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So what did we build this city on?

By johnboy - 7 May 2009 46

Say what you like about Allawah Court, it seems to generate a better (or at least more lyrical) class of graffiti than the moronic tagging found in more well to do neighbourhoods.

On Ainslie Avenue today I noticed this one proclaiming “We built this city on smack and roll”.

While I’m not one to ever disparage the misquoting of Starship, I feel the assertion lacks evidence (leaving aside the Legislative Assembly).

So if not “smack and roll”, of what was this city built?

What’s Your opinion?


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So what did we build this city on?
trevar 10:46 am 07 May 09

Nambucco Deliria said :

“We built this city on Ngunnawal”

Too true.

Nambucco Deliria 10:43 am 07 May 09

“We built this city on Ngunnawal”

neanderthalsis 10:43 am 07 May 09

The 4 Ps: Politics, Pot, Porn and Pyrotechnics. Or at least that is how the rest of the country would think…

Gobbo 10:36 am 07 May 09

trevar said :

This city has had a long association with marijuana, so I concur that the city was partially built on ‘roll’, but it certainly wasn’t built on smack.

Skunk and roll then.

rottweiler 10:35 am 07 May 09

Funny I always thought Canberra was “dug” not built !

trevar 10:30 am 07 May 09

I grew up in Cabramatta, and Canberra’s reputation was as a source of marijuana-based drugs, not heroin. Heroin was quite heavily produced locally, so I think that graffiti should have been done back home in Cabramatta.

This city has had a long association with marijuana, so I concur that the city was partially built on ‘roll’, but it certainly wasn’t built on smack.

peterh 10:23 am 07 May 09

Skidbladnir said :

The illusory voluntary exploitation of the proletariat?
*beats Passy to it*

I thought passy self modded himself and left?

OT, migrants, arguments between sydney and melbourne over national capital, politicians?

Skidbladnir 10:21 am 07 May 09

The illusory voluntary exploitation of the proletariat?
*beats Passy to it*

Pommy bastard 10:20 am 07 May 09

Sausage rolls of course!

peterh 10:19 am 07 May 09

johnboy said :

Not the question Peter.

Jb, i know. But it was reference to a time in this town’s past where we had open spaces and sunlight in civic.

This town was built on a plan created by burley griffin, but half of the designs that he had envisaged for canberra were never implemented. Light rail, for one.

We either moved here or were born here, but Canberra seems to have lost the original friendly environment that i remember as a kid. Everyone hibernates in winter, and buggers off in summer to the coast. now we are starting to morph into a quasi sydney / melbourne equivalent.

caf 10:17 am 07 May 09

Expat Victorians and Federal Money.

Skidbladnir 10:15 am 07 May 09

Volcanics and clay?

johnboy 10:10 am 07 May 09

Not the question Peter.

peterh 10:09 am 07 May 09

still think the most apt graffiti that this town ever had was on the old griffin building – “export fraser, not uranium.”

H1NG0 10:03 am 07 May 09

I love that song

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