Tuesday, September 05, 2006


As much as I feel extremely sorry for the Irwin family (especially the kids, who now have the legend of their father to live up to), I feel that there's many animals in the world that are relieved they won't be poked and prodded anymore.

I suspect the stingray wasn't just being looked at, but hey, I could be wrong. Not much of a fan, as you can tell.

Did anyone catch David Bellamy on Radio National this morning? He'd given 22 interviews on Irwin's death before the ABC got to him and he hadn't even met the guy properly. Everything he said was secondhand info, including the statement that conservationists around the world took Irwin seriously: "yes, that's what I've heard."

As for a state funeral, I can think of better things to do with the money, but I guess there's a lot of people who feel strongly about him, including Howard and Bush. Erk.


Mick said...

An animal can't handle being touched or displayed?

I would say that the awareness and education that Steve Irwin shared with the world would be worth a little poking and prodding.

Very sad.

Ron said...

Thanks for some sensible comment on Irwin. It's events like this that make me want to swear-off newspapers and television.

Pity Colin Thiele, Australian author of 80 books, died the same day. He is missing out on much-deserved coverage.

State funeral? Sheesh ... must be an election coming up in Queensland.

Laura said...

I agree. This isn't an easy thing to negotiate. But I agree.

And yes, Ron, let's spare a thought to remember the wonderful Colin Thiele.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

yes, I was saddened about Thiele as well. who didn't love Storm Boy and Blue Fin? I know he did a lot more than just those books, but they're so iconic.

I can't say much about Irwin, I've never been much of a follower either. but apparently he did a lot for animal conservation and that's very worthy something, especially if children were educated in the process. I'd say it was nigh impossible for him to educate some of the terribly important adults he was so admired by.

Mummy/Crit said...

Ron said it, and I felt much more for that than I did for Steve Irwin - strangely for such an icon his TV show wasn't really visible here. I thought the David Bellamy thing was interesting. Did that hit up David Attenborough at the same time?

I've been buying up on hardback Colin Thiele at bookfairs for the last few years, along with Ivan Southall, they seemed like a good idea at the time.