Up, Up And Away: How Money Power Works Down Under 


One of my first jobs as a junior reporter was to meet flights bringing famous people to Australia. Growing up in a country far from everywhere (except, as my father would say, “where you come from”), I was led to believe that Australia’s honour was at risk unless a well-known person from Over There said something flattering about us, preferably the moment they arrived at Sydney airport. There was a designated list of attributes they could comment on. These were: the weather, the beaches, the harbour, the harbour bridge, the happy people, the beer. When an exhausted Elizabeth Taylor stepped off her piston-engined flight from California and faced the mandatory barrage of questions, she replied: “Where am I, for Christ’s sake?”

This was understandable but ill-advised. Readers of the Australian press were warned that Taylor and her accompanying husband Mike Todd, the Hollywood producer, were problem people who did not appreciate their good fortune in being among us. Todd’s “dwarf-like and grizzled” appearance and the size of the bags under his wife’s eyes became the subjects of particular tabloid scorn. Their stay was brief.

LINK:  Up, Up And Away: How Money Power Works Down Under  

About kristalklear

Masters in Computer Science. Studies in Journalism and Law Enforcement, 56, married, black, living in south western Ohio
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1 Response to Up, Up And Away: How Money Power Works Down Under 

  1. Thanks, Crystal.
    An interesting insight into the corrupt Aussie government.
    No wonder they are setting up a censorship board (another NGO getting power over the people and above government). ■Aussie government proposes unlimited speech regulation, names climate skeptics and Labor critics as targets, https://tgrule.com/2012/03/22/8000/

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