I’ve said before that I haven’t really encountered any Australians while I’ve been away. Well, now I have. And I was profoundly ashamed.

Yes, the guy was old. And old people often lack a social filter. But for all of the perceptions of racism, sexism, arrogance and backwater culture which I have argued against to people from other countries, this guy just went right ahead and substantiated all of them.

True, there was no malice — he meant it in good humour — but it did make us look stupid.

Enjoy this mini-series: Aussies on Tour.

-TM