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Old 28th September 2018, 02:22 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by malbui View Post
At school in England I used to make a point of only singing selected words in the national anthem, being as I didnít believe in god nor did I want the queen to be saved.

Of course, being a citizen of two countries with which England (and later the UK) had spent centuries arguing militarily had coloured my opinions from an early age.
When did you ever sing it at school in England? I can never remember singing it at all (not that I would have done - as my infant school music teacher told me - stand at the back and open and close your mouth no one wants to hear your singing - ah the good old days when we were told the truth! ).

Indeed the only time I recall us having anything to do with the national anthem is that it was part of our English lit 16+ exam (16+ were experimental replacements for 'O' levels and CSEs , a combined 'O' & CSE course and exam, you either ended up with an O level or a CSE - GCSEs were pretty much based on them).

I'd love to see an actual test on people in the UK to see who knows the words to the first never mind second verse. I'd be truly astonished if it was more than 10% who knew the entire first verse.
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Old 28th September 2018, 03:28 AM   #42
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Out of tradition and respect, when the Australian national anthem comes on I stand on my head.
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Old 28th September 2018, 03:30 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Lothian View Post
Out of tradition and respect, when the Australian national anthem comes on I stand on my head.
I put a pinny on and put a rabbit in the pouch and hop around.
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Old 28th September 2018, 03:43 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
I put a pinny on and put a rabbit in the pouch and hop around.
Yeah, but that's not only when the Australian national anthem is played, is it?
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Old 28th September 2018, 03:50 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
When did you ever sing it at school in England
School speech day and prizegiving and various events like that. It was a very traditional (state) grammar school with military cadets and a school song in Latin that I can still sing in its entirety, 30 years on.
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Old 28th September 2018, 03:50 AM   #46
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Australia should just sent these unpatriotic families back to where they came from ...
... which I assume is Britain?
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Old 5th October 2018, 01:00 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
As for the schoolgirl, I donít think itís correct that the anthem is only for the (diminishing) white population at all. But I couldnít care less about her standing or not. I donít see her as particularly courageous, rather as showing off.
Care to back up the highlighted?

From my calculations, while the percentage of whites might be dropping (it is actually impossible to tell because the Australian census doesn't ask ethnicity any more) estimates range from 70-90% whites, and even at the lowest of those, the number of whites has increased by over 6 million since 1976.

Meanwhile, Australia Aboriginals are still at just two thirds the total number that there were prior to Cook's rediscovering in 1770!
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Old 6th October 2018, 03:35 AM   #48
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"God Save the Queen" is more than a bit jingoistic and, frankly, a dirge.
"Les Marseillaise" is great, but quite bloodthirsty.

There is a national anthem from the UK that people stand for with pride and because they want to sing it -

https://youtu.be/AM4mIlYKG9s


I can only remember it being played and sung on special occasions at school, such as the St David's Day Eisteddfod.

Nevertheless, even as a monoglot living in London, I can still sing it in Welsh.
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Old 6th October 2018, 06:26 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by Lothian View Post
Out of tradition and respect, when the Australian national anthem comes on I stand on my head.
Contortionist? Or do you let other people stand on your head too.
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Contortionist? Or do you let other people stand on your head too.
'Cause upside-down jokes are always funny, no matter how often we hear them. In fact, the more often, the funnier they get. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 8th October 2018, 08:41 PM   #51
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'Cause upside-down jokes are always funny, no matter how often we hear them. In fact, the more often, the funnier they get. Keep 'em coming.
Can we do unwashed Pom jokes too? And warm beer?
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Old 11th October 2018, 11:23 PM   #52
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Ours is pants. It requires me to sing about two things I don't believe in and it's in a lousy time signature and is not, in the least, rousing.

The French one's brilliant. Even the song the Irish sing before rugby (Ireeeeland, IREEELAND etc.) is uplifting. Ours is just a depressing genuflection towards the person with the most objectionable lineage.
I can just about bring myself to sung two lines
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