Thursday, June 29, 2006

Nuptials and nuances.

As I mentioned in the previous post, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban got married on the weekend; just about all of Aussiewood turned out.

Media coverage was phenomenal. The bridal car made it's way to the church with paparazzi lining both sides of the street in a scene reminiscent of the Clint Eastwood movie, Gauntlet. The guests were throwing kisses and confetti, except for Russell Crowe, who threw punches and phones.

For some reason known only to themselves, and perhaps a certain deity, the television news teams felt it encumbent upon them to report the resurfacing of the new Mrs. Urban after the wedding night. Why? What were they expecting to find? A satisfied smile? An expression of disappointment?

Also, it appears that all the networks use the same cameraman. Every one of them had the exact same footage of a somewhat embarrassed Nicole walking past some windows. And I reckon the TV news networks employ the same copy writer as well. Without fail they all told us about the happy bride the day after her "romantic wedding".

I would have thought it was reasonable to assume that romance was inherent in a wedding, so why mention it all?. What is the media implying here? That there was a possibility that Keith and Nicole didn't find the whole affair romantic? Or is the media suggesting that their social position allows them to experience the romance of a wedding as opposed to we common folk who don't?

Or maybe we just can't afford them.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Position and priorities.

Whilst on one of his numerous overseas jaunts, Prime Minister John Howard re-affirmed our commitment in Iraq by announcing that "we" were willing to put more of our young military in harm's way in order to further the American cause. I just love the way he speaks for us, don't you?

The federal government announced today that they won't be offering retrospective compensation to those members of the military who took part in the testing of nuclear weapons at Maralinga in the 1950's. They say that there is no evidence to support the correlation of increased incidences of cancer in the participants to the actual tests. This despite it being common knowledge that over exposure to radiation causes cancer and other nasty side effects.

In the meantime, however, Little Johnny announced that he was "diasappointed" that he never received an invitation to the wedding of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban last Sunday. Has this man become so arrogant that he believes he should automatically receive an invite to celebrity events/occasions, simply as a matter of course?

Still, I guess it's good to see where our peerless leader's prioroties lie.