Canberra Bashing – what’s not to like?

MOCS 10 May 2010 16

I’ve always had a bit of a laugh at Canberra bashers over the years, especially those who’ve never actually visited our town. While writing a bit of a blog on the subject, ( http://www.mocs.com.au ), I was reminded of a couple of the more bizarre reasons why people “hated” Canberra.

This includes us not having any “real” pubs in the ACT, not having a surf beach and my favourite, on becoming ill shortly after arriving in Canberra my interstate guest blamed the multitude of roundabouts in Canberra for her illness.

I’d be interested in hearing other bizarre reasons for not liking Canberra.


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Tom Green Tom Green 2:33 pm 11 May 10

I’m from Sydney, I get why people have a problem with Canberra.

However, the complaints people have these days about Canberra are no longer valid. Weirdly, and horribly enough the night life in Canberra is now better than in Sydney. Mind you, that has nothing to do with Canberra discovering some inner beat, it just comes down to a city living in its own economic bubble thanks to the massive employment in the public sector, compared to Sydney, where casual workers are trying to figure out how to pay the rent as well as eat.

Times are tough in the big smoke. Other than the lack of public transport, Canberra looks okay these days.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 11:07 am 11 May 10

fgzk said :

Its because Canberra keeps raising taxes, slashing services, wasting public money, stifling business, giving hand out….etc. I know because the TV told me so.

Damn that Canberra, he’s such an arsehole.

fgzk fgzk 9:43 am 11 May 10

Its because Canberra keeps raising taxes, slashing services, wasting public money, stifling business, giving hand out….etc. I know because the TV told me so.

Davo111 Davo111 9:02 am 11 May 10

hmmm reasons people hate canberra… some of the discussions i’ve had with people

Person: “Canberra is a hole”
Me: When was the last time you were in canberra?
Person: “like umm year 7 for an excursion”
Me: /facepalm

Person: “Can’t go clubbing every night in canberra”
Me: when was the last time you went clubbing on a tuesday night?
Person: ummm….. never
Me: exactly, if there was demand, then they would be open on a tuesday
Person: what about pubs?
Me: 5+ open, all near one another…

Person: “Public Servants don’t do work”
Me: correct, how did you know?

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:41 pm 10 May 10

MOCS, you wouldn’t be a slack public servant with nothing else to do at work other than write a blog about negative perceptions of Canberra, thereby perpetuating the myth about Canberra being full of slack public servants? If so, I love your work.

🙂

sepi sepi 8:46 pm 10 May 10

when people go on about canberra’s roundabouts, I always ask them if they really prefer waiting at red lights.

Mimiboo Mimiboo 8:10 pm 10 May 10

I say let them bash Canberra – prevents the posers and wannabees from moving here.

MOCS MOCS 4:44 pm 10 May 10

Cameron said :

This whole thread smacks of a weak and entirely transparent attempt at advertising your blog.

Well it looks like that now I won’t have to watch the new Sherlock Holmes movie!

astrojax astrojax 2:54 pm 10 May 10

Cameron said :

This whole thread smacks of a weak and entirely transparent attempt at advertising your blog.

i hear people who hate cynical advertisments also hate canberra…

Cameron Cameron 1:58 pm 10 May 10

This whole thread smacks of a weak and entirely transparent attempt at advertising your blog.

MOCS MOCS 1:51 pm 10 May 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

I’d be interested in hearing other bizarre reasons for not liking Canberra.

It’s full of astroturfers trying to drum up traffic for their sh.t blogs.

I’m a bit hurt by your cynical comment Woody! A cynical comment, I might add, that wouldn’t be out of place on my new website, “The Ministry Of Cynical Supposition”!

Anyway I’m off to look up what an “astroturfer” is as on the surface at least it sounds spacey and earthy all at the same time.

Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 1:45 pm 10 May 10

Deano, where is this list of targets for nuclear attack?

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 12:58 pm 10 May 10

It’s just the like the United States.

Great place, shame about the people.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:56 am 10 May 10

I’d be interested in hearing other bizarre reasons for not liking Canberra.

It’s full of astroturfers trying to drum up traffic for their sh.t blogs.

Deano Deano 10:29 am 10 May 10

Apparently Canberra is on the target list (towards the bottom of the fifth page, just before Wellington in NZ) for whenever nuclear war breaks out – wouldn’t want to be near here when the big one drops.

M0les M0les 9:55 am 10 May 10

Personally I’m a big fan of Canberra bashing – Convincing mouth breathers that Canberra’s so dire, they don’t even want to investigate it, let alone visit or settle here is just fine by me.

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