And while on the plane to London via Singapore I hear that Australia is in mourning Its hero Steve Irwin was killed by a fatal thrust to the heart of the barbed spike of a stingray. He died as he lived – through the heart. It’s not the same for poets as with intrepid explorers. A poets epitaph would be, “he died how he lived – making tea”. Doesn’t have the same ring does it?
The aborigines did exactly what Steve Irwin did. Though they didn’t need a zoo, they had an entire country. The English left-field thinkers love to beat on Australia about its abuse of the Aborigines.
I was giving a masterclass at The Melbourne Museum with some wonderful people. (In fact all of the festival people were ACE) And I had my first discussion about Aborigines – my question was why were none in the city. After much considered discussion I realised that it was England that established the apartheid and now post apartheid state in Australia and future generations that take the blame. Bizarre.