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Jeez Mardi, way to sell your home to the world

By johnboy - 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)?

mardi

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Jeez Mardi, way to sell your home to the world
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Dilandach 10:01 am
12 Apr 12
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Its fashionable to bash canberra.

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

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Ben_Dover 10:13 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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johnboy 10:18 am
12 Apr 12
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Actually I normally don’t mind the show. But can’t recall him singling out a target like that before.

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CrocodileGandhi 10:35 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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geoffappleby 10:45 am
12 Apr 12
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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?

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Hadley 10:47 am
12 Apr 12
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YOU KNOW WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT CANBERRA?

ROUNDABOUT.

I AM IN A MOVIE LOOK AT MY JAW!

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Jim Jones 10:47 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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Solidarity 10:57 am
12 Apr 12
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Who cares?

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johnboy 10:57 am
12 Apr 12
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don’t forget years-out-of-date jokes about fireworks and porn!

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geoffappleby 11:11 am
12 Apr 12
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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 😛

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Hadley 11:12 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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FioBla 11:20 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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BenMac 11:21 am
12 Apr 12
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One of the comments on the SMH pages says that “Mardi” is from Jerrabomberra and is a teacher from the local school.

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BenMac 11:27 am
12 Apr 12
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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.

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johnboy 11:34 am
12 Apr 12
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So a jerra girl is doing the slagging? that’s some insult to injury.

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