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Herbie Goes Bananas

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Utes, dead cats and cloud seeding Annabel Crabb June 27, 2009 Page 1 of 3 | Single Page ViewIn Iran, citizens are dying in their quest for democracy.

One hopes they are too busy with their crusade to notice that Australian democracy, this week, has been expending its gift of universal suffrage on a "Herbie Goes Bananas" style chase after a rusty ute.Climate change legislation and just about everything else has been forgotten in foggy Canberra as the Government and Opposition berate each other over utes, dead cats, cloud-seeding schemes and fund-raising dinners.Kevin Rudd, who knows when to surrender to absurdity, has opted out of this weekend's WA Labor conference in Perth and instead will appear on tomorrow night's Rove with Austria's premier fictional gay fashion journalist, Brüno.

Shouldn't imagine that will be weird at all.Somehow, the sudden expiry of Michael Jackson seems a fitting denouement for such a week.It's as if even the King of Kook opted to pop his clogs rather than compete in a world that could offer up a saga like Godwin Grech and the Exploding Email.Yesterday the grief-addled Twittersphere melted down with the news of Jackson's death, inviting some sympathy for Farrah Fawcett, who, despite having made ringingly clear her intention to die around about now, found herself, like poor Mother Teresa after the death of Princess Diana, unjustly relegated to a small item on page 38.Still, the raging global appetite for celebrity death was unassuageable, and even Jeff Goldblum was briefly its victim; a rash of reports that he had fallen to his death on set in New Zealand captured the unwary (including the Nine Network's Richard Wilkins) briefly between the hours of nine and 10.A further, less serious attempt was also made on the life of Harrison Ford.Once these moods catch on, they're pretty unstoppable, aren't they?Federal Parliament was a bit like that, as the ute chase bumped along at high speed up hill, down dale and eventually well beyond the city limits of relevance for any normal person in Australia.�Continued...Page1 2 3Single Page ViewStory ToolsEmail this storyShare / Bookmark storyEmail to a friendAdd to FacebookAdd to del.icio.usAdd to DiggPrint this storyRSS FeedSubscribe to news by emailGot news tips for us? Send photos, videos & tip-offs to 0424 SMS SMH (+61 424 767 764), or emailSave 36% on home delivery of the Herald - Subscribe today!
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