Am I the only one depressed or is it just the winter blues.

smokey4 16 July 2008 52

Am I the only one depressed. I’m at the point of packing up and leaving.

Canberra is a great place as long as you can escape on the weekend however the increasing cost of fuel is putting a stop to that.

The Krudd government seems hell bent on upsetting the masses. Water, environment and now IR unfair dismissals all seem to be heading for a less intelligent path and all headed for a bureaucratic nightmare. Can’t they get anything right.

What has Canberrra got to offer? Why should I stay?

[ED – Maybe the Live In Canberra entertainers could be retasked to Stay In Canberra?]


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sepi sepi 9:26 pm 17 Jul 08

Go somewhere with a big fire like the George Harcourt of the Old Canberra Inn and sit by the fire with a drink/book/friend etc.

And dress for the weather – interstaties always suffer through their first winter by trying to just put on a jumper and a cloth coat. You need thick pants, explorer sock and a serious jacket and scarf and beanie if you want to be outdoors without feeling miserable

ant ant 9:10 pm 17 Jul 08

This is a great thread, full of great ideas. But the thing is, most of the respondants love living in Canberra, whereas the OP found the best thing about it was being able to leave, which petrol prices have thwarted. So, I’m sorry to say, the best thing the OP could do would be to leave… permanently. Go on, do it. You’re never going to be happy here, so take the plunge.

DJ DJ 7:30 pm 17 Jul 08

Smokey4…. time to hit the road. Would you prefer the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane? Enjoy the traffic snarls, the pollution, the lack of community parks, dangerous stopping areas outside schools, the accents (in Qld…. waits for flames, hey)… there are more I guess but I am enjoying the serenity of my leafy outer suburb that is only 15 min from the center of town.

Headbonius Headbonius 7:21 pm 17 Jul 08

Smokey4, if you don’t like it……..Fcuk Off. No one is making you stay.

Wide Boy Jake Wide Boy Jake 5:36 pm 17 Jul 08

After seeing the wall-to-wall coverage of the Catholic pilgrims in Sydney and the other goings on I’m glad I’m here right now and not up there.

FredJ FredJ 5:23 pm 17 Jul 08

“Don’t be knocking V8’s Fred. That’s like pissing on Brocky’s grave.”

Alright, I confess. I also own a ’78 308 HZ ute. Love it. Just stays at home a lot these days.

peterh peterh 5:13 pm 17 Jul 08

Davo111 said :

Get some thermals (btw kathmandu still have a sale on), get on your bike and go for a ride/run around the lake (or just a part of it). I do it all the time – it’s great and is a great stress reliever.

try damart for thermals, micro weave gloves go well under ski or bike gloves, the thermals are a thin but effective fabric.

next to tandy in the city, across the road from the akuna club…

V8-Prius V8-Prius 5:04 pm 17 Jul 08

Don’t be knocking V8’s Fred. That’s like pissing on Brocky’s grave.

FredJ FredJ 4:51 pm 17 Jul 08

Try hitting the slopes on a snowboard. Only 2.5 hours drive to the snow and then spend the day outside, having fun and getting fit. Also cuts down on your drinking as one night each weekend is alcohol free in preparation for the early start for the drive up to the Snowies. You get to look forward to winter each year and could even find yourself flying off to enjoy the northern one for a week or so when it’s stinking hot over here – it’s a bloody expensive hobby though…

As to the cost of petrol – I drive a small economical European built car. What’s the point of a huge V8 petrol guzzling monster with Australia’s stupidly low speed limits anyway?

Davo111 Davo111 4:36 pm 17 Jul 08

Roadrage77 said :

Hit the bottle dude.

yep – thats a great way to solve problems

/facepalm

Davo111 Davo111 4:34 pm 17 Jul 08

Get some thermals (btw kathmandu still have a sale on), get on your bike and go for a ride/run around the lake (or just a part of it). I do it all the time – it’s great and is a great stress reliever.

Roadrage77 Roadrage77 3:47 pm 17 Jul 08

Hit the bottle dude.

peterh peterh 3:20 pm 17 Jul 08

and catweazle was geoffrey bayldon – again, mick ashton is also just an archaeologist.

miz miz 3:15 pm 17 Jul 08

Peterh – yep, Pratchett rules!

peterh peterh 3:04 pm 17 Jul 08

nyssa76 said :

Worzel Gummidge (Phil Harding), Catweazle (Mick Aston)

I loved those shows! Now I know why I really do like TimeTeam, it’s all the familiar faces and the great stories behind the ‘digs’.

wait a sec, Jon Pertwee was Worzel. Phil Harding is an archaeologist.

astrojax astrojax 2:45 pm 17 Jul 08

catweazle! is he in time team? i didn’t make the connection, just thought one of the geezers also looked a bit like i’d seen him before, but that is most of brit tv…

pity le tour is on at the moment and only get to see half of it. go cadel – another incentive to ride a bike.

just walking round the lake or through some leafy suburbs is a good way to beat canberra’s blues (if that’s what ails ye) and winding up at a cafe or pub (time dependent) and watching the people traffic. and chocolate. always works.

nyssa76 nyssa76 2:16 pm 17 Jul 08

Worzel Gummidge (Phil Harding), Catweazle (Mick Aston)

I loved those shows! Now I know why I really do like TimeTeam, it’s all the familiar faces and the great stories behind the ‘digs’.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 2:04 pm 17 Jul 08

Worzel Gummidge (Phil Harding), Catweazle (Mick Aston)

B.stard – you made me look up Wikipedia to make sure I wasn’t going mad.

Kramer Kramer 2:02 pm 17 Jul 08

Exercise – it releases endorphins and makes you feel good. If you can exercise and get the adrenaline going then you get a better rush. If you can get out during the day, then you’ll also get a good hit of sunlight, which will pick you up too.

My tip – get a bike (perferably a mountain bike). Get out to Mt Stromlo (AKA Stromlo Forest Park), and ride Australia’s premier mountain bike park – it is addictive!
If that’s a little too extr33me then try getting out for a ride on the fire trails in Canberra’s nature parks – much faster and funner than walking. Otherwise you could just go for a chilled ride (literally) on some of Canberra’s bike paths – I’d recommend around Lake Burley Griffin. Get some good warm outdoorsy clothes too, it makes living through winter in Canberra heaps better.

peterh peterh 1:52 pm 17 Jul 08

miz said :

Time team’s good, though I read a crime comedy novel recently (by MIke Ripley, UK comedy/crime author and archeologist) where dissing the Time team show was an amusing motif of the book! I think it was ‘Angel Underground’.

if you want good UK humor with eccentric themes, try any of terry pratchet’s books. re-reading hogfather at the moment…

lots of dryed frorg pills

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