Everybody should check out the age’s Melbourne Magazine when it comes out each month. It gives a really good insight into Melbourne culture, and what’s going on in Melbourne the following month.
I picked up my copy today, and this caught my eye on the front cover – “Sorry, never heard of it: What the world really knows about Melbourne.”
This made me think of me recent trip to the state, where 80% of Americans who asked me where I came from would laugh, say something that included “down under” and “the crocodile hunter” then asked me if I owned an aboriginal or a kangaroo. – This is NOT a joke mind you!
It’s on pages 44-46 of the magazine, and asks people from Tokyo, London, New York, Beijing and Moscow about what they think of Melbourne. They don’t tell them Melbourne, Australia just simply – Melbourne.
Two people from New York stuck out the most to me. One said that Melbourne has only hot or cold, weather “it’s a tropical little town with maybe 200,000 people.”
Another, who is “founder of the Park Avenue, New York, company cultural communication” started off right – saying we were a large city in Australia, with a big population, but then she went all wrong and said we have a relaxed work ethic, the men were too masculine and the women didn’t care if they didn’t help out around the house. She then said she wouldn’t go to Melbourne, “unless it had alot of culture, with museums, a gallery scene and cafes… I expect that in Sydney. I would go to Melbourne for the beach.” !!!! Another guy from NY said, that we spoke, “broken English.”
Check the article out guys – it’s extremly funny and v. sad!