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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Ode to Canberra

I didn't realise that Lleyton Hewitt and Bec Cartwright are getting married this Thursday. How exciting. And I guess they had to make it quick because she's 5 months pregnant. What is with all these celebrities getting pregnant all of a sudden? It's a conspiracy! :OP

And Simon, who comments so much on this blog--previous blog post had a record 10 comments! Woohoo!--is leaving for Canberra again. I just finished reading a book by Bill Bryson, called Down Under. It's sort of like a travel book, with the author just travelling around Australia and stopping wherever he wants to (well, derrr). It's hilarious, he is an excellent writer.

Anyway, here is a section from the said book, which is regarding Canberra:

In 1996 the Prime Minister, John Howard, caused a stir after his election by declining to live in Canberra. He would, he announced, continue to reside in Sydney and commute to Canberra as duties required. As you can imagine, this caused an uproar among Canberra's citizens, presumably because they hadn't thought of it themselves. What made this particularly interesting is that John Howard is by far the dullest man in Australia. Imagine a very committed funeral home director - someone whose burning ambition from the age of eleven was to be a funeral home director, whose proudest achievement in adulthood was to be elected president of the Queanbeyan and District Funeral Home Directors' Association - halve his personality, then halve it again, and you have pretty well got John Howard. When a man is as outstandingly colourless as John Howard turns his nose up at a place you know it must be worth a look. I couldn't wait to see it.

I'm sure it's not that boring Simon!


Blogger jeffyen is really cool because Blogger jeffyen said...

I like the account how Holt drowned and the dangerous creatures of oz... Very funny...

10:02 PM  
Blogger Jul_Jul is really cool because Blogger Jul_Jul said...

Bye Simon!!!!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Ali is really cool because Blogger Ali said...

It's weird reading a book on a different perspective of Australia. I used to think that the Harold Holt thing wasn't that unusual...

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous is really cool because Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Alison... yes i'm back in freezing cold Canberra...
No Canberra isn't that bad... come and live it for yourself!!!
Simon Ow

6:43 AM  

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