Today is the 50th anniversary of my arrival in Europe. I arrived in Southampton on the Shaw Savill Line ship “Southern Cross” on 21 August 1968, after a 36-day voyage from Sydney. I intended to stay three years or so to get my doctorate, but in the event I am still living here, having been given indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom in 1971.

Southern Cross

When I visit Autralia, it always feels like home. But I feel comfortable in Europe (though a bit less so now, since the rise of nationalism in many parts of the continent, something I don’t understand).

I suppose that in some sense I count as one of the “Windrush generation”.

About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.
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11 Responses to Anniversary

  1. Jan Foniok says:

    Happy Europe-day then!

    P.S. Coincidentally, it is also the 50th anniversary of Soviet troops arriving in Czechoslovakia.

    • I spent about six weeks in London before term began in Oxford. There was a big Soviet exhibition on in London, and it was surrounded by demonstrators protesting the invasion.

  2. Steven G says:

    The rise of nationalism is in response to the flooding of economic migrants from Arabia and Africa into Europe. Some people feel it is too many, especially as some of the Islamic migrants have seen fit to attack the countries who have made them welcome.

    • I believe Ben Goldacre has a T-shirt with the slogan “I think you’ll find it’s more complicated than that.”

      • Steven G says:

        Really, it’s more complicated? But you claimed in your post not to understand, so I thought a first approximation was sufficient. You in fact confirmed my suspicion that you were merely virtue signalling like most of the left these days.

  3. Laurent Therond says:

    I think your autobiography would be a great read. 🙂

  4. Steven G, if you cannot discuss politely, or use logic correctly, I will delete your posts.

    • Steven Green says:

      What did I say that was not polite or logical? Because I disagree with your lefty virtue signalling? Yes, like everyone on the left you want to silence everyone who disagrees with you. No need because I am unsubscribing from your blog you scaremongering fucking idiot.

      • Nak10V says:

        With the rudeness and unpleasant fascistic character you should get sent to ‘Cyberia’ 🙂

  5. Yemon Choi says:

    Belated congratulations, Peter. Let’s hope that the present government’s wonderful way with Windrush folk passes over you and yours…

    • Dear Yemon, Thank you for this. I am not really worried, except in dark sleepless moments at night sometimes. As you have said before, I am not the sort of person they are after, though I am sorry that such divisions need to be made.

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