Dame Edna at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

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 am the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, and the Director of the Arché Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology I like thinking about – and helping other people think about – logic and philosophy and the many different ways they can inform each other.


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