This morning, at approx 9:15am, the floor in my study went wild, as did the possums who live in my roof. I galloped outside to meet OH, who had exited his workshop, and agreed, yes, it’s an earthquake.
It was somewhat concerning across lots of SE Australia, even as far north as Newcastle, the last recipient of a much nastier episode.
More importantly, in my opinion, is that it’s about time Australians grow up and understand that we aren’t immune from catastrophe.
Catastrophes take all sorts of shapes. Weather? Yep! Seismic events? Yep! Meteor impact? Yep! Climate change and the world heating beyond where we can live it it? Yep!
One of these catastrophes is avoidable: get rid of all the politicians and plutocrats who don’t give a flying fiddle about climate change.
Thank you to Pubster CKWatt who put this excellent comedy sketch from England in the comments.
Pubsters, please indulge me.
British comedian Tom Walker created the satirical character, Jonathon Pie. Jonathon Pie is a television news presenter who broadcasts live from outside locations. The sketches show Mr Pie between takes, saying what he really thinks about his subject.
I really like Mr Walker’s work, as the frustrated and angry Jonathon Pie. I particularly like his political satire. Jonathon Pie says it in a way I can never equal.
The Jonathon Pie advertised tour of Australian theatres has some changes, due to this Plague.
I would love to see his live show.
This comedy sketch is about Mr Pie’s’ opinion of the priorities of the UK government, led by The Esteemed PM Boris Johnson, in the area of Social Care.
In this sketch Mr Pie swears. A lot. A very lot. It’s kind of swearing I am sure most of us felt like shouting at the TV screen at times when listening to politicians and various commentators.
Let Jonathon Pie do it for you. Just keep the kiddies out of the room.
Now, this is a satire about British politics. There is no resemblance to any Australian politician, or persons or groups or any other entity. Any appearances of such are purely coincidental, misinterpretation or karma, and does not reflect, imply or otherwise anything about anyone by anyone for anyone, against anyone, to anyone or anyone’s anyone or their pet, or garden gnome.
You are free to draw your own conclusions, of course.
This is a bit of laughter to ease the minds of locked-down Aussies.
No animals, plants, or microphones were hurt in this production . . . as far as we can tell.
In what ways our once-strong culture of political satire will be impacted by recent developments here in Australia remains to be seen.
Can you name others? Elephant Stamps are up for grabs!
So enjoy what can still be produced and broadcast on social media, in the Now Brexited Olde Blighty.
‘The News Is Mad’ (T. Walker, 2020.)
Tom Walker is very interesting in this CNN interview from June 2020 which is posted on YouTube. Tom discusses the creation of Jonathon Pie, and the differences between the himself and his creation, along with his observations of our current poltical and social ⁷scene.
The interviewer, Bianca Noble, is excellent.
Tom Walker has a sharp political sense, and using humour, exposes the contradictions, the hypocrisy, and the mendacious stupidity of our modern democratic leaders.
Jonathan Pie has us laughing through the dawning realisation that our only other choices are to howl at the darkness, or cry. Or both.
Australia on Fire.
Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not escape his dose of Mr Pie’s satirical medicine.
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