COVID, EUROS and Australia Felix


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Surprise. COVID is the main topic of conversation

There is no surprise that COVID is the main topic of conversation on Twitter at least.  It’s not a nice place.  We have some Victorians being arseholes with their schadenfreude about Sydney having an outbreak.

Just because there were some NSW people being arseholes to us Victorians when we were in the midst of our peak last year it doesn’t mean that the same level of idiocy.  Victorians, and Melbournians especially copped plenty last year.  This was amplified by commentators/journalists who gave a serve to the Victorian government.  I commented on this last year and Tom Cowie describes best in his article:

Meanwhile, up in Sydney, a city which appeared to believe it would never have to shut down like Melbourne, the entire metropolitan area is poised to grind to a halt due to a growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Victorians have copped plenty from interstate over our handling of the pandemic, an experience that is reflected in the different views on what is unfolding in NSW.

One thing I’ve noticed on twitter is that a few Sydney people were – with very good reason – peeved (or worse) at the petty comments coming from Melbourne.

I think Sydney people may not have realised that there were quite a few Sydney people on social media taunting Melbourne when Victorian Health put up the increasing numbers of infected people and those who didn’t make it last year with their ‘Golden Standards’ GIFs and the like. Again. It doesn’t mean that Victorians should retaliate at that level, but it is understandable that some sort of resentment was built up. Especially when Melbourne was locked up with no end in sight. Which brings me to..

THAT Jon Faine article

Ex ABC Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine wrote an article that raised a few heckles, especially in NSW.

The quote in the tweet I don’t think reflected the overall tone of the article. Faine is an humanist atheist, but there is a bit of being in a confessional there. “Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned” in having some thoughts that are nasty but can’t help being in your head. I had them myself. Faine goes through those and outlines them and then realises that they are wrong. Perhaps more than a confessional is Gestalt psychology. Our whole being that is much greater than the parts that make up the individual. Our ‘bad thoughts’ are part of us. Recognise them and reject them.

Australia Felix….Heremiticus

In 1836 the Thomas Mitchell dubbed the lush pasture in parts of western Victoria he explored ‘Australia Felix’. (Implications of him being a PR man ‘selling’ Australia to the British and the consequent dispossession of the original inhabitants is something that needs to be noted here). But I would add another latin adjective ‘ heremiticus ‘ remote and secluded.

If there is one thing that Australians like are borders. And it seems like that this is across the political divide. From what I have observed on social media some people who railed against both the Liberal and Labor parties for border restrictions against asylum seekers are quite happy to advocate to slam their state borders to fellow Australians when there are a few COVID cases appearing. But worse is supporting Australians coming home. I can see how this can be dressed up by blaming Scott Morrison for not building purpose built quarantine stations or botching the vaccination, but the lack of empathy in some of the comments is not too far away from those right wingers who are happy thatwe have closed our borders to asylum seekers in the not too distant past.

People who can’t see their families are suffering out there. One example is Jill Stark who regularly tweets about her feelings of being prevented seeing her family in Scotland and how that affects her mental health.

Or ABC Reporter Catherine Murphy

And this is Catherine’s article she referred to.

Now for something different. Ange Postecoglou. From feather duster to rooster

Fortunately football is something I can turn to to get a break from all the COVID stuff. One of the biggest events in the last few weeks was the appointment of Ange Postecoglou to Celtic. Of course it’s a great appointment for an Australian coach, and I think most football people in Australia wants him to succeed. Maybe because of Ange, but also because there is a bit of the reputation of Australian football riding on this. When Postecoglou was appointed there was quite a bit of ‘What an Australian would know about football?’ So if he fails it would confirm this prejudice and probably would be bad news for any future Australian that would like to coach in Europe.

Social media is waxing lyrical about Ange and how good he’s going to be for Celtic. But I remember a time when Ange’s name was riled as the coach of the Socceroos. When in 2016 and 2017 Australia was having draws with Thailand and struggling against other Asian teams. The infamous ‘three at the back’ comments and plenty of commentators were advocating his sacking.

I am no football expert but Ange’s track record is that he’s done very well with teams he can coach day in day out where he can adopt his way of playing. I really hope he does well at Celtic.

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