Manukau Courier : November 12th 2010
2 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS IS COMING TO TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 1:30PM - 5:30PM MANUKAU MALL SQUARE AUCKLAND SOUTH THE INSTANT KIWI EVERY PLAYER WINS A PRIZE It can all change in an instant. Over $100,000 worth of prizes to be won.* Find out more at www.mylotto.co.nz BE THERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! Respect needed Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM I've got a mate who, unlike me, wasn't at all brassed off when the Aussie national anthem was booed before the rugby league test at Eden Park last Saturday night. In fact, he was delighted --andifhehadhisway Advance Australia Fair would be howled down every time it's played. And the same, he says, should go for the Poms with their pitiful'' (his word, not mine) God Save The Queen and our own grue- some'' God of Nations. One of his gripes is that the two God songs are a useless appeal to what, he reckons, is a make- believe God who's no more real or influential than Santa Claus, the tooth fairy or Xena the warrior princess''. So my mate doesn't see too much sense in asking for help from that direc- tion. But his main objection is that all three tunes are dreary'' and the lyrics are doongy''. Doongy? He means dopey, I think. The way he sees it, even if there was a God calling the shots he probably wouldn't be hard of hear- ing and us Kiwis wouldn't have to entreat'' Him to hear our voices''. And if our requests had to be brief, we wouldn't want guarding Pacific's triple star'' (whatever that is) high up on the list, nor would we be making a top priority of making our praises heard afar''. My mate is just as un- impressed by the Poms wanting to send their Queen victorious'' and glorious'' in view of the fact that the British, like the Yanks, have done more than their share of international damage al- ready by chasing after victories overseas where they had, and still have, no business. Then there are the Aussies, he says, who are puffing out their chests and bellowing about being young and free'', which somehow doesn't mesh with the reality of the Aborigines who came to the country 50,000 or so years ago and whose experience of being target practice and having their land and kids stolen isn't best summarised by the word free''. I don't part company with him on all the points he makes. But I still think he's nuts. Where he goes wrong is that it's over to each nation what melody they choose as their anthem and what words they want to sing. Those songs aren't all going to be as rousing or appealing as what, for instance, the French or the Welsh have come up with. But whether we're the hosts or the guests, it's only good manners for us to listen quietly and re- spectfully. To our shame, that respect was missing at Eden Park last Saturday.
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