The Canberra Times is running a story about what goes on in Civic at night, after the various recent events. (I thought the story could have been half as long again and much better written but I forgive the man seeing as he’d been up til 4am before writing it).
They introduced the story with a Daily Tele style massive front page teaser, which read “We’re rude and violent”, which I took some offense at. Speak for yourself, CT sub, I personally am not intentionally violent and mostly only rude when tired.
Anyway, the upshot of Markus Mannheim’s “investigation” was that Canberra’s pretty much like anywhere else where people go out at night: there’s some unsavoury behaviour — drinking to excess, peeing in the street, the odd spot of drink spiking, yelling at girls to “show us yer tits” and so on — but people don’t really mind and certainly don’t let it stop them from having fun. Indeed, despite the various happenings, the police and taxi drivers told Mr Mannheim that last Friday night was “quiet and uneventful”, suggesting that all this is just normal behaviour for nights on the town.
The only part of the story that had me any kind of worried was when he talked to “Kylie, 19, of Narrabundah” and “her friend Jade, 17, of Jerrabomberra.” 17? What’s she planning on doing in the middle of the night in Civic?