The Art of the Australian Insult

“Sydney is schizo”
July 14, 2008, 2:33 am
Filed under: Place | Tags: , , ,

Melbourne-born poet Alan Wearne isn’t sure about Sydney:


“I tell you what, Sydney’s redneck quotient makes the outback look tolerant. I know Melbourne has all the gangland crime but the things happen in Sydney, like the Cronulla riots and the talkback clowns, that doesn’t happen down South.

Sydney is schizo: it’s the city of the Gay Mardi Gras and Fred Nileand the Hillsong church, just like the early days of settlement when you ad the Reverend Samuel Marsden on the one hand and Bacchanalian convict revelry on the other. When Sydney is nasty, it is really vicious.”

As if to make his point, after the interview took place, Wearne was the victim of a bashing on the South Coast train to Wollongong.


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