- wear ugg boots – we reserve those for Pamela Anderson and teenage girls to wear with their hot pants sporting catchy sayings on their butt *shudder*
- throw a shrimp on the barbie – okay, we do occasionally, but more often than not it's your standard bbq fare. For the record, they are prawns, not shrimp.
- say "G'day mate" – to everyone we pass in the street. That is reserved for the true country bumpkins, along with the akubra wearing folk and yobbo's (see below).
- have kangaroos hopping around in our backyard – unless of course we live on 100 acres out in the country. Most of us see kangaroos at the zoo, just like you.
- wrestle crocodiles just for fun, unless of course we were the (RIP) Crocodile Hunter … who by the way, most of us did not know personally.
- have accents, you do – ha ha
- live as desert dwellers … surprise, surprise, we actually have buildings and houses and the majority of the population lives around the coastline where the major cities are. This is not to say that we all have a house by the beach, most people live within a few hours of the coastline. Inland Australia is way too dry to inhabit.
- drink Fosters.
Yes we do:
- have department stores and guess what we follow the fashions too.
- love our beer. We also love our wine and spirits too. There are also a number of people who don't drink alcohol at all … shock horror.
- get snow. It may be the sunburnt country, but it doesn't mean there isn't snow on them there mountains.
- experience 4 seasons in a day, mainly down south. If you don't like the weather, never fear, it will change in an hour or so, so please be patient.
Oh and yes, although when tested, toilet water does often run in the opposite direction, this is a myth.
Outback Steakhouse does not portray typical Australian fare.
No I didn't grow up in Sydney – there are other places in Australia and people even live there *gasp*.
What is a yobbo? I thought this was rather comical.
No I am not speaking on behalf of all Australians, I am however de-bunking the stereotype that has been bequeathed upon them. Yes, there may be people who do fit these stereotypes. However, I do not know them personally and honestly each their own. That's what makes us all special, we are all different. The world would be a very boring place if we were all of the same 'stereotype'.
As for the kids at school. Watch out, this mama bear was taught well by those koala's living in her backyard how to claw an eye or two out.
Any other questions?