The Green and Gold - oh, and black socks

WTF? Black socks? Green and Gold?

I'm no fashionista - far from it. I remember my mother saying in the morning while I was getting dressed to go to school, "Blue and Green should never be seen."

Who's idea was the Green and Gold anyway? According to history, it wasn't until 1984 that it actually became official that Green and Gold would be our national colours.

Sure - I understand that it represents the wattle. A national Icon of our indigenous fauna, that if you park your car underneath it, leave your bike underneath it, it leaves all this yellow shit all over it. It's also the cause of a lot of suffering for people with allergies. But hang on - ("Oi! that isn't a wattle in my backyard mate. That's a lemon tree and I've already pissed on that today.") There isn't even a wattle in my street. In fact, the last place I lived at, had Japanese Maples and Olive trees out the front. I dont see the Japanese national sporting team wearing a kit that has a slightly crimson colour and in the winter resembles a neatly stacked tower of twigs. And the Italian kit is far from a slightly silvery green. And while I'm on it, can somebody please ask the Canadians where you find a maple tree that has red leaves?

I know there is nothing I can do about it and although I dont like the colour scheme, I'm proud to support it. Go you good thing that looks like a tree. But the thing that has really intrigued me is the Olympic Cycling kit.

If it isn't rude enough trying to make Green and Gold look good together on all those beautiful bling bikes they are riding, some smart pastie comes up with the idea of black socks. I cant help but think that even adidas, who supplied a lot of Olympic kit thought that the only thing they could do to make Green and Gold look good was add a pair of black socks to take the attention away.

I dont know about you, but I was mesmorised by those black socks. As far as I knew, only the Australians were wearing black socks. I was going dizzy watching black socks wizz around at around 100 RPM or more.

I wish we could look like the Belgains or the Spanish.

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Comment by Chris Steffanoni on August 25, 2008 at 4:14pm
Kudos to the explorer sock idea. i'm going to Aussie Disposals first thing tomorrow morning to organise a bulk order
Comment by vx255 on August 17, 2008 at 9:46am
I still maintain that black socks are better than argyle ones.
Comment by ChrisS on August 16, 2008 at 2:01pm
Unfortunately there's plenty of stuff most people have never heard of, and examples could be growing in our backyards.

Another thing about the black socks is that if they are going to be worn as suitable attire, then our national sporting teams should be outfitted with a true and accurate representation of the Australian Black Sock. The Explorer Sock.

I also advocate footy socks, had a pair of tigs socks that looked brilliant when pulled up over the knee and worn with 3/4 shorts.
Comment by Stavros on August 16, 2008 at 1:52pm
What a fascinating example of our local flora - I can honestly say that I have never heard of it.
Comment by ChrisS on August 16, 2008 at 1:39pm
I hereby proclaim the Kangaroo Apple as a nominee for Australia's emblem. Well, for the SE region anyway.

Consider these points:

- Grows like a feral giant tomato. (fits in nicely which our Southern European heritage)
- Flowers look like potato flowers (fits in nicely with our Irish heritage)
- Fruit taste like rancid mangoes (although they do go lovely in chutney apple/tomato blends)
- Kangaroo Apples have one of the highest known levels of Vitamin C and can grow virtually anywhere. Fast. (fits in nicely with emerging sustainable agricultural needs)
- Colour scheme: dark green, purple and orange. Now if the Spanish can create team kits with orange, yellow and red, we can design a suitable team kit too.

Also makes a fast growing hedge, lasts for about 3-4 years until you can afford that new fence out the front.

Comment by Oz on August 16, 2008 at 1:33pm
OK then tell me which TEAM these came from ???

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