posted on January 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

good onya mate

the lucky country.
i love australia
i am not an australian i am an englishman
but i love it here
i am aware of this countrys ugly beginnings
we all struggle to redress the imbalance
we struggle with our white collective guilty conscience
our english ancestors (and the spanish and french etc)
sailed round this world with their alcohol, christianity and their syphilis and their cannons and they took every place they came across
that was the way things were done
yet we were no less harsh to ourselves
look at the first fleet full of miserable convicts
it was the way things were done back then
we cannot alter it
the native australians needs and desires must be acknowledged
our australia day is their invasion day…it is so very true…
my dear friend kev carmody has told me of the horrors perpetrated on his family when his mother tried to hide him and his brother from the authorities who came to take them away at the end of the holidays each year. can you believe that they took kids away from their mums to reculturalise them? on the album we did together is a photo of kev bleeding and battered after 3 racists broke into his home…just to mistreat him…”they never even stole anything” said the bewildered man…and then later the warm mushy glow of seeing australias finest and most famous white singers interpreting this modest gentlemans songs….we need reconciliation…whatever that is..i dunno exactly…but i sure as hell want it….!
meanwhile the others are here to stay …the second lot of australians …and the third and fourth lot…..and most of us are kinda nice people….yeah laconic slightly lazy you might say in the rest of the world
we dont take things TOO seriously
we like to just relax
the weathers nice especially in sydney
melbourne is a groovy city
brisbane is all grown up and very savvy
perth and freo are gorgeous
the coastline is astounding
the interior is mysterious…its not for everyone
i need the sea so i have to stay here
i feel trapped away from the sea
i will pay the high rents to be beside it
without the sea i might as well die
our life in australia is mostly pleasant
our 2 political parties arent really that much different
everything here is less extreme
i pity the americans and their gun laws
whatever the constitution says
they didnt have fucking automatic machine guns back then
if people are dying its a bad and stupid thing
there arent so many guns here
things are more easy going
i have dealt with all kindsa policemen n customs men all round the world
i have found the australians to be more human as far as possible
more realistic more trying to sort it out
more tolerant
the schools are good too
at least my 3 kids here have been loving their school
everything feels relatively sane
i use the word relatively and i emphasise that
relatively sane
we are not quite so impressed with stuff just because someone in hollywood or paris or london says so
we make up our own minds
new zealanders are like that too only in spades…
i love australia but there is no dumb patriotism involved in my love
i have lived all over the place but i always will come back
bondi beach is bloody amazing
i am a lucky cat to live here
you can be whoever you like and nobody gives a damn
you can be hugh jackman or a nutty ninny
you can be keanu reeves or a geezer selling sunglasses
no one here gonna make a fuss
we got brazilians we got italians
we got russians n south africans
we got jewish we got moslem we got christian
we got sun worshippers and yoga freaks
we got families we got visitors
we gotta million swedes passing thru who will never stay
because sweden has its own sanity
but its not our easy going “she’ll be right, mate…”
i like australian culture
i like our actors our films our music our art
i like our lesser fixation on celebrity unlike some of our anglo brothers.
australia canada new zealand united states and the british isles are in perpetual brotherhood as springing from the same place and all retain a deep sense of kinship within these countries. the griefs of the other countries in this anglo kind of unspoken union weigh heavier upon us and so too do each others triumphs make us lighter
i could never foresee a time ultimately when these countries would ever forsake each other. i acknowledge the great things each country brings forth …and i shudder when they get it wrong…..
the beautiful countries of europe i love them too
especially italy which has delivered so much beauty and cruelty to this world too
and spain for its strengths and austerities
germany for its all its precision and its beautiful countryside
anyway even considering everything
australia is just a very easy place to live
we should be appreciative here
let us be involved in no more wars tho except of direst necessity
let us evolve in our attitudes towards all living creatures
let us lead the way in vegetarian and vegan eating
america will be conquered by fast food not an enemy
thats whats killing them over there
not lil kim jong or any persians its KFC and macdonalds
australia is facing the same fate
people eschew fast food!
people exercise people do yoga
people make music people make art
be nice to each other ….just how youd want it yerself
i am a grateful old pommy bastard
grateful my mum n dad migrated here
grateful for an easy going australian way of life
grateful for having had a good run here
grateful for the breaks i got etc etc ad tedium
therefore i wish you a happy australian day you gooseballs everywhere
we should be happy
we should be thankful
we should be nice to each other
there are much worse places to be my friends
sk bondi beach aust fucking day 2012


63 Responses to “sk australia day address”

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    veleska1970 | 26 January 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    that hat RAWKS!!!

