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    32 Things Brits Do Not Get About Australia

    WHY ARE YOUR CRISPS SO BORING

    1. Your short shorts

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    Funny enough on AFL players but on everyday labourers? It makes perfect sense for them to be that short but coming from the UK it never stops looking funny on big burly men

    2. The secrecy over area codes

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    You guys never give out area codes or post codes, do you all expect everyone to know where your suburb is? I understand if you’re speaking to someone local but I worked in a head office for a national company and no one ever gave this information. And it wasn’t my foreignness, my Aussie colleagues hated it too

    3. You cannot drive in the rain

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    Understandable in the north and west where it never rains but in Melbourne and Sydney you should be well used to it but for some reason whenever the skies open you all panic and crash into trams

    4. You don't even drive that well in the Outback

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    Y'all have a reluctance to overtake despite 20 feet wide roads

    5. And using indicators to let others overtake?

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    This was just something that took forever to figure out, still seems a bit strange though - how do you know if someone is saying you can overtake or if they themselves are planning to overtake the car in front of them?

    6. The traffic light system

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    My biggest grievance in Australia (woe is me) but oh seriously I spent half my visa waiting for the bloody lights to change. And when they do eventually change it's all in the wrong order. At the crossroads in most of Europe it will go North/South go, then East/West go then pedestrians all at once. Here the pedestrians go at the same time as one of the roads but when cars want to turn into where the pedestrian is crossing it ends up in some Mexican standoff causing a massive queue. And when the pedestrian eventually gets across, if there’s another set they have to start the wait all over again – why is it timed like that??

    7. The distances between bus stops

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    Sometimes it’s less than 30 seconds walk! And then not one for 10 miles

    8. How you spell it 'despatch'

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    You are the only country that spells it this way. Granted it came from the 19th century spelling in the English language but even we’ve updated it. And you guys didn’t exist then!

    9. How you say '12 months' instead of a year

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    10. Melbourne weather

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    Literally everywhere else is completely predictable, and then there's Melbourne in its own little climate, from 48 degrees to 19 degrees in 3 hours. Why? How? Have scientists even figured it out yet or have you all just accepted you'll never understand the weather in this random little pocket of Oz

    11. Why you don’t allow staff to drink in their own bars

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    When they’re on shift that’s fair enough but they’re barred from even drinking in their own time? In the UK it is encouraged for the bar staff to mix with the punters, it makes a much more fun atmosphere

    12. How you pronounce the word hostel

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    It's not hostelle. Don't be weird

    13. Measuring food in kilojoules instead of kilocalories

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    When I first moved to the country I starved myself thinking I was eating well over my daily calorie limit, not realising the units written next to food are kilojoules, not calories. Why use kilojoules? What even are they?

    14. Your sportsmen wearing mics

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    I suppose it is admirable that they can be trusted not to say anything offensive, but in an adrenaline fuelled game surely it’s the last thing players should be worrying about? Bring it into Europe and the air would turn blue, though it would certainly make all games much more entertaining

    15. The 'Manchester' section in supermarkets

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    WTF is it?? Manchester is a city back home but in Coles it seems to be where the socks are sold

    16. Free Wi-fi

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    Is rare, and when found, is really poor quality

    17. Your politicians

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    No country’s political system is flawless but in the 2 years I lived there, there were 7 Prime Ministers, that’s more than I’ve had at home in my whole life. But what gets me are the campaign adverts, rather than outlining why they would be the best party, they are solely there to smear the other party - it’s petty, childish and seems very American. And while compulsory voting has its pros and cons, the idea of voting on a Saturday is just plain mean

    18. TV commerical breaks

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    Again, similar to Americans, there don’t seem to be too many regulations around commercial breaks on TV, and they’re at odd times- just after the start of a programme and just before the end. It makes total marketing sense and I can see why they do it but it’s so frustrating. And speaking of commercials, the adverts advertising reporting other adverts… at home we do have a code of conduct but it’s not encouraged to phone up and complain, do you have that little faith in your ads?

    19. ATMs charging a fee when using different card to that bank

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    Ugh

    20.

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    You take wonderful creations like Starburst and Skittles and substitute the lime and berry a.k.a the two best flavours

    21. Shapeless crisps - or 'chips' (don't get me started)

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    They are all crisp-shaped! You’ve branched out slightly in the recent years but in other countries there are circles, squares, tubes, rings, aliens, bears, monsters, shells, sticks, crescents, balls, twigs...

    22. Mutant sized sausage rolls

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    In Europe they’re a snack, in Aus they’re a full blown meal. They do taste good though

    23. Overnight buses

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    In Asia an overnight bus means: blanket, reclining seats, films and sometimes even a meal. Here it is exactly the same as a day bus. This isn’t an Australia-exclusive problem though as all first world countries are the same and it’s something we can certainly learn from our neighbours

    24. Why the most beautiful parts of your country are barely advertised

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    Don’t get me wrong the East coast is fun, but all the highlights and absolute beauty is in the North and West and virtually inaccessible. In a way it's good it won’t be ruined by tourism but so many people come and go without knowing these places exist, and even if we do know, they're so hard and expensive to get to it’s not worth it. I’m just surprised the tourism industry hasn’t really milked it for what they could. Because it really is beautiful

    25. Dominos pizzas

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    Only $5 is such a bargain but it doesn't come with the Garlic & Herb which is the sole reason anyone chooses Dominos. Ever

    26. That you seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the British climate

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    If ever we moan about the cold (which we do, 'cause we're Brits) it's always met with 'but you're from England you should be used to it' - but unless you head far up north, the UK is seldom freezing, not in the way the rest of Europe gets. It just rains constantly

    27. Vegimite

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    It’s the age old Vegimite versus Marmite - all I will say is there are plenty of Marmite substitutes (including in Australia) but very few Vegimite ones... #justsayin’

    28. Bank and Post Office opening times

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    During working hours during the week... so when everyone's at work then

    29. Saying ‘are you there?’ on the phone after taking someone off hold

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    Makes perfect sense but when you haven’t been brought up on it comes across as rude

    30. Calling spaghetti noodles

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    Spaghetti is pasta, totally different. I think

    31. Time differences in same country!

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    Necessary of course, but so impractical. What about those that live on the state borders? And how do you deal with things that are national? The fact that some of the time differences are only half hour seems odd, and then there's the daylight savings but only in certain states of course - it's all so complicated

    32. Aussie Rules

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    What. even. is. it

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