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Old 02-03-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Each country will have pockets - cities or areas - with those characteristics (Montreal, Melbourne, etc.). And each country will have areas that aren't like that, i.e., small, rural towns or suburbia.

Oz has its bogans, Canada has its hosers. Neither care about being urbane or sophisticated. So I don't know if you can label an entire country as more urbane/cosmopolitan/cultured/etc. than the other. I've lived in both and encountered those characteristics everywhere, just as I've encountered the polar opposite everywhere. Once you get away from the central areas of large cities, you have a harder time finding sophistication.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:45 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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We Canadian shouldn't be lumped in with the Aussies IMO - we're a nation of cultural creatives, they're unique, but in their own way. Most of the great poets in English have ultimately emerged from the Canaduan scene.
Yeah I don't want to be lumped with Canadian either, lol. The nation that cursed the world with Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber. On the other hand, they did give us Jim Carrey and Pam Anderson.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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We Canadian shouldn't be lumped in with the Aussies IMO - we're a nation of cultural creatives, they're unique, but in their own way. Most of the great poets in English have ultimately emerged from the Canaduan scene.
You're so creative you even innovate on the spelling of Pisa.

Agree on the poets, though - Burns, Tennyson, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Yeats, Byron, Wilde, Eliot, Pound, Beckett, Thomas, Behan ....all Canadian to a man.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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You're so creative you even innovate on the spelling of Pisa.

Agree on the poets, though - Burns, Tennyson, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Yeats, Byron, Wilde, Eliot, Pound, Beckett, Thomas, Behan ....all Canadian to a man.
I know you're being sarcastic lol. Only Canadian poet I know is Leonard Cohen.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Purgatory
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Yeah I don't want to be lumped with Canadian either, lol. The nation that cursed the world with Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber. On the other hand, they did give us Jim Carrey and Pam Anderson.
Trimac, come on...now you're just insulting what makes up most of your personal CD/MP3 collection
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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Well for a start we're not all descended from convicts, we don't all live in the bush and no, none of us have pet koalas or kangaroos (well almost none of us).

Aussie culture does have a streak of larrikanism and is a bit 'rough around the edges', but I think our cities - Sydney, Melbourne.etc - are the equal of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver in terms of worldliness, cosmpolitan-ness, culture and urbanity. Sydney is about 35% born overseas. Not the ridiculous 50% of Toronto (although large parts of Sydney are over 50%) but it feels extremely multicultural.

Australia is clearly the more British, except for perhaps Atlantic Canada.
I've been to every Atlantic province, except for Nfld.

No tri, atlantic Canada is not very british at all. I know your never been, so why would you think this? Curious..
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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Yeah I don't want to be lumped with Canadian either, lol. The nation that cursed the world with Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber. On the other hand, they did give us Jim Carrey and Pam Anderson.
Shrimp on the Barbie Paul hogan
Crickey Steve irrwin
Pauline Hanson

Yup shining examples of ozzies.. Lol
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Trimac, come on...now you're just insulting what makes up most of your personal CD/MP3 collection
It is not a Complete Canadian MP3 collection without Some RUSH on it

Rush - Working Man - YouTube
Now that is some good Canadian Tunes
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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How is "sophisticated" being defined here?

I've never been to Australia, alas. But I think of it as being connected to the Pacific Rim, so I guess as Asia-oriented as much as it is oriented towards America or its British influence. Eastern Canada definitely has a European/British influence, but like others have pointed out, outside of the large cities, there are large swaths of territory with small populations that I couldn't describe as "sophisticated"... OTOH, Canadians have the benefit of being within easy range of travel to the USA, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia on the West Coast.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:09 PM
 
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Shrimp on the Barbie Paul hogan
Crickey Steve irrwin
Pauline Hanson

Yup shining examples of ozzies.. Lol
Let's not forget the legendary Rolf Harris.
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