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    Ellen | 26 January 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    “…america will be conquered by fast food…”

    As an American, I see it all around me, every state I go. There are FAR too many overweight Americans. But, I keep “preaching” to whoever will listen to get off their butts, eat better, etc., etc. Most of the time, though, it falls on deaf ears. sigh…

    I really do plan on visiting Australia. It’s on my “bucket list.”

    Happy Australian Day, Steve!

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    hellbound heart | 26 January 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    living in a place and time where food is always on the table, shelter, peace, family, friends and safety……much to be thankful for….
    love always…..

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    edd | 26 January 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Happy Australia Day, Steve. Always wanted to go there….maybe one day I will. I looked up Bondi Beach. Sounds nice.

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    dingo64 | 26 January 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Well done Mr Kilby, so grateful for your thought sharing aussie day message

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Great blog, but not all Americans are what we appear in the press, telly, web. We mostly are laid back, educated, hard working, immigrant families (I am one generation removed from my pure Bohemian culture, if any one needs an eduction on why MY people no longer have OUR native country…its a horrible story of pain and persecution, its epic, but its a secret to so many – use this web to wink up some history of Bohemia.
    So, if 33 million nutjobs were all behaving like you see on all available media regarding MY broken America. Remember this my friends, those are only one tenth of our real population. Or in simplier terms= 1 out of ten.
    Great Post Killer !!!
    If it was created in your new habitat- that is some serious energy you got humming around you. And, love the friggin hat.

    Darrin JKJK

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 3:07 pm #

      and the other 9 consist of meat eating, gun toting, BIG TRUCK driving, sports fanatical Anglos like the new guitar owner typing before all of you…fuck yeah !!!

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        bigbopper | 27 January 2012 at 1:20 am #

        Darrin, you made a nice attempt at defending americans and then your follow up comment hit every stereotype in the book. “meat eating, big truck” etc. We all want to fit in in any given community and the time being is indeed a community. Take a scientific look at human teeth. I admire vegetarians for the stand they take, kudos, but scientifically it is obvious that humans were meant to eat meat. Incisors etc. It is what it is. No judgement either way. People are people the same everywhere you go. Love and want our children to prosper and do better than us, etc. Name any place on earth and you are going to meet some incredible people or you are going to get mugged, depending on the situation. Simple as that. However, it does appear that all forms of government are evil, the degree is only what matters. My son asked me the other day what some of my childhood highlights were. As a proud american I mentioned the 1980 olympics where we beat the russians in hockey. He seemed puzzled and then i went on describing how much we hated the russians, cold war etc, but it became obvious to me how silly the whole paradigm was. Government mind-fucked us all basically and if you were to go to Moscow at that time the feeling was mutual towards us. Stupid shit. Bush, obama, this prime minister or that prime minister we are all just pawns being played for fools by power hungry whores.

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 January 2012 at 11:25 am #

          BigBopper- im sorry that you didn’t understand my ironic humor in the comment to my own comment. That’s all it was. If it offended- sorry- it was meant to cause a smirk and iv received 7 emails from friends/bloggee that laughed and even furthered the humor of stereotypes in their own humorous ways. Nice work guys – had me laughing.

          And I never make a ‘nice attempt at anything’ – I suceed in everything I work hard to do- confidence is an inherit trait.


