Sunday, November 05, 2006

When Life Imitates Art.

You know we're living in strange days where the news headlines are straight out of Monty Python.

Compare this:
Liberals pass motion for Qld crocodile cull

The Queensland Liberals have called for crocodiles to be culled because people are being eaten.

The party's annual state convention in Brisbane has passed a motion put forward by Senator Ian McDonald for crocodile numbers to be reduced in populated areas.

One delegate, Brett Blade, told the convention that lives are at risk

"You can't allow crocodiles to come into the main street of Cairns and eat people - and that is exactly what's happening," he said.

"If you go up north, believe me they have come into town and they have walked down main streets.

"It also helps create a new industry where we can export crocodile shoes and hand bags - so we're making money out of it."

With this:
The Men's-Being-Eaten-by-a-Crocodile Contest from Monty Python's Contractual
Obligations Album

(Background music: Sportscast intro)
Newscaster: And right now it's time for athletics, and over to Brian
Goebells in Paris.

Goebells: Hello, well you join us here in Paris just a few minutes before the
start of today's big event: the final of the Men's-Being-Eaten-
By-A-Crocodile event. I'm standing now by the crocodile pit where-

(FX: Crocodiles eating, French exclamations and sirens)

Newscaster: Ah. Well I'm afraid that we've lost Brian. While they're sorting
that out, we have a report from Barry Loothesom in Lughtborrow on
the British preparations for this most important event.

Loothesom: Here at Lughtborrow are the five young men chosen last week to be
eaten by a crocodile for Britain this summer. Obviously, the most
important part of the event is the opening 60 yard sprint towards
the crocs. And twenty-two year old Nottingham schoolteacher Gavin
Watterlow is rated by some not only the fastest but also the
tastiest British morsel since Barry Gordon got a bronze at
Helsinki. In charge of the team is Sergeant Major Harold Duke.

Duke: Aww, well, you not only got to get in that pit first, you gotta
get EATEN first. When you land in front of your croc, and 'e opens
his mouth, I wanna see you right in there. Rub your 'ead up
against 'is taste buds. And when those teeth bite into your flesh,
use the perches to thrust yourself DOWN his throat...

Loothesom: Duke's trained with every British team since 1928, and it's his
blend of gymnastic knowhow, reptilian expertise and culinary skill
that's turned many an un-appetizing novice into a crocodilic

Duke: Well, our chefs have been experimenting for many years to find
a sauce most likely to tempt the crocodile. In the past, we've
concentrated on a fish based sauce, but this year, we are reverting
to a simple bernaise.

Loothesom: The British team are worried because Olympic regulations allow
only the competitor's heads to be sauced. Gavin Morolowe...

Morolowe: Yes, well, I mean, (clears throat) you know, four years ago,
everyone knew the Italians were coating the insides of their legs
with bolinaise, the Russians have been marinating themselves, One
of the Germans, Biolek, was caught actually putting, uh, remolarde
down his shorts. And the Finns were using tomato flavoured running
shoes. Uh, I think there should either be unrestricted garnishing,
or a single, Olympic standard mayonnaise.

Loothesom: Gavin, does it ever worry you that you're actually going to be
chewed up by a bloody, grey crocodile.

Morolowe: The only thing that worries me, Jim, is being the first one down
that gully.

Loothesom: Well, the way things are going here at Lughtborrow, it looks as
though Britan could easily pick up a place in the first seven
hundred. But nothing's predictable in this tough, harsh, highly
competitive world where today's champion is tomorrow's crocodile
shit. And back to you, in the studio, Norman.


At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Sharon Ferguson said...

Wanted to let you know Ive added you to my blog list -


under "Across the Pond"

although for Australia/New Zealand, maybe I should put "Other Side of the Lake"?

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Bill Cooper said...

I got a laugh but on a serious note this is a real problem and is one of Steve Irwins lesser known legacies. There was a push to allow limited hunting of crocs. This was to get some income for aboriginal communities and reduce the croc population in inhabited areas, there millions of the hungry creatures out there. Well good old Steve lobbied the environment minister to not permit this and he won the day. So next time someone is taken by a croc remember Steve.

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous crusader rabbit said...

bill cooper, I lived for many years in Aboriginal communities and can say with some confidence that the croc problem is dealt with, regardless of laws. ;-)


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