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  1. stacybird123

    wot do aussies think of us brits?

    Hi, Do australians like us poms??? Be honest those of you who are living there. Do they resent us for coming over and taking there jobs etc? stacy
  2. Guest

    Whinging Aussies

    We keep hearing about whinging Poms from Aussies mostly but ironically in my experience they are at the very least equal in the whinging stakes. Actually I don't think any one nation whinges and complains more than any other, we have friends of different nationalities and couldn't really separate them. The idea of the Whinging Pom just seems to be something else for whinging Aussies to whinge about. I am on several different Australian forums and most of the people could whinge for their country. I am on some British forums as well and they are just as bad. I think people just like to whinge. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/14/2189322.htm
  3. That's the way i see it.I can't differentiate(apart from the ........):wink:
  4. Guest

    Aussies calling brits poms

    I am in Australia from manchester and I don't understand why Aussies call Me a Pom. I am told by Aussies that POM means Prisoner of Mother England. That would mean the first Aussies where the POMs then not us Brits. Wouldn't that make Aussies POMs not Brits? I never hear Aussies call other Aussies POMs not even their own forefarthers and people desended from Brits.
  5. Middle Britain is a fictional location, but apparently 'Sierra Man' and later 'Mondeo Man' lived there........ From the Telegraph, Does Mondeo Man matter any more? (George Jones 28 Apr 2007) "Sierra Man" was the archetypal figure whom Tony Blair made famous at the Labour Party conference in 1996, as he was launching his bid for power. Based on a man whom Blair met in his Sedgefield constituency while campaigning for the 1992 election, he was reputedly an ex-Labour voter who had bought his former council house and would polish his ageing Ford at weekends. By 1996 he might well have had his eyes on a new Mondeo, which replaced the Sierra in 1993 (hence the misquote that gave birth to Mondeo Man) but higher taxes and mortgage rates prevented it Aside from the obvious that if spin doctors were trying to come up with an Aussie equivalent of 'Sierra Man', they'd get stuck arguing the toss between 'Commodore man' and 'Falcon man', what is the essence of your average man in 'Middle Australia'? and how does he compare to the Middle Britain man? Or for that matter, the difference between Aussie women and British women? Keep it civil.....:wink:
  6. http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/worlds-best-tourists-026319?page=0,0 What made me totally ROFL: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh:
  7. I met one last night in the pub ........boy could he whinge . He was married to a pommie girl , and was living over here . If we had role reversal ,and i was in a pub in Aussie ,speaking about Australia , the way he was moaning about England . We got on well enough after a shaky start , but only because i kept tight lipped. I was in good company so i let it wash over me ........:wink: Its not only the poms that moan i can assure you.
  8. vegastomelbourne