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            bigbopper | 27 January 2012 at 1:51 pm #

            My apologies to you kind sir. I understood your joke especially in the context of Steves blog. Americans are not liked. Thats ok. Sometimes it gets frustrating being generalized. All of us running around with automatic weapons and the like. It is patently absurd. Take a nice midnight stroll in some of the bad parts of sydney. There is absolutely no chance of getting stabbed or beat up and robbed, only in america. Walk away from your belongings on beautiful bondi beach, no one will steal your shit, only in america. Steve talks about the variety of people in australia. It is true and commendable. But america is the biggest fucking melting pot that ever was. We are the only country in the history of civilization to freely elect a minority citizen as its leader. Last month my neighbor had some pretty bad damage to his house. Everyone swarmed his place like fucking locusts and chipped in and got his place back to normal in only a couple of days. Couple of guys took off work etc, I barely knew the guy but was happy to chip in on some wood etc. We all bought the kids new clothes, it was an outpouring of love and kindness. Now thats a typical american. 9/11 firefighters rushing in and dying in alot of cases to help save others. Thats a typical american. The outpouring of love and friendship with strangers at any Church concert. Thats a typical american.

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            thetimebeing | 27 January 2012 at 6:01 pm #

            on america
            2 of my children are american…still talk with american accents
            i love america
            i love the american peoples
            the best audiences in the world no doubt
            i cast no stereotypes upon you
            americans have big hearts
            their hospitality is legendary
            my best friends on the planet…why many of them are american!
            the church loves america and always has
            we would probably no longer exist without america…its true
            i have no truck with reactionary knee jerk anti-US talk
            i have felt first hand americas warmth and largesse for 30 years
            i love the place and i sometimes fear for it
            my concerns about the terrible sway of the makers of filthy cancerous food
            and my concerns over the ridiculous number of people shot each year
            do not spring from some superior elitism
            it just makes me sad to see the unnecessary misery caused by these things

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          Cocoamo | 27 January 2012 at 2:04 pm #

          From one who has extensively studied anatomy and physiology, human anatomy actually confirms a vegetarian diet. Our incisor especially show that since they are flat on the bottoms and not sharp and pointy. Feel a cat’s teeth and you will see there are no flat molars at all–the sharp pointy teeth go all the way to the back of the cat’s mouth. Meat eating animals cannot move their jaws from side to side to grind because their sharp incisors are designed to tear hunks of meat and swallow them without chewing. The hydrochloric acid in carnivore’s stomachs is 20 times stronger than a human’s so the carnivore can digest these hunks of raw meat. The length of our intestines, our nails being flat rather than claws, and the fact we sweat through our pores rather than through the tongue and pads of feet are also similar to herbivores. People who think our semi-pointed eye teeth are some kind of indication we should be eating meat are grasping at straws–horses have eye teeth sharper than ours (and horses do not eat meat). Haven’t read it yet, but the book The China Study compared incidence of all kinds of disease compared with the amount of meat people eat in tens of thousands in China and the epidemiological evidence is very clear that the less meat people eat the healthier they are. This was the book that inspired US ex-pres Clinton to become vegan. There are certainly those who will disagree, but those are probably the same who think there is no global warming (I bet). I make the comparison that people who are averse to change, especially when it is perceived as sacrifice, will want to believe what they are doing is the right thing.

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            thetimebeing | 27 January 2012 at 5:42 pm #

            exactly my dear friend
            plus who ever heard of a horse who needed more iron or protein that “they could only get from meat”?
            ever seen a gorilla who exists on bananas complain about being a vegan?

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            bigbopper | 27 January 2012 at 6:56 pm #

            To recap:

            Man-made global warming is caused by our emitting carbon dioxide into the air

            Man is meant to eat plants

            Carbon dioxide is plant food

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            eekie | 27 January 2012 at 7:09 pm #

            I can only go on the horses I’ve had or dealt with, but I’ve never seen a horse with sharp canine (eye) teeth. In the ones that had them at all (many, especially mares, do not) they were about the thickness of my little finger and about 3/8″ to 1/2″ long. The tops were gently rounded to flat. They, much like chestnuts and ergots, are considered vestiges of formerly useful bits that have mostly evolved away.

            And this is really neither here nor there…but it was fun to write. 🙂

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            Cocoamo | 29 January 2012 at 1:39 am #

            Perhaps horses’ canines are not pronounced enough to provide a good example. If you want an herbivore with BIG canines, how about the hippo? I’m just saying the presence of canines, or eye teeth, does not a carnivore make. Note the plant-eating mountain gorilla, which is so very similar to us; it is amazing that people still resort to all sorts of gyrations, like comparing blood types, to excuse killing animals for their culinary entertainment.

