Where Have All The Good Men Gone?

By Craigie_B Last edited 117 months ago
Where Have All The Good Men Gone?
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One of Australian newsrooms' favourite stories is the reported 'Man Drought' in their country.

No, this isn't traditional Ozzie men getting a collective thirst on for some Victoria Bitter, but rather a growing demographic shift in the population. Australian women now outnumber their male counterparts by 100,000.

Why is this happening? No one is sure, although one theory often-quoted is the tendency of young Ozzie men to travel and then work overseas (almost all of them in London bars, it sometimes feels to us). So australian women get well-educated, move to the cities for good jobs, earn higher salaries - but then have few men around them. Most males are either languishing in rural areas or have scarpered overseas. One Queensland town boasts 23 men for every 1 single female, so we hope it has a vibrant gay scene rather than just a lot of scowling blokes.

What does all this mean for London? Well, for one thing we attract huge numbers of Australians here. 607,000 of them visited last year, spending £335m in our economy and some will stay to work. This presumably helps address our own - even more marked - demographic gender imbalance. The census shows that Londoners are made up of 3.7 million women and less than 3.5 million men. Unlike Australia, women here dominate every age group from 20 years' old and upwards.

So maybe attracting extra young australian men helps plug that gap. 'Where Have All The Good Men Gone?' To London. Now chuck us a VB.

Sydney pic from Gojca's Flickrstream

Last Updated 30 August 2008

Volcane

Londonist must have had a good Friday evening down by the pub.

607 MILLION auzies did in fact not visit London lasdt year. Thats enough for each of the AU population to come here 30 times over :)

craigie_b

bum!

thank you, eagle-eyed Volcane - have amended the article

DeanN

"607 MILLION auzies did in fact not visit London lasdt year" (sic)

I don't know, I've seen the She Bu Walkie at chucking-out time and could well believe Antipodean visitors to our shores number in the hundreds of millions.

kimpossible

YOU ASKED "WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD MEN GONE"
WELL LET ME TELL YOU...THIS IS SO DIFFICULT FOR ME. I MET THIS MAN AND RIGHT AWAY I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM, I TRULY LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL.HE ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM,AND HE WAS WAITING ON HIS PERMANENT VISA TO COME TO CALIFORNIA TO BE WITH ME AND HAVE A LIFE..... TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT.... HE WORKED FOR THE UK GOVERNMENT, SO I WASN'T ALLOWED TO KNOW EVERYTHING. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THIS.... HE WAS SENT OVER TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ (WHICH HE WAS TOLD HE WAS NOT THE PERSON THAT SHOULD BE SENT BECAUSE OF HIS HEIGHT 6' 9") TO DO THE DOGS WORK. HE WAS THERE FOR OVER A MONTH.. FINALLY A PLANE LANDED TO GET HIM. ONLY TO BE SENT BACK 4 DAYS LATER.... HE WILL NEVER RETURN ......I WILL NEVER GET TO SEE OR TOUCH THE MAN I WAS GOING TO MARRY...WHY ? BECAUSE HE GOT SICK THE ON THE 2ND OF SEPTEMBER AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL OVER THERE WITH BREATHING & LUNG PROBLEMS... MY POINT IS HE DIDN'T EVEN GET TO PASS IN HIS OWN COUNTRY... THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE RESPECT TO BRING HIM HOME....
THANKS FOR TAKING OUR FUTURE AWAY