Monday, September 04, 2006

Australian environmentalist Irwin dies

It's trousers at half-mast here at the Pamphleteer this morning with news that Steve Irwin, the Australian environmentalist and television personality, has died after being attacked by a stingray while diving.

Mr Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to his chest while filming a documentary in the Great Barrier Reef. Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to save him.

Irwin gained fame internationally for his madcap approach to interacting with some of the planet's most dangerous creatures. He was often filmed poking crocodiles with sticks while saying, "I bet the little blighter doesn't like that", or "He's really mad now".

Details as to the exact circumstances of his demise are not yet confirmed and it is unclear whether a stick was involved. David Penberthy, editor of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, was interviewed by the BBC and said that he had not heard of anyone in Australia having been killed by a stingray before.

"You know we still at this early stage don't know what type of stingray it was, or, you know I guess given the bloke's track record, whether he was getting up close and personal with it as well," Mr Penberty said.


At 9:03 pm , Anonymous A. Nonymous said...

A true shame. Whether you loved or hated him, you can't deny he loved his work, and was bloody good at it.

It's a bit like the world's greatest swordsman cutting himself shaving and dying from the wound.

At 9:31 pm , Blogger Finnieston Crane said...

A salient comment indeed, dear reader.

Though in an amusing aside I read one of those bold quotes the BBC has a the side of stories on their website. It was from an expert or friend and it said, "What happened to Steve was like being stabbed through the heart."

Now, on first reading I thought, that's a strange way to describe one's pain after hearing of a friend's death. But then I realised what he was saying. Sorry. There's the door again.

At 10:16 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are those Jehovah's bothering you as well. There must be something we as a nation can do about them knocking at our doors at inconvenient times!!

At 10:41 pm , Blogger Finnieston Crane said...

No, it was Villa manager, Martin O'Neill. He's always round this way trying to flog his snake oil.

At 11:48 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

more like khahi shorts at half mast..

At 11:49 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

rather ruined the effect there with the errant h posing as a k


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