2 Jul 2010, Comments (11)

Earworm of the week: Sorrow!

Author: Helen

I could hardly see for the tears as I stumbled into work today. Sure, last week’s news was gut-wrenching enough, especially the Kevin Rudd presser, but this was nothing in comparison with the suffering I was witnessing today. You shouldn’t even listen to the breakfast news when you’re as sensitive as I am.

First up there was the revelation that a rich old white guy, who’d held onto the highest office in the land for over a decade, had been denied the fun new position of international cricket honcho. It’s not the first time “cricket” and “tragic” have been used in the same sentence for JWH but now the words have been sadly reversed. Tragedy is too mild a description for this terrible blow.

Then, after I’d recovered sufficiently to get out of the house and drive to the station, there was the voice of Ian MacFarlane, like velcro dragged over gravel – possibly more than usual as he struggled to contain his emotion – telling of the persecution of “the miners” at the hands of the cruel, perfidious government. “The Miners”, you understand, not “mining corporations”, because (as Pavlov’s cat and Tigtog pointed out) that would make Twiggy and Gina Rinehart sound like members of the Rich list rather than plucky little blokes and blokesses who go down pit every day and come out blackened and dishevelled.*

“The guvmint holding a gun to the miners’ head! …An aggressive attack!…Xenophobic comments made about foreign ownership! A fullon attack by the guvmint on the mining industry!1!”

I’m ready to go to the barricades to try and just get the concept of a fair go back to this country. Now if you’ll excuse me I think I’m going to cry again. I just can’t bear this treatment of helpless people.

Comments (11) »

  • Ann O'Dyne says:

    Last thing I read about Miz Gina said that she earned $70 million per day (yet her own children don’t get-on with her – dwell on that!).
    WHEN I get Sorrow in my ear it is the Scott Walker one …

  • Pavlov's Cat says:

    ‘Tis I (though no doubt there have been others) what has been whingeing and bitching about ‘miners’ and shall continue to do so despite the fact that it is very clearly a lost cause. To my knowledge this usage dates from the announcement of the Great Big New Tax so it’s not like there’s a proud history or anything.

    Re sorrow, yes, I feel your pain.

  • tigtog says:

    ’tis I also wot have been whingeing and bitching likewise about the misuse of the term, although not with such elegance as Ms Cat.

  • tigtog says:

    P.S. I prefer to call the mining corporations “Big Dirt”

  • genevieve says:

    Big Dirt is great. Unfortunately we won’t have any of it if they keep it up though.
    Fine earworm, Helen.

  • Matilda says:

    Howard IS racist, not sure about the ‘closet’.

  • Pants says:

    That was a memorable post by Pavlov’s Cat. I’ve just referenced it too. I guess it’s that kind of day.



  • Helen says:

    Post updated and shout-out for attribution deleted – thanks Pav, TT.

  • Matilda says:

    But speaking of mining, here is a stirring report, fresh from the scene, on the plight of real miners in South Africa. http://www.socialistpartyaustralia.org/archives/2601

  • Kath Lockett says:

    It has been a weird week – non-genuine suffering miners (not so much about the minors this week – most of them are having bucketloads spent on them during the holidays), a happy ‘Boo Sucks’ to Howard’s cricket flicking and a disappointed ‘hmmm’ to Gillard’s non support of gay marriage.

    Perhaps I’ll just move to Abbaworld permanently….

  • David Irving (no relation) says:

    Fuck the miners. One of Bowie’s better efforts, but.

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