Tell your story walking – and be sure to make it a short story

[G]o for a walk, but try to make that as quick as possible and go home.”

– Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.

 
There is no scientific reason to stop people from enjoying long walks if they wish. Jenny Mikakos is a tax lawyer and needn’t be heeded by any thinking person. It’s interesting that Victoria is the epicentre of scolding, abusive behaviour from politicians and ‘officials’ towards the general public. The pattern seems to be: somebody dies or diagnosed c-v cases go up and a nomenklatura-crat denounces beach-goers, walkers or whoever else happened to be photographed or filmed that day enjoying the outdoors. Think of it as socialist distancing. The bad news is your fault. The victory will be theirs. That’s what “frustrated” theatre is all about.

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35 Responses to Tell your story walking – and be sure to make it a short story

  1. The Sheriff

    Having seen Mikakos in debate and to this day remembering how dreadful her public speaking skills were and are, I’m surprised that she managed to qualify for the LLB at Melbourne, let alone become a tax lawyer at Mallesons.

  2. GD

    Dare I say it, Daniel Andrews, while upset by this crisis, especially for his family, is enjoying the control he now has over the populace. It’s a shame he didn’t have such control when African gangs were bashing people in their homes or when conservative speakers were speaking in private venues.

    Socialists love a crisis.

  3. Nob

    “do yer talkin’ while yer walkin'” is usually how I frame it to obstructionist malcontents.

  4. rickw

    The inner totalitarian of the Victorian Government was never far below the surface, now it’s in full flight.

    The orders don’t make sense, because the primary objective isn’t to control the virus, it’s to control you!

  5. CL stole my bit!
    H/t Krusty
    Socialist distancing. My first entry in the Cattictionary!

  6. 132andBush

    My first entry in the Cattictionary!

    The Covidictionary.

    It’s going to be a separate book!

  7. Coronavirus is threatening the livelihoods of Australian writers but there are ways you can support Australian writing

    I very much doubt that there’s any story that Their ABC recommends that I would want to read, no matter how short.

  8. jupes

    In France we have a 1 km, 1 hour per day limit.

    There is a form we have to fill out with the date, time, address and activity (work, essential shopping, health, exercise and something to do with kids that I haven’t translated are the approved activities). I suppose it will be hard to enforce the number of times you do it per day unless the cops have already pulled you over. 137 Euro fine first offence, in the thousands for second offence and jail for third offence.

    They’re big on socialism in France but they also hate the government, so it will be interesting to see how this goes if it drags on.

  9. The Covidictionary.

    It’s going to be a separate book!

    Hehe, nice!

  10. NoFixedAddress

    Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques) now being King & Wood Mallesons following a 2012 merger between Mallesons Stephen Jaques and one of the earliest partnership law firms established in China, with the 1993 creation of King & Wood in Beijing.
    https://www.kwm.com/en/au/about-us/history

    KWM is up the wazoo with the Victorian Government.

  11. Entropy

    This won’t end until an UBI is introduced, government debt exceeds $1 trillion and everyone must show their papers when asked on the street and placed in house arrest if they are perceived as not with the program.

    Actually it won’t end there either.

  12. Johno

    Went for a ride yesterday in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
    Lots and lots of people our walking, running and riding, often in large family groups.
    Takeaway coffee joints doing a roaring trade.
    That’s my kind of civil disobedience.
    Well done Melbourne. Keep up the good work.

  13. Colonel Crispin Berka

    We should just enjoy the spectacle of the Progressive Left going around measuring how far apart the boys and girls are and appreciate the 180 degree flip it represents from the 1950s.
    😀

  14. Sunbird

    Governments around Australia have been doing this for decades around the road toll.
    If 3 or 4 people die in a 24hr period we have the police minister scolding drivers about there bad attitude to safety and announcing new rules and increased penalties to punish us collectively for the actions of a few idiots.

  15. Struth

    This won’t end until after the US election.

  16. Struth

    By then Trump’s gone and they’ll ease up on us leaving home, but will have gained total control over all other aspects of life, and they will never let go of that.

  17. Mother Lode

    I very much doubt that there’s any story that Their ABC recommends that I would want to read, no matter how short.

    Whether you like it or not is not really the point. They are merely informing you that there are ways available for you to acquit what they assume you feel a profound obligation to our ‘creatives’.