    'Laid-back' Aussies? Think again

    'Laid-back' Aussies? Think again http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/090818/overworked-aussies
  9. The Bolt decision will have implications for us all 512 Comments Andrew Dodd No doubt the Federal Court would like us to see its judgement against columnist Andrew Bolt today as a call for decent standards in journalism, rather than as a landmark ruling against freedom of speech. But in reality it will not be seen that way because it is a slap in the face for free expression. It limits the kinds of things we can discuss in public and it suggests there are lots of taboo areas where only the meekest forms of reporting would be legally acceptable. Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled in favour of nine fair skinned Aborigines who claimed that two articles written by Andrew Bolt two years ago were inflammatory, offensive and contravened the Racial Discrimination Act. There is clear logic in the judge's ruling, but my contention is that it fails to establish why Bolt’s writings did not qualify under the freedom of expression exemptions within the Act and it falls short of establishing that Bolt's motives were as debased as the ruling suggests. Bromberg makes it clear that Bolt and the Herald Sun lost their case because Bolt got his facts wrong and because he went out of his way to distort and inflame and provoke. So it is important to work out exactly what was being argued about. The lead applicant, Pat Eatock, claimed that Bolt had insinuated that she and the other applicants were not genuinely Aboriginal and that they were only pretending to be Aboriginal so that they could grab benefits that are only available to Aboriginal people. Under the Racial Discrimination Act she needed to prove that at least some fair skinned Aboriginal people were offended or insulted by Bolt's comments. Not a difficult thing to do. And she had to prove that Bolt made those offensive comments because she was of a particular race or color or ethnic origin. Again, a pretty easy thing to prove, given Bolt's entire argument was about the color of her skin and her ethnic origin. Strangely the Herald Sun tried to argue these points. It claimed the articles were not offensive and that race had nothing to do with the motivation for writing the stories. One might ask who they thought they were kidding? The Herald Sun also argued that even if someone could find the articles offensive, it is irrelevant because Bolt wrote his piece in good faith and was therefore entitled to an exemption under the Act, giving him a right to free speech. Justice Bromberg clearly rejected the idea that the articles were not offensive. He found that the people named by Bolt genuinely identified themselves as Aboriginal – and had done so since birth. He found that none of them had used their identity inappropriately to advance their careers. In short he had no problem with the idea that they are bona fide Aborigines. Bolt tried to argue that because he didn't incite racial hatred, he was entitled to a measure of protection under the law. The judge thought otherwise. He found that the Racial Discrimination Act is actually about promoting racial tolerance and human dignity and equality. Controversially, the judge also ruled that it's the group of people who have been offended that should determine whether or not a comment is offensive. In other words, the views of an average Herald Sun reader are not important here. It's the views of Aboriginal people that matter. In essence this case was lost on this point - the belief by the judge that "people should be free to fully identify with their race without fear of public disdain or loss of esteem for so identifying". Bolt did not get an exemption under the Act because of "the manner in which those articles were written" and because "they contained errors in fact, distortions of the truth and inflammatory and provocative language". I think the ruling is dangerous because it asserts as indisputable fact that Bolt's articles were not reasonable and were not written in good faith and do not classify as "fair comment". The Judge clearly believes they were not written with a genuine public interest in mind. But in the end this is just one person's view. Although those of us that don't like Bolt's writing might think we understand his motives, we really don't have a clue whether Bolt honestly held these views. Perhaps he was being courageous, rather than reckless, in seeking to talk openly what many would say quietly. I don't share his views but I can see some merit in the argument that true racial tolerance is only achieved when we can ventilate unpopular views openly and have a robust discussion about them. In any case do we really want to silence debate on irksome and uncomfortable topics? Given that many in the judiciary have a very dim view of even the most responsible forms of journalism, how would the courts have us write about topics when the conclusions or opinions are going to be unpleasant for the people who are being written about? If the offended people are the arbiters, how should the media question the behaviour of minority groups? In any case, this has a fair way to go yet. This is most certainly heading to the full bench of the Federal Court and then perhaps the High Court. Eventually, the final ruling will have serious implications for us all. Andrew Dodd has been a journalist and broadcaster for over 20 years, working for The Australian, Crikey and the ABC amongst others
  10. theres heaps of info about australia on pio--but just what are aussie people really like if your a pom living in there country-to me socially there not 2 bad,and in the work place they are a bit up themselves,and not really open 2 any other way but there way--i find there sense of humour an acquired taste but then again so is mine--so all in all there not 2 bad given time one feels:wubclub:
  11. The Pom Queen

