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The outsider’s eye – Two views of Canberra

By johnboy - 19 July 2009 21

The all-seeing eye has picked up two views of our city that I thought were an interesting comparison, if only for the strange ideas the casual visitor can pick up.

In the first we have the boundlessly enthusiastic ZeYing Lee. She did, however, seem to the messages a little mixed at the war memorial:

    War Memorial – It’s like a museum, displaying the history of ANZAC war. Nice!!

In contrast “lisegabrielle” headlines her post “Canberra is a HOLE”. Aside from her passion for food from Subway she offers the following insight:

    I took the bus from Suave’s house to downtown Canberra, and randomly walked around there for a while. I tried to give blood but I couldn’t due to my lack of identification. Then I went to an art gallery that had a bunch of bad artwork (I think it was called the Canberra gallery) and then went to a Canberra arts and crafts gallery, which had a motorcycle exhibition. Then I went to the library and used the internet for fifteen minutes (that’s all they allowed).

It all seems to come down to the company one keeps.

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
The outsider’s eye – Two views of Canberra
johnboy 4:11 pm 24 Jul 09

Er, yes.

Many other places.

shrimponthebarbie 3:50 pm 24 Jul 09

do you think that any of these comments might any way be biased? Has anyone here lived anywhere BUT Canberra?

frankly, unless you’re a uni student, or enjoy drinking, museums, or shopping more than is healthy, you’re not going to enjoy Canberra. So yes Canberra is a perfect fit for a certain type of person (e.g. ZeYing Lee), or those who just haven’t experienced anything better.

If anyone is interested in looking further into this topic there is actually a little sign/monument near the mall in civic that quotes visitors criticisms of Canberra over the years. So lisegabrielle is not alone, and Canberrans sure are proud, even when they shouldn’t be…

Holden Caulfield 3:20 pm 20 Jul 09

I had a friend over from Adelaide recently. She loved Canberra.

I’m not sure if that says more about Canberra or Adelaide, though. 😛

CapitalK 1:48 pm 20 Jul 09

“then I went on a two hour walk in the hills that are around their house. It was really beautiful.”

Lisagabrielle obviously doesn’t think the whole place is a s hole as she liked her walk in the hills

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:44 pm 19 Jul 09

Pelican Lini said :

Why the chorus of outrage and touchiness every time there’s negative opinions of our fair place published by out-of-towners?
Is there some sneaking suspicion that the critics are right?
I’ve said it before, we don’t need more people moving here and clogging up our roads and beaut facilities.

I agree. Who gives a shitarium?

Jivrashia 9:25 pm 19 Jul 09

One word – REDNECK.

Stay your ground PC preachers!
This is an eye-for-an-eye, an ignorance for an ignorance.

shiny flu 7:21 pm 19 Jul 09

Subway: the way a sandwich shouldn’t be.

Canberra has a “downtown”??? I’m confused.

LaLa 7:17 pm 19 Jul 09

Interesting that the one whose friends made an effort when she was in town (War Memorial, ANU, shopping) had a great time and the one whose friends didn’t (paper towel errands, filming their ABC tele audition, leaving her to supervise the plasterer) didn’t.

As for Subway, ffs, I only eat that when I am desperate.

Pelican Lini 6:40 pm 19 Jul 09

Why the chorus of outrage and touchiness every time there’s negative opinions of our fair place published by out-of-towners?
Is there some sneaking suspicion that the critics are right?
I’ve said it before, we don’t need more people moving here and clogging up our roads and beaut facilities.

toriness 5:05 pm 19 Jul 09

who goes travelling without doing some sort of research about the place they’re going to?? “loosers” that’s who.

trevar 4:58 pm 19 Jul 09

astrojax said :

who’s called ‘suave’??

Who’s called ‘astrojax’? 😛

I would assume it’s a nickname, and probably to protect the identity of the idiot Canberran who let her wander randomly around Civic and avoid all the good stuff.

Seriously, who comes on holiday with no identification just to give blood and use a library internet terminal?

Igglepiggle 4:11 pm 19 Jul 09

Spelling lessons wouldn’t go astray for either of them…

Trunking symbols 4:04 pm 19 Jul 09

She came here and ate nothing but Subway? That’s a bit like going to China and eating nothing but McDonalds.

astrojax 3:34 pm 19 Jul 09

who’s called ‘suave’?? and we want commensurate taste in art…

bd84 3:33 pm 19 Jul 09

it is clear that lisegabrielle is a complete moron. If those were the only things that she did in both sydney and canberra I am not surprised she thought it was boring. They obviously did no research on the attractions of either city. Personally it sounds like it was more like a trip to catch up with friends, though her friends are also morons if all they did was take her to subway, the shitty ACT Government museum in the city, the library and Kambah pool.

Though I just scrolled through the rest of her posts and realised that she is american, now I understand how she became an idiot, born that way.

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