Friday, September 16, 2005



Flinders Street station taken new years eve-2005.

A new terrorist threat- Melbourne?

I have been discussing the new terrorist threat with a few of my friends and even my mother in pretty much the same way as I discuss what i think is going to happen next in a tv show. Strange that the conversations are so casual but i guess that's the only way to deal with it.

There are a few things I/we don't quite get though.

First why Melbourne? Sydney is Australia's famous city. Besides it has more famous icons- the bridge, and the opera house. I've been trying to think about what is so special about Melb. Don't get me wrong I love it but its certainly not up there as far as big cities go. It is supposed to be the worlds most livable city, is that why? A lot of people don't even know where Melbourne is. I can just imagine if there was a terrorist attack here, all these people around the world asking 'where is Melbourne'? I guess that's one way to put it on the map- for the wrong reason.

The other thing is where in Melb? We don't exactly have a huge population and the city centre is small in comparison to most big cities. My theory is flinders street station (see above) its one of our few icons and has more trains going there then any other station. My mother thinks the commonwealth games but I doubt it. Apart from the countries actually involved I doubt anyone knows let alone cares about the games. The only reason we care is because we win so many medals.

One more gripe. Erin (my AMERICAN friend) pointed out the terrorists incorrect pronunciation of Melbourne. For the record its pronounced more like Mel-burn/ Mel-bun(a cross between the two perhaps) NOT 'Mel-born; as he pronounced it. If you are going to threaten out city at least get the pronunciation right!

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1 comment:

FairTaxGuy said...

well since he was of American decent he pronounced it right in Mel-born. Are the books/movies 'The Bourne Identity' called "burn identity" or "born identity"?

You are right that the Aussie pronunciation is mel-bon.