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Don’t listen to Robyn Archer until she fixes her “diaspora” nonsense

By I-filed - 6 April 2012 21

Robyn Archer got national media on Wednesday telling Australians to stop Canberra-bashing (do we care what Sydneysiders say about us? and Melbourne likes us heaps, thanks to our shared political history).

I’m not sure that we should welcome Robyn Archer’s attention. After all, she is responsible for the insult and travesty that is the Canberra “diaspora” website [canberradiaspora.com.au], giving anyone who has ever visited Canberra licence to give themselves “Canberra diaspora” status. Anyone with a basic command of English should know that the Canberra diaspora is Canberrans not currently in Canberra. By definition. Definitively.

Robyn, your website’s an insult to Canberrans, frankly. I don’t want tourists and parvenus hopping on the “diaspora” website claiming some kind of local status. Get stuffed!

Try spending a week in Jerusalem, returning to Australia, and then claiming that you’re part of the Jewish diaspora. Or spend a weekend at Uluru and come back to the East Coast claiming to be an Aborigine. Robyn: seriously, rename the website something along the lines of “I’ve visited Canberra”. You’re an outsider and you are embarrassing us!

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Don’t listen to Robyn Archer until she fixes her “diaspora” nonsense
stirred408 7:42 pm 06 Apr 12

I think Robyn Archer is an awful choice for the 100 year thing. How boring does that program look? Every month a different form of basket weaving.

What a missed opportunity…

Deckard 7:15 pm 06 Apr 12

Who gives a toss!!

It’s her website, she can do whatever she wants…

I-filed 7:08 pm 06 Apr 12

thatsnotme said :

I read the post. I looked up ‘diaspora’ in the dictionary. I decided that you don’t know what it means either.

Did you investigate the “widening definition” of diaspora? You might try Wikipedia. The meaning has gone nowhere near “anyone who has visited a particular location”. In any case, you’re ignoring the point of my post, which is that the website is based on a linguistic error, by a government or consultant ignoramus, and it does Canberrans no favour.

arescarti42 6:55 pm 06 Apr 12

dtc said :

arescarti42 said :

Actually that is probably right. I withdraw my previous statement on rents.

You clearly have no idea how to behave on the internet

I like to eschew normal social customs both on the internet and in person.

thatsnotme 6:53 pm 06 Apr 12

I-filed said :

vg said :

Having heard the passion with which Robyn speaks about Canberra I can categorically say the only person embarrassing us in this thread is the OP.

Born and bred are you OP?

Absolutely. I don’t think you’ve read the post. If you don’t know the meaning of “diaspora” you might look it up in the dictionary. Robyn can be as passionate and positive as she likes – that doesn’t make it OK for her to classify any casual visitor to Canberra as a Canberran. That would kinda devalue your own “born and bred” – no point using it as a claim of some kind if you are already agreeing that any blowin can appropriate your status on a C100 website!

I read the post. I looked up ‘diaspora’ in the dictionary. I decided that you don’t know what it means either. Then I also decided that if you’re going to try to raise such outrage over the misuse of a word, that I’d be better off worrying less about you than Robyn.

dtc 5:10 pm 06 Apr 12

arescarti42 said :

Actually that is probably right. I withdraw my previous statement on rents.

You clearly have no idea how to behave on the internet

arescarti42 4:07 pm 06 Apr 12

Tetranitrate said :

But rents in Canberra ARE higher than Western Sydney.
Looking at say, 3 bedroom houses, there’s basically nothing in Canberra bellow 400/week.
You can get as low as ~320 in some areas (Campbelltown) depending on what you consider “western sydney”. Norm would be a bit higher (360?), but Canberra is definitely more expensive.

Actually that is probably right. I withdraw my previous statement on rents.

I-filed 3:33 pm 06 Apr 12

vg said :

Having heard the passion with which Robyn speaks about Canberra I can categorically say the only person embarrassing us in this thread is the OP.

Born and bred are you OP?

Absolutely. I don’t think you’ve read the post. If you don’t know the meaning of “diaspora” you might look it up in the dictionary. Robyn can be as passionate and positive as she likes – that doesn’t make it OK for her to classify any casual visitor to Canberra as a Canberran. That would kinda devalue your own “born and bred” – no point using it as a claim of some kind if you are already agreeing that any blowin can appropriate your status on a C100 website!

Tetranitrate 3:13 pm 06 Apr 12

arescarti42 said :

Imagine what would happen if the mass that is Western Sydney figure out what a shitty deal they are getting, they’ll bring all their crime, traffic, expensive prices, higher rents, lower wages etc. etc, with them here.

But rents in Canberra ARE higher than Western Sydney.
Looking at say, 3 bedroom houses, there’s basically nothing in Canberra bellow 400/week.
You can get as low as ~320 in some areas (Campbelltown) depending on what you consider “western sydney”. Norm would be a bit higher (360?), but Canberra is definitely more expensive.

and don’t even think of comparing to Melbourne or Adelaide.

thatsnotme 2:08 pm 06 Apr 12

vg said :

Having heard the passion with which Robyn speaks about Canberra I can categorically say the only person embarrassing us in this thread is the OP.

Born and bred are you OP? I am

+1

Someone actually trying to give Canberra a positive impression gets your knickers in a twist? You must be a heap of fun at parties…I think I’d prefer to hang out with someone who lived here for a little bit and has something positive to say.

vg 12:33 pm 06 Apr 12

Having heard the passion with which Robyn speaks about Canberra I can categorically say the only person embarrassing us in this thread is the OP.

Born and bred are you OP? I am

GardeningGirl 12:28 pm 06 Apr 12

I hadn’t heard about this so I took a look.

“To celebrate this significant moment in our nation’s history, we want to gather the stories of The Canberra Diaspora – all those people who have passed through, worked in or studied in Canberra, whether as a student, a politician, a public servant, a scientist, a doctor, an architect, military personnel, a musician, or as a student on a school trip or with their family on a holiday visit. It will also be people who have a great story about parents or grandparents who made a significant contribution to the making and growing of the nation’s capital.”

Thanks for making my family who have been here since the 40’s an afterthought while bored brats on a ‘school trip’ are rated right up there in the first group with the other passers-through like ‘politicians’. Honestly, who wrote that, it’s weird!

steveu 12:05 pm 06 Apr 12

arescarti42, agreed. Also if they find out that he have highest per capita public housing of any capital city (happy to be corrected here) then it will be on….
If I recall correctly when Carnell was pushing heroin injecting room, and there was the impression that cannabis use was decriminalized etc, we seemed to attract an increase in those who partook in drugs of dependence…

What cracks me up if how there are alot if people who think all the politicians live in Canberra! I often take great joy in pointing out how under represented we are in terms of elected representatives etc.

Nickamc 11:56 am 06 Apr 12

There are alot of ex-canberrans on the site, which I believe is somewhat more to the point, maybe you could watch a few of them and see what they have to say.

arescarti42 11:15 am 06 Apr 12

People can bash Canberra all they want. I really like this place, and if the rest of Australia starts liking it too, then they’ll all come here and ruin it.

Imagine what would happen if the mass that is Western Sydney figure out what a shitty deal they are getting, they’ll bring all their crime, traffic, expensive prices, higher rents, lower wages etc. etc, with them here.

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