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Australia’s pretend capital city

By nicnacvb - 19 February 2010 34

I found this post in The Backpacker blog on the Sydney Morning Herald site.  The article is about capital cities that suck.  Canberra got an honourable mention.

http://blogs.smh.com.au/travel/archives/2010/02/10_capital_cities_that_suck.html?page=fullpage#comments

I think this person has summed up Canberra pretty damn well!  And as a long time reader of the RiotACT I noticed that this particular post was reminiscent of many posts I have read on this forum

Is it you Johnboy?  Different spelling of the name though I’m sure it must be someone who grew up or at least lives in Canberra.

I love the bit about the “pretend international airport”.  So true!  Just our self important Government trying to bignote itself.

“I have to agree. Canberra is Australia’s capital in name only.
Most foreigners believe that Sydney is Australia’s capital, and who can blame them.
Canberra is a pretend capital, with it’s pretend local government that is run by a pretend chief minister (otherwise known as a discount mayor), a pretend police ‘force’ that is too busy buying half-price Macdonald’s to do anything about the spiraling crime rate (the only reason anyone reports a crime to them is so they can get a job number for their insurance claim), a pretend jail that is an epic fail, a pretend judiciary that is run by bleeding heart do-gooders that rarely sends anyone to the pretend jail, a pretend international airport that has difficulty handling anything bigger than a Boeing 767. The pretend international airport has a pretend business park adjacent to it which has non-existent or very poor mobile phone reception… the list just goes on.
When travelling, only people with broad shoulders and thick skin admit to being from Canberra.”

  • Posted by: Jonathan on February 17, 2010 11:08 AM
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Dean Stokes 8:51 am 05 Mar 10

Ive seen a fair bit of Oz and I still live here.
A matter of fact I wouldnt want to live anywhere else.

cleo 12:18 am 23 Feb 10

Yes it’s one big joke!

nicnacvb 12:19 pm 22 Feb 10

It’s funny how as soon as someone posts something negative about Canberra everyone valiantly rushes to defend it. Especially when a lot of the defenders are the people who so often whinge about the place.

Personally I love living in Canberra. I was born here and have no intention of going anywhere anytime soon. As for tourists, like many have said it just depends on what sort of experience you are after.

I just thought that the post about the “pretend capital city” was funny. There are so many posts on here about Canberra’s bleeding heart judicial system and whinging about the chief minister etc. Hell, you’ve got to admit that Canberra’s attempt at a capital city can be a little amusing at times.

cleo 10:48 pm 21 Feb 10

Vg you sound like one of THEM, guilty are we lol

Deadmandrinking 9:37 am 21 Feb 10

Yeah, Cleo! Don’t you dare suggest any improvements to the city! You have been told!

krats 9:31 am 21 Feb 10

Clown Killer said :

Yawn. Another device to flush out wankers from Sydney with a chip on their shoulder.

I am fortunate enough to host international travellers in Canberra on a regular basis and I have never heard anyone suggest that Canberra is anything but a charming place to visit. I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

…”charming” FROM 30,000 FEET.

vg 11:48 pm 20 Feb 10

cleo said :

I wasn’t born in Canberra, I have lived in most places in Australia, and a couple overseas, I find that most people here are very clicky, unlike NSW or Queensland, where I find the people friendly and easy to talk to, Canberrans look after their own friends, eg: employment etc, it would be really helpful if we had decent transport apart from owning a car or catching taxis. Telecom Tower is know as the big syringe for obvious reasons, really this a big country town with a lot of small minded people.:)

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

cleo 11:03 pm 20 Feb 10

Ags So there you go, just admitted it.

deejay 12:44 pm 20 Feb 10

I love how all these travel articles assume that everyone wants the same thing out of a trip. There are backpackers, eco-tourists, voluntourists, cashed-up sophisticates, families looking for a restful yet interesting trip, older people looking for culture, grey nomads, and all sorts of permutations and variations of these. So…Canberra is so sucktastic that it doesn’t fit the bill for any of these types of travellers? Really? Come on.

Wraith 9:38 am 20 Feb 10

eh_steve said :

Jonathon Reynolds?

LMFAO, Brilliant!!

Ags 8:22 am 20 Feb 10

I love it when people say they hate Canberra. Hopefully that means they won’t come here.
I think it is great that we look after our own friends and employment, to me that makes you a good friend and employee.
You can have your big city traffic, smog and crowds.
As long as the assets are maintained, and the red tape does not get out of control,I think Canberra will never become the run down rat race that most big cities have become.

cleo 12:00 am 20 Feb 10

I wasn’t born in Canberra, I have lived in most places in Australia, and a couple overseas, I find that most people here are very clicky, unlike NSW or Queensland, where I find the people friendly and easy to talk to, Canberrans look after their own friends, eg: employment etc, it would be really helpful if we had decent transport apart from owning a car or catching taxis. Telecom Tower is know as the big syringe for obvious reasons, really this a big country town with a lot of small minded people.:)

thy_dungeonman 10:26 pm 19 Feb 10

It’s funny how two of the comments in that post praise the public transport system in Canberra, clearly they have never actually been here then.

bd84 9:03 pm 19 Feb 10

The article appears to be an attempt at a genuine travel “blog”, but gives me more of an impression that it’s the grad journo sitting at his desk at the SMH in Sydney with the lonely planet travel book open who has been asked by the boss to create a random list (20 to 1 style) of the “worst” capital cities by picking out the any negative comments and cutting them down to one sentence without ever visiting the cities.

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