December 10, 2003


• Professor Bunyip wonders why The Age didn’t ask an obvious question in an interview with helium-voiced rockosaurus Neil Young.

• Anne Cunningham remembers an episode of misogynistic excess one hostile Paris summer.

• Scott Wickstein notes Mike Coward’s pro-Indian predictability.

• Farm Accident Digest believes it is fair enough that American athletes not wear red, white and blue or anything with "USA" on it during downtime at the 2004 Olympic Games.

• And gifted youngster Gareth Parker defeats a field of 160 to secure a cadetship with The West Australian. I bet his blog impressed the editors. Congratulations, Gareth!

Posted by Tim Blair at December 10, 2003 07:51 AM

India's batsmen are artist's whereas Australia's are professional's.

And art is far more pleasurable.

I am sure that is also how Coward feels.

Posted by: Savvas Jonis at December 10, 2003 at 08:51 AM

And gifted youngster Gareth Parker defeats a field of 160

There were 4 cadetships up for grabs, so he defeated 156!

Posted by: Peggy Sue at December 10, 2003 at 09:31 AM

Well, 157, surely? I could hardly defeat myself, after all!

Cheers, Tim.

Posted by: Gareth at December 10, 2003 at 09:46 AM

In time, Peggy, Gareth will defeat them all! He's probably only a few years from becoming a tyrannical editor. Fear Parker!

Posted by: tim at December 10, 2003 at 10:01 AM

He did defeat the field which happened to contain 160. So broadly speaking that is correct. Or maybe, he defeated 159 others ...

One good thing about 'papers, Gareth. They have editors to work out stuff like that.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 10, 2003 at 10:07 AM

i agree, it would have been interesting to hear how young's feelings regarding the invasion of iraq have evolved since the sheer passion, and healing power of "let's roll".

he spat "let's roll" out at a time when it was needed, inspired i believe by the guts of the passengers in attempting to cut evil down right in front of them where it stood.

perhaps he has detected a vast difference between reacting to terrorism with its own technique and mindsets, and dropping mass military weaponry on Iraq, and expecting a country set in its ways to suddenly embrace another set of values.

mind you, it doesn't matter at all what neil thinks - his work is his testament, the show was soulful to the bone, and rocked like a mule. glad i made it.


Posted by: chico o'farrill at December 10, 2003 at 11:04 AM

Anyone who has ever suffered through an edition of the West Australian might consider a cadetship there something of a mixed blessing.

I hope Gareth doesn't get picked on because he's different. I mean, he uses verbs and everythink. It could get ugly.

Posted by: Andrew D. at December 10, 2003 at 11:57 AM

The mention of Neil Young makes me think of the "travelling booger" matte the special effects guys invented just for him.

Posted by: Donnah at December 10, 2003 at 12:41 PM

Neil Young might sound like a helium-voiced sixties relic but Crazy Horse rocks. Neil can sing away all he likes as long as nobody pulls the plugs on those guitars. Plus, the fuzzy fade-outs often last longer than the songs. Bonus.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 10, 2003 at 03:16 PM