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I ask forgiveness from the noble citizens of Australia for this bit of fun with Australian stereotypes. It was prompted by the recollection of an incident in Melbourne many years ago. 

I was responsible for moving a $3 million super computer mainframe (about $30 million in today’s money) between levels in a building. The only available method was via a lift (elevator for Americans). The lift capacity, nominally 3 tons was slightly exceeded by weight of the computer.

This was a career threatening decision, so I did some careful investigation and calculation before giving the go-ahead.

The outcome was successful both physically and socially, giving me honorary Australian nationality (only within the group involved) since the story went round that I had said - “She’ll be right!

I realise that Australians often use this phrase with irony, self awareness and self deprecation.

SHE’LL BE RIGHT In the merry old land of Oz* They’ve the secret of happiness ‘cos They’ve a theorem for plight Makes them soar like a kite It’s this motto - SHE’LL BE RIGHT! King Henry at Agincourt Field Had a talent with words he would wield Might still inspire fight Make his army ignite With this one liner - Mates SHE’LL BE RIGHT! Were Churchill from Wagga Wagga ** He’d have written it as a blogger Blood and tears day and night Facing Germany’s might With - ‘No worries! SHE’LL BE RIGHT!’ Should there be a border breach With a fight on Bondi Beach Though an awful sight And we’ve barbi tonight. *** Just remember - SHE’LL BE RIGHT! Despite peril and confusion Don’t crack brains with irresolution Master clear, and then cite This affirmative bright The sure postulate - SHE’LL BE RIGHT! * Oz = Australia ** pronounced Wogga Wogga *** barbi = barbecue

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 1/1/2018 11:59:00 PM
Fair Dinkum Mate (Mite), you've got the lingo going well here. Now she'll be right Mite, go throw a shrimp on the barbie. Geoffrey got a good chuckle from this. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Wonderful New Year....Maria
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Date: 12/5/2017 4:32:00 PM
"You'll be right" Geoffrey because you did the "hard-yakka" and I would say you're a "dinky-di" Aussie with this great write. I've lived in Oz for many years but these expressions still don't come easy to me, I might catch on one day. G'day mate!
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Geoffrey Brewer
Date: 12/15/2017 7:25:00 AM
G’day Sheila.
Date: 12/5/2017 7:56:00 AM
Fantastic write! I be sav’n alright! Great, Geoffrey!
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Geoffrey Brewer
Date: 12/15/2017 7:25:00 AM
Thanks Kim.