1. The Very Model of a Modern Governor-General? At my high school there was a Gilbert & Sullivan Society - I avoided it like the plague. But somehow I'm reminded of a song with the line "The Very Model of a Modern Major-General" (from Pirates of Penzance), and the recent appointment of a former Major-General as Australia's new Governor-General sprang to mind. I'm not claiming to be the first General", but I think it's rather appropriate given recent events. In fact, after a quick googling, I've found that the phrase has been used before. For example, a Canadian journalist rewrote the lyrics of the G&S song to refer to the appointment of the new Canadian G-G in 1999: <http://www.lautens.com/arch45.html> An interesting project would be to rewrite the lyrics in Australia's current context. Other uses of the phrase: * Hillary's travel tips for PM: "The very model of a modern Governor-General" <http://www.crikey.com.au/politics/2003/06/23/20030623hillary030623.html> * A Yank in Oz (weblog) <http://www.ravenna.com/~forbes/2003/05/> Contains a couple of posts providing a Yank's explanation of the role of G-G and the recent crisis. 2. Follow-ups to June Postings [Some Troublesome Kids] * "Second driving offence for boy, 10" <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/2981066.stm> [Stuck in a Moment?] * "Police nab New York burglar stuck in chimney" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s890231.htm> * "Burglar arrested after getting stuck in chimney" (different chimney) <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_793167.html> * "German thief caught short" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s889196.htm> * "Pilot Calls Wife To Report He's Stuck In A Tree After Crashing" <http://www.wftv.com/news/2292846/detail.html> [Shop Till You Drop] * "Natural born shoppers - and men" <http://www.news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=655042003> [Alternative Olympic Events] * "Toe wrestlers gather for World Championship" <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=29&art_id=qw1056181505945B232&set_id=1> * "Eugene hosts huge ultimate Frisbee meet" <http://www.tdn.com/articles/2003/06/22/oregon/news02.txt> * "Mrs World crowned after rock climbing contest" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_793391.html> ["No Dress" Code] * "X-ray vision shows air passengers naked" <http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_794215.html> ["The Cog"] * Australian Honda Accord Ad <http://www.honda.com.au/accord/euro/the+cog/download+the+cog.htm> The links I gave last week were for a different model to that advertised in Australia, and have a slightly different ending. The link above is for the local variation.
Monday, June 30, 2003
The Very Model of a Modern Governor-General + June Follow-ups
Posted by Bruno at 8:57am