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Some people do like Canberra

By johnboy - 10 March 2007 40

Not everyone is down on Canberra. Found on YouTube is a year 10 student’s slideshow of the best time of her life, a high school trip to Canberra:

Now her idea of Canberra seems to be limited to the national institutions, but I think that’s something we all need to get our heads around. Anyway it may be a bit schmaltzy but it’ll probably make you smile.

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ant 3:29 am 20 Mar 07

some years back, I had to be in Sydney for a month (February, yuck) for work. I lived in a little flat in Kirribilli, and got the ferry to and from work every day (Sussex st). And the happiest day was the day I left to come home to Canberra!

Now I spend half the year in the US, and it’s getting harder I must say, although here I live in ski resort towns which are very pretty and not city-crowded. It’s great to return home to Canberra, although the big changes are a bit daunting. I miss how it was in the 80’s.

joeyjo 7:39 pm 19 Mar 07

After spending the weekend in Sydney, I’ve thought of another positive about Canberra. It isn’t crawling with cockroaches.

Thumper 10:10 am 13 Mar 07

I don’t mind cover bands, after all I played in many for many a year.

However, it’s the computer and one guitarist cover ‘band’, again, loosely applied, that I detest.

Besides, we’re going to do a couple of cover gigs out of town for some big money soon 😉

bonfire 9:46 am 13 Mar 07

i detest cover bands.

i recall a cold chisel member being quoted as playing (solo as himself) across the road from a cold chisel cover band and being outsold.

they are nothing more than professional buskers.

Hasdrubahl 9:31 am 13 Mar 07

If he can’t sit or stand too long, he needs a job where he can lie down a lot. I’ll try hard to think of some, ross69.

ross69 9:13 am 13 Mar 07

Unfortunatly my partner isn’t the office worker type and due to a workplace injury is unable to sit or stand too long. it took him 2 years to find a job after applying for positions in both Canberra and Sydney. He’s been a retail Manager most of his life though i’m trying to get him to do maybe a real estate course as it’s a job where your not sitting on your butt all day.

Maelinar 8:49 pm 12 Mar 07

Ross69 are you serious ?

Monkeys can get jobs as public servants here. I work with several, so it’s true.

Canberra is great for the following reasons:

Think Diplomat with heavily pregnant wife fronting at any given hospital in Canberra. This has been thought through and the level of service is commesurate with the risk factor.

Apply this theory to most services in town; then rule out the current idiot factory’s attempts to drive us into a negative budget via gross mismanagement.

You’ll find that things are a little better here than in most places around Australia. I still remember driving through Tamworth and loving the sign that says ‘Canberra pays for this road’, a potholed main throughfare.

Life’s not so bad here, just gotta know what’s vitally important, and not get too many parking tickets.

bigred 5:40 pm 12 Mar 07

only place I know that holds its birthday celebrations a week before it gives its people a long weekend to “go to the coast” to celebrate its birthday. Strange behaviour indeed.

Thumper 2:08 pm 12 Mar 07

My main gripe is the number of ‘cover bands’ that play the clubs.

I am very loosely using the term ‘band’ here, given that it usually consists of a computer and a guitarist.

Danman 2:03 pm 12 Mar 07

Bring back the Gypsy Bar.

Best Live Scene Canberrra EVER had.

neanderthalsis 1:46 pm 12 Mar 07

I forgot, my only gripe against Canberra is the lack of decent seafood. (I mean decent seafood folks, not the semi thawed rubbish at the Fyshwick or Belco market; King prawns bigger than your hand, Barra out of the water for no more than a few hours, huge GT’s caught off the jetty etc)

bonfire 1:33 pm 12 Mar 07

all the benefits of a city with none of the disadvantages.

alll the benefits of a country town with none of the disadvantages.

i miss melbourne, but visit enough.

if only they had the equivalent of the brunswick ‘mediterranean wholesale’ store here. when i drive back the boots always loaded.

i used to live in melbournes live music circuit, but then the punters club, greek theatre, club etc all succumbed to the pokies. at least the corner hotel is still open.

tilleys was ok on occasion, uni bar and uc are ok for live acts, although i sometime think im the oldest person there!

astrojax 12:51 pm 12 Mar 07

I meant ‘starting now…’ though the astral idyll worked ok… : )

astrojax 12:35 pm 12 Mar 07

Canberra has a fabulous climate – starying now the best seasons run in order. The birds come back to the valley in the now cooling months, with about eleven species of parrot and other bird hopping about my garden and seed tray. I cycle to work and have about six different routes, all mainly through greenspace along paths off roads – do that in soy latte sydney!

And if i feel the need to get a fantastic coffee I go see Loui in the interchange. If you rekkun you can’t get a good coffee and have tried Loui’s then I rekkun you’re having a lend of yourself.

You can park, if you do have to drive, pretty well outside where you wanna go in Canberra, pretty well most times you go there. Another one up on the state capitals. Every local shops has a supermarket that sells booze and meat from at least 8 til 8 every day. Was a huge hit with me when i arrived near twenty years ago and is something i still marvel at when travelling. and get frustrated at in woolies and some big stores where you need to go to two shops!

But the specialty shops here are actually also pretty good. And i have been known to leave my bike unlocked in many places, for long periods, and never fear for its well being. i’d never canvass such beahviour in sunny sinney.

And i’ve always struck pretty good neighbours pretty well everywhere i’ve lived here.

So, what was the problem again?

caf 12:22 pm 12 Mar 07

I love it here. Close enough for a day-trip to the beach in summer or the snow in winter; not so populous that you feel anonymous and isolated, but not so small that you don’t have any privacy; being able to live walking distance from the city without having to live in a tiny apartment or terrace house; a decent live music scene; enough interesting little subcultures to keep yourself occupied (if you can be bothered to look for them).

morto1980 11:50 am 12 Mar 07

bigred: I almost moved away when I first arrived here because the toilet paper wasn’t soft enough! I still find it difficult to deal with.

Seriously. You can’t handle living somewhere because the coffee is “overpriced and variable”? You must have some major worries in life.

ross69 10:49 am 12 Mar 07

I’d love to move back to canberra having grew up there.the only thing stopping us is my partner not being able to find a job there.

neanderthalsis 10:37 am 12 Mar 07

As a fairly recent blowin from the North (nearly 18 months now) I find Canberra a great place to live and work. There are plenty of things happening of a weekend, galleries to visit, free concerts, rivers, lakes and mountains close by. Great weather, no humidity; although the winter gets a tad parky for a Queenslander.

I seem to spend much of my time when I return home to QLD trying to convince people who have never been here that it is not a cold, miserable desolate hole filled with politicians and bureaucrats.

Sammy 10:11 am 12 Mar 07

espresso machine as a gift from a grateful client

Hard to imagine a client so full of ‘irritation or annoyance’ giving you such a nice gift 🙂

apehammer 9:41 am 12 Mar 07

I’ve recently moved to Sydney after 18 months in Canberra (although I’ve found it hard to let go of the morning RiotACT check). There were many things about Canberra that I liked, most of which have already been mentioned – crisp, clear winter mornings, bike tracks, good wages, ease of commute etc. The rent, however, was a bummer. We are paying the same price to live in the same sized apartment in Bronte, five minutes walk to the beach.

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