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Welfare fraudster and weight loss reality tv star shares her further thoughts on Canberra

By johnboy 12 April 2012 83

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Anyone with a vaguely worthwhile life would most likely have been blissfully ignorant of the existence of Ajay Rochester, a strange loud orange-skinned blonde-haired woman best known for pleading guilty to welfare fraud and reality TV weight loss perennial status.

But last night she and her friend Mardi Croke of Queanbeyan kicked off a sustained half hour kicking of Canberra on international television.

And to follow up what is beginning to look suspiciously like a well-orchestrated Ajay Rochester publicity campaign she’s now blogged what she really thinks about people us:

Here’s my comment: Canberra get a life, get over yourselves, get a sense of humor and hey, at least people are talking about you – which they weren’t last week. If you can’t see that it was a spontaneous, spur of the moment comedy banter with the man who WILL succeed David Letterman then you are even dumber and more backwater bred than I thought just one day ago. I wasn’t aware that Canberra was governed by a communist doctrine denying anyone the right to his or her own opinion.

The fact that this has become news just PROVES how quiet Canberra really is (cue the crickets), because the news here in LA is the poor economy that just can’t seem to recover, earthquakes happening around the world and if LA will be next, a shooting at USC, the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin and the possible arrest of the man who has had nearly 2 months of freedom after committing what will surely amount to a murder charge and whether or not Obama will serve another term. Canberra who? Where? What????

Seriously, I’ve been to Canberra quite a few times and it has some excellent qualities. I remember with great fondness my friend hanging from the Freefall exhibit at Questacon, the science museum and me almost peeing my pants as she hung there refusing to let got for about ten minutes while a line of disgruntled children chanted for her to please just let go….that was a highlight. I remember loving Canberra’s greatest ever talent, David Branson, like no other man in my life, may he rest in peace. I also remember with fondness the exit sign at the freeway heading back to Sydney, my own very much loved home.

Canberra, I’m sure you could don your white sheets and run me, Guy Pearce, Craig Ferguson and Mardi out of your town the next time we are there, but really, if you REALLY want to look like the sophisticated town you CLAIM/ want to be, then see this for what it is – a brief moment in time where a tired old cliché that Canberra is boring was used to make JOKES! That’s all, along with “my wife” and “knock knock” jokes. Have a little class and laugh at yourself because no one likes to be dictated to, least of all the American people – the majority of who watched the show that went to air.

And in finishing I would like to quote from a great comment I read on the internet earlier today, ” Someone should put a fence around Canberra and let The Hunger Games begin!”

Let’s not make a Black Mountain Tower out of a toothpick!

Thank you and good night!

Having lived in London and spent a bit of time in many other major cityies I really can’t see any of them laughing this stuff off.

Heck if you’d substituted “Beijing” for “Canberra” the US embassy would have burned down by now.

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Lillypilly 9:29 pm 15 Apr 12

She bags on a town when her twitter picture says “No H8”.

She blocks people who say any negative comment to her on twitter yet reading her blog she had an absolute fit when the show she was in was turfed from 9 to GO for being crap (the closest thing I can think of being blocked by a tv station!)

She says the tweets against her don’t bother her yet she’s protected her account and bitches about the naysayers who apprantly have no followers and therefore “nobodies” and “losers” (woman isn’t too bright since her twitter feeds onto her blog page)

The woman lacks talent, strains to remain relevant and is obviously insecure. She will never have the class or intelligence to apologise.

milkman 7:04 pm 15 Apr 12

johnboy said :

I just love that she was being paid more in welfare than she was getting to host The Biggest Loser!

Wow, if that’s true then she is indeed a very big loser.

Girt_Hindrance 2:54 pm 15 Apr 12

So I understand that she pleaded guilty and they didn’t record a conviction, whereas if she had continued with her initial ‘not guilty’, a conviction would likely be recorded and the USA would have barred entry? Win for us too? Sucks that someone gave her a bigger stage to stand on tho.
Only took one joke about her being “thankful for a feed” for her to block me on twitter, so…

Girt_Hindrance 2:40 pm 15 Apr 12

Imagine her at the business-card shop. “Just change the address, leave the Occupation as ‘Fat Blaster'”

    johnboy 2:42 pm 15 Apr 12

    I just love that she was being paid more in welfare than she was getting to host The Biggest Loser!

murraythecat 6:24 pm 14 Apr 12

Mardi (or as i knew her…Ms Croke) is/was indeed a kindy teacher at Jerra Public School when my kids were there. Nothing other than that really to contribute, except that JPS was an outstanding school, & I feel a bit sorry now that impressionable 5,6 & 7 year olds will think that getting a 10 minute slot on US nighttime TV is sort of cool. Aspirations & all that.

vg 2:58 pm 14 Apr 12

Zero comments on her blog? Not what I saw last night, but clearly she deletes the ones she doesn’t like….which is every one.

Wears a shirt that says ‘never give up’. Sister, have a look at you ass, you gave up long ago

Ben_Dover 2:38 pm 14 Apr 12

Mysteryman said :

What I don’t understand is this: how does someone who is clearly still fat make money selling books about weight loss?

See Dr Phil.

Watson 1:43 pm 14 Apr 12

Watson said :

I don’t really care? Not good for tourism, but apart from that I cannot care less what anyone else thinks of Canberra. It’s not as if it’s the only place that gets continuously bashed by every outsider. Think Adelaide. Or any country town.