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            thetimebeing | 29 January 2012 at 9:47 am #

            yes !

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          Narelle | 28 January 2012 at 2:14 am #

          the ‘stupid shit’ that you refer to is only as stupid as the humans who believe it…generally due to their own ignorance, propaganda etc…and we are all guilty in various degrees
          can I inform you that polititians are no different…they only as good as the information they have at hand, their beliefs, principles, values etc etc
          now for a little more way back towards the decades you refer to…when you were ‘growing up’
          Way back when, I attended the Down to Earth festival near my home in Canberra…about 1975. That festival was organised and initiated by Australias Deputy Prime Minister at the time…Jim Cairns, yes indeed a polititian!!!!!…you can Google ConFest Canberra 1975 if you wish and check out what the festival was about…it was about anything and everything from politics, music, vegetarianism etc…the idea was to create a better planet
          most people are happy to sit on their butts and whine about Governments…very counterproductive

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    herman the German | 26 January 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    yeah, Australia was a great country back in the 70s, when everyone had a job, life was groovy, Fridays at work were liquid lunches down the pub, you could go out on a Saturday night and see bands like the Skyhooks, Cold Chisel or AC/DC, and there were still waves and clean beaches for all…what a shame it’s all over now. Only a few things have improved (the treatment of aborigines) in the last decades, what’ll the future bring?
    ps nice line about our “beautiful countryside,” something not a lot of people associate with Germany!

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      Steven Smith | 27 January 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Herman,
      Before you make a comparison with now and then you should at leased get your facts straight. 1. 2012 – unemployment =5%, 2. The beaches are cleaner than they have ever been, 3. The Church are playing on Saturday night!!

      Great post SK.

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    sharon daniel | 26 January 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Happy Australia Day! PS, love the hat, they were selling similar ones in Woolies!!

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    ed | 26 January 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Why not call yourself an Englishman by birth.You have been a resident here for nearly all of your life and seem to have no greater affinity with the land of your birth.Assuming you are not an Oz citizen is it something you might do one Australia Day?

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    That Girl | 26 January 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Have just arrived home from a great Aussie Day outting. You know catch up with friends you didn’t get to see over the holiday season. I am always amazed that a simple BBQ,a lammington bar great friends and a good tune makes everyone’s day. Only if life was that way. I am third generation Australia what every that means , I know it doesn’t define who I am. My mother told me along time ago treat people the way that you want to be treated , good manners goes along way but every now and again you are going to meet a ***** it’s real easy, walk away there is a whole world out there and lots of people to meet. Nice ole’ words from dear old Mum. I have been very fortunate to travel and live overseas but when it was time to come home I did. You don’t get Australia until you have been away for awhile. My mad friend visit here now and I get go back always with a crunchie bar in hand ! Great thoughts today sk a new home is always a new beginning. You have let us all know your girls are with you. Happy adventures and Happy Australia day to you all.

  11. Kraig
    Kraig | 26 January 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    I don’t think it’s much a eating disorder for America, but mostly exercise! We drive everywhere in our own cars, yes there’s public transportation, but not much of it, while i was in Europe i notice a few major things, people walked more, ate non-processed food, and even the supermarkets had non-processess (without preservatives and hormones) type of food, that’s what is TRULY killing American’s, some fast food, but mostly even food in the supermarkets has some kind of pesticide, preservative, or some chemical in it…hell, then they wonder why teenage girls have bigger knockers than back in the 50’s, well it’s because of all the hormones put into the food presently because of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), blah blah blah. I could go on and on about this. So it’s about more than Micky D’s and crap like that which i agree, but it’s the lifestyle too, sedintary, etc. Need more walking, bikes, less cars, etc like India, Europe, etc…our country is too damn big and everyone sits on their ass and drives everywhere…that’s the true problem sort of, plus more computer jobs than factory and other jobs which India and China are doing most of the manual labor, plus the illegal immigrants from Mexico, etc…so there are several dire factors, shamefully. That’s my silly perspective from living here my whole life and i’m guilty of most of them too. I love this country but we are a great country too in a way, but Australia, England, America, and other big powers are becoming one world economy which might make or break us also, who really knows yet. Funny, but you think aobut it, if we go back to our roots, we re all the same, witout the internet, tv, computers, etc…but what’s the FUN in that!? LOL

