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In pictures: Celebrating Australia Day

When I was young I always regretted that I wasn’t born a day earlier, on Australia Day. When I was a teenager and learned the history of white settlement and what that had meant, and still means, to Aboriginal people, my regrets disappeared. Today I can appreciate Australia Day for what it means in the sense of acknowledging the freedom we have to celebrate a modern, democratic state free of war and fear while still remembering the past and seeking to make the future one of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for everyone on these shores.

With that in mind, here are some images of what it means to be an Australian on January 26. Happy Australia Day to everyone!

Feel free to add your own “Australia Day means … ” comment below.

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Australia Day means… taking the time to learn from our elders.

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New gallery online: Chaungtha beach, Myanmar

Myanmar might not be renowned for its beaches but Chaungtha beach is as colourful as any you’ll find in Asia. Replete with fish sellers, bike and tube hire, ponies and holidaying Burmese and foreigners, there’s rarely a dull moment on the sands of Chaungtha.

Located within about five hours from the old capital Yangon, it’s a popular spot on weekends and holidays for all and sundry. That means there is a range of different accommodation available, with more budget options than nearby Ngwe saung, and a a more village atmosphere that gives it local vibe.

Bikes and tubes for rent on the beach, fish sellers and plenty of other activity mean there’s always something to do, watch or photograph at Chaungtha.

To view all the images in the gallery click here, otherwise scroll down for a few highlights below.

Fish sellers are a common sight along the beach at Chaungtha.

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