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26 July 2013

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Deep in the archives of the British Library there is an as yet unpublished libretto by one Mr WS Gilbert Esq, which I think is apt.

RUDD:
Poor wand'ring one!
Though thou hast surely strayed,
There's here no place,
Thy steps retrace,
Poor wand'ring one!

Poor wand'ring one!
If PNG detention as mine
Can help thee find
True peace of mind-
Why, take it, it is thine!

MEDIA CHORUS:
Take heart, no danger low'rs;
Take any shore but ours!

O'NEILL:
Take heart, fair days will shine;
Take any heart -- take mine!

MEDIA CHORUS:
Take heart; no danger low'rs;
Take any heart -- but ours!

RUDD and O'NEILL
Poor wand'ring one! Poor wand'ring one!
'Stralia's not for thee
Ah, ah! Ah, ah, ah!
PNG will shine, Make land,
Make land, Make land,
Take Manus! Take any land
Take any land! but ours!

You've got to hear the music to appreciate it.

Here's a pretty good version (but they seem to have the lyrics a bit wrong!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfjAJn4SC-w

And yes, G&S are alive and kicking in Port Moresby.

A Modest Proposal is a terrifying masterpiece.

Read it here -

http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html

”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled ...”

As WC Fields famously quipped, "I like children. If they're properly cooked.”

Indeed Ludy. Their money bag is costing us our dignity.

And this is not the first time they've done this to us unprovoked.

I remember a few years back when our Kumuls went down to play their Kangaroos and they splashed our boys in the pages of one of their papers don't there with the title "Pauper New Guine".

Again totally unprovoked, and I have had to protest to my wantok Paul Oates who protested to the press regulators down there.

Their response to our protests was akin to brushing an annoying fly off your face.

Great, we the Papua New Guineans are being made to become Australia's greatest nightmare!

My colleagues and I are amused, yet not surprised at the depth of ignorance many Australians have of Papua New Guinea and its people.

Waiting for the day, we can tell Australia to take its money bags and go back where they came from. It costing us our dignity.

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