Canberra, the capital of Australia, turns 100 this year and whilst city officials are leading celebrations for the purpose built settlement outsiders have labelled it as the most boring city in the world. I have made two visits there both of which have been memorable for different reasons. The first occurred during a family holiday in 1998, my mother was in charge of the schedule and decided that the capital would be the optimum place to spend New Years Eve rather than Sydney with its world renowned fireworks. The second occasion coincided with the 2010 Summer Nats car festival, I am sure this event also rates as the highest concentration of mullet hairstyles in the world.
On both visits I was struck by the cleanliness, efficiency and functionality of the city but those factors are not really ingredients that lead to an exciting place to live and work. I am sure residents would argue that there is a vibrancy that comes from the army of young diplomats and University students. You can read the whole article here on the BBC website and make your own decisions.