Canberra is a city a city a city on Wikipedia


Me in front of Parliament house in Canberra!

I know I just poked fun at Wikipedia for its unnecessary verboseness and repetition, but like the hypocrite I am I'm going to poke fun at repetition by performing a repetition of blog post topics. Here are the first three paragraphs of the Canberra article on Wikipedia:

Canberra is the capital CITY of Australia. With a population of over 345,000, it is Australia’s largest inland CITY and the eighth largest Australian CITY overall. The CITY is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory, 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne.

The site of Canberra was selected for the location of the nation’s capital in 1908 as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two largest CITIES. It is unusual among Australian CITIES, being an entirely planned CITY. Following an international contest for the CITY’s design, a design by the Chicago architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin was selected and construction commenced in 1913.

The CITY’s design was heavily influenced by the garden CITY movement and incorporates significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title “bush capital”. Although the growth and development of Canberra were hindered by the World Wars and the Great Depression, it emerged as a thriving CITY after World War II.

That's right, the word city (or cities) is used eleven times, often several times in the same sentence. And it's got Featured Article status! Don't get me wrong, I use Wikipedia daily and love it, but I've long had trouble with some of their editors. Some of my contributions have been revoked (and in some cases mocked with insulting comments), and yet an article as poorly worded as this gets Featured Article status? Not that I'm bitter or anything.

That reminds me, I need to go into the CITY today by taking the CITY train to the CITY so I can get to the CITY to buy stuff I can only get in the CITY while in the CITY! Wonder if I'll have time to go to CITY Wok?

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