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Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed

By Sebastian Fernandez 8 July 2014 25

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Dear Jemima Skelley,

Thanks so much for dissing on our town.

When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but we like it.

Most who are as critical as you, have never actually been here.  If you have spent more than a few days here, then I’m happy that you hate the place because you obviously don’t fit in here.

Descriptions of boring and lame say a lot more about you than they do about us.

You may not call it a city, but it works fine for me. I fell in love with Melbourne when I moved there some years ago, but I don’t think I could go back there now that I’ve discovered Canberra.

If all you can see is buildings and grass well you’re obviously not looking in the right places Jemima.

Please explain why it’s such a bad thing that only 370,000 pe0ple live here. Wait till you’re sitting in a traffic jam in Sydney or Brisbane or Melbourne and then explain it to me.

It is so wonderfully easy get around Canberra and the city centre and surrounds are, as compared to the other cities much more pleasing to the eye.  We are spoilt by the array of wonderful restaurants and engaging festivals on offer.

But for me the biggest selling point about Canberra is the people. We have assembled a group of people in this city  who believe that they can take on the world and win. They’re intelligent, compassionate and connected.

Canberrans embrace opportunity.

You don’t sound like that sort of girl to me Jemima.

Don’t call us……no seriously….delete our number from your phone.   If we need you for anything, we’ll call you.


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Maya123 4:49 pm 10 Jul 14

Ben_Dover said :

chewy14 said :

And jeez, its funny those acts you linked, they all seem to be playing in Auckland NZ. But I’m really struggling to find their concert dates in Wellington NZ.

You remember Wellington don’t you? The Capital of NZ. Population 400k.

Oh, so NZ’s capital is as boring and ill-served as ours? That makes things here all just fine and dandy then.
🙄

I visited both Auckland and Wellington last year. For this tourist, Wellington had it all over Auckland. Auckland was kind of dowdy looking, while Wellington was exciting. A beautiful city full of interesting streets with lots of great sculptures. I walked many kms in each; 18kms on the first day alone in each. I had actually gone with preconceived ideas that I had had for years, that Wellington would be the least interesting and it turned out to be the opposite. Of course I was only in each city for a few days, so my experience was fleeting.

Ben_Dover 4:07 pm 10 Jul 14

chewy14 said :

And jeez, its funny those acts you linked, they all seem to be playing in Auckland NZ. But I’m really struggling to find their concert dates in Wellington NZ.

You remember Wellington don’t you? The Capital of NZ. Population 400k.

Oh, so NZ’s capital is as boring and ill-served as ours? That makes things here all just fine and dandy then.
🙄

chewy14 3:44 pm 10 Jul 14

Ben_Dover said :

chewy14 said :

Disagree,
Which other cities of less than 400k get the concerts, shows and cultural events that Canberra does? I think we punch above our weight for these things and for the really big shows or events, its under 3 hours drive to Sydney. So they’re still easily accessible, minus the massive negatives of actually living in a place like Sydney.

Which city of under 400K are called “the nation’s capital”? Which first world nation’s national capital is as bereft of entertainment, excitement, and distinction as ‘Berra?

chewy14 said :

Ps. If you think the Riot act “what’s on” is a definitive list you definitely need to be getting out more.

If I thought that I would have said it, I do not. I was using it as an easily accessed referrnence point.

Paul Simon and Sting (They do play Geelong pop 160k though)

Justin Timberlake

Lady Gagme.

But hey, we do have lizards and roller skating 🙄

Oh so it’s because we are the Capital then? I think that’s actually irrelevant, its the size of the city that matters and we are small and located so close to Sydney.

And jeez, its funny those acts you linked, they all seem to be playing in Auckland NZ. But I’m really struggling to find their concert dates in Wellington NZ.

You remember Wellington don’t you? The Capital of NZ. Population 400k.

Ben_Dover 3:07 pm 10 Jul 14

chewy14 said :

Disagree,
Which other cities of less than 400k get the concerts, shows and cultural events that Canberra does? I think we punch above our weight for these things and for the really big shows or events, its under 3 hours drive to Sydney. So they’re still easily accessible, minus the massive negatives of actually living in a place like Sydney.

Which city of under 400K are called “the nation’s capital”? Which first world nation’s national capital is as bereft of entertainment, excitement, and distinction as ‘Berra?

chewy14 said :

Ps. If you think the Riot act “what’s on” is a definitive list you definitely need to be getting out more.

If I thought that I would have said it, I do not. I was using it as an easily accessed referrnence point.

Paul Simon and Sting (They do play Geelong pop 160k though)

Justin Timberlake

Lady Gagme.

But hey, we do have lizards and roller skating 🙄

switch 2:42 pm 10 Jul 14

Grrrr said :

I think there are plenty of reasons why Canberra is awesome, and to get started I don’t need to any further than my very own front yard – which is no more than a few Ks from the city. Visitors to my garden include – in roughly descending order of awesomeness:

(snip long list)

We get most of them too; I haven’t seen shinglebacks and the nearest kangaroos are up in the reserve. But you must have a REALLY BIG toe, the smallest birds we get are silvereyes!

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