The Art of the Australian Insult


The bogans of Brisbane
March 23, 2009, 1:12 am
Filed under: Lifestyles, Place | Tags: , ,

“In Sydney CBD, people can be quite charming,” says ‘etiquette consultant’ Anna Musson. “In the CBD here (Brisbane), people are not at their best. It can be a big turn-off for clients. People don’t know some of the basic etiquette.”

Also quoted in this fine example of a non-story is Elvis Soiza, chief concierge at the Sofitel Brisbane Hotel and president of the concierge society Les Clefs D’Or Australia.

“Some of the young people don’t even say please any more, it’s ‘Get me that’, or ‘Do this’,” he says. “Everyone is in a hurry and the pleases and thank-yous get forgotten. Opening doors for people, shaking hands, knowing how to talk to people, giving up your seat on a bus or a train, it’s being forgotten.”

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