So in the first couple of weeks I was living here I heard about the great ‘North vs South’ divide. Old news I know and it’s been covered many a times including on this site and it seems to have even existed back in the days of yore. (Well at least from 1913)
To me it sounds ludicrous that it even exists, given the size of Canberra, but when I originally moved here I moved to Kingston and was told many times that I was a ‘Southie’. I now live in Braddon and I have no idea what I’m classified as!
But very recently my take on the North vs South slapped me hard in the face. At the beginning of a rather interesting night out in town, walking up to Hopscotch one of our group members announced “I’ve never been this side of Canberra, I’m from the South”. All I could think was …is.he.serious? It wasn’t what he said, it was the way he said it (I know, an infamous line from any woman) but I think this would irk even any fellow male. It was with almost disgust that he was gracing Londsdale street with his presence. Secretly I laughed, and maybe a little openly too. He proceeded to explain that he had everything he needed in Kingston, it was the greatest and coming into Braddon was just too far north.
This isn’t the first I’ve heard of it, I also know of girls that aren’t appealed by the fact that they would have to date someone that lived so far on the other side of town!
Now when I think about a night out, a nice lunch or visiting anywhere I personally don’t mind driving if the offer is good and the company is good. Everything in Canberra is literally in a 20 minute radius give or take. With Braddon constantly evolving with what seems to be a new restaurant or hip bar every week, the developments of the Kingston foreshore with the amazing Walt & Burley, the fun to be had out at Rose Cottage on a weekend, can somebody please tell me what the big deal is all about?