Nature is the biggest single influence on the Aussie attitude. And a very harsh and unforgiving influence it is. Reality, totally uncontrollable, is never far outside the suburban limits. Never make the error of underestimating the Aussies. They love to portray a casual disregard for everything around them, but no-one accidentally achieves a lifestyle as relaxed as theirs.
Joseph Kenneth Hunt is called 'Ken' partly because his father is called Joe. Had he been called Joe, he'd have been nicknamed 'Little Joey' (which is a baby roo). In fact it turns out that his father's name is Percy Joseph Kelly Hunt and he was called Joe because his real name would also have made his younger days intolerable. When Joe's father was 21 he changed his name to Hunt after his stepfather, but retained the name Kelly. He thought of hyphenating it to Kelly-Hunt but that would have made his later life intolerable. During his life Ken has managed a dodgem track, picked fruit, been a messenger boy, painter, accountant, business consultant and owned a general store. In Australia he has lived in three states and eight towns and cities. He has travelled widely in Europe, Canada, America, China, Russia, Asia and big-time islands like Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Grand Cayman and the Bahamas. He claims the fact that the latter are all tax havens has made no difference whatsoever to his appreciation of them. Mike Taylor has spent about half his life in Australia. He has been a postman, research chemist, patents examiner, science policy adviser, international bureaucrat and energy economist. At one time he was head of the Conservation and Renewable Energy Technology Section of the Department of Primary Industries and Energy in Australia and so proudly introduced himself as 'the chief CRET from DOPIE'. His boss counselled him that he could rise high in 'the circus' (Australian Public Service), provided he curbed his irreverent sense of humour. Fortunately, a strong sense of the ridiculous proved to be no barrier to success in consulting, which resulted in early retirement to his little bit of paradise on the Queensland coast.