Tuesday, 13 July 2004

Kipling on Australia

Kipling, via A.B. Paterson, via here, is reported to have once said:

You people in Australia haven't grown up yet. You think the Melbourne Cup is the most important thing in the world.


He was wrong, though. It is the most important thing in the world. Along with the footy, the beach, the cinema, and all their ilk. I'm not joking.

1 comment:

michael said...

But the paragraph you've quoted from makes little sense in itself? He says, "you can't know anything about a country that way. You have to live there..." and then follows with a sweeping statement about our country, without having lived here.