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Jenna Clarke can go to hell

By johnboy - 9 March 2013 32

The BBC has seen fit to join in the Canberra bashing for our city’s birthday.

But if you needed any further proof of the dead tree daily’s miserable failure to serve this city I’d recommend this key to the soap dodger’s reporting:

“My friend put it well – Canberra is like going to grandma’s house,” says Jenna Clarke, life and entertainment editor of the Canberra Times. “Other Australian cities are doing brash, creative things but here everything is wrapped in plastic. It doesn’t mean it’s bad. Canberra is just very mature and knows what it’s doing.”

Actually Jenna there’s a lot of brash and creative things happening here. Your knowledge of them is a judgment I leave to the reader.

What’s Your opinion?


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Jenna Clarke can go to hell
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Rawhide Kid Part3 6:06 pm
09 Mar 13
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I don’t think we’ll ever stop the Canberra bashing while we have the likes of Jenna Clarke and ex Canberran Andrew Ure. and others who seem to be disgruntled with their life here. I love Canberra and have done so since 1975 and always will.

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Masquara 7:52 pm
09 Mar 13
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Well you couldn’t really get more grandma-ish than Robyn Archer, could you really?

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gooterz 9:12 pm
09 Mar 13
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Maybe we should change the name and have Canberra just refer to the parliamentary triangle. The same thing the US did the same with Washington and capitol hill as its new metonym.

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LSWCHP 9:18 pm
09 Mar 13
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Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I don’t think we’ll ever stop the Canberra bashing while we have the likes of Jenna Clarke and ex Canberran Andrew Ure. and others who seem to be disgruntled with their life here. I love Canberra and have done so since 1975 and always will.

Righteous. I’ve been here since 1976 after living in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and various country towns. I love the place and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

The headline for this post says it all. To all the naysayers, a full moon, two fingers and a resounding Fcuk You.

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Holden Caulfield 11:42 pm
09 Mar 13
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I spent the night at Enlighten. It was awesome. People everywhere, all of them having a great time. This festival really has very quickly discovered and established a wonderful niche and long may it continue.

I hope the tea and scones at Jenna’s grandma’s were up to scratch.

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incredulousandridicu 2:02 am
10 Mar 13
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Jenna Clarke is a perfect example of crony, I-was-rejected-by-Cosmo-so-I-write-trashy-newspaper-pieces journalism. Whether or not you agree with the likes of Paul Sheehan, Peter FitzSimons and others, who write about a plethora of topics, at least they write columns that force you to think and examine issues. You may even hate their opinions, but they engage you enough to facilitate critical thinking.

How Jenna Clarke is paid probably $100,000+ to write brain damage-inducing horses*== is beyond me.

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Growling Ferret 7:04 am
10 Mar 13
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And good to see the CT referencing the story, without linking it, nor making any comment that Jenna Clarke contributed to it.

Typical cowardly Canberra Times

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bikhet 7:06 am
10 Mar 13
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Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

I don’t think we’ll ever stop the Canberra bashing while we have the likes of Jenna Clarke and ex Canberran Andrew Ure. and others who seem to be disgruntled with their life here. I love Canberra and have done so since 1975 and always will.

The Canberra bashing won’t stop until the Federal politicians go and play somewhere else, and then Canberra will rapidly slide into obscurity.

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crackerpants 8:00 am
10 Mar 13
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There was this in the Weekend Australian Magazine – the only mention of Canberra’s centenary is where it’s dismissed as “a nonsense, a contrivance”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/heart-of-the-nation-mount-taylor-2606/story-e6frg8h6-1226593171250

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JC 9:17 am
10 Mar 13
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Hey JB before basing the article did you actually read it, or did you just read the headline? From what I read in it there wasn’t much bashing on behalf of the BBC, instead I read an article that presented the views of others (including the Canberra Times entertainment editor), but the general jist of the article was ABOUT how others bash Canberra, without the actual article bashing Canberra. Considering Canberra bashing is a national sport I don’t see an issue with the article the way the BBC presented it. Unless of course you support censorship where no touchy subject should be discussed.

PS as for Andrew Ure comment, clearly he has never noticed the streams of traffic leaving Sydney every Friday and returning Sunday evening.

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dpm 9:33 am
10 Mar 13
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I see the CT is bagging the BBC article, but fails to mention one of its own staff was involved with the bagging. Odd, really….
Perhaps the CT article should say: “Critics (including own own CT reporters) try to rain on our birthday parade”? :-)

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rosscoact 9:49 am
10 Mar 13
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Meh, I could give a damn, I live in Gungahlin, the most beautiful part of Canberra which somehow gets bagged by knuckleheads who wouldn’t have a clue.

What should I care if a few knuckleheads who wouldn’t have a clue want to bah Canberra as a whole?

Anybody who bags where someone lives is insecure about their own lives to the extent that they need to denigrate others just to feel adequate about themselves.

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Ben_Dover 10:10 am
10 Mar 13
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I see that as a positive statement and very accurate. Canberra’s attraction, (to me,) is not in its vibrancy, as it is not a vibrant city, it’s in it’s quiet slow pace of life. If you have only lived in Canberra, and not in a real major capital, then you could be seen as bad as some of the “Canberra-Bashers” who knock the place on scant experience. I’ve lived and worked in three capitals, (Cardiff, London, Berlin,) and stayed in many more. As what is normally perceived as the expectations of a “capital city” Canberra does not measure up in any way shape or form. But there again, I could also say, based on firsthand experience, that London, Cardiff, Berlin, (as well as Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris, Mexico city, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Marrakesh, Tunis, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dublin, Dubai, Santiago, and others,) are not great cities to live in, despite being full blown capitals, as they do not meet my requirements for a place to live in. Yet Canberra does, precisely for there reasons others may knock the place.

Let’s face it folks, Canberra is a nice, safe, small, rural, quiet, unassuming, and if anything rather dull, place to live.

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Roundhead89 10:24 am
10 Mar 13
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crackerpants said :

There was this in the Weekend Australian Magazine – the only mention of Canberra’s centenary is where it’s dismissed as “a nonsense, a contrivance”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/heart-of-the-nation-mount-taylor-2606/story-e6frg8h6-1226593171250

Pathetic article from the newspaper run out of town by The Canberra Times. I saw the headline about Mt Taylor but there was no mention of it at all in the article, not even in the caption of the pic taken on Green Apple. Interestingly The Oz’s tabloid cousin the Tele did a far better article on the centenary yesterday.

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dpm 10:33 am
10 Mar 13
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dpm said :

I see the CT is bagging the BBC article, but fails to mention one of its own staff was involved with the bagging. Odd, really….
Perhaps the CT article should say: “Critics (including own own CT reporters) try to rain on our birthday parade”? :-)

Whoops, I forgot the link:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/critics-try-to-rain-on-our-birthday-parade-20130309-2ft9j.html

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