Mark Twain had the bizarre pleasure of reading his own obituary. It would be a salutary experience.
The obit for Australian car manufacturing, however, has the aspect of a soap opera. It’s been running for years with the same grinding inevitability and fading stars.
Rumours that the death have of those one-time Strayan icons – Ford’s Falcon and Holden’s Commodore – have not in fact been exaggerated were confirmed today at the Detroit motor show. Once the champions in the two-horse race that was the local new car stakes, both nameplates will be sent to the knackery in 2016 (or at best be assigned to imported American models).
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Charity: a philanthropic, benevolent or gift-giving organisation. Parasitism: a non-mutual relationship where one organism directly benefits at the expense of another, generally larger, organism.
Thus, a charasite... ?
You know them. Well-meaning, hyper-energetic young people in netball smocks who would just love to talk to you about how much bears, or trees, or whales, or heart research and need your help specifically.
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“Hello, is that Mrs Brooks?”
“No sorry – she hasn’t lived here for about nine years.”
“That’s OK, this isn’t a personal call. If I can just have a moment of your time…”
And so it begins: one of those irritating telemarketing conversations that makes you wish you’d picked up typhoid instead of the telephone.
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