In the Green Guide in today’s edition of The Age (on page 6) there is a story about a new six-part series by Tony Robinson (aka “Baldrick”) called “Approaching Australia with Ignorance”. Sadly this new program, starting on Tuesday at 7:30 PM, is only available on the History Channel for people with pay TV.
Hullo? ABC? What are our taxes doing paying for our free-to-air State channel?
Anyway, I had a good laugh (and a good think) about this, from the excellent Mr Robinson:
“I don’t know what’s PC. I know now that there are an awful lot of areas where for such an upfront, honest culture, people tread very lightly.
“If I ask [Australian] people how many Aboriginal friends they have there’s always a silence of about 15 seconds before they give me an answer. The answer will be intelligent, considered, profound but, boy oh boy, are the cogs going before the answer comes out.”
I have one aboriginal friend…, at least, I think I can count her as a friend. Or perhaps she’s just an work colleague… And then there was that other bloke I knew once… But we haven’t kept in touch.
You can see what he means, can’t you?