How many times have you heard that Canberra is boring, there is no night life and it is the boredom capital of the country? This really irks me a lot.
I can remember belting (metaphorically speaking) the Canberra bashers from the federal parliament for their mistaken and populist views expressed viciously whenever they needed to make themselves look good in their interstate electorates.
Indeed, I didn’t make any friends when I described the federal parliament as being a very large campsite on the Hill, visited by people occasionally who came here, b*tched about the place, gave it a bad name and nicked off home as quick as they could.
I tried to apportion the blame for this crime onto the perpetrators, with less than the success I wanted.
One of the dumbest accusations was about the lack of night life.
I played in our band at the Old Canberra Inn last Friday night. The conversation with some of the revellers was very interesting indeed, as were the conversations I have had with proprietors of a number of venues around town.
Did you know that there are hundreds of musicians and bands in Canberra and that getting work for them all is really hard? The competition is fierce. The opportunities for Canberrans to listen to live music, in its many forms, are huge.
If you want classical music, if you want light dinner music, if you want good old fashioned rock and roll (our forte), if you want avant guarde music, if you want contemporary stuff, if you want country, western or folk music, it is to be found somewhere in Canberra on almost any night you like.
The notion that we are boring is rot!
We have the most numerous and I would argue, high quality restaurants, entertainment options, such as theatre, movies, live music, a vibrant pub, club and nightclub scene, outdoor opportunities on our doorstep, and some of the most breathtaking views and natural features the country has to offer.
On top of that we have our people; generous with their time and friendship, humour and colour. We are a truly ethnically diverse and embracing community. And we live in a place which is a predominantly safe place to live.
I don’t know any other place to match Canberra and challenge anyone to walk with me for a week so that I can show them the error of their ways.