The Art of the Australian Insult

Paddo, land of pretentious tossers
April 30, 2009, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Lifestyles, Place, Social class | Tags:

“Twenty-five years ago, maybe, when nouveaux riches and poor lived side by side and the shops were an interesting mix of secondhand book and furniture stores, greengrocers and oddments such as the chocolate factory. Now it is full of pretentious tossers shopping at overpriced clothes boutiques. And even they are packing up as the global financial crisis bites.”

Jim Gentles of Coogee disputes the assertion by another SMH reader that Paddington is Sydney’s most desirable suburb.

The temple of the McMansionites
March 27, 2009, 4:55 am
Filed under: Lifestyles, Religion | Tags: , ,

“Why are Christians, who celebrate the renovation of their souls through the rise of a carpenter on Easter Sunday, so selfish as to deny the MacMansionites access to the Sacred Temple of Bunnings, that they may also worship their god(s) and raise a little carpentry in an act of renovation (“No Easter Bunnings”, March 26)?

Peter Fyfe of Erskineville doesn’t see why Bunnings should have to close on Easter Sunday.

The bogans of Brisbane
March 23, 2009, 1:12 am
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“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.”

Family first, teenage thirst
March 20, 2009, 8:47 am
Filed under: Lifestyles, Politicians

Three responses to the failure of the government’s alcopops tax bill:

“Maybe Family First should change its name to Teenage Thirst.”

Brendan Humphreys of Crows Nest

“I see Senator Fielding now represents Family Thirst.”

James Wood of Wagga, NSW

“It’s great to see the Liberal Party standing up for values it believes in. No child should live without cheap alcohol by 2009.”

Alan Marel North Curl Curl

What were they expecting?
March 16, 2009, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Fauna and Flora, Lifestyles

“Competitors in a swimming race around Shark Island at the weekend were bothered by a shark (“Shark near swimmers”, March 16). What were they expecting? Gold Coast meter maids?”

Paul Duncan, Leura, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Divorce is bad for the planet!
February 24, 2009, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Horse and Carriage, Lifestyles, Politicians

“We understand that there is a social problem (with divorce), but now we’re seeing there is also environmental impact as well on the footprint.”

Family First senator Steve Fielding says divorce leads to inefficient single lifestyles and contributes to global warming.

Enough to give you grey hair
February 4, 2009, 1:12 am
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Two responses in the Sydney Morning Herald to bureau of statistics classification of baby boomers as anyone from the age of 40 upwards:

I object to the bureau of statistics branding me a baby boomer. Born in 1969 and believing I was part of generation X, I have faithfully practised cynicism and sloth all these years. By the definitions of the bureau, Kurt Cobain, once considered the “spokesman of generation X” would also be a baby boomer.

Darren Whitaker Surry Hills

Forty years old and lumped in with the baby boomers. It’s enough to give me grey hair.

Sarah Robertson East Lindfield