    It does not matter that you cannot fathom the sublime brilliant nuance of their creation. You can still contribute by handing over money, and be grateful for the opportunity to do so.

  18. John Brumble

    Crispin:
    That’s because they are exactly the same people. They are the moral guardians and they will join whatever political movement that allows them the thrill of controlling other people.

  19. Tel

    That’s my kind of civil disobedience.
    Well done Melbourne. Keep up the good work.

    If only they could learn to vote properly.

  20. It does not matter that you cannot fathom the sublime brilliant nuance of their creation.

    Yes, the ways of the ‘creative writers’ does elude me. In fact all of the modern ‘yarts’ eludes me.

  21. Des Deskperson

    ‘I very much doubt that there’s any story that Their ABC recommends that I would want to read, no matter how short.”

    Most of the err, writers featured in that ABC link seem to see to owe their fame to gender and race as much as to talent, and a couple of them at least have done very well out of that form of privilege.

    Chief whinger Heather Rose won the Stella Literary Prize in 2017. It is worth $50,000, something the ABC forgot to mention when portraying her as impoverished. The Stella prize is only open to women.

    Claire Coleman, a Wirlomin Nyoongar woman – the ABC for some reason neglected the mandatory descriptor ‘proud’ – won the Queensland Sate Library’s ‘Black and Write’ fellowship in 2016, a cash prize of $10,000 and a nice little taxpayer-suppported gig. The Black and Write fellowship is only open to Indigenous Australians.

    In any case, if the average Australian writer only earns on average $12,900 a year from their craft, how come these people haven’t starved long ago, virus or no virus?

  22. calli

    By the look of her, I don’t think Jenny ever did much walking. Fast or otherwise.

  23. In any case, if the average Australian writer only earns on average $12,900 a year from their craft, how come these people haven’t starved long ago, virus or no virus?

    The Maccas work possibly provides the extra required. Mind you, those who produce art that people are actually willing to buy never seem to be crying poor and wanting government handouts and the like.

  24. Viva

    The Covidictionary.

    Contains Covedicts

  25. Crossie

    I very much doubt that there’s any story that Their ABC recommends that I would want to read, no matter how short.

    I would if the only words on the page were “I quit”.

  26. Crossie

    It does not matter that you cannot fathom the sublime brilliant nuance of their creation. You can still contribute by handing over money, and be grateful for the opportunity to do so.

    Long ago in my youth I tried reading the august writings of Gorky and Pushkin. They were the most miserable few hours of my life and I decided that life is too short to continue the experiment. Today’s award winning literature has the same purpose, to cause misery. It’s also why the kids have turned to social media and video games after they finished reading Harry Potter.

  27. Some History

    The Hunchback

    If you walk too slow, people will die;
    If you run too slow, people will die;
    If you bicycle too slow, people will die;
    If you speak too slow, people will die;
    If you sit too slow, people will die;
    If you stand too slow, people will die.

    If you want something at the shop, there’s no
    dilly-dallying around gawking at items.
    Plan ahead, know what you want.
    Walk briskly to the shop. Enter quickly.
    Don’t speak to anyone.
    Locate items quickly.
    Pay quickly and get out quickly.

    Have I made myself clear?
    Have a wonderful day.

  28. Roger

    I note the PM has labelled the “no more than two rule” as advice, no doubt because he knows there is no statutory legal basis to restrict freedom of association…yet. Mind you, freedom of association is not enshrined in Australian law either. In the meantime, those fined “on the spot” by over zealous police would do well to challenge the legality of such fines in court.

  29. Hay Stockard

    Some neighbours had a birthday party the other night. Heaps of the young lady’s lady friends. Good on them.

  30. pete m

    Denier of covid threat is a viralist.

    Freedom defender during pandemic restrictions is an antisolate.

  31. Bruce in WA

    My wife and I are about to leave for our daily walk.

    And we’ll take as long as we effing want! AND we’ll walk together.

  32. John A

    Struth #3383860, posted on March 30, 2020, at 8:33 am & at 8:34 am

    This won’t end until after the US election.

    By then Trump’s gone and they’ll ease up on us leaving home, but will have gained total control over all other aspects of life, and they will never let go of that.

    I bet you that it will definitely NOT ease up, regardless of the result of the US election.

  33. John A

    CL, is that little graphic from an early Phantom? It looks like Sy Barry-style artwork…

  34. egg_

    A Chief Librarian elevated above her position?

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