Neighbour Day 30th March 2014

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Neighbour Day challenges us think about this, and asks Do you know your neighbour? Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.

When travelling through London, I didn’t need to observe the other humans humphing down the street to quickly realise that a smile or asking a simple direction would be met with disapproval. Whereas a 4 hour car drive North found me in the happy and friendly town of York, where people gathered around me in a local pub to ask where I was from and by 3 pints in, we were all good mates. In larger cities this trend to fear interaction is more common – people work hard to avoid eye contact so that there is no need to speak, or even acknowledge that another person exists. The Internet is changing all that.

Here in my street in Inner City BrisbaneThe Whitlams with Symphonie Des Femmes. Read more … », we are lucky to have a dead end, so the 47 children of the 32 house street have an advantage of a slightly more safe hub to play. Our children knit us together whether we like it or not. There’s a little bit of ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ from the people next door and we seem to keep the poor buggers accountable – which they hate, (and I am sure we drive them crazy at times too) but all in all we all look after each others children and each others homes.

What’s it like in your street? Will you reach out to a neighbour – or even someone in your friend circle or community, this Sunday?

Check out the official Neighbour Day Website to find out more

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