Brain graze



Thanks to MIKE HANSON for demonstrating that all this fighting for peace sends some sad sacks just a tad dippy.
A Belgian actor
is to share an iron cage with a pig for three days to protest about the rising tensions between the US and Iraq.
Benjamin Verdonck, from Antwerp, is to install the cage in a museum in Gent, near a big window so he can be watched day and night by passers by.
His performance has been inspired by another artist who spent a week in a cage with a coyote in an art gallery in 1974.
Verdonck¹s performance is entitled: "I love America and America loves me", reports Gazet van Antwerpen.
He has promised not to leave the cage once during the three days and to eat, sleep and perform all bodily functions on blankets and straw near the pig.
Verdonck said: "I¹m very troubled by the many conflicts in the world, especially the one between Iraq and the USA.
"I don¹t want to take a position in the whole discussion. But there are so many people making analyses that I can¹t see the wood from the trees.
"And because humans can¹t tell me what is really going on, I¹m trying to find an answer from a pig."

Oink, it's all about OIIILLLLL!!!!


They're rare, but they're my favourite stories. Eccentrics involved in crazy exploits that have the whiff of urban legend. This beaut in THE AGE tells of an English piano tuner heading deep into the Amazon jungle to tune a primitive tribe's honky-tonk.
The Wai Wais, who number only 190, were converted to Christianity by missionaries in the 1950s. They live more than 450 kilometres from the nearest town. They took possession of the mahogany piano two years ago when they persuaded a scientific team to transport it all the way from Britain. Since then, the heat and humidity and the ravages of wood-eating insects have taken their toll.
The self-sufficient Wai Wai are still hunter-gatherers and use blow pipes and dogs to catch monkeys and birds but their way of life is under constant threat from logging and farming.
The story can only improve with the introduction of Colonel John Blashford-Snell, nicknamed "Blashers", who kept his promise to find the tribe the piano after spending three weeks as their guest in May, 2000.
Hope someone remembers to take along a video camera.



A new £121million theatre in Singapore sprung a leak during a preview of a stage musical.
ANANOVA reports that the leak at the Esplanade happened three days before the show started.
Rain dripped on to the concourse of the spiky-domed Esplanade as the cast put the finishing touches to the show Singing in the Rain.


Here's another worthy use for the humble web log: Dissociating oneself from the doings of someone with a similar brand.
Your correspondent hails originally from the Warrnambool district in south-western Victoria. He indeed has relatives on both sides of the matrimonial fence in the region.
But he has no familial connection to Graeme John Slattery, 41, who THE WARRNAMBOOL STANDARD
reports has kept a woman as a slave in his garage, making her eat manure and forcing her to flush her toddler's head in a toilet, a court heard yesterday.
Slattery has appeared in a committal hearing the Warrnambool Magistrates Court facing 210 charges.
The charges include rape, assaults, indecent assaults, extortions, false imprisonments, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, obtaining property by deception and theft.

Talk about giving the clan a bad name.


Defeat looms for Steve Bracks. I would not have concluded this until AARON OAKLEY pointed out that mad MARGO has given the Victorian Labor leader her delirious endorsement. Kiss of death, I reckon, going on Kingstonkhan's recent strike rate.
Margo insists Bracks decision to stop native logging in close-to-Melbourne state forests (ie forests established for the purpose of timber harvesting) will be a sure election winner.
Others aren't so sure.
According to Dr Oakley, Bracks will give something back to Victorians that the nanny-staters took away decades ago -- bonfire night! Bonfire night and day, as far as the eye can see, is the Oakley estimate.
The Victorian forests that Bracks plans to save from the dreaded loggers are dry sclerophyll woodlands that, when unmanaged by foresters and infested with combustable feral flora, can be expected to periodically erupt into wild fires that consume everything in their path. You won't hear about this from the lying Greens who think it's far more important to save introduced plantation timber from harvest than to preserve the jobs of hundreds of blue-collar timber workers. Oakley exposes more Green untruths and misdemeanours to add to the ferrago of falsehoods on which their policies are underpinned.



The following quote, I believe, is the most important comment yet made about the bombing atrocity in Bali. It appears in THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN.

"He did it because (he says) America oppresses the Muslims and he wants revenge," General Pastika said. He said Amrozi told police "they were not very happy because Australians were killed" instead of Americans.

It explains the terrorists' MO and completely blows out of the water the appeasement rats' pathetic whine: "We were attacked because of our support for Bush''.
So, we can assume that all news-consuming Australians are now aware the bombers regret that Australians were victims of their brutal handiwork?
Well, no, not exactly. Those who read The Australian are. But those who rely on the Australian Associated Press wire service to regional newspapers like the one I work for have no knowledge of that admission.
The night lead that arrived from AAP -- sourced from Reuters -- around 10pm Friday did not carry that quote. Although it carried the same preceding paragraph as The Australian:
Amrozi has told interrogators he hated Americans and wanted to "kill as many Americans as possible".

As a journalist responsible for bringing the latest pertinent accounts of important events to readers, I am furious that for some unknown reason, those readers were denied that information. The quote was up and running on The Australian's web site at 11.15pm Friday. So why the heck did Reuters or AAP choose not to include it in their take? Can any blogsters steer me in the direction of someone who might ''please explain''?