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Jeez Mardi, way to sell your home to the world

By 12 April 2012 89

The SMH has a lengthy piece on the torrent of abuse unleashed on Canberra last night on American TV (and on Eleven last night too where it raised my eyebrows).

If Guy Pearce wants to slag us off I guess that’s fine, and who cares what Ajay Rochester thinks about anything.

But local girl “Mardi” seems to think the only thing worth doing in Canberra is going to Sydney.

Which suggests to me she really needs to get out more, or possibly stay there.

So does anyone know this woman (the one on the right)?

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Perhaps Craig should at least make a visit before devoting his show to slagging off 300,000 people.

Here’s the full horror show:

If the embedded player isn’t working you can see it on Eleven’s catch-up site.


UPDATE 12/04/12 12:40: Multiple sources have confirmed it’s one Mardi Croke of Jerrabomberra, who frequently stars in the Queanbeyan Age on netball related matters. Trading up Quangers for Canberra just to slag it seems like an odd strategy.


UPDATE 12/04/12 13:37: And for those whom Eleven is not working we now have it via YouTube:


UPDATE: And now the magic of YouTube brings us Ajay and Mardi enjoying their three minutes and twenty seconds of fame:


UPDATE 12/04/12 16:14: The Canberra Times has had a chat to Mardi who now says it was Ferguson’s idea:

Part of me did get the guilts because I do love Canberra and I often go there for the beautiful restaurants.”

But Mardi says the whole thing was meant to be taken as a joke.

“It was all very quick, it was all very funny and it was all light-hearted and I just can’t believe it’s turned into this. I love a good laugh as much as anyone else,” she said.

Mardi now jokes she’ll be wearing her “I love Queanbeyan” t-shirt when she gets home after having to deny where she was from on US television.

“I’m a staunch Queanbeyanite and love my home town,” she said.

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89 Responses to Jeez Mardi, way to sell your home to the world
#1
Dilandach10:01 am, 12 Apr 12

Its fashionable to bash canberra.

I guess in Ajay’s case she’s still sore about being caught and convicted for welfare fraud.

#2
Ben_Dover10:13 am, 12 Apr 12

That clip is what passes for humour in America is it? Ferguson is useless, so bad he had to leave the UK to find work, and sank so low as to end up on American late night TV.

#3
johnboy10:18 am, 12 Apr 12

Actually I normally don’t mind the show. But can’t recall him singling out a target like that before.

#4
CrocodileGandhi10:35 am, 12 Apr 12

Ferguson has to be the most disruptive interviewer on television (and not in a good way like Stephen Colbert). I understand that he’s supposed to be a comedian (something not clearly evidenced by what he tries to pass off as comedy) but there’s a reson why people come on his show – to spruik whatever they’re doing. They don’t come on the show to be cut off mid-sentence for ten minutes.

Also, nice to see that “Canberra is boring and crap. lulz” still passes for entertainment these days.

#5
geoffappleby10:45 am, 12 Apr 12

Sounds like you’re all being a bit too sensitive, honestly. that’s the most common stereotype about Canberra, so of course that’s the one the gets mentioned. i love this town dearly, but its really not that far off the mark. Every person i know that used to live here and then moved away had the same complaint. Everyone i know that still lives here stays here because its quiet and comfortable *shrug*

oh no, what will the americans think of us?

who gives a crap?

#6
Hadley10:47 am, 12 Apr 12

YOU KNOW WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT CANBERRA?

ROUNDABOUT.

I AM IN A MOVIE LOOK AT MY JAW!

#7
Jim Jones10:47 am, 12 Apr 12

Vapid showbiz types don’t like anywhere that’s smaller than Sydney? Colour me unsurprised.

Who gives a sh1t?

I can’t imagine ever wanting to spend time with (or even near) people like that, so it suits me fine.

#8
Solidarity10:57 am, 12 Apr 12

Who cares?

#9
johnboy10:57 am, 12 Apr 12

don’t forget years-out-of-date jokes about fireworks and porn!

#10
geoffappleby11:11 am, 12 Apr 12

johnboy said :

don’t forget years-out-of-date jokes about fireworks and porn!

It’s not that they’re out of date – they’re just old. Nothing happens here, so there’s nothing new to joke about :P

#11
Hadley11:12 am, 12 Apr 12

geoffappleby said :

Sounds like you’re all being a bit too sensitive, honestly. that’s the most common stereotype about Canberra, so of course that’s the one the gets mentioned. i love this town dearly, but its really not that far off the mark. Every person i know that used to live here and then moved away had the same complaint. Everyone i know that still lives here stays here because its quiet and comfortable *shrug*

oh no, what will the americans think of us?

who gives a crap?

I don’t live here because it’s quiet and comfortable.

#12
FioBla11:20 am, 12 Apr 12

It’s not just Canberrans who get to bash Canberra then. This website is pretty much about a town full of cushy public servants, without an Ikea, and residents who can’t park properly. And cyclists. Light rail.

Bashing is entertainment after all. John Safran called Adelaide a hole. Sticks and stones, and all that.

