RESPECT: Cyndi Lauper at a Day on the Green in Bimbadgen on Saturday night. One fan has criticised the behaviour of some members of the crowd. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
ON Saturday night my wife and I attended Bimbadgen Estate for a Day on the Green event to see two grand old ladies of popular culture Deborah Harry and Cyndi Lauper.
As this was our first time at such an event, my wife and I were appalled at the levels of intoxication among mid-aged individuals, and the general lack of respect paid to these well-renowned artists, and other music lovers who had gone along to see this international act, not to mentioned had paid a lot of money.
Whilst my wife and I are far from prudent, and did enjoy a few bottles of Bimbadgen’s wine, to see the progressive demise of a large amount of concert-goers due to the consumption of alcohol to a point whereby they missed the main artists was completely beyond belief.
You have to ask the question did they go to the concert to get smashed on alcohol and catch up with friends, or go the concert with friends to see two international artists? I fear the first.
In any event, these uncivilised individuals and their antics only somewhat dulled an amazing event which included three very different bands, and of course the two grand old ladies of popular culture.
Deborah Harry and Cyndi Lauper are still amazing especially at 71 and 63 years of age respectively.Rock on ladies.
Adam Walton,Toronto Tipping rise in premiumsINSURANCE companies love us. The fear factor means most of us pay a hefty premium each year to insure our properties.
With the two storm events Newcastle has suffered I’m sure, like me, many of us have taken out the extra flood option even though our houses were not affected.
Most of us will never make any major claims. Now insurance companies will be faced with a massive payout for the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie.
Given the fact that their first consideration is to their shareholders I think we can all expect large policy increases come renewal time to cover their losses.
Will the government do anything to prevent this action? Given their current track record I don’t think so.
Once again ordinary people will suffer because this current government has continually shown that it sits squarely on the side of big business and doesn’t care at all for the people it was elected to look after.
Ann Ellis, MerewetherDon’t destroy our wordsROBERT Crosby (Letters, 3/4) suggests we need to think about the words we say, when discussing what may be offensive.Robert is partially correct, but as in the Aussie way it’s not so much in the wording, but how it’s said, the presentation, or delivery.
For example, if someone looked at me with a smirk and said”you silly old bastard”, regarding something l should have known better, would l be offended? No.
Then in retaliation l said “get stuffed”, would they be offended, (l doubt it) .
I believe we can tell whether it is in contempt, in jest, or just the Aussie way, and to lose this way of life because a few will always take it the wrong way, willbe a sad day for Australia.
Because political correctness governs just about everything spoken or suggested, enforced by the legal fraternity, innocent free speech will disappear and l believe as a whole we will lose our unique way of life.
I hope wewill never resort to using machines to filter out undesirable words every time we open our mouths to speak.
Don’t laugh, the way we are heading, anything is possible.
Carl Stevenson, Dora CreekParty persuasionsI WAS interested to read the comments of former ABC radio presenter Carol Duncan about running for pre-selection as a labor candidate in the forthcoming Newcastle City Council elections, when she stated “….and now I’m unencumbered by the policies of my former employer so I can throw my hat in the ring and try to make a difference” (‘Carol Duncan set to run for Newcastle council’, Herald,14/3).
I commend Carol Duncan’s attitude and wish her the very best, however it seems to me governance cannot be unencumbered when councillors elected on a particular political party ticket are required to vote along party lines on issues under consideration.
This process takes no account of the fact that attitudes can change when tested at the community level, that it censors imagination, that all theories are contingent and that a better explanation than the party line view may eventually emerge.
This is relevantly illustrated in reference to Winston Churchill once sending a cable to economist John Maynard Keynes that read: “Am coming around to your point of view”. Keynes replied: “Sorry to hear that. Have started to change my mind.”
It would be refreshing if political representatives generally were able to be half so open-minded as Keynes and in addition, whist it is appreciated that ‘ain’t nobody perfect’, the community is crying out for politicians to cease cat-fight like behaviour, be able to influence decision making through objective and professional advocacy, be examples of selflessness and of the strictest integrity, apply themselves to addressing issues that actually matter and demonstrate courage to protect and advance what we have in this country.
Perhaps to add purity to the council election process it would be desirable for all candidates to be Independents which is the fundamental rationale for local government.
Max Ebrill,MerewetherSpeaking freelyINTERESTING letter from John Butler (Letters, 3/4). I agree, Mr Butler, that there is a multicultural society outside of Mr G Brandis’electorate.
There is also a multinational society all over Australia. Times are a bit different to when the displaced Europeans came here in the ’40s and ’50s and made Australia great, but those days we had freedom of speech and Mr Butler’s support for the 18C law is, in my opinion, an attack on freedom of speech.
Mr Butler seems to imply that it is only Anglo Saxons who practice racism and are bigots. As an Australian I have had racist remarks directed at me from all angles, and the word bigot needs to be understood more. I believe 18C is only there to protect a minority group who want to say what they want without anything said back.
I do respect Mr Butler’s view, but do not agree that it is only Anglo Saxons who are wrong.