There’s Nothing More Aussie than Australia Day
Aussies are a funny bunch.
We celebrate Australia Day with fireworks.
But fireworks are actually Chinese, they have been for centuries.
We also celebrate with a couple of quiet beers.
Beer? Not Aussie. The ancient Egyptians invented that one.
The barbie? That’s an American invention.
Even our national anthem was written by a Scot.
But that’s one of the great things about Australia, we tend to take the best of everything and put our own stamp on it.
We did invent the black box flight recorder, spray-on skin for burn victims, the electronic pacemaker, Google Maps, polymer bank notes you can stuff in your boardies so you can buy yourself a beer at a swim-up bar, the bionic ear, the electric drill and a winged-bloody-keel that showed the world a thing or two about yachting.
The fact that a Japanese car company (Toyota) decided to honour Ben Lexcen, the designer of the winged-keel, by naming a rebadged Holden Commodore after him goes to show how amazingly multi-cultural and funny we are.
There’s a lot to be proud of being an Aussie. There’s a lot of things we don’t get right, but at least we’re having a crack. And at least we can now enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast, lunch and tea thanks to the good folk at Bega who recently bought it back off the Americans.
Australia Day is a great day, and even if you think that we should move it to another date, it’s still important to remember how lucky we are to live in the lucky country.
Wherever you celebrate the day, we hope you’re surrounded by mates and kids with a kick-arse barbie and a couple of coldies.
Speaking of barbies, they don’t get much more kick-arse than this. Slo-motion meat. Enjoy.