one, a mate has been to a few Millwall FC games, and he reckons they're "pretty bloody full-on mate".
but two, i've been to AFL at the MCG, and was pretty bloody shocked by the things blokes were yelling at the aboriginal players on the field. i've never heard a nzlers yell, "f###ing niggers" to a maori player from the terraces at Eden Park.
but then, that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. you only have to look at the anti-treaty, or anti-invAsian groundswell to see the real nzl.
the other thing is that while these boofheads were screaming from the ground floor in the MCG, two levels above them grandmothers were sitting eating sandwiches with their grandkids in complete peace, and just enjoying the game.
bit of a microcosm really.
one of my brothers had his front door smashed in, and was assaulted by an off-duty cop while i was in melbourne. his girlfriend had verbally abused the cop's son, and this was a little payback.
we were able to follow up the the incident (to get victims compensation) because all police records disappeared.
100% true story.
on point a), it worked the other way too. aboriginal nations saw little value to many aspects of european culture and ignored it (floggings, hangings, indentured labour and christianity), and europeans themselves, while happily and enthusiatically uptaking technological advances like metals.
this lead to untold frustrations on the part of the colonisers, and has been directly attributed as one basis of the more 'vigorous' assimilation policies like 1850s genocide and 1870s-1970s child removal.
and in regard to point B. [hand goes up] guilty as charged. in fact i sometimes find myself slipping into a mild 'strine when talking about melbourne...
something interesting occured to me this morning.
in a way, the white australia policy was correct. the admission of 'ethnics' into australia does result in division, non-assimilation, and social unrest.
strangely though, the instigators of these troubles (are time and again, but not always) the dinkim australians themselves.
weston, not sure whether you mean "white man" or "atheist".
i can see i'd better start shaving my head, pronto...
i read that chain too. i wanted to say 'shocking', but then thought... no, not really.
also, looks like howard is positioning to remove multicultural policy once and for all, as he did with distinct aboriginal policy.
ironically, multicultural policies were adopted by the then conservative PM malcolm fraser to ensure better assimilation of minorities.
most multicultural policies involved programmes like ESL education for socially isolated and depressed migrant housewives. the underlying thought behind the policy being, 'white australia isn't acutally working, let's spend govt money to help them actually integrate and become australians'. a guy called mark lopez wrote a tome on it.
but as matt indicates, howard is more interested in using race as a weapon to galvanise the.... "less thoughtful" australian behind his party.
The Dudes: "piss"
It's what the punters were singing anyhow.
oh, and andrew, me? "belly laugh", followed by slightly suspicious glance...
rudd should do it.
it'll be a veritable clash of 5'5" titans.
and, belly laughs. but mind you, the guy worked in fitzroy, so it might not have been a representative sample.