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uncle_davros
post Sep 19 2006, 01:25 PM
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Um, what am I because I am better than everyone !!!


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post Sep 19 2006, 01:28 PM
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QUOTE(uncle_davros @ Sep 19 2006, 12:25 PM) *

Um, what am I because I am better than everyone !!!


Um...thats called:

Delusional: a false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness


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post Sep 19 2006, 02:28 PM
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I KNEW IT!


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post Sep 19 2006, 02:46 PM
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QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Sep 19 2006, 01:28 PM) *

QUOTE(uncle_davros @ Sep 19 2006, 12:25 PM) *

Um, what am I because I am better than everyone !!!


Um...thats called:

Delusional: a false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness


And in the book Sun Signs by Linda Goldman, she states that in certain hospitals, out of all the patients installed there, the majority of them are Aquarians

What star sign did you say you were Carm ??? I think, very similar to mine


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post Sep 19 2006, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE(uncle_davros @ Sep 19 2006, 01:46 PM) *

QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Sep 19 2006, 01:28 PM) *

QUOTE(uncle_davros @ Sep 19 2006, 12:25 PM) *

Um, what am I because I am better than everyone !!!


Um...thats called:

Delusional: a false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness


And in the book Sun Signs by Linda Goldman, she states that in certain hospitals, out of all the patients installed there, the majority of them are Aquarians

What star sign did you say you were Carm ??? I think, very similar to mine


You mean MENTAL hospitals?

"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success."

Ps. what is your moon sign?


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post Sep 19 2006, 03:08 PM
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You mean MENTAL hospitals?


Having worked in one, I find that term a little harsh

Sorry for sounding that way, but I can't help it


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post Sep 19 2006, 03:55 PM
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QUOTE(uncle_davros @ Sep 19 2006, 02:08 PM) *

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You mean MENTAL hospitals?


Having worked in one, I find that term a little harsh

Sorry for sounding that way, but I can't help it


"Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness."
-John Wayne, requoted in Little Miss Sunshine


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post Sep 19 2006, 04:19 PM
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I still think that you are out of order


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post Sep 19 2006, 04:44 PM
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You are entitled to your opinion.

IMO, there is nothing wrong with the word. Infact, some people use it as a compliment.

"That track was mental, brutha!"

"Dude! That party was soooo mental!"


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post Sep 19 2006, 04:52 PM
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I agree with you on that part, but maybe you guys in Canada are backwards because we stopped using that term back in t he 80's. They became hospitals, because that is what they are. These people have a sickness. Be it from abuse through drugs or alcohol, or even other illnesses, these people are in a hospital

Some people don't like swearing, I don't like that term associated with hospitals


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post Jan 28 2007, 09:50 PM
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very interesting topic. Being from South Australia, i've whitness some forms of racism. However, compared to other countries form what i've read, i dont think racism in australia is considerable at all!

Not saying there isn't a problem with merging cultures here. The further you go into the outback into the more rural area's of Australia the more of the truth you'll undisclose about culture clashes. In quite a few outback towns i would not even step in because of the situations. Alcoholism and petrol sniffing is rampid with aboriginals. They've currently undergone changes all throughout central australia, they've had to modify the petrol so that you can no longer get high from it. This is a direct result of western influence being forced upon a 40,000 year old culture. Very unfortunate, but now we have to deal with it somehow, and this is where the problem lays. Some people may even have feelings at the opposite scale of things, as; if your an aboriginal you get cheaper house loans, smaller percentage interest, penalties are not as harsh, higher welfare payouts, etc... But this is the governments way of trying to 'make up' to them for what has occured over the last 200 years.

Cities and metropolitan areas in Australia, in all honesty i think we're all a very social bunch and very excepting of other cultures and races. Its only the very very small minority groups that go around and can give a bad name. Australia is a very safe place to travel in, no matter what race you are, belief's you have or nation you come from!

Travel with an open mind and with a level head on your shoulders everywhere you go as no matter where you are in the world, nothing will be perfect and you'll always get the minority groups... except for antarctica - those emporer penguins... tisk tisk!!!

P.S. if you do come to Australia, definatly experience the aboriginal culture if you can. It is so unique and beautiful and true Australian history


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post Jan 29 2007, 02:16 AM
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Nice words Clinton, and some good points. As for experiencing the Aboriginal culture, I have every intention of doing so. I hit Aussie in March and the excitement's already starting to build..


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post Jan 31 2007, 06:35 PM
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... make sure you goto the red centre!!! Alice springs - and from there you can take the 6 hour bus ride to and see Uluru (aka ayre's rock) - climb it!, kata tjuta (olgas) - tour through it, kings canyon, stanley chasm! + Alot of aboriginal culture around the area too.

Also, drive the 'great ocean road' on the east coast of Aussie! You'll love it...


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post Jan 31 2007, 06:57 PM
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umm, Clinton, isn't the "Great Ocean Road" between Melbourne and Adelaide? though driving the length of the east coast is longer so it's greater and it is by the ocean. maybe the east coast should be the "Greater Ocean Highway".

you'll have a great time in Oz, Scott. they're a friendly and rambunctious bunch down under. just watch out for those high alcohol prices. oy!


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post Jan 31 2007, 07:35 PM
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Sorry, i've never actually been on it, but know so many people that have and everyone rave's aobut it.

It doesnt actually connect to adelaide, its more south coast area in victoria i guess... My appolagies...

Here's a link to a map of it... (great ocean road map)

Very beautiful, from everything i've seen :-)


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post Jan 31 2007, 07:49 PM
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I've heard nothing but good stories too. I plan to be scooting along it soon by bike. Anyone biked it?


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post Jan 31 2007, 08:06 PM
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Bike as in pushbike or motorbike?
Motorbike you could go anywhere in oz yeah... i guess if your gonna go through the centre of oz, you'll have to think ahead of places to stay as it takes a few days. Push bike... i'd say you can do the great ocean road on it. But dont even think about going anywhere near the outback cycling on a pushbike trying to make town to town... You'll end up dead on the side of the road...

When i went from Alice Springs to Uluru. They were telling us stories of bus drivers having to pickup people in trouble on the side of the road, which thought they could ride a pushbike to uluru... (in the outback in the middle of the day with 40+ degrees celcius) +its a 6 hour drive (in a car/bus)...


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post Jan 31 2007, 08:08 PM
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Agreed. I thought maybe pushbike the Great Ocean but motor a lot of the rest.. Still early days, I'll see what randomness crops up while I'm out there.. thumbsup.png


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post Jan 31 2007, 09:11 PM
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definatly. There's quite a few other places i could suggest, but ill leave that for another forum haha!

I wouldnt be worried about the racism though (if you were at all), its all pretty good, especially in the populated coastal areas!

BEST OF LUCK with your trip :-)


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I'm from Melbourne and have only heard a few racist comments, which you would get anywhere in the world! I don't know where people have gotten this idea that Australians are racist...it's bizarre!

Everyone over here is very multicultural, my mum is from N.Ireland, my dad has convict Scottish/Aussie roots (but also with Spanish blood), I have half-Vietnamese cousins and half-Maltese cousins! I have good friends that are Indian, Vietnamese, Polish, Croatian, Italian and of course Aussies, and they all get along no worries wink.gif

They say 1 in 4 people living in Australia are either not born on these shores, or one of their parents weren't born on these shores, so I find it incredibly hard to believe there is a lot of racism here.

I believe our country is one of the most multicultural in the world, which would make it one of the most tolerant and accepting of different cultures.
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