    Sex please, we are Aussies

    But only a small minority are getting as much action as they'd like. A survey by dating website RSVP found 37 per cent of Australians - male and female - consider three to six times a week the ideal frequency for sex. However, 46 per cent want sex three times a day or more during the first month of a new relationship. And only 16 per cent of those in a relationship and four per cent of singles are having their preferred level of sex. "Physical contact and sex are important elements of healthy relationships and yet these results show us that across the board the majority of people in relationships would like to be having sex more often," RSVP's John Aitken says. The survey of 5300 people, carried out by Nielsen, found Generation Y (generally those born in the late 20th Century) are most likely to want sex up to six times a week. As age increases desire for frequent sex falls, the survey found. More than 90 per cent of Aussies rated sexual chemistry as "important" when selecting a partner http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/sex-yes-please-were-aussie-nielsen-survey-says/story-e6frf7jx-1226140892346
  12. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/Holiday.png[/WRAP]The strength of the Australian Dollar over the past few months has enabled a record number of Australians to travel overseas, according to the Expedia NAB Travellers Foreign Currency Rankings. Although the strength of the Aussie dollar has been tempered in the past couple of weeks, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show overseas departures are close to record highs and had increased by 10 per cent in the seven months to July, compared with the same period last year. Marketing manager of Expedia, Amee Evans said Australian travellers were taking advantage of the strong dollar. "It's a very exciting time to be an Aussie travelling overseas because our currency is at near-record highs against, not just the US Dollar, but many of the world's major and minor currencies," she said. The Expedia NAB travellers' Foreign Currency rankings compared the Australian Dollar against the world's currencies over a 12-month period and the results revealed the 10 best value destinations for Australian travellers. BEST VALUE DESTINATIONS At number one for best value was Turkey, where the Australian Dollar has rose 22% against the Turkish Lira. Also high on the list for best value were the Tanzanian Shilling and the Argentine Peso which rose by 18% and 14% respectively. Australians wanting a tropical break have done well with Asia featuring strongly in the results. Vietnam and Thailand ranked third and fifth on the list while the Australian dollar grew by 16% against the Vietnamese Dong, 12% against the Thai Baht and 11% against the Hong Kong Dollar. The lowest gain for South East Asia was in Singapore where the Australian Dollar grew by just 3%. As a result of the strong dollar expedia searches for travel in Thailand were up by 73% and searches for travel in Vietnam have rose by 66%. The Australian Dollar had risen 10 per cent against the US Dollar in the last 12 months and although a continual favourite for Australian travellers it has only just scraped in to the top 10 list for best value. Despite not being the best for value a 44% increase has occurred for bookings to the USA. The most popular destinations were Honolulu, New York and Los Angeles. The report showed the Australian Dollar appreciating by 8% against the British Pound and 4% against the Euro but bookings through Expedia.com.au continued to rise for popular destinations London, Rome and Paris. In the past 12 months the Australian Dollar has lost 5% against the Swiss Franc and 2% against the New Zealand Dollar. Currency Strategist at National Australia Bank Emma Lawson said the resources boom and high commodity prices had benefit for the Australian Dollar. "The Australian Dollar has outperformed in the year as it benefits from the ongoing resource boom and high commodity prices. More recently it has been a little more volatile but we expect it to remain relatively strong across a broad range of currencies due to Australia's AAA status, and continued support from the resources sector," she said.
  13. paisleylass

    Kiwis Vs Aussies

    Just a wee laugh for you, I love Flight Of The Conchords and this collection of clips is hilarious: [YOUTUBE]qTwAoFR4DuM&feature=youtu.be[/YOUTUBE]
  14. The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at heart, around us, We see the cattle die - But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady, soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold - Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze. An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land - All you who have not loved her, You will not understand - Though earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly.
  15. Hey how's everyone doing. Just been wondering? Where do the Aussie 18-30 mob go on holiday? Going to oz on a years working visa and going to miss going away with my pals ( although not too much lol). So where's the Aussie's favourite party towns like magaluf and Ibiza. heard Bali's quite popular. Anywhere in Australia good for some weekend madness?? Cheers
  16. Does anyone know if there is an equlivant to Poms in Oz...Aussies in the UK?? POI has been invaludable for me and my partner but I would like to visit a similar site for Aussies moving to the UK. Cheers and bring on the weekend!!! :biglaugh:
  17. Guest

    Any Aussies in Dublin ???

