We could all see it coming. In fact, many of us were worried when Jonathan Holmes kept banging on about the lack of balance in commercial media’s discussion of climate change, but no mention of Alene’s quite unjustifiable snubbing by The Drum. We all knew that there was a possibility that it could end this way, although the choice of an electric oven was perhaps a bit unexpected.
Sons Sandy and Leo have brought us the sad news. I guess we can now hope that the boys get a good price for the house in Seddon – their suggestions for renovations are very welcome because, let’s face it, vegan Alene and playmate Sparkles were not exactly mainstream and this was reflected in her choice of home decorations (and the fact that Alene had not left the house for years due to her agoraphobia had created a certain degree of unpleasant clutter, not to mention smell, about the place). No doubt the Chinese man from Footscray will take good care of Sparkles.
I’m just wondering whether the boys should drop individualised notes to some of Alene’s special contacts, including:
- Jonathan Green, Editor of The Drum
- Ben Eltham, fellow Drum contributor and short-term supporter
- Prof Lewandowsky, who offerred such solace and helpful suggestions in Alene’s time of need
- And of course to Jonathan Holmes, who can be blamed for Alene’s demise, I’m sure we all agree.