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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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38 Responses to
Lonely Planet butchers Canberra on the altar of Ms Fits ego
barking toad 8:09 am 08 Jun 07

Ms Fits on SGS face


soulman 11:44 pm 07 Jun 07

Was it positive? Perhaps.
But the big question is would it make you want to visit? Would you come to Canberra for live music and recycled bicycles? Oh and Balloons.
While their intentions may have been positive, the finished product was far from it.

statman 11:25 pm 07 Jun 07

After about 30 years of every media piece bagging the S%$!T out of the place, I rekon anything that is remotely positive is a good thing. In footy terms it’s the equivelent of winning ugly,after losing 5 on the trot.

hk0reduck 10:58 pm 07 Jun 07

In defense of Lonely Planet, I thought that the series “Six Degrees” was awesome.

I guess this little advertisement goes to show just how little of Canberra I’m experiencing. 🙂

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:28 pm 07 Jun 07

*shrug* Seemed OK to me.

Guess some chicks don’t grow out of it.

Pretty rich coming from somebody still going about their school days and talking about “bitches”.

p1 8:56 pm 07 Jun 07

I have lived in Canberra for a while now and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of “Gorman Street Markets”. For a presumably travel oriented show, it didn’t give me any indication where I might find them, or what they sell.

Oh, and I would have thought that the island that the Carillon sits on was one of the most utilized public spaces in Canberra.

Ralph 8:37 pm 07 Jun 07

See what the spawn of Trotskyists, and then spoon fed on a diet of ABC, produces……………….

jemmy 7:47 pm 07 Jun 07

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.”

On the other hand, Richard E Grant was great. Changed my mind about him, thought he was a tosser before.

el 7:00 pm 07 Jun 07

Nah, I saw the ” ” ” at the end of the link and figured it out.

That site is complete arse anyway, only looked for about 40 seconds.

johnboy 11:08 pm 06 Jun 07

try now.

el 11:05 pm 06 Jun 07

Blog link is broken (yes I clicked on it…)

soulman 10:59 pm 06 Jun 07


Well, if a publication reccommends you try a “spectacular gourmet wood fired pizza restaurant” You’d expect it would be pretty good.
Not a chance. Instead I found a dilapidated shed with a few tables and chairs, a pizza oven and a pizza “chef” in a singlet, shorts and apron. His method of cooking pizza was to take out a frozen pizza base, massage it and the spread ingredients (without washing hands first), all the while scratching his head causing white powder to fall all over ones pizza. The finished pizza by the way smelt like a bin in Civic at 3am on a Sunday morning!

Ok, no bad pizza in their story on Canberra. But it was shallow, pretentious and certainly wouldn’t attract anyone. Might even drive them away.
This is certainly the antidote to the government’s Live in Canberra campaign.

el 10:50 pm 06 Jun 07

Aha, OK. Fair point, and correct.

There was always one at school attempting to play that role….. Guess some chicks don’t grow out of it.

johnboy 10:43 pm 06 Jun 07

I’m not saying she *was* sexy

I’m saying that’s what she was devoting the whole segment to trying to make us think she was.

el 10:40 pm 06 Jun 07

Argh…this bitch manages to still be employed in television HOW exactly? Truly painful to watch.

And ‘sexy in an oh-so-indy-way’? Has the coastal air cause you some eyesight troubles JB?

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