I have a feeling the basic tenet of The Daily Telegraph’s “Rude Sydney” piece is a little nuts. Three Tele staffers, photographer in tow, out on the town, the crack of
“conducting a little experiment”. Now I don’t have a
enjoy biology and once tinkered with the idea of being
ain’t good science.
The Tele pronounces Sydney beyond reproach. Rude as hell.
My mother always ‘clipped me over the ear’ whenever I dropped a ‘g’
I always opened the door for a LADY, a word that my
art school training erased and replaced with ‘woman’
and for a
was a nice boy and I’m sure I could drum up a
If Sydney is rude and full of selfish men like me then The Daily Telegraph’s story is a weak body of evidence.
As Campbell Reid won’t write to me, I will write to you.
CRIKEY: Raymond’s full response is packaged up on the website with
our “Rude Sydney” beat-up coverage here.
Meanwhile, a frustrated Sydney commuter writes:
About three weeks ago I wrote a tirade to The Telegraph and the Herald letters
sections regarding the rudeness of Sydney’s commuters.
was first brought on by the treatment of my wife
only grew as I saw the same treatment of pregnant
time again. My letter didn’t get published and I
admit a sense of
thunder’ at seeing The Telegraph story. I wouldn’t go so far as to claim credit
for their inspiration
the story, but equally don’t consider it
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As for your reader Josh Raymond, I would suggest that he didn’t get
to offer the pregnant woman a seat and I’d also suggest that
seats available on that bus. I say this only because I
Sydney busses, and paying attention to the behaviour of
enough to know this to be far more likely than not. Plus
sense some contradiction in his being so terribly
situation only to publicise it further in your e-zine.
seen his photo, but many fewer would have known who he was
you. He also fails to repeat his accusation that the bus he
vacant seats in his letter to The Tele. Me thinks he protests to much…
I’m loath to defend The Telegraph as I consider it a rag of the lowest order;
however Sydney’s commuters
indignant and rude lot and deserve to be
Yours truly, Pablo Berrutti
And another reader sends this tip from Perth:
I hear Perth’s Sunday Times assigned a reporter to the peak hour arvo trains
yesterday to do
version of The Tele‘s “rude Sydney” story.