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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.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/23/2006 at 08:51 PM
    1. Standard SMH “humour”. This guy makes Adele Horin sound funny.

      Posted by Dminor on 2006 12 23 at 08:57 PM • permalink


    1. I hesitate to speculate, but there’s nothing like a death to immortalise you.

      He didn’t hesitate at all.  If he had, for just one split second, he might have realized what a stupid son-of-a-beagle he sounds like.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 12 23 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. If Thorpe wasn’t prone to Peter Allen musicals, I’d suggest that Hugh wouldn’t have the balls to suggest the same fate for Warne, Michael Voss or Andrew Johns.

      Is this Galloway humour, perhaps?

      Posted by CB on 2006 12 23 at 09:10 PM • permalink


    1. “Dear World”

      Is it a suicide note?

      Posted by kae on 2006 12 23 at 09:15 PM • permalink


    1. Is it a suicide note?

      One can only hope.

      Posted by CB on 2006 12 23 at 09:18 PM • permalink


    1. Hugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and writer.

      Thinking along the same lines, you can’t help wondering whether Hugh would have done better to have met his end at the hands of a psychopathic patient, clubbed with his own bronze bust of Sigmund Freud.

      Posted by paco on 2006 12 23 at 09:20 PM • permalink


    1. Last line says it all.

      “Arrogance, triumphalism and vengeance turn out to be the most ungodly traits imaginable.”

      Nearer your God, than thee, hey Hugh?

      Posted by CB on 2006 12 23 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. ‘As for AWB, least said, soonest mended’

      is this an admission that the shiny new leader has spent over a year barking up the wrong tree and the ALP line has been not only wrong and slanderous but has damaged our farmers and cost the country billions in lost exports?

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 23 at 09:24 PM • permalink


    1. Breaking Headline:

      “Hugh Mackay Dead – Police Suspect Auto-Erotic Asphyxiation – Died Doing ‘What He Loved Best’ Say Friends”

      Posted by C.L. on 2006 12 23 at 09:25 PM • permalink


    1. Some say “good old Hugh Mackay” others tell the truth.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 12 23 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. I like to picture him choking on his own vomit.

      Posted by Lew on 2006 12 23 at 09:40 PM • permalink


    1. A completely crass sms I received from a mate after both these great Australians died: “Mate, Peter Brock died doing what he loved, Steve Irwin died doing what he loved. I’m worried about you, for God’s sake don’t have a wank tonight.”
      All I can remember thinking after I heard about both their deaths is “Christ, I hope someone has wrapped David Boon in cotton wool.”
      Mackay wouldn’t know journalism if it jumped up and bit him on the arse.

      Posted by 185600 on 2006 12 23 at 09:42 PM • permalink


    1. Going by McKay’s logic, perhaps Shane Warne will be impaled by a cricket stump and bleed to death on the pitch in his final test.

      Posted by deanosumo on 2006 12 23 at 09:45 PM • permalink


    1. Merry Christmas to Tim, Andrea and all the crew here and thanks for making this site so entertaining – much appreciated

      As for Hugh Mackay – he’s written this letter to the world in his wonderfully arrogant and superior style as if it’s coming from us plebs – you know Mr and Mrs Ordinary who didn’t follow the AWB matter, who actually care about Steve Irwin and   Brockie and the cricket and values

      He needs a smack in the mouth as he’s getting to be as nasty as Leunig and David Williamson

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 12 23 at 10:10 PM • permalink


    1. His collum in the local rag here in WA is “the moral maze”. Hed have to have 2 dicks, you cant get that silly playing with just one.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 12 23 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. Take a holiday involving sex and travel you sad old tosspot.

      In happier news – Felicitations of the season to one and all. Joy to the world!

      Please remember a puppy isn’t just for Christmas, but luckily your drunk and annoying uncle is.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 12 23 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. the” pater? Correct Latin—or none at all.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 12 24 at 12:07 AM • permalink


    1. (Dminor, this eight word restriction is killing me)

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 12 24 at 12:08 AM • permalink


    1. Better still would be if Hugh died from an rectal hemmorhage as a result of a pack rape by multicultural males of unspecified religion or ethnicity.

      Posted by Jim Geones on 2006 12 24 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. never read anyone so unfunny trying to be funny. For some reason put me in mind of Robin William’s polka-loving replacement in Good Morning Vietnam

      ‘deep in my heart, I know I’m funny…’

      Posted by JonathanH on 2006 12 24 at 01:11 AM • permalink


    1. ‘Tis the season of Goodwill to all Men.
      In that light, I forgive the thoughless Hugh Mackay for his loathsome thoughts.

      Try harder to be a better human being in 2007, Hugh.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 12 24 at 01:15 AM • permalink


    1. Obviously the Left is still smarting from Col Allen’s concise summation last month of what afflicts current journalism and hence falling circulation numbers – no humour. And the harder they try…

      Posted by JAFA on 2006 12 24 at 01:32 AM • permalink


    1. Look, Friends, don’t just tell us – we know. Tell him!

      Posted by McAnzac on 2006 12 24 at 01:37 AM • permalink


    1. I was kinda picturing him getting his tie caught in his IBM Selectric (TM) and then having the return key stick and him getting strangled to death by his own typewriter.  Seems appropriate.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 12 24 at 02:32 AM • permalink


    1. Hugh Mackay used to make sense to me once, when he wrote in the AFR (does he still?). Is that because he did, or because I’ve shifted a lot in my political beliefs and leanings since then?

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 12 24 at 03:22 AM • permalink


    1. May he be crushed by a printing press.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 12 24 at 03:50 AM • permalink


    1. What is it with the “left” (and that term seems to have lost its relevane these days) that they hate individuals so?

      Posted by Louis on 2006 12 24 at 05:14 AM • permalink


    1. #27

      What is it with the “left”…that they hate individuals so?

      That’s not fair. Sometimes they hate whole countries as well. Like America, Australia, Israel…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 12 24 at 07:20 AM • permalink


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