Friday, January 27, 2017
Australia Day 2017
January 26 is Australia Day, the national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney. The First Fleet was a load of sailors, soldiers bringing lots of convicts who had been sent out from England to try and set up a colony in New South Wales. The English had classed Australia as "Terra Nullis", uninhabited land. Naturally, there is a bit of angst from the indigenous inhabitants, who had been living there for around 50,000 years. I really do hope that all of inhabitants of this great country of ours will stop sniping at one another and work together as a single group - AUSTRALIANS. The Oldies always have a little celebration on Australia Day, where they dress like caricature Aussies and toast the country in suitable brews. So here we are this year, and I would like to claim that this small bear had no in choosing the headgear.
January 26 is also the national day of India. There are several Indian families living in our apartment complex and we all agree that the best thing that our self-proclaimed colonial masters (the Poms) did for our countries was to introduce us to that magnificent game, cricket.