Friday, September 08, 2006

Goodbye Croc Hunter

I was in disbelief to hear of the death of Steve Irwin - naturalist, loon, Australian ambassador and all round good guy. When one of my colleagues told me that he was dead I was stunned. She said that she'd tried to get info from ninemsn but the site was down. Not that I understand why anybody wants to get their news from a Channel Nine source. I much prefer Seven who are more "I have no idea what I'm talking about so I'll say it with a smile" than the smug attitude that Nine personnel exude.

Anyway, getting a little bit off track here. For somebody that promoted nature and Australia so well it's a sad indictment that he had to become famous overseas first. Perhaps the Croc Hunter shouldn't have been so specialised - he was killed by the barb of a huge stingray piercing his heart. Should have stuck with hunting crocs. Irwin was only 44 which is too young to die, even if you die doing what you love. I feel for his kids, Bindi and Bob, who are only eight and three I think. I hope that I'm there for my boy.

Australia has lost an icon although I've never been to Australia Zoo or watched his show. I have enjoyed his antics and would never turn away from an interview with him. I guess all Aussies could identify with his larrikin nature. He was a larger than life character and I'm glad that the Prime Minister came out with some nice words. I think Steve Irwin deserved that. It's a shame, but understandable, that his family didn't want to have a State funeral. It would be a fitting farewell.

RIP Steve Irwin.


Hammysmum said...

I can't bear to speak 'that'woman's name in the same breath as Steve's, I actually spit it out I am so angry with her ill informed, vitriolic comments. As someone said in The Advertiser, she has been an expat for so long, what does she know about him or Australia any way? So much for these 'academis's. They're not all like her, thankfully.

Hammy said...

Are you talking about your local Channel 9 newsreader, or what? Who are you talking about?

Hammysmum said...

Don't you read the papers, or watch other chanels? Germaine Greer, of course!!!

Hammy said...

Who has time to read the paper anymore?