What makes Aussies AUSSIE: An irreverent guide to the character and attitudes that gets down under their skin.
‘This is my second Xenophobes Guide read, and I loved it! This captures the culture (or lack thereof) and easy going lifestyle of the everyday Aussie. A really entertaining read and as an Aussie, I found it helpful about other parts of the country. It was funny without being offensive and smart without trying to be. It is a must read for the traveler to Oz.’ Reviewed by Ebbz from the UK
‘Happy little vegemite! One gem of a book. Compulsory reading for anyone interested in visiting Australia or living there. Don’t look like a stunned mullet, read the Guide!’ Reviewer from Oz
‘Great read – better than a travel guide. As an Aussie I canvouch that this book is spot on. It is well written, a humorous but accurate description of Australians. You won’t want to put it down. It is so good that it was used as a study text for immigrants learning English in Australia! The only down side is that it isn’t longer.’
Review from ‘A customer’
‘Funny and Cool book – it’s true and it’s not! The book remarks all the odd things about Australians, their goods and bads, the interesting things a ‘xenophobe’ always knows anyway. Most of it is true – sometimes it’s even worse, sometimes it’s not really as bad. A really funny book and you always have a laugh reading it.’ Review from www.amerika-forum.de
‘For a quick broadbrush snapshot of Australians, I would recommend this as I would any of the Xenophobe’s guides. They are jolly good fun and easy to read.’ Reviewed by ‘bazzafrench’ of Middlesex, UK
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Links to make you laugh
The Australian Department for Sarcasm
The Xenophobe’s Guides are all about cultivating cultural awareness, this video was brought to our attention by the radio station, Fox 101.9 in Australia.
About the author
In fact, there are two authors:
Joseph Kenneth Hunt is called ‘Ken’ partly because his father is called Joe. Had Ken been called Joe, he’d have been nicknamed ‘Little Joey’ (which is a baby roo). In fact it turns out that his father’s name is not Joe but Percy – Percy Joseph Kelly Hunt – and he was called Joe because his real name would also have made his younger days intolerable. It further transpires that Kelly is not the family name. Joe’s father was press-ganged by the Royal Navy, jumped ship in Portsmouth and assumed the name Kelly.
Ken has led a varied life. He managed a dodgem track, picked fruit, spent time as a messenger boy, a painter, an accountant and a business consultant, and also owned a general store. A rover at heart, he has travelled widely in Europe, Canada, America, China, Russia, Asia and big-time islands like Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Grand Cayman and the Bahamas. He claims the fact that the latter are all tax havens has made no difference whatsoever to his appreciation of them.
Mike Taylor has spent about half his life in Australia. He has been a postman, a research chemist, a patents examiner, science policy adviser, international bureaucrat and energy economist. At one time he was head of the Conservation and Renewable Energy Technology Section of the Department of Primary Industries and Energy in Australia and so could proudly introduce himself as ‘the chief CRET from DOPIE’.
His boss counselled him that he could rise high in ‘the circus’ (Australian Public Service), provided he curbed his irreverent sense of humour. Fortunately, a strong sense of the ridiculous proved to be no barrier to success in consulting, which resulted in early retirement to his own little bit of paradise on the Queensland coast.