When I was in Beijing, a somewhat aristocratic Englishman was asked what he thought of Australia. ‘I have been there only once he said’, with evident disdain, ‘but it struck me as very British?’ I was somewhat nonplussed, wondering what Australia he had visited. I am by nature a generous person, assuming the best of people. So after pondering his odd comment for a few moments, I actually managed to say, ‘Every now and then, the odd person arrives with such an expectation. The intelligent ones soon learn how mistaken they are’.

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