12 September 2006

The world has gone mad...

Up to 11 stingrays have been found dead and mutilated on Australia's eastern coast since the Crocodile Hunter's death, prompting fears that Irwin's fans are exacting their revenge on the normally docile fish.

From The Guardian.

So much for peopel supporting Steve Irwin is his effort to preserve nature. Aussies are just a tad short-sighted and blessed with an even shorter memory it seems. Well, some Aussies that is.

05 September 2006

Steve Irwin's death

I found this picture on StopLog and it made me laugh.

Obviously it is sad that Steve Irwin has died. It would be harsh to say 'he had it coming' but he kind of did really. Wrestling with crocs and deadly animals. One day you are going to come across ananimal that will win the battle.

However the above picture is from the CNN website and shows how well the automatic AdWords feature is working. The software scans the article for keywords and picks out the right ad to go next to the story. Clearly it worked here.

Update: Uberfeminist (or: Old Hag) Germaine Greer has written a little diddy about the death of Steve Irwin. Greer, who gets asked for her opinion on everything with the word Australia in it, feels it is all a little over the top. I totally agree with her of course.

There was no habitat, no matter how fragile or finely balanced, that Irwin hesitated to barge into, trumpeting his wonder and amazement to the skies. There was not an animal he was not prepared to manhandle. Every creature he brandished at the camera was in distress. Every snake badgered by Irwin was at a huge disadvantage, with only a single possible reaction to its terrifying situation, which was to strike. Easy enough to avoid, if you know what's coming.

Very true. But of course the Australian media, who were slaughtering Irwin only 2 years ago when he fed a crocodile whilst holding his baby son under his arm, were quick to aim their arrows at Greer. Her 'attack' on 'our Stevo' was unfair, unfounded, a disgrace, a national shame and so on. They must have forgotten that they themselves called him an idiot and accused him of child abuse. At least Greer did not attack Steve personally. She merely attacked his media persona and his actions.

The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn.

Greer is a scary woman who likes little boys far too much. but she is definately right with this one.