#13
BenMac11:21 am, 12 Apr 12

One of the comments on the SMH pages says that “Mardi” is from Jerrabomberra and is a teacher from the local school.

#14
BenMac11:27 am, 12 Apr 12

BenMac said :

One of the comments on the SMH pages says that “Mardi” is from Jerrabomberra and is a teacher from the local school.

Her name is Mardi Croke from Queanbeyan.

#15
johnboy11:34 am, 12 Apr 12

So a jerra girl is doing the slagging? that’s some insult to injury.

#16
Chop7111:41 am, 12 Apr 12

BenMac said :

BenMac said :

One of the comments on the SMH pages says that “Mardi” is from Jerrabomberra and is a teacher from the local school.

Her name is Mardi Croke from Queanbeyan.

…. and this is her 5 mins of fame. Whoopie

#17
BlueChris11:42 am, 12 Apr 12

The Canberra Bashing Session on Craig Ferguson could have all been avoided if only Mardi had told the truth and said she was from Jerrabomberra/Queanbeyan NSW??

#18
johnboy11:46 am, 12 Apr 12

Dunno, she turns up a lot in the Queanbeyan Age talking netball related issues.

#19
Rollersk8r11:53 am, 12 Apr 12

Roundabouts and lack of excitement – is that really the best they’ve got?

I’d say precisely 100% of my born-and-raised Canberran friends love to slag the place as soon as they move elsewhere, which I’m sure is true of just about everyone who moves from a smaller place to a bigger place. That’s life.

#20
Jim Jones11:55 am, 12 Apr 12

BenMac said :

BenMac said :

One of the comments on the SMH pages says that “Mardi” is from Jerrabomberra and is a teacher from the local school.

Her name is Mardi Croke from Queanbeyan.

Someone from Quangers sledging Canberra as boring … BWAAAAA HAH AHAHAHAHAHA

Mind you, I suppose it *is* boring being able to walk to the shops without worrying about being stabbed.

#21
Jivrashia12:00 pm, 12 Apr 12

BlueChris said :

she was from Jerrabomberra/Queanbeyan NSW??

johnboy said :

Dunno, she turns up a lot in the Queanbeyan Age talking netball related issues.

So in summary: Pot calling the kettle black…

#22
VYBerlinaV8_is_back12:03 pm, 12 Apr 12

To be fair, Queanbeyan really is a far better place to live than Canberra. And Jerrabomberra is the best part of Queanbeyan.

#23
EvanJames12:10 pm, 12 Apr 12

I read the article in the SMH, and Guy Pearce’s diatribe, that started it, was noteable in how he couldn’t come up with any specifics about why Canberra was so awful other than the usual roundabouts chestnut. Sounds like he was driven through once, 10 years ago, and hardly noticed.

I just figure it’s a function of the constant media/politician Canberra bashing, like a broken record. And broken records work. The earworm is planted that Canberra means Crap, you don’t have to justify it, it’s like Hitler, it’s automatically a Bad Thing.

Cato the Elder started it, ending every speech with “… and that is why Carthage must be destroyed”, even if the speech had nothing to do with Carthage. The earworm was planted that Carthage must be destroyed, and so it was.

Old Whatshisname (Ruckson?) of the RSL tried that tactic some years back, ending every statement with “and that is why the flag must remain the same”.

The Canberra thing isn’t helped by the way that gutless Canberrans will simper and agree when people put the boot into Canberra. Like it’s Hitler, indefensible. People like that need to bugger off. If they don’t like it, or wish is was “like Sydney”, why the hell are they here? Go away!

#24
dpm12:11 pm, 12 Apr 12

johnboy said :

So a jerra girl is doing the slagging? that’s some insult to injury.

Hahahaha! So people who are upset at someone making judgement and bagging out the place they live are now (subtly) making judgement and bagging out the place someone lives!
It’s all relative then?! Hahaha!

#25
BenMac12:21 pm, 12 Apr 12

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Appears she’s born and raised in Queanbeyan, having attend Karabar High.

A bit of cross-border rivalry?

#26
chewy1412:25 pm, 12 Apr 12

BenMac said :

Facebook

Appears she’s born and raised in Queanbeyan, having attend Karabar High.

A bit of cross-border rivalry?

Obviously a mole.

#27
Diggety12:28 pm, 12 Apr 12

What if she’s right about our town?

#28
BlueChris12:39 pm, 12 Apr 12

Mardi, I hope your five minutes of fame is worth all the backlash over your comments about Canberra? Moving to Sydney may be a good option?

#29
astrojax1:28 pm, 12 Apr 12

dpm said :

johnboy said :

So a jerra girl is doing the slagging? that’s some insult to injury.

Hahahaha! So people who are upset at someone making judgement and bagging out the place they live are now (subtly) making judgement and bagging out the place someone lives!
It’s all relative then?! Hahaha!

snap! :)

so, where’s ms archer on this forum?? hello, robyn?? you’re on…

#30
Duffbowl1:50 pm, 12 Apr 12

FioBla said :

John Safran called Adelaide a hole. Sticks and stones, and all that.

It is.

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