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Jenna Clarke can go to hell

By johnboy 9 March 2013 32

The BBC has seen fit to join in the Canberra bashing for our city’s birthday.

But if you needed any further proof of the dead tree daily’s miserable failure to serve this city I’d recommend this key to the soap dodger’s reporting:

“My friend put it well – Canberra is like going to grandma’s house,” says Jenna Clarke, life and entertainment editor of the Canberra Times. “Other Australian cities are doing brash, creative things but here everything is wrapped in plastic. It doesn’t mean it’s bad. Canberra is just very mature and knows what it’s doing.”

Actually Jenna there’s a lot of brash and creative things happening here. Your knowledge of them is a judgment I leave to the reader.

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Deckard 8:13 pm 13 Mar 13
DrKoresh 12:01 pm 11 Mar 13

crackerpants said :

There was this in the Weekend Australian Magazine – the only mention of Canberra’s centenary is where it’s dismissed as “a nonsense, a contrivance”.

It’s great that they got an Aboriginal elder to give his 2 cents on Canberra, though I’m not sure exactly what makes his opinion so special. Do you reckon the Australian would let me have a paragraph or two to talk about how contrived and nonsensical the stories of the dreamtime are and how I think cities like Sydney are overpopulated by heinously big-headed douchebags?

Ben_Dover 10:32 am 11 Mar 13

Deref said :

Who TF is Jenna Clarke?

And who cares? I love the place – I couldn’t give a flying f*** what other people think of it.

JessP said :


Canberra is HOME to me and mine right now and we love it. Who cares what the others think?

Well you two obviously care how much others think, otherwise you wouldn’t have bothered posting!


As I said; Canberra is a nice, safe, small, rural, quiet, unassuming, and if anything rather dull, place to live

Ryoma 11:06 pm 10 Mar 13

I’ve just come home from the History on The Big Screen showing at the Old Parliament Rose Gardens, and had some thoughts to share as a result.

Canberra is a planned city. Without its existence, either Melbourne or Sydney would be even more crowded and the like than they are now, and Goulburn or Queanbeyan would be slightly larger than what they are now, in order to take up some of the “regional capital” duties. But the fact that the place is just 100 years old means that it’s not going to have the architecture and history of other cities. That’s just a fact no amount of wishing otherwise will remove. The fact we live in an age terrified of its own shadow certainly doesn’t help either.

Having said that, though, part of the charm of tonight’s event was that it was a very Canberran night; low-key,laid-back, and somewhat corny. It didn’t try to be the latest and greatest, and nor should it have done.

And so it is for Canberra itself. There is no point in playing bigger cities at their own game. Our city is built upon ideas, and to me this is far more powerful. Some of the best footage I saw tonight came out of those types of ideas – there were shots of protests about various topics, especially the Aboriginal tent embassy, and then there was footage of both the 1997 hospital demolition and the 2003 bushfires. These last two held the crowd in silent respect…

It occurred to me that our modern world is full of the media and cultural equivalents of neon lights; if you want attention, you have to be brasher and shinier than the next thing, until (inevitably) you burn out and get replaced.

And some cities I know of in Japan work like that; Osaka and Tokyo are where the young people want to be, where the “action” is. That’s not a bad thing, but nor does it mean that they are all the world is about. Kyoto and Nara (our sister city), on the other hand, play to their strengths. They are both ancient capitals, with history by the bucket, and both are fairly calm places (comparatively, at least) who are proud of what they are, and what they offer the world. They are appreciated by people who can appreciate the power of ideas, and of abstract concepts. Rather than being neon lights, they are soft, subtle, elegant pastels that blend in harmony with the natural world and the changing of the seasons….

Given Canberra’s love of nature, flowers and trees generally, why does our city not trade upon this side to its nature? We are the place to slow down; to not be so stressed out; where the focus is upon quality, not quantity. We produce some wonderful food, win, and beer (yes, I enjoyed yesterday’s festival too).

My point? I do not want Canberra frozen in aspic, we should move with the times and not be a retirement village. So I support higher density, and moves to make Civic and the town centres more vibrant. I think we should have more stuff for our young people, too.

But let’s keep the idea that we are Australia’s “city of dreams; that here,more than anywhere else in the country, we are not bound by history – and that the city is what we collectively wish to make it.

If outsiders don’t get that, that’s fine, be polite to them; they don’t have the honour and privilege to live here.

SomethingSomethingRubenstein 10:37 pm 10 Mar 13

Wow, why did Andrew Ure stick around so long if the place was so bad? As Oscar Wilde might have said – to waste one year of one’s life is unfortunate, but to waste six seems like carelessness.
Life’s what you make of it – wherever you live!

Jethro 9:43 pm 10 Mar 13

I think it’s quite amusing that the two cities Aussies love bagging out the most – Canberra and Adelaide- are the two that were rated as the most liveable by their inhabitants.

Holditz 5:18 pm 10 Mar 13

Roundhead89 said :

Interestingly The Oz’s tabloid cousin the Tele did a far better article on the centenary yesterday.

The irony is that the DT’s managing editor said that he hated Canberra and thought it a waste of space (well, in the past he said it.)

c_c™ 5:12 pm 10 Mar 13

Jenna Clarke’s resume and CV say it all really. An egotistic extrovert with no insight and no talent.
If you don’t like this city, stuff off back to Perth.

JessP 5:10 pm 10 Mar 13

Deref said :

Who TF is Jenna Clarke?

And who cares? I love the place – I couldn’t give a flying f*** what other people think of it.


Canberra is HOME to me and mine right now and we love it. Who cares what the others think?

Deref 4:12 pm 10 Mar 13

Who TF is Jenna Clarke?

And who cares? I love the place – I couldn’t give a flying f*** what other people think of it.

screaming banshee 4:04 pm 10 Mar 13

rosscoact said :

Meh, I could give a damn, I live in Gungahlin, the most beautiful part of Canberra which somehow gets bagged by knuckleheads who wouldn’t have a clue.

What should I care if a few knuckleheads who wouldn’t have a clue want to bah Canberra as a whole?

Anybody who bags where someone lives is insecure about their own lives to the extent that they need to denigrate others just to feel adequate about themselves.

And on behalf of the rest of canberra I thank all gungahlinites for making housing more affordable in the older suburbs.

Masquara 3:01 pm 10 Mar 13

For people whose idea of a full life is daily drinks on a deck overlooking a harbour, and eating out at a top restaurant four or five nights a week, and season tickets to what Sydney has on offer in arts & culture, why sure. I don’t know how, when and where a tiny privileged elite clinging to the sandstone cliffs got to be put forward as representative of all of Sydney, but it’s just a nonsense. Canberra has very democratic access to the cultural institutions, an amazing academic life on tap, physical beauty, nature and all – and frankly it is about as easy to get to the Sydney Opera House from Canberra as it is from the far western suburbs of Sydney. So all this cr*p knocking Canberra is basically from a bunch of journalists who live in a two-up, two-down in Marrickville and fantasise that they are living the same life as east-eastern suburbs Sydneysiders. Name me any Sydneysiders outside the freebie elite who actually go to Sydney’s cultural institutions more than once every few months. What’s the diff between the life of the average Sydneysider and driving up from Canberra once in a while to check out what’s on offer at the Wharf or whatever?

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