    Great blog Steve! I say Steve RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 26 January 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Happy Australia Day or what’s the offical name!? You guys get off work for a day or two or what’s the deal!? NICE!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      Great response….now…in just a few short months my city emwill be hosting 2 major world ‘discussions’ , one being the G8 summit. During that time, of the summit, my city- country has to hold our collective breathes as the entire world watches and waited for ‘the clash’. I am bewildered how so many non- Chicagoans will arrive in my city- prepared to cause mayhem and chaos (favorite church song – fucking EVER) and hope/pray that no one in law enforcement or organized protesters gets hurt or killed. I will not allow ANY of my family, especially my 21 year old college student son, downtown in the city. It is going to be so insane, my father-in-law’s major loan company has temporarily taken their name off the side of their guiling and is encouraging employees to take holiday or work from home. My beautiful wife spends half of her week at her inner city office and will be banned from working down there fir her safety. I am all for ‘freedom of speech’ and the countless other ‘freedoms’ that my countries original mothers/fathers composed (women never get any credit for anything in America- my rocking wife makes well in2 six figs and has worked at the same bank for over 25+ years- that’s hard work and dedication).
      America is so so much more than lazy fat kids and pesticides, and fast food. People, you have to understand- that is the small percentage of our loving intellectual citizens. We easily become the ‘joke or scapegoat’ fir the rest of this world. Yeah…Broken American that’s what we do and speak here now- fuck…I refuse to believe that because I have been from ocean to ocean and have encountered more people who, like myself, try our best to enjoy the privileges, not birth rights, that our parents and more- fought hard to obtain and fought even harder to protect.
      My city should be hosting the Olympics, but the ‘porn mongers’, those we like to ridicule who have assigned to themselves too much power, fucked all that up. Now we have a mayor who is acting like he is the fuckn ‘president’ . Its a big beautiful city- not a disease ridden, violence striding, garbage dump that the fucks in the biased media portrays us to be. Hell, Steve, you have been here many times since 84 – you tell me that outside of your current homeland (we thought we had ya back 10+ years ago to stay, problem was…Delaware – really???? There was many more places you could have called home that would suit your life and fulfill your creative haven) – it never has crossed your mind as Tim drove from coast to coast, you wouldn’t want to REALLY live here. Most of us resemble camp California and Dan C and his warmth and hospitality – than the images that so many have wrongly drawn as the states decay and decadence.
      Please do not judge Americans and this great country on what you see and read, it is not even close. So many of us want our country back to its more original premise. Not this Broken America that is to easily portrayed.

      Peace-Love- and good health to all, yeah many out there reading this blog dislike NE- think of me as something that I am nit even close to by design. Ibalways wish well and pray for so many, I was raised by 2 incredible living parents who instilled in2 me the values that I am now repeating for my children. So , ya don’t know me- don’t judge me or my people, and I will continue to do the same for all if you…but if ya cross that line and temp the snake – its not the bite that will get ya, NO…its the venom we/I just shared with you.

      • Kraig
        Kraig | 28 January 2012 at 8:25 am #

        I like your response earlier in the blog with bigbopper and vice versa, i agree with you guys and bigbopper about there are so manny great qualities in Americans, and sadly the liberal media does not make that known throughout the world…of course, most only negative stories get news, etc. They focus on the eating, smoking, killing, etc. It’s true, but not for the majority. Lord knows when Reagan/Bush were President everyone in other countries thought we were from Texas and we were all cowboys. Ha! Texas is big enough to be a European nation, so is Alaska and California to give you scale. That’s the media and news for you, they did not put a subscript on each news story about 98% of Americans do not represent the look and accent of cowboys anymore, this image is left over from a minority of Southerners and late 19th century. LOL

        I agree with bigbopper and you about 9/11, his neighbors, etc…we truly live in one of the greatest nations on Earth with qualities like these, but with our the melting pot and all religions, jobs, foods, cultures that we have, there are bound to be issues such as what Steve and we are discuss here. Just goes to show you that America has a lot of culture…but we are learning from our mistakes, and we are redesigning thought, food, re-inventing things…this is what Americans are known for, re-invention, love, freedom, tolerance, leading the way! The minority carry around machine guns and milk the system, these people do not appreciate nor deserve America in the first place…low life scum, milking the system for what it’s worth. Tragedy makes news such as these bums. I have issues with all the current spending in D.C. though and is not free money but we give it to people who milk the good system in America.

