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Lonely Planet butchers Canberra on the altar of Ms Fits ego

By johnboy 6 June 2007 38

There has been much excitement in Canberra circles about the Lonely Planet Bluelist program which went to air tonight.

Sadly the whole thing is a painfully pretentious mess which underlines how far off the rails Lonely Planet has gone in the last decade or so.

But to make matters worse Canberra was singled out to be a vehicle for Marieke Hardy, aka Ms Fits of reasons you will hate me fame (re-visiting her blog, it is clear that she is the perfect woman for Samuel Gordon Stewart).

Particularly painful were her references to the “Gorman Street Markets”, constant demonstrations of how cool and funky and yet sexy in an oh-so-indy-way Marieke is, her admiration of Canberra’s “balance between the bush and the scholastic”, and a string of non-sentences going nowhere.

Bad luck to our friends The Cashews and the Rat Patrol exhausting their 15 minutes of fame on this crap.

Frankly I’m glad to be living somewhere else these days.

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rosebud 8:05 pm 10 May 09

Clown Killer said :

Agreed rosebud. I think it’s outrageous to mae fun of someone jus because they’re fat and ugly.

The voice of experience?

el 7:35 pm 10 May 09


Where the hell did Maelinar go, anyway?

Clown Killer 7:17 pm 10 May 09

Agreed rosebud. I think it’s outrageous to mae fun of someone jus because they’re fat and ugly.

rosebud 4:09 pm 10 May 09

What a surprise – bagging a smart women by focusing on her big breasts. Like ‘big boobs’ equals dumb blonde (or brunette in pig tails in this case). I think her boobs are great and her mind is too.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:43 pm 10 May 09

Now that the video has actually loaded on tis dodgy Telstra wireless connection – I remember this, and retract my statement earlier in the thread that this was OK and she was OK. What was I drinking?

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:41 pm 10 May 09

*does Google Images search for ‘ms fits’*

Oh, that stupid b.tch.

*returns to picking nose with rusty nail*

ant 10:37 am 10 May 09

It’s weird to read these very old stories! Sometimes it takes a while to glance at the date and then all becomes clearer.

I-filed 10:17 am 10 May 09

jemmy said :

How she ever got on the Tuesday Night Bookclub is beyond me. She doesn’t seem to review the book, instead it’s, “Look at me, look at me, I make clever smart-arse remarks in a nihilistic teenage-angsty way. Yet I am 31. Aren’t I just adorable. I wear pigtails.”

Well, jemmy, she’s still on the Tuesday Night Book Club two years later, so she must have something to offer them.

Maelinar 12:55 pm 06 Aug 07

2 months to hit the Say It! button is pretty slack.

Scrujette 11:11 am 06 Aug 07

For my ten cents, I think anything that gets Canberra out there and puts it across in a positive light is great!! The piece gave the message that there is another side to Canberra, which, clearly, there is. Whether that’s your thing or not, and whether that attracts visitors on not is, I think, irrelevant. The fact that Canberra rated as Australia’s number one urban experience is HUGE. And for those who get out and enjoy the underlying nature of the place, it confirms why we love it!!

Limp Jimmy 2:40 pm 12 Jun 07

BTW Johnboy, I’m not sure many peeps who see this, would give much of a damn about whether you give a damn about anyone’s opinion… especially after being witness to what looks very much like a case of Embittered Old Man Syndrome. Nevertheless, I encourage your somewhat spiteful journey, and wish you well on your mission of love 🙂

Hasdrubahl 7:04 pm 09 Jun 07

Some pleasant visuals here and there, the whole thing ruined for me by an ugly woman’s interventions.

johnboy 10:30 pm 08 Jun 07

It’s just a shame that a number of very cool events they filmed, which didn’t give Marieke the chance to look cool and funky and sexy, somehow ended up on the cutting room floor.

The world is rightly divided between people who despise her and vapid oxygen thieves.

Oh and “loosebrown”?

When you’ve done seven years plugging away for all that is best in Canberra I might give a damn for your opinion.

Congratulations on your first and only comment here though.

Al 5:05 pm 08 Jun 07

Well JB, I’m in the “enjoyed it” camp.
She’s not my visual cup of tea, but the piece was well put together.

And I do not understand how you can watch that, then come to the conclusion that it presents Canberra in a bad light.

Take home message: “Canberra is a nicely put together town , with plenty interesting to do, and plenty of alternative culture if that’s your bag.” Pretty hard to fault that…

Maybe you were predisposed to see it in a bad light after reading her blog.

bonfire 2:08 pm 08 Jun 07

clearly shot on a tight budget, tight timeline.

while not entirely lame, surely canberra is more than secondhand bicycles and minstrels.

the presenter is clearly from the too cool for school school.

although her articles in the green guide are amusing she doesnt have a face/voice for in front of the camera.

Maelinar 1:06 pm 08 Jun 07

I’m thinking of JB in pigtails…


GnT 12:47 pm 08 Jun 07

Very unfair johnboy. I thought it was a great piece which shows a different side of Canberra in a positive light. I like living here and this report shows why.

sheer 11:40 am 08 Jun 07

I didn’t think it was that bad, it certainly picked up on a lot of the things I like about this place. If I were a Canberran I’d be glad that the place is actually getting some recognition.

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