    Hi there ! Are there any Aussies in Dublin ? Would like to catch up and see what they say about their beautiful country that I'm in love with :-) Annette
  18. Hi all, I'm reading an article online in the age at the moment "immigration numbers plummet by half". Anyway, the article is taking about immigration being down, the skills shortage etc....it's the comments section at the bottom that worries me. Most people that have commented say there isn't a skills shortage and are in favour of immigration being cut, that they don't want the country growing anymore, lack of space, resources and immigrants taking jobs that should be for their children. Have any of you in Oz experienced negativity at being an immigrant or is it something you worry about? We were there from 2004 to 2006 and we got the backpacker tag in Sydney so left and went to Melbourne, but that was it. I know things have changed since then, but do you think it's something to be concerned about? Also, do you think there is geniune skills shortage?
  19. I will do my best to keep this short and sweet, I SAID I WOULD TRY.:mad: But some may agree, and some not, but here are my ideas on what we in the UK could try and assimilate into our own 'culture'. 1. Long service leave, in my opinion a great idea. I dare say someone will say 'economically' we can't do this, but being a bit naive it does seem a great idea. 2. Voting. It should be compulsory to go to the polling station and at LEAST register, you may not vote, (though I disagree with this) but at least the Aussies are made to attend their polling stations and have their name ticked off. 3. British Day. The Aussies have Australia day, and whilst some see this as insular, jingoistic, etc, I love the way a nation can celebrate its own achievements. And YES I do know that not all Aussies celebrate Australia day, but all in all, what a great idea. 4. Clean Up Australia Day. I know there are a lot of 'independent' people who do such things in the UK, but wouldn't it be great where one day a year when a lot of the population clean up the sh7te that some believe we should all have to live in.:mad: 5. And lastly, you selfish Aussies, give us some of that sun, you know, just a bit would be nice. THIS IS NOT meant to be another UK versus Australia thread, if someone wants to start another thread about what the Aussies should copy from us then fair play. But this is meant with the best of intentions and would be great to read other peoples opinions on what we could do in this country that is similar to Australia. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  20. Hi Guys, This is my first time using the website. I would just like to ask a quick question. How do Australians generally get on with you fellow poms? I went to Oz last year for a few weeks and everyone seemed quite nice and friendly. However, I keep reading about how many people find them racist, even to poms and americans. What are your experiences? Many Thanks, Roy.
  21. Just found this interesting piece of info. Lock up our daughters and sons once they are in oz!!!! :policeman: Aussies ill-informed on sexual health
  22. Been here almost 4 weeks now and have looked in my local Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Big W and Target stores and can't find yellow household dusters anywhere :confused: Any suggestions as to where I might find some (Joondalup is my local centre but I'll travel to another suburb if necessary) or tell me what Aussies do their dusting with. So sad, but my in-laws arrive on Monday for a month and when they asked what we wanted brought over it was top of the list closely followed by UK foodstuffs that I know they can't bring. Doing my best to fit in but damn I miss Marks & Spencer's food hall (and Tesco 24) :cry:
  23. Hi anyone know of any 5 aside football on Mornington Peninsula area or close by? :cool:
  24. twinsmom65

    Aussies to the rescue !!

    Well I did a really stupid thing on Thursday, was driving to go look at a horse and missed the house, so decided to turn around. I was not on a main road and was by myself and of course no mobile with me. Well me being a silly women got stuck in the sand on the shoulder of the road. Also being Canadian, have been used to getting stuck on the side of the road in ice but not in sand. So silly me kept spinning my tyres, not realizing that I was digging myself deeper. For those of you that know me, I don't drive a 4x4, I drive a little Saab converitble. Not the best car to be sandbagged with lol. A lovely man came along in his car and advised me that the house next to where I had bogged my car down had a tractor. So little old me trotted off to the house and asked the guy for help. He got his tractor out and towed my car out of the sand.... god bless him. By this point in time my husband had seen my car and had stopped as well. I just wanted to share my little story with you and let you know that Aussies really are very helpful people and will help you out of a mess. Btw, the man who originally stopped stayed by my car until it got towed out just to make sure I was okay. Cheers Karen
  25. Hey guys, quick question, has anyone worked purely bank or agency in the UK and then been able to get a job/visa/sponsorship? I think bank/agency might be a good idea for me at the moment for many reasons, but I'm worried i've only been qualified 6 months and i don't know whether the lovely aussies might take a dim view. What do the rest of the PIO nurses think?