June 25, 2003


Maybe you live in Noosa Heads. Maybe you’re an excellent food thrower. Check it out:

Local lad David Williamson has seduced not just Australia's only two Booker prize-winners, Peter Carey and Thomas Keneally, to speak at the Noosa Longweekend, starting Friday, but also that angry old leftie John Pilger. And isn't Pilger's presence causing the sand to fly among the denizens of Brisbane's far north shore. Leonie Palmer, long-time Victorian exile and restaurateur, says there are more than a smattering of Noosa devotees who hold firmly to the Auberon Waugh view of the campaigning journalist and can't believe the invitation. Nothing like a bit of controversy, she admits, but as the host of a "breakfast with Pilger" in her riverfront establishment, she's hoping she won't be mopping up German cheese tart for hours if the food starts to fly.

Direct hit wins a prize!

Posted by Tim Blair at June 25, 2003 04:17 AM

Ok, so far I have taken out, Bull Durham, For the Love of the Game, Field of dreams and A League of their own to get my throwing action right. Bring it on Pilger.

Posted by: Todd at June 25, 2003 at 10:31 AM

I'll be up the coast this weekend. I don't normally get invites to Noosa functions as I am not an ageing Victorian who believes in John Edwards and the healing power of crystals, but I'll see if I can score an invite. (Do you think they'll let me in with a bucket of shit?)

Posted by: paul bickford at June 25, 2003 at 10:41 AM

Paul. Yes, if you put a name tag on it saying "John Pilger."

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at June 25, 2003 at 12:12 PM

Another reason for Western Australia to secede! This is a Pilger free State!

Posted by: Razor at June 25, 2003 at 12:33 PM

WA is responsible for Carmen Lawrence so I'd be happy for it to secede.

Posted by: pezza at June 25, 2003 at 01:05 PM

Taking Tim's invite to go check this item out could not but help see the item which follows and commences thus:
"NORTHERN Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin is a former journalist - she spent almost 20 years working for ABC radio and television before switching to politics - so she probably has been exposed to the odd drink or three during her 51 years on the planet."
More evidence I propose on the lack of "leunig left" BIAS in that old whore Aunty AlpBC.

Posted by: Lawrie at June 25, 2003 at 01:23 PM

I forgot about her!

Posted by: Razor at June 25, 2003 at 01:52 PM

a. We are not responsible, or at least I'm not for her. And

b. I had forgotten about her. Sorry.

Posted by: Razor at June 25, 2003 at 01:54 PM

As Groucho remarked in "A Night at the Opera": He's lucky melons aren't in season.

Posted by: Dave F at June 25, 2003 at 06:36 PM

How could anyone eat in the presence of Pilger! The guilt!!!

Posted by: The at June 26, 2003 at 01:21 PM