        We are also a nation of need, assistance, and HOPE! Ready to give and assist when needed, or most importantly freedom, freedom to crap up your body or keep it healthy if you so choose, your choice. This is why we have learned to exercise more, eat non-processed foods, and re-invent the way we live. This all came from America, but also the bad came from America too. Best medicine and Doctors in the world, this is why people come over here to study and go back to their nations to care for for the sick i.e. India or other nations. Slowly but surely we re-invent, re-learn, and pass this knowledge to other nations. I myself am a meat eater, my wife is a vegetarian. We love each other and there is never an issue either way. Never has been a major issue. It’s a choice. I love the taste of meat and vegetarian dishes, she does not . Being vegetarian can be just as unhealthy too, and there has to be a balance in everything. I have a friend who I’ve known since grade school who is vegetarian and he only eats cheese and bread, no veggies. I call him a carbatarian, lol. Goes both ways.

        The fascination with Hollywood in this country is absurd and disgusting, and point i make with this is that there are too many Americans sitting around watching these reality (non-reality) programs about living life when they should be actually living it. I get a kick out of this, and I’m American. Just funny, but every nation has funny. I’m a little guilty of that, but who isn’t!? We are all hypocrites in life if you look into it deep enough. Not only in America, but anywhere. The reason why extremist Muslims or aka terrorists hate us so much is because we represent freedom for people, thought, expression, freedom for people, freedom for religion, blah blah. Only way to unfortunately tame that craziness is war, which I believe in if necessary. I’d rather guard our freedoms with war than have these extremists control our nation as they would love to take over America. These extremists’ have no concept of freedom, just suppression. This is why they hate us, but the hypocritical thing about those same people is such on 9/11 the same terrorists who believed in their extreme religion also visited strip clubs the night before flying into the twin towers…so why did they fly into the towers now that they compromised meeting Allah and their 7 virgins, it’s all hypocrisy and stupidity in its entirety. Since they visited that strip club the night before they will not be seeing Allah or getting their 7 virgins,….everything “they” belived in for no reason. Laughable but very sad since we lost 3K Americans all for that silly craziness! Every country has its shame, but since America is so damn big, has so many cultures, foods, religions, etc…it’s just more profound and noticed more. That’s my input.

        I still like Steve’s post and know he was half jerkingly joking a bit, nice read, love his stories, and sorry for taking up yur precious blog space here Stevemeister. I didn’t know i typed that much, oops. Again, Happy Australia Day!

        BTW, why you need an apartment?

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 January 2012 at 11:21 am #

          That as always was a fantastic response. Count on you to add your position and opinion in2 the fray. But, isn’t it more like a ‘thousand’ or more virgins??? 7 doesn’t seem to make me want to strap a IED to my body for entertainment purposes. You know – ‘show up and blow up’ ???!!!!!!!! Iv already had 7 virgins or more in my life. We were very permiscuous as teenagers (yeah- I missed the spelling on that one- this keyboard is a pce of garbage.

          Thousands= possible suicidal ideation
          Seven= pure desperation


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    foolonthehill | 26 January 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Good on ya Stevo…That was fuckin beautiful!!! Even with that titfa on ya wool shed.

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    andy | 26 January 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    no corks on that hat?

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    Michel | 26 January 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Steve Kilbey’s travel agency advertising seems very attractive !
    I will certainly leave my beloved Gascony to visit Australia one day.
    Especially if you plan a special acoustic gig ONLY for SKpers in front of Bondi Beach (just dreaming)…

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    Anonymous | 26 January 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    Kilbey, you are a wanker.

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    Narelle | 26 January 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    great read Steve, shame about the hat!!!
    they (the powers that be) were still trying to coerce women to ‘give up’ their babies for adoption, in Australia, in the eighties (you didn’t have to be of Australian aboriginal decent)
    Australian aborigines, compared to the rest of the planet, still have one of the highest birth mortalities and shortest life spans…that is horribly sad and it about time this country fixed it…health and education…so basic really

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    . | 26 January 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    from the U.S.A. to Australia…Happy Australia Day!

