A lame tribute to genius
When a reminder arrived the other day that April was Safe Digging Month (SDM) in North America, I immediately thought of my long-departed Gobi Desert Canoe Club t-shirt!
The connection? Absurdity.
The SDM campaign is the brainchild of the ambiguously named Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and embraces all forms of digging.
Ah, but does it consider the special needs of armadillos, badgers, meerkats, goannas, moles and other non-human burrowers and excavators?
And to continue this frivolous muse, I’m wondering if the CGA is affiliated to the Roadkill Hospice Advocacy Society, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, or the Association of Camp Nurses?
It is not beyond the realms of possibility, you realise, that this plethora of weird, mostly US-based, lobby groups has sprung up since the arrival of President Donald Trump. Here are a few more (mostly factual) outfits to consider joining:
Association of Pet Obesity Prevention
National Association of Self-Esteem
Association for the Working Samoyed
Obedient Wives Club (women only)
Association of Reptile Keepers
Cigar Rights of America
US Dehydrated Onion Ass’n
But the major prize for the downright whacky goes to the Prince Philip Movement – a religious sect in Vanuatu that apparently believes Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a divine being.
With ANZAC Day approaching, the ‘Diggers’ of WWI and later will rightly be remembered with due ceremony. But also spare a thought for champion tunnelers like the mouldywarp – a dirt-tosser of exceptional skill, aka the mole. (Wikipedia says the star-nosed mole can catch and eat prey faster than the human eye can see.)
(The above is my lame tribute to the satirical brilliance of John Clarke – the Australasian comic genius who died this month (April) while out bird watching. – Tony Neilson.)