Tuesday 20 March 2007

It slithered out of my pal Best's other shoe!

A subject that occasionally comes up here is the sweet and lovely wildlife of Australia, this country in which I got stuck twenty years ago and have not managed to get out. Here's somebody else who got stuck. These photies are being passed along by my pal Best, who has only recently recovered from the necrotic flesh malady caused by a spider setting up house in his Florsheims:

Waitaminnit, that's him on the phone!
"Eddie, did you get the photos? Some tourists on holidays came across the snake caught in an electric fence at a cattle station near Nyngan, being continually shocked, and getting very angry! The group wondering what to do, decide to divert the current, cut the wire AND let the snake go! (As you should do)."
wha? how they-

"When the property owner found out he went ballistic, besides being upset about his fence, the snake had been eating lambs in the area, and he'd been trying to track it for ages. He did not appreciate the help!"
I hope that's not anybody we know inside it.
"Speaking of which, are you coming in for lunch?"
No, I think that'll be me off back to Scotland.
But thanks for roning.

Another thought on yesterday's RULE #5.
When I was sketching the criminal trials for the tv news, there were a couple of times they weren't allowed to show the face of the accused, because he was underage or whatever. So they pixilated the face in the sketch, which at the time seemed daft to me, to pay somebody to go and get a likeness of the guy on trial when they knew in advance they'd have to hide the work. Later it occurred to me that all the tv news wants is pictorial evidence that a trial took place, and also that they had a person covering it. Similarly, on another occasion I saw them throw a story out because they had nothing visual to support it.

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Blogger Jellibat said...

sorry to rain on your fab story, but thats no aussie snake
so i hit snopes and confirmed it ..


thought it is a real story, it's an african one :]
our snakes are a lot smaller and more deadly :]

20 March 2007 at 07:04:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small deadly snakes. Ah, Australia.

That brings back childhood memories of my father shooting the b@stards on a Sunday morning on a semi-regular basis. Numerous pet budgies went that way.


20 March 2007 at 07:51:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Big or small, aren't you just glad that these guys are not in on the gecko plot to seize the world ?

20 March 2007 at 08:11:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Yeah, if the snake is part of the gecko invasion, do you think he'll take G.W. Bush and Cheney?
That snake looks hungry!

I don't know what's worse-flesh eating spiders or lamb eating snakes...(even if it might not be true, it's a big ass snake!)

20 March 2007 at 10:57:00 GMT-5  
Blogger drjon said...

For an interesting analysis of Australian fauna and the dangers thereof, I'd direct you to The Confusing Country by Jeremy Lee, mirrored on my blog for convenience sake.

20 March 2007 at 11:42:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Christopher Moonlight said...

Poor snake. I mean, I know he's ugly, but he's just doing what snakes do. I just want to give him a hug.

20 March 2007 at 15:43:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Similarly, on another occasion I saw them throw a story out because they had nothing visual to support it."

Here in Adelaide, Channel 9's news service billed itself for a while as "Nine Action News". When Sir Thomas Playford, who'd been Premier for 20 odd years died and was given a State funeral, Channel 9 declined to cover it on the news on the grounds that therre wasn't enough action in it.

20 March 2007 at 17:56:00 GMT-5  
Blogger James Robert Smith said...

That there is one big motherhumpin' snake!

For what it's worth, I'd have let it go, too. (Didn't that rancher ever watch THE CROCODILE HUNTER?!)

21 March 2007 at 16:37:00 GMT-5  

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