This little spot called Melbourne
Is the city of my birth
It’s not as hot as Brisbane
or as far away as Perth,
It’s not as small as Adelaide,
Compared to Canberra, it’s bliss,
And if you’ve been to Melbourne,
You can give Sydney a miss…
As the world gets scarier,
It’s a pretty decent area
The envy of the world.
I think that was a knowing, self-reflective and ironic appropriation of Australian (and Melburnian) parochialism, but I’m not altogether sure about how the irony was received, given the insipid television commentary.
Still, anything a 72 year old bloke in drag with purple hair who shot to fame (such fame as it was) knowingly making fun of Melbourne suburban life and other Australian attitudes can’t be all that bad.
I’m Greg Restall, and this is my personal website. I teach philosophy and logic as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. ¶ From August 2021, I will be the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. ¶ Start at the home page of this site—a compendium of recent additions around here—and go from there to learn more about who I am and what I do. ¶ This is my personal site on the web. Nothing here is in any way endorsed by the University of Melbourne.