52 Goals - Goal 1

Ooooh no friends to the right of me...

No fullas to the left...

Dun-dun-dun... the first card I pulled out of my deck of goals was the three of diamonds - go to the movies alone. So I did! I decided to pick a movie to see that I wasn't likely to be attending with any of my friends, so "Australia" it was. While it definitely had less than thrilling moments, it was interesting to learn more about the history of our cousins from across-the-ditch.

Have just realised... non kiwi/aussie bloggers, New Zealanders tend to call Australians as a whole cousins (and vice versa) and the sea that separates us is fondly referred to as the ditch... as in "He got a better job offer across the ditch" or "He realised that the grass was greener on the other side of the ditch".

I realised how little I know about the aboriginal culture - at the start of the movie a warning is relayed to Aborigine and Torres Strait Islanders that the film may contain images of deceased persons and I really had no idea why they had. When an aborigine dies, their name is never spoken again and this is reflected in the movie. What Erin and Miss Karen enlightened me too is that sometimes this goes further and their possessions and any images of them are also destroyed. I can now see how seeing one of the aboriginal cast members in the movie once they are deceased could be very traumatic for their relatives.

One goal out of fifty-two down and I'm already learning. Gotta be good for you :D


  1. What a great idea! It's amazing how little we're taught about the Aboriginal heritage our land has. I would have thought it was just as important as the white background, if not more...

  2. That was an awesome goal! I have never been to the flicks on my own either, and really ought to try it one of these days.

    So did you like the film? I have been meaning to see it.

    Like Bambola, I never really learnt too much about Aboriginal history in school and when we had lessons about it, it was dry and boring coming from a white australian..I think I would have learnt more from speaking with an aboriginal. So it was really interesting to read your little bit of research in your blog!

    It's really a terrible reflection on our society and from what I can tell the relationships here with our indigenous people are far from the fairly good relationships that are held between the maori's and white settlers in NZ (correct me if I am wrong, but that was the feeling I got on my trip to NZ last year, looking forward to exploring it more when I am over there in a few weeks). Mind you, old Kevin Rudd is trying to make some ammends by havindg apologised for the mistakes of our previous leaders, but I don't know if that will ever help the indigenous population which makes me feel a bit sad because we are very privliged compared to them.

  3. I so want to see that movie. I actually don't know a lot about Australia and NZ, but your history sounds interesting. I'll research a bit (while I'm still free)!

  4. That's a neat concept- the deck of cards with new things!

    Going to movies on your own is a nice thing, at least I think it is. Because my friends don't want to see the movies I do, I often end up going alone. But it's an acquired taste.

    I would like to see Australia, is only because I love Baz Luhrmann's images. They're so spectacular. But I bet I'll have to wait until it's out on video.

  5. Wow, what a crazy-brilliant idea with the cards. I love it! Glad you enjoyed the movie too.