The Art of the Australian Insult


A city of whingers
July 4, 2008, 9:08 am
Filed under: Place | Tags: , , , ,

“At what point did Sydney transform from being an international city akin to New York and London to some kind of provincial backwater like Adelaide? From hysterical responses to a V8 Supercar event at Olympic Park to the visit by the Pope for World Youth Day right through to the complaints inner-city bars and clubs are too loud, it seems we have become a city of whingers. No one wants anything loud or exciting or popular to happen in our village. No one wants activities that might bring in more tourists or inject more money into our struggling economy or give us anothe perspective to life.  So let’s close Sydney Airport, disconnect NSW from the national highway network and pull up the traiun tracks at the border. That should keep everyone happy and ensure Sydney becomes a monument to the 1950s – just like Adelaide.”

Simon Baker, letter to the Daily Telegraph.

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