5 Things I Love About Australia (in addition to One I Loathe)
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Last week, I wrote about Australia in addition to foreign policy — examining the federal budget for signs of how Australia sees itself in addition to its global mission.
This specific week, like the country itself, I’m looking inward.
of which’s not always a welcome trait — navel-gazing tends to be unattractive in both lovers in addition to nations — although I’ve been thinking lately about what Australia can be so eager to protect.
Clearly, there’s a lot, although let’s be honest: These things are personal. in addition to they change.
So think of the list below as a temporal snapshot, from the spirit of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity.” These are the things on repeat in my mental playlist at the moment.
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in addition to at This specific point, the all 5 things I definitely love about Australia at This specific very moment:
1. The Coastline, I Mean, I Can’t Even
A cliché? Yeah maybe, although seriously, how fantastically gorgeous can be the Australian coast?
coming from Sydney’s rocky cliffs to the Northern Territory’s tropical lagoons to the Great Ocean Road to Noosa to Denmark’s ruggedness (easily the best part of “Breath,” the movie), I am perpetually amazed at the rich bounty of the globe’s most beautiful island continent.
I am eternally grateful whenever I get near the item, even when I’m getting smashed by waves of which remind me I don’t know how to surf.
2. Johnny Spit
Whenever I watch Australian movies — This specific week “Dead Calm” (great) in addition to “Breath” (disappointing) — I find myself comparing the writing in addition to characters to Johhny Spit, the scene-stealer of “Gettin’ Square” played by David Wenham.
John Francis Spiteri can be the ultimate larrikin, a savant, a satirist in addition to a fool all at the same time. I long for the day when I can cock my head just the way he does in addition to tell someone, as he does in court, “Hey, you’re trying to verbal me, trying to put words in my mouth!”
Ben Shewry’s restaurant in Melbourne can be nothing short of a world-class gem. Dinner For two main may cost as much as a diamond although the item’s the kind of experience of which sticks with you like a favorite wedding.
I’ve had many great meals in my life, in many cities in addition to countries. Attica tops the list. Hands down.
4. Understated #Auspol
When I went to interview John Howard, the former prime minister, I ran into him from the elevator, alone, without an entourage.
When I was in Manus reporting on Australia’s offshore detention center there, I ran into Nick McKim, the Greens senator coming from Tasmania, traveling alone, without staff.
Never could I have imagined such a thing happening from the United States or in many some other countries where I’ve worked. The accessibility in addition to willingness to eschew the trappings of power were a welcome sight.
On the some other hand, no one in Canberra seems to get along in addition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly refused our interview requests.
5. Work-Life Balance
Maybe the item was during Nippers, or when the people who run my son’s soccer club pointed out of which everyone involved can be a volunteer — although at some point I realized there are structures of life in Australia of which depend on parents being there for their kids in significant ways.
A lot of those link to sport, sure, although there was no shortage of parents at my daughter’s dance recital either, in addition to what of which tells me can be of which This specific can be a society of which treats work as just one part of a fulfilled life.
There can be an expectation of balance or at least a respect for the item as a lived reality (Americans write about the item more than they live the item) of which I find enormously refreshing after moving here coming from completely new York.
Many Australians probably don’t even notice the item, although for me, the item’s nothing short of thrilling in addition to wondrous.
… in addition to one thing I loathe:
No, the item’s not Vegemite, although close. the item’s food delivery.
Here in Sydney, there are at least three online providers, Deliveroo, Foodora in addition to Uber Eats. I’ve tried them all. They’re terrible.
the item’s not necessarily their fault. Restaurants appear in addition to disappear on their apps, delivering some days, not others. Menus are just as fungible in addition to wait times often extend mysteriously like gambling debts.
Yes, This specific can be a first-world problem. No, the item doesn’t change how much I love the item here. although still.
at This specific point for news of the week in addition to some don’t-miss features — plus ya know, another recommendation.
The health issue of The completely new York Times Magazine can be out, in addition to Michael Pollan, who usually writes about food, carries a doozy of a story about guided psychedelic therapy.
“My first psilocybin journey began around an altar from the middle of a second-story loft in a suburb of a little city on the Eastern Seaboard,” he writes.
in addition to coming from there, the trip can be on, having a mix of serious science in addition to skepticism.
Our friends at The Upshot built a tool to gradually accentuate different frequencies from the original audio clip so you can hear both. Because of which’s just how smart in addition to geeky they are.
A decade ago when I covered Iraq, many of us figured Moktada al-Sadr would likely eventually run the country. at This specific point the item might actually be happening. Here’s what’s going on in addition to why the item matters.
• The Truth About Mass Shootings in Australia: The Father Usually Did the item: Gun deaths are exceptionally rare in Australia, although those of which do occur are often suicides. Mass shootings usually involve family members.
• David Goodall, 104, Scientist Who Fought to Die on His Terms, Ends His Life: Mr. Goodall wanted to die because of his deteriorating health, in addition to he flew to Switzerland to find legal services to assist him, choosing Beethoven for his last song.
Culture / Fun
• Troye Sivan can be a completely new Kind of Pop Star: Here, Queer in addition to Used to the item: The 22-year-old singer can be climbing the charts while demonstrating how his sexual orientation can be both part of his art in addition to beside the point.
• An Australian Environmentalist’s Next Act: ‘Frugal Hedonism’: David Holmgren, who decades ago encouraged homeowners to turn their backyards into gardens, can be at This specific point calling for suburbanites to go further off the grid.
• ‘Man With the Golden Arm’ Saved Millions of Australian Babies With His Blood: After six decades of giving blood, James Harrison, 81, has made his final donation. A rare antibody in his blood helped save more than two million babies, officials said.
• ‘I’m Here With You, Mate’: A picture of which captures the true spirit of Aussie sportsmanship in addition to mateship.
• Why Australian College Graduates Feel Sorry for Their American Counterparts: Readers point to a simpler way to pay back loans in addition to avoid “soul-crushing debt.”
… in addition to We Recommend
When we were in Tasmania, we visited quite a few vineyards (our children were not pleased) in addition to last week, the boxes of wine we ordered finally arrived.
Our two favorites are coming from the Craigie Knowe Vineyard: the 2017 chardonnay (light, not too oaky) in addition to their 2017 riesling (crisp although flavorful).
You can order both coming from its website if you get the urge.
Damien Cave can be the completely new Australia bureau chief for The completely new York Times. He’s covered more than a dozen countries for The Times, including Mexico, Cuba, Iraq in addition to Lebanon. Follow him on Twitter: @damiencave.