Re: New twitch proposals and Pommie migrants

Subject: Re: New twitch proposals and Pommie migrants
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 15:20:38 +1000
What was that all about!!

Confused Queenslander (and ex-pom)


> Hi Penny, Anne, Niels....
> Echoing Penny "Speaking as a pommmie migrant....."  I am getting more
> and more concerned about the overrepresentation of NW European
> "protestant" countries and their exports on this mailing list.
> ("Protestant countries" goes back to Durkheim's marvellous pioneering
> sociological works - especially the suicide study - over 100 years ago.)
> Is there any social anthropologist out there who can give hints (like
> those that Victoria Quinton was asking about in relation to children)
> which would help us birders embrace people from other backgrounds ?
> For the original Australians - as I understand it - birds, animals and
> other "things" were/are part of thinking about the world: who we are and
> they are and what we must do to preserve what is precious.  Usurping
> English monarchs adopted badges like Broom (the Plantagenets - not
> wanted here) or roses (red or white -ditto).  What is valued and should
> be built upon in relation to non-Pom cultures ?  How should this
> wasteful society build upon its aboriginal heritage ?
> Michael Norris
> Hampton, Vic

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