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Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed

By Sebastian Fernandez - 8 July 2014 25

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Dear Jemima Skelley,

Thanks so much for dissing on our town.

When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but we like it.

Most who are as critical as you, have never actually been here.  If you have spent more than a few days here, then I’m happy that you hate the place because you obviously don’t fit in here.

Descriptions of boring and lame say a lot more about you than they do about us.

You may not call it a city, but it works fine for me. I fell in love with Melbourne when I moved there some years ago, but I don’t think I could go back there now that I’ve discovered Canberra.

If all you can see is buildings and grass well you’re obviously not looking in the right places Jemima.

Please explain why it’s such a bad thing that only 370,000 pe0ple live here. Wait till you’re sitting in a traffic jam in Sydney or Brisbane or Melbourne and then explain it to me.

It is so wonderfully easy get around Canberra and the city centre and surrounds are, as compared to the other cities much more pleasing to the eye.  We are spoilt by the array of wonderful restaurants and engaging festivals on offer.

But for me the biggest selling point about Canberra is the people. We have assembled a group of people in this city  who believe that they can take on the world and win. They’re intelligent, compassionate and connected.

Canberrans embrace opportunity.

You don’t sound like that sort of girl to me Jemima.

Don’t call us……no seriously….delete our number from your phone.   If we need you for anything, we’ll call you.

What’s Your opinion?


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Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed
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DeadlySchnauzer 1:03 pm
08 Jul 14
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Interestingly her recent take on why Adelaide is so awesome included most of the same points, but in that case decided they were positive rather than negative.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jemimaskelley/adelaide-is-australias-most-underrated-city

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rommeldog56 1:19 pm
08 Jul 14
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It goes with the Territory (no pun intended !) of living in Canbeerra I’m afraid. Its not an uncommon view out there either.

Its just a dredge, I wouldn’t take it seriously.

The scarey thing for me, is that those sorts of people actually vote in elections ……..

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:23 pm
08 Jul 14
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Just how insecure are we that we’d give this person a response?

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MelonHead 2:18 pm
08 Jul 14
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I reckon that State Circle, Arthur Circle, and London Circuit are the only places that can be referred to in the usual diatribe about “going round in circles” Maybe Veron Circle counts.

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Mess 3:08 pm
08 Jul 14
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There are no boring places, just boring people.

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Dreadnaught1905 4:04 pm
08 Jul 14
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What I found most irritating about her rant (such as it was), was that the picture posted for “Highway to the Snow” isn’t even close to the ACT. It’s the road sign on the Hume Highway in Mundarlo!

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John Moulis 5:44 pm
08 Jul 14
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Why are we even discussing this? I visited Buzzfeed and couldn’t believe how trashy and low class it was. I would say that being criticised by that site is a great honour which shows that we are indeed doing something right.

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Ben_Dover 6:04 pm
08 Jul 14
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Dreadnaught1905 said :

What I found most irritating about her rant (such as it was), was that the picture posted for “Highway to the Snow” isn’t even close to the ACT. It’s the road sign on the Hume Highway in Mundarlo!

Comments like that just prove how right she was!

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Maya123 6:34 pm
08 Jul 14
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Ben_Dover said :

Dreadnaught1905 said :

What I found most irritating about her rant (such as it was), was that the picture posted for “Highway to the Snow” isn’t even close to the ACT. It’s the road sign on the Hume Highway in Mundarlo!

Comments like that just prove how right she was!

Explain further what you mean.

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bundah 7:09 pm
08 Jul 14
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Anyone who has a camel head as a profile picture on twitter cannot be taken seriously….

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knuckles 8:12 pm
08 Jul 14
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People,
Can we please stop defending Canberra every time someone criticises the place. What if the rest of Australia finds out how good it really is here?

Do we really want people from Sydney, Melbourne etc. moving here and making Canberra a city just like theirs, with all the problems that go with that – too many people, congested roads, poor standard of living, etc.

Whenever someone from out of town feels the need to tell me how they don’t like Canberra I agree with them, and encourage them to stay away.

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chewy14 8:25 pm
08 Jul 14
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I think I temporarily lost a few IQ points after reading that.

She says she came here in year 5, I’m assuming that was a few weeks ago.

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bigfeet 9:05 pm
08 Jul 14
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No-one will ever be able to mock us again when we get The Tram.

All Hail The Tram!

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watto23 4:29 pm
09 Jul 14
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My experience is international visitors love it here. I always tell people when I travel, that they should visit and ignore what other Australians say, because on an international level the city is unique and worth visiting.

Lets face it, Sydney and Melbourne do a bit of arguing too and Adelaide is probably the least supported city after Canberra.

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 5:17 pm
09 Jul 14
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watto23 said :

My experience is international visitors love it here.

I have found the same. People from other countries love the cleanliness, the open green spaces, the colourful trees, the weather, the kangaroos that live wild, the views, the list goes on.

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