I moved from England to Australia in November 2007 because I wanted a better future for my daughter, Elizabeth, who was 3 1/2 years old at the time. I was born in England, England is my country. Like all countries, it has changed an enormous amount in the last 50 years.
Unfortunately, a lot of those changes have not been for the good.
So four years ago I felt the time was right to leave and our family were lucky enough to qualify for PR in Australia, thanks to my wife’s work experience and qualifications. So we jumped at the chance; we could both imagine a future England in which we didn’t want our daughter to live.
It seems that future is now.
But this is not an “I told you so” post. I have been as shocked as the rest of the world by what has been going on in London and a few of the other major cities of England.
This week I completed my first ever Australian census, so I am now officially an Australian statistic with the ABS. Next year I hope to become an Australian citizen along with the rest of my family. Ultimately, we want to live here for the rest of our lives.
With the events of this week, I can’t see that viewpoint ever changing.
I’m sure there will be many a debate as to what has gone wrong in England. By the way, it is just England, it’s not Great Britain. At the time of writing, there appears to have been no disturbances at all in Ireland, Wales or Scotland. It’s an English thing. So I think headlines about “Britain burning” are a little misleading.
Anyway, there will be many a debate about what has gone wrong back in England and I do have my own views, of course, although I won’t be airing them here, because I write about life in Australia. But I do want to send my best wishes to the good people (they are still the majority) of England. I do hope, also, that my friends and family are safe and well.
Time for the Friday video.
Today I have a video for the rioters. Maybe they can watch it on their recently looted netbooks or whatever. It’s about life in England before computers, Bling, Gameboys, Playstations, mobile phones and hoodies. What’s that? You can’t imagine such a time?
No, I thought not. Too busy contributing so little and destroying so much, I imagine.
I’d like to thank my dad for the footage, the following film was shot in the 60s using his 8mm thingamebob. I am very lucky to have over five hours of this stuff, here’s a little over 3 minutes of it. I would also like to thank my older brother and two sisters in advance, in the hope that they don’t kill me for putting some of this stuff online.