First off, to all my fellow Aussies: HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! Today marks the 232nd anniversary of when the First Fleet established the Colony of New South Wales in what is now Sydney (if I’m not mistaken), marking the beginning of what would become modern Australia.
It’s a day to reflect on our history – both the good and the bad – and how far we’ve come as a nation, and celebrate our nation, and the great democracy we’ve become (democratically speaking, greater than the vast majority of nations on earth – including the USA; and that’s not a biased statement).
(And yes, despite the clamourings of a small minority who – according to recent polls – only represent about 11% of the population, Australia Day is here to stay on January 26; the 71-75% support for the present date of the holiday found by recent opinion polls will certainly help ensure that.)
AND today I am announcing a Reader Request for this Friday, the 31st of January; ask me any questions you like before then, and I’ll try to answer them on that day (or possibly Saturday).
SO ASK AWAY!