I like a good Australia Day celebration as much as the next fellow Aussie, but here is a thought provoking song (^) to ponder over as you sip on that relaxing beverage this Australia Day.
"The Lucky Country" is a nickname for Australia, taken from the 1964 book of the same name by social critic Donald Horne.
It is generally used favorably, although the origin of the phrase was negative. Among other things, it has been used in reference to Australia's natural resources, weather, history, distance from problems elsewhere in the world, and other sorts of prosperity.
Update: 26th Jan, 2014...still.
Here is a weird and tragic news story considering it is Australia Day and a song that is a staple of any Australia Day is Waltzing Matilda, a song about a swag-man who dies in a billabong.
Police are searching for a boy, 12, feared taken by a crocodile while swimming in a Northern Territory billabong.NT police and park rangers are searching for the boy, who was swimming with friends at the Mudginberri Billabong, 20 kilometres west of Jabiru.
A second boy was reportedly bitten on the arm by the crocodile.
"It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong," Acting Commander Michael White said.
"One other boy, also aged 12, was bitten on the arm by the crocodile and has received medical treatment from attending St John Ambulance members."
Police say they are searching the area where a teenager narrowly escaped a five-metre crocodile last year.
Jabiru is located 200 kilometres east of Darwin.
I don't recall ever seeing a news story about someone dying in a billabong, least of all being taken by a crocodile in a billabong.
Also in the book I'm currently reading Lights Out in Wonderland
[SPOILER ALERT] the main player tries to drown himself in a lake.
I also just saw that daft Punk are performing Get Lucky at the Grammys tonight in LA which is the 26th Jan (Australia Day) over there, but it will be the 27th in Australia.
The funny thing is Daft Punk's album was launched in the Outback of Australia earlier last year."A severe housefire on the Kamilaroi highway into Wee Waa delayed the start of the much-hyped global launch of Daft Punk’s album, Random Access Memories.
But one of the most ingenious - if misleading - music marketing campaigns of recent times eventually culminated in a spectacular dance music party on an under-lit circular outdoor dancefloor, apparently the biggest in Australia.
Hundreds of carloads of fans had to be diverted around Narrabri after the fire closed the highway into Wee Waa because of concerns over asbestos inside.
The album “launch” was considered misleading by many because the songs were available on the internet earlier this week.
And optimism that the two Frenchmen who make up Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, might make an unscheduled appearance came to nothing, although few fans complained.
The set and lighting, designed by Daft Punk offshoot ‘Daft Art’, was consistent with the standard of the house music duo’s usual live act, given the remote location.
Four giant speaker towers and 16 floodlights, aimed skywards, encircled the dancefloor, above which hung a seven tonne disco ball.
Lighting timed with the beats ranged from red to pink to green and white.