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    welcome | 26 January 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    glad I can understand, we’re welcome here, would be a good album to perform live

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    Brien Comerford | 27 January 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Like all other countries Australia needs to do better at protecting endangered species, wildlife habitats and engender a sentiment of respect for the animal kingdom.

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    markh511 | 27 January 2012 at 3:08 am #

    Not a big fan of Australia day- can’t stand it actually. It is invasion day if you ask me – and the True Blue Australians make me feel ill.
    Mark H

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 January 2012 at 3:16 am #

    SK and Everyone –
    The February 2, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone has a great 9 page article titled “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust” ….need I say more. It can also be accessed at

    Enjoy !!!


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      Anonymous | 27 January 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      hi. you know those rock writers dont’ check all their facts sometimes (most of the time)… via a link from the main article – thanks for posting the link… (a really really cool pic of bowie timed somewhere btwn leaving thin white duke stage into… next would be serious moonlight bowie; anyway: a derrogatory(?) comment made adjacent to that pic was of the affect that [Bowie] hadn’t/hasn’t produced anything for sixish years… he’s been watching his health/heart/had some problems, and I know from people, he will bring us more — and beautiful and continuing of the never dying saga he has given the world already. And I am so certain it will be loved even more.

      his is the ultimate futuristic story from centuries past… told with faint clues along the way (even within specific dialogues of movies, a hint here, a hint there – all fascinating the story being told; one not to discard: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence! I found three lines woven into that movie that are necessary to connect) then back into those songs; take them apart then put them together again… we once sat down; it took evenings of concentration and notes… (as I assume many have) to chronicle his adventure, and we came up with plausible continuations – only he knows for sure which way exactly he will take it from here, but you know it will be magnificient. Diamond Dogs! (they call us…)

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 January 2012 at 10:08 pm #

        Im glad u searched out the article. Im hoping many more people do. It seems as though RS and Guitar Player and other music mags have been fixated on either Adele (who does have a beautiful voice- but the hype is over the top…just my opinion) or old Pink Floyd stories and re-issues. So, it was a refreshing change to enjoy an article (even with its factual liberties). I am glad you replied, I hope you can evolve from ‘anonymous’ to someone we can relate to with regularity. It appears you have a well of musical knowledge- please join the fray as a reg and keep the dialogue flowing.

        Darrin JK

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    evilren | 27 January 2012 at 4:13 am #

    One note, our gun laws and automatic weapons aren’t what’s killing us, anybody that isn’t a felon can legally have them, and most are responsible gun owners.

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    cazziem | 27 January 2012 at 4:33 am #

    I know it’s already tomorrow where you are SK, but not in the UK, so happy Australia day to you and your loved ones. Personally, I look forward to 26th October which is national Austria day when I’ll be thinking of my family in the beautiful city of Vienna. Thank God we don’t have a national England day, the country’s depressing enough.

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    hippy | 27 January 2012 at 6:18 am #


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    eekie | 27 January 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I like this a lot. It’s balanced and measured.
    You love where you live, but you are able to see the faults too.
    I would love to see more of that all around. Altogether too easy to only see the good things or only see the faults around us.
    You get a gold star, Mr. Steven.

    And I think perhaps Australia should use you for their tourism campaigns!

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    Anonymous | 27 January 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Quote: No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.  ~John Donne
    Hope your Aus Day was a fun one. Beautiful view.
    Take care Mr K and Family.

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    simon | 27 January 2012 at 8:55 am #

    happy fucking australia day

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    Anonymous | 27 January 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Dug the hat sk.
    Hope u had a good Australia Day.

    Peace & love

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    . | 27 January 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    life never ending, stars descending
    the fruited lands, prosperous and plenty
    filled with generations of the living
    a happy playground for our ancestors
    and your new home is the perfect beginning
    to a journey blessed with intrigue & adventure
    the wind blows across the waves, the trees bending
    rare glimpses into a future full, without measure

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    Lady Di | 27 January 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Great blog sk.
    Tis the lucky country indeed.
    Love the photo – true blue, riggy dig mate!

