Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nah Mate It's Fair Dinkum

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Nah Mate It's Fair Dinkum

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IT'S amazing what people are into, collecting, cars, underwear, whatever, the point being everyone has their thing.

Me, I'm into heaps of things, but obviously I have to keep them to myself, as the last thing I need is another stalker.

It's my own fault I should never had entered that "What Size Wrestling Pants Do You Wear" website.

See I love sport, it doesn't matter what sport it is, as long as it involves contact.

I know a lot of you out there like watching swimming, or tennis or even cricket, but let's face it, where is the argie-bargie in that?

They all claim to be team sports but when it boils down to it it's the individual that gets the credit.

Take Stephanie Rice, people bang on that she was this great champion, now I'm am not knocking someone at the top of their game but let's face it, she won one individual gold, the other two come from team events.

I have a problem with those types of sports in the Olympics, where if you miss out on one event you can back up in another.

I wish boxing or Tae Kwon-Do got the same funding.

But this takes me off what I'm really talking about, the 'Oscars'.

Obviously you can make the connection right?

See, like I said I love sport, grand finals of any codes are a great thing, I don't care if it's the FA Cup, the NBA final or even the 'Cheese Rolling' competition in Britain. I love a final, and I will go as far as taking a day of my holidays to watch the 'Super Bowl'.

But the scary thing to me is I know certain people that will actually take a day off work to watch the 'Oscars'.

God save me, have we become such a self indulging society that the 'Oscars' have become a must watch television event?

Let's face it, these people are actors. They are very good at their job, but they are getting rewarded for being someone they aren't, and then have the hide to act like total pricks when after the fame they long for is suddenly invading their space.

And we as Australians have been sucked into to this false sense of celebrity. …

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