pepper and taste a bit like kangaroo.

    I've found the Aussie women I've met to be very attractive.

    I played pool in a bar with some Aussie Rugby players - still in uniform from some tournament - and they were very drunk and rowdy in a fun way. Did the Aussie, Aussie, Aussie oi cheer. Probably to pull the wool over the eyes of us Yanks.

    I've heard the men don't treat the Aussie women so well. More chauvinism than here. Something I've heard, mind you, not something I know or believe to be true.

    Also, I seem to have heard that they have a good track record in web design and development.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      You eat kangaroo? Funny, I never thought of them as food before. What does kangaroo taste like?


      As for the OP's question, the only Aussies I know I met online. Became friends with some of them. Generally pretty good folks. People are people if you ask me. You get all kinds in any demographic, but you generally see in them what you expect to see.
      Arrr, l think l tried it once, very low fat content! It is like a steak with the fat squeezed out. A healthy meat, but an acquired taste.

      No, l was being silly before, unless you go into the outback, most Aussies, will occasionally say Mate! But apart from that, we are more English than Aussie.

      Although at the moment, Australia is a muggers paradise! If you want to walk up some suburban streets at night, the street lights, either have been turned of here and there, or turned down.

      And outside Hospitals, you literally need a torch to pay for your parking ticket.


      So Australia has gone from the lucky country to the Muggers country. Unless this crap is worldwide?


      So if you come to AU, then buy a torch, and possibly some lace? :rolleyes:

      Wonder if New York has this nonsense?

      Shane

      PS This post is a warning, (only) to tourists to pack a torch, if the visit AU soon! Especially Victoria or Melbourne!
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      • Profile picture of the author LarryC
        < Although at the moment, Australia is a muggers paradise! If you want to walk up some suburban streets at night, the street lights, either have been turned of here and there, or turned down.

        And outside Hospitals, you literally need a torch to pay for your parking ticket.


        So Australia has gone from the lucky country to the Muggers country. Unless this crap is worldwide? >

        Seriously? I thought you had a low crime rate. Even in New York and most U.S. cities muggings are not that common right now. Violent crime peaked in the 80s and declined sharply in the late 90s, though it's currently on the upswing again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Thomas
        Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        But apart from that, we are more English than Aussie.

        Although at the moment, Australia is a muggers paradise! If you want to walk up some suburban streets at night, the street lights, either have been turned of here and there, or turned down
        When I was in Australia, I found many Aussies to be more like the Irish than the English, but maybe I have a biased viewpoint. Then again, alot more of you sprang from Irish settlers and convicts than you might like to admit... so maybe there's something in it

        As for crime, I never found it to be a problem. I might have been lucky in that regard, but almost everyone I met was simple overwhelmingly friendly, laid-back, and more interested in chatting than mugging.

        One thing I didn't get used to was the scale of the place. Having your GPS say stuff like, "Turn left, and then drive for... 4 days" was a new experience.
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        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          When I was in Australia, I found many Aussies to be more like the Irish than the English, but maybe I have a biased viewpoint. Then again, alot more of you sprang from Irish settlers and convicts than you might like to admit... so maybe there's something in it

          As for crime, I never found it to be a problem. I might have been lucky in that regard, but almost everyone I met was simple overwhelmingly friendly, laid-back, and more interested in chatting than mugging.
          Yep, that is true, l have to admit that some of my decendants came from Ireland! You may have guessed from my name...

          And Melbourne certainly has it's fair share of Irish Pubs, so you guys are popular over here!

          But l am just saying we have the Australian accent with the occasional, Mate word thrown in. But after watching Minder and other Irish Murder mystery's, for years on end, l would have to go with Australians leaning more towards the English than other cultures.

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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Originally Posted by goindeep View Post

    What Do You Think Of Aussies?
    Terrible rugby players.

    Really, really terrible... I don't know why they even bother fielding a team, to be honest.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

      Terrible rugby players.

