I found this post in The Backpacker blog on the Sydney Morning Herald site. The article is about capital cities that suck. Canberra got an honourable mention.
I think this person has summed up Canberra pretty damn well! And as a long time reader of the RiotACT I noticed that this particular post was reminiscent of many posts I have read on this forum
Is it you Johnboy? Different spelling of the name though I’m sure it must be someone who grew up or at least lives in Canberra.
I love the bit about the “pretend international airport”. So true! Just our self important Government trying to bignote itself.
“I have to agree. Canberra is Australia’s capital in name only.
Most foreigners believe that Sydney is Australia’s capital, and who can blame them.
Canberra is a pretend capital, with it’s pretend local government that is run by a pretend chief minister (otherwise known as a discount mayor), a pretend police ‘force’ that is too busy buying half-price Macdonald’s to do anything about the spiraling crime rate (the only reason anyone reports a crime to them is so they can get a job number for their insurance claim), a pretend jail that is an epic fail, a pretend judiciary that is run by bleeding heart do-gooders that rarely sends anyone to the pretend jail, a pretend international airport that has difficulty handling anything bigger than a Boeing 767. The pretend international airport has a pretend business park adjacent to it which has non-existent or very poor mobile phone reception… the list just goes on.
When travelling, only people with broad shoulders and thick skin admit to being from Canberra.”
- Posted by: Jonathan on February 17, 2010 11:08 AM