And I especially don’t care what Sydneysiders think of it. The quintessential Sydney resident is extremely chauvinistic. I grew up in a European city whose residents had the same reputation. I moved (and worked for years on hiding my accent).

I can’t really relate to the reactions that “Canberra is the best city in the world” either. Of course it has its good sides. And it has its bad sides. Like any town. And it all depends on what you are after. People choosing to live in Sydney or Melbourne clearly don’t value clean air and greenery as much as someone who chooses to live in Canberra for example. I love visiting those big cities but like most Canberrans heave a sigh of relief when I cruise down our tree-lined streets on my way home. Comparing cities is really like comparing apples to pears. Your preference says more about you than about the town.

Or do you compare apples to oranges in English? I can’t remember… I appear to be thinking in two languages today and I cannot untangle them.

Watson 1:42 pm 14 Apr 12

I don’t really care? Not good for tourism, but apart from that I cannot care less what anyone else thinks of Canberra. It’s not as if it’s the only place that gets continuously bashed by every outsider. Think Adelaide. Or any country town.

And I especially don’t care what Sydneysiders think of it. The quintessential Sydney resident is extremely chauvinistic. I grew up in a European city whose residents had the same reputation. I moved (and worked for years on hiding my accent).

I can’t really relate to the reactions that “Canberra is the best city in the world” either. Of course it has its good sides. And it has its bad sides. Like any town. And it all depends on what you are after. People choosing to live in Sydney or Melbourne clearly don’t value clean air and greenery as much as someone who chooses to live in Canberra for example. I love visiting those big cities but like most Canberrans heave a sigh of relief when I cruise down our tree-lined streets on my way home. Comparing cities is really like comparing apples to pears. Your preference says more about you than about the town.

Diggety 12:21 pm 14 Apr 12

rosscoact said :

Diggety said :

rosscoact said :

I thought the short dumpy one looked familiar.

Were there waaay too many schooners involved?

Hey, do we know each other :))

I’ve been thinking so for a while now 😉

Mysteryman 10:32 am 14 Apr 12

What I don’t understand is this: how does someone who is clearly still fat make money selling books about weight loss? She sounds more like a professional troll than anything else. I do recall seeing her on The Biggest Loser, not because she was memorable or a good host, but because I remember thinking that she should have been one of the contestants.

I hope she stays out of Canberra.

Duffbowl 8:22 am 14 Apr 12

fromthecapital said :

Without wanting to bag Sydney, (where AJ is from?) Having lived in a proper world city, I don’t really see myself living Sydney. I do enjoy my time when I’m there though. Not everyone from sydney is a canberra basher but those who do are generally insecure looking for a reason to feel better about themselves.

Sydney – The Goatse of Australian metropolises. You know it’s true…

GardeningGirl 5:18 pm 13 Apr 12

I’ve laughed along with people about the roundabouts and circular roads, some of the other old jokes about Canberra not so much, but I don’t understand why any of it is of interest to a talk show in the US? Even with an Australian as one of the guests that night, was Canberra-bashing really the most entertaining thing they could come up with?
Ajay Rochester’s blog response sounds like it was written by tantrum-throwing tweenie. I’ve enjoyed reading the RiotACT posts though, some excellent comments about this storm in teacup and some genuinely interesting opinions about what’s good and what’s lacking in Canberra.

dpm 4:57 pm 13 Apr 12

Ko. said :

I like this entry from her blog
http://findingmymojo.com/2011/09/open-leter-to-kerri-anne-kennerly/

In particular, I like this section

“Please note, BOTH of you, that “hatred” comes in many forms including discrimination, bullying and outright nastiness. Veiling it in the excuse that TV is entertainment is a sad and pathetic excuse “

i lol’d.

Hahahaha! Classic! That *is* damn funny of her! Perhaps someone just needed to tell her to suck it up and be more ‘sophisticated’, and to ‘have a bit of class’….! Hahahaha!

poetix 4:43 pm 13 Apr 12

Sweets to the sweet, Mully to…Ajay?

Ko. 4:33 pm 13 Apr 12

I like this entry from her blog
http://findingmymojo.com/2011/09/open-leter-to-kerri-anne-kennerly/

In particular, I like this section

“Please note, BOTH of you, that “hatred” comes in many forms including discrimination, bullying and outright nastiness. Veiling it in the excuse that TV is entertainment is a sad and pathetic excuse “

i lol’d.

dph 4:07 pm 13 Apr 12

Never heard of Ajay Rochester. At a glance, she looks like a typical bogan soccer mum, busy with a life of Zumba classes, shopping malls & driving around in her husbands Audi 4WD, while he’s off on business, cheating on her with his much younger secretary.

She also sounds about as educated as she looks.

VicePope 3:59 pm 13 Apr 12

Yawn. Guy Pearce is a has-been whose career topped out when he wore a frock in 1994. The other “celebrity” is a manufactured bit of nothing, larded with some bad bits. Then there’s the woman from Upper Quangers who fibs about it – like most Jerrabombera folk who like to pretend.
Seriously, who cares? I wouldn’t know of too many better places to live than here, although affording to get into the market is hard for many.

rosscoact 3:45 pm 13 Apr 12

Diggety said :

rosscoact said :

I thought the short dumpy one looked familiar.

Were there waaay too many schooners involved?

Hey, do we know each other :))

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