An Australian Blog I thought was well worth reading.
When I was stationed in Japan, we could take a Military Airlift Command flight from the neighboring Air Force Base (Kadena) to just about anywhere in that part of the world for ten dollars one way. The flights left on Fridays and came back on Saturdays. So, usually you took a week or so's leave and stayed awhile. I was young and I always went to the Philippines, which had a richly deserved reputation as Disneyland for Adults. I was in my early twenties and not married then. I wish now that I'd taken some of the flights to Australia, and I meant to, but the lure of Subic Bay, Manila, and Olongopo always overcame me at the time of decision.
|Manilla, P.I. 1979|
When Clinton was elected, my Uncle and I wrote to the Australian government and asked about coming to live there. They sent us back a really polite, nice letter. The Australians said that my Uncle could come and live there, because he was old and financially secure. The letter said I was welcome to come visit, but my family and I could not come permanently as they already had enough citizens who could do the jobs we did (like teaching.) I was disappointed, but I actually admired their logic and their ability to act on reality. Unlike this country, where we let hundreds of thousands of illegals with no skills come to suck up the jobs, social benefits, and tax dollars. I know I said this time I was avoiding politics on the blog but I guess sometimes it will just slip in.
At any rate, take a look at this blog, it's very good.
I own several Australian Lee Enfield rifles, Lithgow produced during World War II. Very high quality. They may be the closest I ever get to really going to Australia.