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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 04:39 pm
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Hugh Mackay on the deaths of Steve Irwin and Peter Brock, and swimmer Ian Thorpe’s retirement:
Steve was one of our great gifts to the world. Some of the neighbours might have been saying “Steve who?” and making up jokes about stingrays, but in America people were openly weeping …
And then for Peter Perfect to go so soon after, crashing a car of all things. It was too much. Yet there was a kind of poetry in it, we all felt. A stingray for Steve, a prang for Peter. Going out doing what they loved best. May we all be so lucky.
Thinking along the same lines, you can’t help wondering whether Ian would have done better to have met with a watery accident of some kind.
What a ghastly little man is Mackay.
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