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  1. calNgary

    Why im proud to be an Aussie !

    Last night Channel 9 held a flood relief appeal TV show. I know we have said on PIO before that the generosity of Australians to people in need is outstanding , they seem to rally around and help others like it second nature but this latest 'rally around' is amazing, it really does make you feel proud to be part of this country. Well with the help of last nights TV show so far over $11million has been raised to help the familys affected by the floods. Considering this time of year everyone is pretty skint anyway i think its absloutely amazing that so many people picked up the phone last night and donated, the excat figures can be read here - Deluge of donations as $11m in pledges pours in at telethon event for flood victims | Courier Mail Cal x
  2. This weekend I was down in Melbourne to watch my 14 year old daughter competing in the national diving championships. She dives off the 10m platform and was up against some of Australia's Olympians and Commonwealth Games representatives in the event. She placed 6th in the final with a personal best score. We are so proud of all she has achieved. She's had a tough year and was out of training for 4 months with a broken hand and has had only 3 months to learn the 5 internationally competitive dives she needed to compete. She was the youngest diver in the field. Select Diver Love Rudi x
  3. Guest

    I am so proud of myself...

    I am so proud of myself, I have just sorted all my files, re-jigged, moved, deleted, combined and scanned which I have never done before. :biggrin:
  4. Guest

    Being proud

    We often hear parents (especially mothers) saying how proud they are of their children, sometimes for no reason that I can see. It has become fashionable to endlessly praise children, their self-esteem is everything. Sometimes the praise is for an obvious achievement, other times its for little, or nothing, more than they breath. Over the years this is something that I now see a little differently. I recall, some years ago, me and my son were having 'words'. I wanted him to go to university, I justified this 'ambition' as being for his benefit, he would have a better future, he would have more opportunities ... etc. During these 'words' he said to me something like '.... you just want to show-off to your friends ...' later I thought about this and had to admit he might be right. Was my ambition really for him or was it (in part at least) for me, was I trying to live through him. When I hear people say how proud they are of their children I often want to say 'are they proud of you', are you expecting your children to achieve things that you couldn't or didn't. Yes my son did go to university, was it the best thing for him, that is something that will remain un-known.
  5. sykestykes

    So Proud of My Surf Lifesaver!

    Sorry everyone but I just had to share this. My 14 year old has been doing an intensive Surf Lifesaving course this weekend, which he completes next weekend. He has been at the Surf Club all weekend from straight after school on Friday (including overnight) and rising at 5am for all-day training using the tubes, boards, first aid, how to use the defibrillator etc as well as alot of classroom theory too. He even had to perform a 'rescue' in the choppy seas on one of the adult volunteers, which is no mean feat for someone who is quite small for his age...but what he lacks in height, he more than makes up for in body strength and sheer guts...when he finishes the course next weekend he will be allowed to participate in the volunteer surf patrols. I'm in awe of him, and of all the volunteer Surf Lifesavers who freely give their time and risk their personal safety to keep us safe on the beaches. Hats off to them!!":notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:
  6. Just got the news that my daughter has topped the State and won a gold medal in English! She also won the "Best Student Award" in the inter-school competition in French. And was placed in the top 1% in the State in Maths, Science and Geography. (These exams are conducted by the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools -ICAS: University of Wales) Topped every band in the NAPLAN as well :-)))) I am a very proud and happy mom!
  7. Guest

    Proud As Punch

    My eldest daughter (17) has got her first job, only left school three weeks ago. It is in a small heating installation firm and she will be manning the front desk. Even though she has a very good typing speed they are willing to pay for her NVQ's and Diplomas in all manner of secretarial skills. The wage is minimal, but I am so proud of her because I have said relentlessly that money isn't everything and being happy is the most important factor of ANY job if at all possible. She went in with her eyes open and knew straight away this was the job for her, even though the wages are minimal. She looked toward the future and as I said I am so proud of her for taking a job that many would say was 'menial'. It's also a bit sad, seeing my eldest growing up and moving away from me and her mum, but these things are meant to be, and have I said I'M SO PROUD OF HER'. It will be a sad day when she leaves, for all the arguments the happiness she brings all of us is immeasurable. I've now off to try and fray the old apron stings a bit. Cheers Tony:unsure:
  8. Conniebygaslight

    Group Hug....

