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Doug Kirkpatrick

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Doug Kirkpatrick from Melbourne, currently in Sydney

Born and raised in Melbourne (cold and damp most of the time but a hip and friendly place). Spent my adult life in the United States, studying and then doing radio, TV and film.
 
Whenever I came back to Australia on holidays I noticed lots of navel gazing going on -- self-appointed cultural dieties and others busily trying to identify our so-called 'values' and 'national identity'. I could see no benefit in any of this. It seemed to me like trying to shovel fleas across a barnyard. I wanted to know what it was like to >be< Australian.
 
So I started 'Being Australian' to find out from others what being Australian looks and feels like.
 
It's early days. But 103 third-year marketing students have already shown why people everywhere can laugh and learn simply by sharing experiences that feel 'Australian.'
 
If you like the concept behind Being Australian, please tell someone you know ~ encourage them to share something they've experienced that feels 'Australian'.
 
Being Australian is your story. It's about the experiences you have - not your values. Hope you like it so far.

Doug Kirkpatrick from Melbourne
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My favourites

Clothesline signage for a suburb (part 2) 'The mock back yard with 'Woolloomooloo' clothesline' posted by Matthew Strahorn
Riding on the 3801 'As it was 100 years ago -- Platform 1 at Sydney's Central Station' posted by Rodney Harrison
Oz Day in the city 'This dog was wandering up the footpath next to Hyde Park Barracks, replete with fashionable colours of the day' posted by Doug Kirkpatrick
Living on the Edge 'spirit of the gorge watching over me at karijini' posted by Christine Casey Robinson

Riding taxis on Sydney Harbour '...and a view from my seat' posted by Grannie
Lunchtime for 'Wombat' ''Wombat' approaches the back of John's house:  it's feeding time.' posted by Doug Kirkpatrick
Sculpture by the Sea

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Those ticking street posts, Frequent flyers??, Max the dog, Flag on a dumpster, My backyard clotheslines, Clever street art, Australia Day in Port Hedland, Passing road trains, Lawn in the Pilbara, Big Australian Sky, Flying art, Lunchtime for 'Wombat', Hand of Friendship, Dodging busted Telecom pits, Tuned in to the nation, Hanging out to dry, Swimming Pool for One, broken flags, Genuine Aussie gladiators..., Shark Wrestling in South Australia, The Sydney-to-Hobart, Fantales - things of beauty, Street Junk, Dining IN, tradie's bit for the nation, Clean-up Day, ANZAC biscuits help keep peace in Kashmir, Cops on the beat, Spiders lurking, Eating Violet Crumbles, Coastal sandstone, Living among the gum trees, Feeling of wool, Outdoor shower, Regarding the 'Coathanger', Pausing to honour the 'Diggers', The rural gatepost where yarns are had, Celebrating Australia Day in Port Hedland, P-Plate, Kirribilli commute, Oz Day in the city, Dancing with the Stars - in Milson's Point, Sydney, Weekday oasis of calm, Bondi Beach - historic more than bohemian, Riding into history on a vintage train in Tasmania, Plunging escarpments ain't always pretty, Feeding wild lorikeets on the verandah at home, Walking the streets of Sydney, When you're driving in Australia..., Melbourne Cup in Martin Place, Taking a punt on the Melbourne Cup - Part 1 of 2, Taking a punt on the Melbourne Cup - Part 2 of 2, Cyclone Tracy revisited, Hot date with a Maytag washer in Darwin, The Port Hedland detention centre, Not ice, nor 'Ice', nor snow. Just Pilbara salt, Railmotor from Werris Creek, Camping with wild pigs, Telephone sockets in Australia, Werris Creek Station, Leaving their mark in stone, Being Australian on Christmas Day (Bondi Beach pt1), Christmas Day at Bondi Beach (pt2), Christmas Day at Bondi Beach (pt3), Camping holiday - best way to see Australia

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