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    Cocoamo | 27 January 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Many here in the US feel the same way you do about Australia Day when we have our Columbus Day. He “discovered” America, you know…(In fourteen-hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue).

    Australia sounds so wonderful. My pilot brother and his wife frequently visit and dive there, and always say how much they love it. (I sent him a copy of your blog today).

    I Google earthed Bondi Beach and that is some mighty pretty water you get to gaze over (into). Yeah, The Endless Sea is one of my favorites, speaking of which.

    But (and as the immortal Pee Wee Herman says, “Everyone has a big BUT”) I’m afraid of the creepy crawlies in Australia – funnel web spider, huntsman, etc. etc. – those of you who have lived there…what is your experience? Am I being silly? I’ve never been there, but from what I’ve read..

    We lived in deep woods in PA and in 20 years actually had snakes in the house on six occasions, so I am a bit worried about how lethal these visitors could be in Australia. We had some nice big hairy spiders (the size of your hand) in the house at times as well–woke up one morning with a big clot of dried blood behind my ear, under which was a bite mark. Makes me shudder. Other than being freaked out, however, I seemed to be no worse for wear.

    I wonder about places like Costa Rica, Belize, etc. where the Fer de Lance hang out. I like to be outside a lot.

    And now I hear we have tens of thousands of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, gradually working their way north.

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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      thetimebeing | 27 January 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      the creepy crazies do their best to avoid us
      but watch out for the backpackers!

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 January 2012 at 6:09 pm #

        HaHaHaHahhhhhaaaaaa…..NICE !!! ™°°°

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        Jeremy | 27 January 2012 at 7:45 pm #

        Hello Mr Kilbey
        Great words there….nice stream of thought. I had the pleasure of also working with some great Indigenous musicians, Gurrumul, Tom E Lewis among others….I really feel so lucky to have been involved with these projects, and to be able to call these people my friends. Launguage is one key to understanding a culture, and I hope one day that aspects of indigenous language may be present in your school system….Have a great year sir!!

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      Lara | 28 January 2012 at 2:44 am #

      Ha ha. I have a Kiwi friend (married to an Australian), who cannot seem to shake the idea that Australia is full of poisonous, scuttling wildlife.

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      Lucky Charms | 28 January 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Those things are much better than that damn Leprechaun in my backyard, he never seems to want to leave, while letting my cat outside, that damn green fool bites kitty all the time.

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    anono | 27 January 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    love your version of Kev Carmody’s Images of London. I was just listening to the cd again the other day. When I bought it a few years back I didn’t pay much attention to who was singing each song for some reason…

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 January 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Big Bopped
    Look- there is really no need to apologize, I like ur writing style and wish contributed more. You bring a wealth of knowledge to this forum. My father joined the Navy by faking his enlistment papers so he could defend this great flurry at the age of 17, seventeen yearolds now in America can’t live without their mp3’s, i-this/that and text text text. They do not study history. My/our countries history- Europe, Australia, and so on. We will be eventually turning the keys over them to drive our collective countries and that frightens me. Text text text…all I could think about when I was seventeen was music and remove the ‘t’ on both ends and add an ‘s’ at the beginning. Iv read that more young men/women in America and perhaps other parts of this world, are abstaining from sex …I believe it has nothing to do with a moral ‘code’ . Its more like that their generation has lost the ability to properly communicate. You cannot meet and fall in love when your staring at a small digital screen. We cased each other back than…both boys and girls doing the work. Now, hell, now all they can do socially is list awful pictures on ‘extremely low security’ social networks. Social networking…that was either bringing the food, booze, or jazz to a party for all to enjoy.


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    Wayne | 27 January 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    You’re a top Aussie Stoive. BTW Images and Illusions is one of my all time fave albums – somthing really clicked between you & Kev.

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    jason | 30 January 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Australia, will most likely retain the same cultural flavour it always has. That is to say, by and large we just don’t care. We have our own families and situations to care about. We are a very distant and vast land. There is a unarticulated sense of melancholy possibly because of this. We are unique. Just like every country is unique. Only the “backdrop and history” is different. Love on Live on.

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    Bad Lenny Vegas... | 31 January 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    You gotta love Australia, its kinda’like a big giant Texas crossed with California… Cheers to you AU!!!

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