      Really, really terrible... I don't know why they even bother fielding a team, to be honest.


      Nice bait. What'cha fishing for? :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    I think we're alright

    Now I've got to get back to the barbie, watch the footy and settle in for a night of drinking beer with my bogan mates
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Pretty interesting how few have actually met an Australian...

    ...and how many of you are sports-focused.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      I think we're alright

      Now I've got to get back to the barbie, watch the footy and settle in for a night of drinking beer with my bogan mates
      And don't forget to Turn on the electric fence, around your property so the Dingoes and Crocks, don't take your children in the night!

      Pretty interesting how few have actually met an Australian...

      ...and how many of you are sports-focused.
      A lot are into Football, but l couldn't get into it, Golf is more my thing, and l was born here.

      By the way the Melbourne cup doesn't stop a nation, we are not that fanatical!


      So Australia has gone from the lucky country to the Muggers country. Unless this crap is worldwide? >

      Seriously? I thought you had a low crime rate. Even in New York and most U.S. cities muggings are not that common right now. Violent crime peaked in the 80s and declined sharply in the late 90s, though it's currently on the upswing again.
      Not sure about the mugging rate, but it does happen in Melbourne, etc. And the present situation to save the environment or money, in exchange for public safety or safety for the sick, is pretty disguising.

      I expect that this will only get worse, for the next few months, so tourists bring some extras, down under.


      I won't get into details, but it's pretty obvious, what needs to happen!


      And at the moment, some retirees, and some of the other 43% who live month by month, do shoplift, (that has shot up recently) but only for necessities! but it also could mean, more non - necessities stealing, and more trying to get above monthly bills.

      The Lucky Country is still valid, but it is getting pounded at present!


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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Pretty interesting how few have actually met an Australian...

      ...and how many of you are sports-focused.
      Yeah so few Aussies to meet... but so damn good at sports... lollllllll pretty much better than brits and kiwis at everything...
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  • Profile picture of the author dallas playboy
    As an American, I consider them a great friend of America and Freedom. If ya
    get a chance, read about their Warriors during WWII. They were at Normandy, and
    in Burma jungle fighting they kicked some serious asses.

    Happy Memorial Day Mates!
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      Originally Posted by dallas playboy View Post

      As an American, I consider them a great friend of America and Freedom. If ya
      get a chance, read about their Warriors during WWII. They were at Normandy, and
      in Burma jungle fighting they kicked some serious asses.

      Happy Memorial Day Mates!
      Thanks, we celebrate ours on ANZAC day - April 25.
      Australia got involved in WWII in 1939 and Aussie troops fought in North Africa, Middle East, Europe, Papua New Guinea, Borneo just to name a few places. And in 1942 we had a suprise invasion of our own. Some call it "Australia's Pearl Harbour" Bombing of Darwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Happy Memorial Day to you.

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    Aussies is a great and kind people (not getting paid to write that), they invade our country every year and they are very welcome
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    There accents charm me! I could listen to them all day, the content of what they are saying really isn't important ;-)

    In general I think Aussies tend to be fun, laid back, the kind you want to hang out and have a beer with - that is my stereotype of them anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Uhhhh....

    They're from Australia???
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  • Profile picture of the author carnal
    I think Aussies have a very positive attitude in general not to mention they are extremely competitive in global sports.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    What do I think of Aussies?

    Remove the "A" and replace it with a "P".




    Just kidding. I have the highest regard for Australians. They're like Brits with balls or Americans without all the whining.
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  • Profile picture of the author crescendo
    I haven't met any so I would't know too certainly. I would love to meet aussies though
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  • Profile picture of the author razer1
    haha, I just joined War Forum and I am a Aussie and I cant say im proud to be one in the state of where we are heading Our Gov is fcked up.
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Originally Posted by razer1 View Post

      haha, I just joined War Forum and I am a Aussie and I cant say im proud to be one in the state of where we are heading Our Gov is fcked up.
      Indeed, dont be too upset though beer still exists.
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