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Hats off to the Canberra Times. You Win.

By johnboy 23 December 2013 34

Some people have a go at me periodically for the lightweight nature of some stories we let other people post.

But we have to dip our lids at the Canberra Times latest bold venture into superficiality which apparently required two journalist’s efforts to inform Canberra that a blogger of no renown is going to go to some swimming pools.

I’ve got nothing to top this. May as well give up now.

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c_c™ 2:22 pm 31 Dec 13

poetix said :

I have searched the pages of the Crimes carefully, and have yet to find a hard-hitting article about automatic vacuum cleaners.

Disgraceful (-:

Perhaps not, but you can bet they’ll have an ad for some at an obscenely low price from some dubious interstate merchant.

HiddenDragon 1:01 pm 31 Dec 13

Aside from the fact that it’s a slooow time of year, I take stories like this as an encouraging sign that Canberrans are, stereotypes aside, reassuringly down to earth (or carpet, as the case may be) – so much better than getting worked up into a lather (one way or another) about Tim Wilson’s appointment.

poetix 12:06 pm 31 Dec 13

I have searched the pages of the Crimes carefully, and have yet to find a hard-hitting article about automatic vacuum cleaners.

Disgraceful (-:

maxblues 11:20 am 31 Dec 13

The Crimes now has an article about scientists producing glow-in-the-dark pigs. Now if they can get them to fly, I’ll be really impressed.

maxblues 2:29 pm 24 Dec 13

Blen_Carmichael said :

c_c™ said :

Given the quality of writing on the blog, I’m not surprised it took two journos to turn it into something publishable. Just consider this gem:

“I guess the thing that distinguishes me from other travel-ailment-sufferers is that I don’t really want to just, like, have one big trip every 5 years which is, like, completely mind-blowing, but also puts my bank account into cardiac arrest. I don’t know if I’m just suffering from ‘boo hoo, I’m in my 20s, life is so hard’-itis, or a general sense of annoyance at the thought of still being buckled down to Canberra until I finish my degree, but these days I just feel like I want to travel all the time, every week, to ALL the places.”

Profound.

No, no, no. It’s “like, profound”, which is, like, completely mind-blowing.

It’s only arts/law.

Blen_Carmichael 2:15 pm 24 Dec 13

c_c™ said :

Given the quality of writing on the blog, I’m not surprised it took two journos to turn it into something publishable. Just consider this gem:

“I guess the thing that distinguishes me from other travel-ailment-sufferers is that I don’t really want to just, like, have one big trip every 5 years which is, like, completely mind-blowing, but also puts my bank account into cardiac arrest. I don’t know if I’m just suffering from ‘boo hoo, I’m in my 20s, life is so hard’-itis, or a general sense of annoyance at the thought of still being buckled down to Canberra until I finish my degree, but these days I just feel like I want to travel all the time, every week, to ALL the places.”

Profound.

No, no, no. It’s “like, profound”, which is, like, completely mind-blowing.

LSWCHP 11:59 am 24 Dec 13

Ben_Dover said :

Henry82 said :

2 Journalists AND a photographer to make that piece? Impressive!

Which one is knobbing her do you think?

Exactly my thought. Well, a different vernacular term popped into my head, but the concept was the same. 🙂

maxblues 9:48 am 24 Dec 13

Ben_Dover said :

Henry82 said :

2 Journalists AND a photographer to make that piece? Impressive!

Which one is knobbing her do you think?

And are they using a fluffer?

Ben_Dover 6:08 am 24 Dec 13

Henry82 said :

2 Journalists AND a photographer to make that piece? Impressive!

Which one is knobbing her do you think?

Pork Hunt 10:38 pm 23 Dec 13

bigfeet said :

poetix said :

I saw a pigeon yesterday.

Just for old-times sake….

I saw a duck once.

Pics or it didn’t happen…

Henry82 9:20 pm 23 Dec 13

2 Journalists AND a photographer to make that piece? Impressive!

c_c™ 7:10 pm 23 Dec 13

Given the quality of writing on the blog, I’m not surprised it took two journos to turn it into something publishable. Just consider this gem:

“I guess the thing that distinguishes me from other travel-ailment-sufferers is that I don’t really want to just, like, have one big trip every 5 years which is, like, completely mind-blowing, but also puts my bank account into cardiac arrest. I don’t know if I’m just suffering from ‘boo hoo, I’m in my 20s, life is so hard’-itis, or a general sense of annoyance at the thought of still being buckled down to Canberra until I finish my degree, but these days I just feel like I want to travel all the time, every week, to ALL the places.”

Profound.

As for The Canberra Times, I’ve got a fair idea of how things are working over there these days and despite some folks who have some competence and strive to do decent work, there’s a competence deficit for sure and recent cuts have probably made things even harder for those who do know what they’re doing. There’s also a definite proclivity on the staff for jumping the gun on stories.

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