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.
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.
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“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