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33 things

Since posting my 100 years piece I’ve been wondering if I was too harsh on this city I reluctantly call home. There are in fact many things I like about Canberra. I could name at least 10 things without thinking too hard (roller derby teams totally count so I’m at 5 things just like that, ha!).

The more I thought about this the more I wanted to fight that part of me that so eagerly jumps on the slam Canberra bandwagon. You know how it goes:

“This city is boring, it has no soul”

Or my favourite rant, “How freaking much for a house I need to knock down!!!”

Today the Like Canberra campaign released their 100 things to like about Canberra. The list was created by a public vote, and given CRDL feature I’m not about to pull it to pieces… much.

There ARE a few things I’d protest. Dendy and Koko Black for a start. They are both excellent establishments but not exclusive to Canberra. The closeness to Sydney and proximity to the coast made me laugh. Aren’t these just highlighting the fact that these places are better? (Yes, I think Sydney beats Canberra hands down. Good for you if you disagree). 

Below I have highlighted the things I agree should be on the list. I’ve only circled the things I really like, or personally felt a connection with. 


Image: like canberra website

It’s 33 things. This seems wrong, that number is too low. For me there are so many fabulous places, events and people that didn’t make this list. So I’ve had an idea.

I’m going to put together my own list. The 100 things Red Lead likes about Canberra. The challenge will be to do it before the year is out.

In the meantime I’d love to hear what you like about Canberra that didn’t make the list. 


100 years (and still waiting for that bus)


This town gets a bad rap, and let’s be honest deservedly so for many, many reasons. After a decade of living here I’d like to say it’s grown on me, but it really hasn’t.


 Canberra does try to talk me around, and often I am struck with feelings of                                 ‘hey this town’s alright!’


More likely to happen if I’m outdoors and exercising….


….or indoors and eating.

Yeah, this town is alright.

And when Canberra puts on an event, people turn out in force. Which is really cool because it makes me realise a vibe doesn’t come from a city, it comes from the people who live there.


Happy 100th Birthday Canberra. You almost had me convinced this time.



Until your substandard public transport left my family and 50 plus other lost souls stranded lakeside, late Monday evening. That really killed the good vibe and had me cursing your name. Sir Walter would have been turning in his grave.


Sigh…at least we were exercising outdoors I suppose.

“you are obviously with the Irish tent”



If you have been out and about in Civic anytime this weekend you probably noticed a little Multicultural Festival a-happening. It’s pretty cool, as long as massive crowds of people in various stages of being drunk don’t freak you out. There are ample opportunities to overindulge but with dinner waiting for me at home I was happy to just take in the sights, sounds and smells of this city at its best. People are out, smiling, laughing and dancing. I wish I had taken more photos of the different styles and colours of the festival, but I was preoccupied with derby stuff. 

My amazing league put on a fantastic demo as part of the MultiFRINGE festival. As I was heading back to my car I was mistaken for an Irish lass.

Can’t possibly think why…


I told the guy I was with CRDL. I totally should have spoken with an accent. In fact I could have replied ‘to be sure to be sure to be sure’ THAT would have been tops!  I’m not sure what urgent matter he had to take up with the Irish, but I gave him a flyer and we spoke about the woman in his office who wants to skate. 

Are you partaking in the festival this weekend? What was your highlight?