March 29, 2004

NEWS BITS

John Kerry meets the workers.

The spokesman for pro-logging group Timber Communities Australia is one of those guys with job-appropriate surnames.

Triple Js Steve Cannane poses a question:

The Australian record industry has just had its best year ever. But it doesn't want you to know about it. This month ARIA announced its sales figures for last year. In its press release, it talked about Delta, it talked about falling CD singles sales, it talked about the rise in DVD sales, but at no stage did it tell us it was the industry's best year ever. Why bury the good news?

And Imre Salusinszky reports directly from the the war that nobody can pronounce:

The renewed outbreak of violence between Kosovo's Albanian Muslim majority and its ethnic Serb minority has shattered the fragile peace of people who can't follow the politics of the Balkans.

The re-emergence after five years of Europe's main Christian-Muslim conflict has also reignited fears of ethnic cleansing and of people in English-speaking countries having to try and pronounce the names of cities such as Srbica, Gorazde and Kragujevac.

But the biggest danger in a collapse of Kosovo's delicate ethnic balance would a "domino effect" by which people in southern Kosovo would be forced to leave their homes, and then people in London, New York and even Sydney would be forced to pretend at dinner parties that they had the faintest idea of what these primitive peoples were actually arguing about.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 29, 2004 03:44 AM
Comments

Tim,

Sounds like something from Wall Street Journal's "It's the Eponymy, Stupid" items in the Best of the Web columns.

Taranto ran probably 8 or 10 pieces on Eponymous names, they're a good read.

Posted by: Steve at March 29, 2004 at 05:51 AM

They had a great bombing briefing April 1999 (189k) in the Kosovo war though.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 29, 2004 at 08:34 AM

Here's an interesting story about US music sales. Basically, from 2000-2002 CD sales declined 10%, while CD production declined 25%.

Posted by: david at March 29, 2004 at 09:07 AM

"The re-emergence after five years of Europe's main Christian-Muslim conflict has also reignited fears of ethnic cleansing and of people in English-speaking countries having to try and pronounce the names of cities such as Srbica, Gorazde and Kragujevac."

Quick! Send in some emergency vowels!

Posted by: Tatterdemalian at March 29, 2004 at 01:42 PM

Tim
Here in the original "Colony", AP/Reuters/UPI/USA etc. news services believe the reading public cannot be told the violence in the Balkans is from the Islamofacists left over from the Ottoman Empire, instead we're informed the instigators of the violence are "ethnic Albanians", not Muslim terrorists akin to the Palisimians.
15th Century Spain understood, throw them all out!

Posted by: Mike Daley at March 29, 2004 at 02:15 PM

I turned that Kerry photo into a campaign poster a few days ago. Kerry's a real man of the people.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at March 29, 2004 at 04:45 PM

There was an artificial limb-maker in North Sydney by the name of Grocock. True.

Posted by: Ron J. at March 29, 2004 at 05:49 PM

Imre talking about unpronouncable names? Pot, kettle, etc.

Posted by: Andjam at March 29, 2004 at 11:34 PM