I live in Sydney (with no friends) and work on the city fringe near the universities and TAFE and Chinatown. The street throbs and woks. Aging ABC producers queue for coffee and pretend not to notice fashion students and university smart bastards and the good old days. Requiem for a dream.
The coffee is bitter and good.
On every street pole there are pleated advertisements for shared accommodation.
ULTIMO APARTMENT AVAILABLE NOW
NO-ONE LIVING IN THE LIVING ROOM. What copywriting! An ESL Distinction. Superb.
SHARE BEDROOM WITH OWN WARDROBE. Wardrobe also share.
CLOSE TO MCDONALDS. Good grief.
FAST ADSL2+ CONNECTION*.
PREFER GIRL AS BOY NO WASHING UP. Boy also owe $650.
I love it. Australia is changing – or at least inner city Sydney is changing. Hopefully the rest of the country is too. Overseas students bring diversity, fashion, food and charm (and money, even to dodgy landlords). Mono culture is so mono and I noticed our new PM said ‘multicultural’ in parliament today. It’s no longer banned, apparently. Bring out the samosas!
* Australian standard. Slower than a pigeon. BTW I saw one of those Close To McDonalds hamburgers on the footpath the other day and not even the FAST ADSL2+ pigeon would eat it.