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The Crocodile Hunter

"Mr Stingray?"

He had a French, Bond Villain accent.

"Is this Mr. Stingray I am talking too?"

I fondled the phone with my stinger and said it was.

"The Crocodile Hunter." A pause, a spit. "The Crocodile Hunter, he will be upon you soon. He is doing his last documentary. Others have failed, Mr. Stingray. The Crocodile with his teeth. The Snake with her venom. The Turkey with its gobble. We have tried so much, Mr. Stingray, but failed so many times."

I told him I knew. I had seen the TV show, after all.

"He must not be allowed to leave the ocean, Mr. Stingray."

And so the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, died.

It is a a bit black humour, and I did laugh, and still do, but really, I (not the Stingray anymore, but me, the owner of this blog)--I have to admit, it is tragic. Irwin leaves behind two young children, eight and three, and he died in what appears to be a freak accident, one of those things when you let your guard down and you pay dearly for it. It's tragic, also, because really, all Irwin did was go out there and do what he loved, and make it entertaining. I remember watching a thing on him once, and his wife said how only a small percentage of people read the articles and reports that Irwin wrote on his animals, but that millions watched him wrestle crocodiles and crawl down holes after snakes, and that the end result of the two was the same: to bring awareness of the animal world to people. And sure, the show was over the top, wild, funny and, at times, stupid; but Irwin never took his image that seriously, and he was willing to make fun of it, which makes him okay in my book. A bit of self awareness goes a long way.

There are calls to have a State Funeral for the man, and I have to say, as much as I find the idea of giving millionaires State Funerals ridiculous, I'm all for it with Irwin. The last State Funeral I remember went to Kerry Packer, who, frankly, deserved to use his money to pay for his own grand funeral. So I figure if you're going to give a business man like Packer that State Funeral business, then you can give the same to Irwin who, in my mind, was a much more likable figure than Packer--and whose death is quite before his time.

And afterward, everyone should be made to eat Stingray.


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Sep. 5th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)

I think Irwin deserves a State Funeral far more than the likes of Packer.
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
haha. that's funny.
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
another more recent, and more fitting recipient of a State funeral - Pro Hart. So if he can get one, no reason Irwin shouldn't.

I do wonder about those up in arms about what Irwin "did for/to Australia's reputation", when that's a reputation the vast majority of the population seem to have happily earned for themselves, by, as you point out with Terri's quote above, preferring the clown to the serious student of natural science. Not his fault that it took a wanker to do the job he did, but again, as you say, at least he played the part with his eyes open. Like him or not, he will be sorely missed.
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
hey, yeah, i forgot about pro hart.

people, in my mind, get bent out of shape about the wrong things. irwin's death is tagic, and darkly amusing, but why attack the guy? not like there isn't more important things in the world--and, er, it's not like i'm blogging about them either ;)
Sep. 5th, 2006 08:17 am (UTC)
true. But you get points for not cashing in on it a'la the Nine Network. They're already breathing down the older kid's neck.
Sep. 5th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
Y'know, my first reaction to hearing he had dies was to quote Matt Stover and say "if you're gonna play poke the bear, keep in mind that the bear doesn't give a shit that it's just a game."

This was 'cos I have just watched his tv programs, and even them only about twice. I kinda thought he had it coming.

When you find out more about all the other stuff he did (as you mention) and what a sound guy he sounds like he was, it kind of makes you all the more sad about his dying.

And, y'know, I liked him anyway, even when he was just running about kicking dinosaurs and shit.

Go the state funeral. He's brought more money to your country through tourism and increased awareness than it would cost, honestly.
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
you know, i must be the only person int he world who didn't think he had it coming. heh. i always figured he knew exactly what he was doing, and the risk was quite small...

ah well. i got to make my stringray joke, anyhow, you know?
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Hey man, no-one's having more jokes than B3ta, as usual!

I honestly think he knew what he was doing as well! Just that there's an element of uncontrollable risk with those kind of things.

It pisses me off that people moan about him holding his kid out near a crocodile, I mean what the fuck? It's his kid, I doubt there was much (if any) risk considering his expertise, and half the people whining about it probably sit around smoking in their lounge and giving their toddlers lung cancer. If he wants to bring his kids up to be natural around that stuff, to take risks and to have a bit of fun in wife rather than become some no-win-no-fee sue-monkeys, good on him!

I might come over for the funeral! :p
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
"Deserves a state funeral" is a phrase that could be taken two ways, isn't it? Kind of like mafia term. "That guy desoives a state funeral..." So what exactly does a state funeral connote? The whole idea sounds grotesque, if presidential funerals are any standard. Does one lie in state? Do people standing in line for the viewing eat stingray sushi off your body? What?

Sep. 5th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Stingrays
well, if the kerry packer funeral was anything to go off, the government pays a huge chunk of money, and politicians and famous people get up and say what a wonderful guy you are. like the presidential ones, i guess. though they really ought to be eating stingray for this one.
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