    I Just wanted to say to all of us -whether we are here and loving it, or whether we tried it and didn't like it and we are fortunate to be able to return (some aren't) we should all be really proud of ourselves for having the guts to try something so huge and different-many wouldn't be so brave. (Even though they like to say they would) :hug:
  9. I was sitting in the car yesterday, thinking about my future, and how much I want to move... and it had only really just occurred to me what it is that makes me love Australia so much. Its the fact that Australians love their country and are so proud of it! ...and rightly so! Australia is beautiful and has so much to offer. It cares so much about its native wildlife, and history. They support local businesses, and PROUD to say its Ozzy made. If you meet an Australian in England, they will always tell you about how great their country is and how much they love it. Being English/British, I can't say I have ever thought to myself...'wow i love England, what a great place'. I can't say I'm PROUD to be English.... I think England is a beautiful, it has a beautiful countryside, wildlife, seasons (which I will miss!) I don't think there are many people that are... its probably why everything gets ruined, graffitied, destroyed, stolen... we have much of a sense of community. I cant wait to 'be Australian'! I want to be able to say 'Im from Australia, where are you from?' I can't wait to support their Rugby & Football team, to cheer them on in the Olympics! :jiggy: You hear alot in the negative posts about 'Australians loving their country so much and they don't know why'... its a great country because they believe it is! Nothing can be perfect, and I know that Australia has its problems, but I think this is maybe something that the UK, especially England needs to learn to do, and maybe it will be a nicer place... I just thought I would share this with you guys :wubclub:
  10. Rockingham has made one of Australias Top 10 Bogan hotspots. Lovely - we should be prouds of the curltural diversity, not ashamed of it.:biglaugh: Family raises ‘mini-me bogans’ : thewest.com.au 'We're not bogans' - Local news - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia Still I like it.
  11. Guest

    Fit in or **** off

    I just wanted to say, as an Australian, how deeply ashamed I am at the behaviour of some youths in Manly, NSW on Australia Day yesterday. If you have not yet heard about this, though if you are in Oz it would be hard not to, then this link may help. Sydney riots shatter oz day | PerthNow I'm still (fairly) young but I feel worlds apart from the kids who are mentioned in this article running about the place telling people to "f*** off we're full"... it's humiliating to think current generations of Australians have this point of view. IMHO, Australia Day should be about celebrating what Australia has become (despite its less than honourable start) and everyone who currently lives here, EVERYONE, should have a right to feel at home and proud to be here. Particularly on a day like yesterday. So, although I know they weren't targetting Poms in their attacks, on behalf of all other Australians, I'm sorry for their actions and their words. It is a VERY small monority of people who hold this opinion that we shouldn't be welcoming migrants in with open arms (god knows we have the room) and if you are in the UK and are in the process of coming over here or are even just thinking about coming over here, please do. You are more than welcome.
  12. Guest

    English and proud

    this was given to me:wink: DEFINITELY ENGLISH!! >From The Queen's Royal Lancers Website: Goodbye to my England , So long my old friend Your days are numbered, being brought to an end To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine But don't say you're English, that's way out of line. The French and the Germans may call themselves such So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane But don't say you're English ever again. At Broadcasting House the word is taboo In Brussels it's scrapped, in Parliament too Even schools are affected, staff do as they're told They must not teach children about England of old. Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and S haw The pupils don't learn about them any more How about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ? When England lost hosts of her very brave sons. We are not Europeans, how can we be? Europe is miles away over the sea We're the English from England , let's all be proud Stand up and be counted - Shout it out loud ! Let's tell our Government and Brussels too We're proud of our heritage even if we're 'the few' Fly the flag of Saint George as well as Union Jack Let the world know THAT WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!! If you are English pass it on please
  13. :yes:would just like to share my great news with you all, today I did my last lesson and can now apply for my Pink badge, provisional driving instructors licence, which means I can pick up my car and start training pupils. I haven't quite finished I do have to complete a further 20 hrs before I can apply for my final exam to become a fully qualified instructor. Can you believe it? I can't... Proud, of myself because I stuck with it.... Thrilled, it's nearly over.... Excited, because I just can't wait for my victims (ooops sorry pupils) scared, because I will soon be on the road teaching people to drive. So please if you are in and around kings norton/ kings heath birmingham and you see me Wave, Smile and be patient with me.....:hug: Kath xxx
  14. Guest

    British and proud of it????

