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A few days ago, I enjoyed a film from Australia titled, “Tomorrow, When The War Began(sic).”
Since I have a few shirt-tail relatives living in Australia, I got to thinking about the concept of Australia as “Down Under.”
Remember the song by Men at Work titled “Down Under?”
I guess it is logical to think of the northern hemisphere as being on top of the world, since most explorers, inventions . . . AND maps . . . originate there.
I’ve never heard of anyone fighting the designation of down under.  Maybe the citizens even consider it a badge of honor?
All that being said, in my brain it is hard to imagine people in Australia LIVING UPSIDE DOWN!
Of course not!
If I am standing in Sydney, and I have never been taught about geography, I am going to think “I” am on TOP of the  world!!!
I looked for a map on the Internet that shows everything reversed.  In fact, the map is even titled, “Upside Down World Map.”
“Upside down?”
Who says!
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2 thoughts on “Down Under

  1. P.T. from Australia said, “Australians embrace being from “down under” which was coined not too long ago to promote Aus as a tourist destination. There is a certain pride in succeeding from being “underneath” the rest of the world. But. Truth be told. The world is a globe. Everything down is towards the center of the planet. Up is away from the center. So we are ALL on top of the world. Wherever we are.”

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  2. Helen from Australia said, “When I travel to Asia Aussies are the “flavour of the month”, except for a few idiots who put Australia on the map for the wrong reason. However, Asians love Australian made products. They said because of our high standards. They notice we always lend a hand in our own country when disasters strikes and we are there in their countries helping out. I am very proud to call myself an Australian.”

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