As we tap away bringing you a free service with no government funding we do enjoy hearing what people think of us. This weekend has been a particularly rich one, and as I realise the majority of readers don’t bother with the comments I thought we’d bring them to your attention.
“Bloody hell johnboy,you hit the nail on the head with that one.I mean after all if a community event couldnâ€™t entertain you in the oh so long time of a whole half freakin hour then they deserve the so logical bashing that you did give.I myself might not have a threshold for entertainment but jesus mate,a whole half hour to put such a full depth review? of an event that went for at least a few hours.Top class all the way mate.You should have stayed for the strongman contest â€˜cause you (me really) might have been lucky enough for one of the men to have dropped a heavy cement ball on you oh so fat head.Next time at least stay for some of the freaking event(half a freaking hour doesnâ€™t count).Mind you while i was reading your long bloated review? i kept thinking â€œi need to be doing something,anything but reading load of trollop.Iâ€™m now going to lick my cats kitty litter tray to get the taste of your well written and constructed review?
Comment by MickyD â€” November 12, 2006 @ 12:31 pm
He then followed it up with another effort:
Fuck it to buggery johnboy,you are is wasted english skill of typinge is two good not two what the fuck are you on about? Grammar is a wonderfull thing.You can write about crap but at least stay for the boring event to crap on about.I am not a local nor anywhere near the ACT.
Comment by MickyD â€” November 12, 2006 @ 6:23 pm
I’m not entirely sure that was irony.
Pierce had a lot to say on the subject of my reportage of the PM’s XI.
“Oh for the love of God Johnboy, are you going to bitch and moan about not being taken seriously as a journalist or a serious media outlet every week now?
How exactly does editorialising on the work done by actual journalists (ABC, CT, SMH, shit even 2CC) and posting the odd report on something people saw as they were driving by the Lodge (a blurry truck with a log being loaded into it) or Christmas decorations at the Canberra Centre or most impressively, the appearance of the ramp to the carpark at the Canberra Centre give anyone here the right to claim journalistic credentials. (Ok, Jey aside perhaps)
Delusions of grandeur much? I would have thought that the Concatenate would have brought that back to Earth.
Yes, I enjoy the discussion of local events and issues, even if most of it is whiney in nature, politically slanted and underinformed, not to mention the sycophancy displayed by everyone to the all-wise JB. .
This frothing at the mouth about the â€œrude, unprofessional incompetentsâ€ at Cricket ACT because they refused to kiss your arse reminds me of another self-important media figure Iâ€™ve just finished reading about in Jonestown. (Of course, he has several thousand times more than 20 or 30 mindless yobbo rednecks feeding back to his rants)
Perhaps my rant would be better directed at him but thatâ€™s Sydney and Canberra deserves better.
Comment by pierce â€” November 12, 2006 @ 12:46 pm
For which I humbly apologise for expecting to get a reply after a series of correspondence, and also my paltry nine years experience as a working political reporter.
Wino also thought my comments were unfounded, despite the near-unanimous agreement of everyone who was actually there:
“JB fails to get a jurno pass to the kricettâ€¦ then bags itâ€¦. whoâ€™d a thunk it
Comment by Wino â€” November 12, 2006 @ 6:52 pm
I think this is particularly unfair as I thought I’d had a great time at the cricket, and conveyed that.
Lastly, Equalitarian had numerous whinges about the way we run a site he doesn’t pay for and we don’t force to read, the first of which went like this on the matter of the dragway:
“Having lurked on this site for a while, it amazes me how divisive some people are. Itâ€™s as though thereâ€™s kudos in bagging other citizenâ€™s enterprise and determination.
You elect political leaders, yet expect NIMBY lap-dog followers. Then criticise them for that too.
A dragway was Jon Stanhopeâ€™s election promise – you elected him knowing that – end of story>
The original dragway was a successful, low key, local enterprise that never put its hand out for Government funding. It was closed through a beaurocratic bungle and all their hard-earned finance, infrastructure, entertainment momentum and goodwill disappeared in a puff of red tape.
The negligence was ruled as such by the highest courts. The stupid, undeserved crap, confusion and conflict has continued ever since.
Put yourselves in those fellow Canberranâ€™s position for a moment and think how youâ€™d feel.
Just, legitimate and deserved compensation for the personal and organisational losses over the years would have cost the taxpayer far more than the reinstatement funding currently offered by the current Government and Opposition. (Schools vs dragway is a fudge for simpletons, admit it)
One of the factors mentioned in noise impact studies is the â€œprejudice against the source of the noiseâ€, irrespective of the actual volume of that noise.
Prejudice is the problem.
Methinks citizen Ant, while living in Pialligo all those years ago, had an issue with people up the road having a bit of (very) occasional fun, rather than the volume of sound being overwhelming.There are no records of any complaints from that period.
It does seem curious that Antâ€™s anecdotal account of past suffering and inconvenience co-incididendally bobs up when there is a lawn mower and chainsaw lobby group playing â€œconcertosâ€ outside the Assembly building and vying for negative attention around the place.
Why pretend, through ignorance or deviousness, that the dragway was, or will be, worse than the true facts.
These are divisive fibs and not worthy of a modern, progressive city in the 21st century.
Comment by equalitarian â€” November 12, 2006 @ 12:02 am
This was followed by a spray about not being all sweetness and light about the belco community festival:
Hey Johnboy, is your daughter a belly dancer? Maybe youâ€™d prefer she was home reading. No to both? Thought so.
Why does negativity feature so large in your critiques. A prob with a Belco extravaganza? Go to Wooden. Everyone tries, and cops shit from the armchair. Constructive is the go, after all, what did you miss while committed to this gig?
Yeah, I know, the keyboard
Comment by equalitarian â€” November 12, 2006 @ 12:59 am
In any event I’m sure if you all hate what we’re doing here you’ll stop reading, in fact we positively encourage you to.