    Being British is about driving in a German car > to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then > grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on > the way home, to sit on Swedish furniture and > watch American shows on a Japanese TV. > > And the most British thing of all? > > Suspicion of all things foreign! > > > Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house > faster than an ambulance. > > Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick > people walk all the way to the back of the shop > to get their prescriptions while healthy > people can buy cigarettes at the front. > > Only in Britain do people order double > cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke. > > Only in Britain do banks leave both doors > open and chain the pens to the counters. > > Only in Britain do we leave cars worth > thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our > junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage. > > Only in Britain do we use answering machines > to screen calls and then have call waiting so > we won't miss a call from someone we didn't > want to talk to in the first place. > > Only in Britain are there disabled parking > places in front of a skating rink. > > > NOT TO MENTION.. > > > 3 Brits die each year testing if a 9v battery > works on their tongue. > > 142 Brits were injured in 1999 by not > removing all pins from new shirts. > 58 Brits are injured each year by using sharp > knives instead of screwdrivers. > 31 Brits have died since 1996 by watering > their Christmas tree while the fairy lights > were plugged in. > > 19 Brits have died in the last 3 years > believing that Christmas decorations were > chocolate. > > British Hospitals reported 4 broken arms > last year after Xmas cracker-pulling accidents. > > 18 Brits had serious burns in 2000 trying on > a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth. > > A massive 543 Brits were admitted to A & E > in the last two years after trying to open > bottles of beer with their teeth. > > 5 Brits were injured last year in accidents > involving out-of-control Scalextric cars. > > > and finally... > > > In 2000 eight Brits were admitted to hospital > with fractured skulls incurred whilst throwing > up into the toilet. > > British and proud?:biglaugh:
  15. ali

    Proud Mum

    I wasn't sure about putting this on, but Janette said it would be good to show how the kids can settle. I'm a very proud mum at the moment - As you know we arrived in January and the children have just completed their first year of school here - Alexandra in year 7 and Tom in year 2. Those who know me will know that Tom was rather indifferent to school in the UK, whilst he did well academically there used to be one or two comments from teachers that he used to push the boundaries and in reception, I got told his behaviour left alot to be desired and when I enquired about the terrible things he must be doing to have that label put upon him at 4 years old I was told that he was talking on the carpet when he should have been quiet!!! He's just brought home an excellent report, All A's and B's and excellent comments about his attitude, work and his kindness to others and what a pleasure he's been to teach and have in the class - not one negative remark in sight. My daughter had her graduation (from Primary) yesterday and received one of the special awards (and will go on the honours boards), she too got an excellent report and her WALNA (like Sats) results indicate she's in the top 10% of the state. We turned our childrens lives around last year by making the decision to take them away from everything and everyone that was familiar to them and who they loved. They have rewarded us by throwing themselves into the challenge of their new lives with alot of maturity (for their young age) and enthusiasm and we're very proud of them. I hope this reassures mums and dads getting ready to make the move - Alex has continued to do well and Tom has thrived here. Ali
  16. Guest

    A Very Proud Mum

    Well, just thought I would let all of you footballers out there know of our boys success over the past few weeks. Our older son is 18 and played to a good standard in the UK.....Dagenham & Redbridge. He decided when we got here to play for our local side as he thought this would help him make friends. The making friends bit has worked out fine and he is out on the town every weekend but the football bit has worked out even better with offers from a number of teams who sent scouts out to see him play!! After considering a number of offers he has signed for one of the BIG teams in the area and is now playing for the under 21's with a view to join the first team in the next few weeks....... and........he is even being paid. He even had to wait on international clearance from the UK before he could play his first game. All very exciting stuff and hopefully proof to all of you waiting on visas that proper football is most definately being played down here!! I have also got to mention that our 8yo played his very first game on saturday and his team....Mornington Tigers won 9 : 0 and to top it off Charlie scored a hat trick, his first goal making my eyes leak :cry: Just thought I would share this with you all. Lesley
  17. Guest

    Proud to be an Australian

    > Why We Are All Proud To Be Australian Citizens: > > 1) Only in Australia... can a pizza get to your house faster > > than an ambulance. > > 2) Only in Australia... is "are you awake?" the standard > > concept of foreplay. > > 3) Only in Australia... do supermarkets make the sick people > > walk all the way to the back of the store to get their >Panadol,etc., > > while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. > > 4) Only in Australia... do people order double cheeseburgers, > > large fries... and a Diet Coke. > > 5) Only in Australia... do banks leave both doors open, have > > no armed guards and chain the pens to the counter. > > 6) Only in Australia... do we leave cars worth thousands of > > dollars in the driveway, and store our junk in the garage. > > 7) Only in Australia... do we use answering machines to > > screen calls, and then have call waiting so we won't miss a > > call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first > place. > > 8) Only in Australia... do we use the word "politics" to > > describe the process of Government. "Poli" (poly) in Latin > > meaning "many";and "tics"meaning "blood sucking creatures". > > 9) Only in Australia... do we live by the saying, "you're > > never too pissed if you can still find the floor". > > Stand proud Australia.....