September 4, 2006

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin 1962 - 2006


Way too soon to go mate, you should have been around for much longer.

Crocodile Hunter Dead


Update: If you're not a true believer, read this piece from the New York Times.


  1. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Gave me goose bumps when I read THAT news Caz...
    So sad...
    Has a couple of little kids too mate.

  2. I was a big fan Kath. Great loss to his family and great loss to the community - he did good things, good work, a wonderful character. No one could ever accuse him of not having lived to the full. Not much of a consolation though, given this sad event.

  3. I am really sorry to hear that. My husband loved his show on Discovery.

  4. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Yeah.. It's devastating stuff Caz . I thought Steve was a great guy. No airs and graces ..Just an all round nice bloke... The world will be a sadder place for his passing..

    Oh and snapple.. Always thought you were a guy love!!
    Funny how we perceieve people ain't it! A picture is created in one's mind.. Obviously not always the right one.

    I remember some years ago, in the course of my work ..speaking to a
    very nice lady over the phone. Eventually ... when I met her she was completely different to how I had invisaged her.

  5. Anonymous11:04 PM

    Sorry that should have read Envisaged!

  6. I'm pretty sure that Mr Paine is still lingering under the conviction that Snaps is a bloke too, Kath. We've all been caught out on that one, funnily enough.

    Not sure why. Only thing I can think of is that it's most often men obsessing about and creating conspiracy theories (no offence Snaps, none intended at all, but you'd have to admit it can get awfully crowded hanging out at your place on the grassy knoll).

  7. Anonymous10:16 PM

    Those poor kids.

    And not just his.

    I was never a part of Steve Irwin's target audience. And I must admit I was one of those who thought he was a bit of a dickhead over that feeding babies to crocodiles stunt. But I was impressed with how both Peter Beattie and John Howard stuck up for him at the time. And the depths and sincerity of the man's remorse. Just as I'm impressed now at the heartfelt and worldwide grief. Especially among kids. Globalisation.

    May all his family enjoy a long life. As for the rest of us? Perhaps this is just another case of you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

  8. You've captured it beautifully Geoff.

    And yes, seeing footage of kiddies visiting his zoo and leaving flowers and notes, and one Mum in tears explaining to a reporter how she had told her two little ones that their friend Steve has gone to heaven ... well, it would melt the coldest heart.

    Some might say he was something else - I think he was something special, and so did millions of children and adults around the world.

  9. Anonymous11:40 PM

    Sorry Cazzie Off topic mate . But I want your mum's trifle recipe. Been after a good one for a while.

    And a GOOD trifle recipe!!

  10. Ah, bum! It's not one of those written down with ingredients and measurement type of recipes Kath (although do have a lot of those from Mum, just not trifle).

    Can give you a pretty close idea later (too tired now) and you could experiment.

    Let's compare notes - what approaches have you tried with trifles, and liked, or disliked?

  11. I was saddened by this news. I also thought about its effect on my Aussie blog buddies.

    It seemed like Irwin took so many chances with dangerous animals, and such a fluke event ends up killing him. It just made me want to hug my kids close to me.

  12. Anonymous8:00 AM

    It's a funny thing about trifles Caz. They were really popular some years back, then fell from favour. Bit like pavlova. Everywhere you went pavlova was on the menu.. Then they were given the boot too, in favour of more elaborate deserts.

    Any way I digress.. Years ago I used to make a trifle with sponge soaked in port, custard and coconut topped with cream
    But my grandmother made this delicious trifle , think it had a layer of fruit in it, and sponge soaked in shery. Unfortunately I never actually
    found out how she made it. Sadly she passed away a year ago.
    I am interested to know what your mum's trifle is like.

  13. Sad news. Irwin is very popular in this country, and I've seen with my own eyes how the kids love him.

    I didn't know about his philanthropy, either, buying land to preserve habitat. The Nature Conservancy in the U.S. does the same thing, and it's probably the most effective way to assure that wilderness stays that way. Smart guy, Irwin, and public spirited.

    I heard an interview with a guy who's worked with sting rays for many years, and he was utterly baffled. Just a terrible accident with an almost invariably gentle animal.

    Finally, nobody asked me, but as far as Irwin putting his child in the vicinity of a crocodile, it was wrong, but I can't help thinking he knew the habits and movements of crocs well enough that he really wasn't endangering his baby.

    Or am I excusing too much?

  14. Kath – yum, I’ve never thought of adding a bit of coconut, but that could work nicely.

    My Mum’s approach and the only trifle I’ve ever liked seems much like your Grandmother’s.

    Sponge cake for the bottom, spread with strawberry or raspberry jam. Soak in small amount of sherry, or port – or sprinkle a bit over the top. Alternatively, buy some of those small sponge jam rolls from the supermarket, they work well too. Make up half packet of raspberry jelly (or full, depending on how big your dish / how much trifle you’re making). Let the jelly cool, but not set, pour over the sponge cake that has been arranged at the bottom of individual serving dishes, or large dish.

    Next layer is fruit salad, but I like my fruit salads “pure”, either an all berry salad, or your basic traditional salad – oranges, apple, banana, some passion fruit pulp – squeeze lemon juice on the sliced bananas to prevent browning. Whichever fruit you choose, stir in a little icing sugar to sweeten the salad. Wait until jelly is set on the sponge. Spoon over a good layer of fruit salad.

    Next goes your layer of vanilla custard.

    Then your layer of whipped cream.

    I like my trifle with chopped walnuts sprinkled on the cream, but shaved almonds would be okay too.

    I try not to make the jelly and custard so that they set like rock; I aim for a slightly wobbly mix, rather than the sort that holds its shape no matter what you do to it when set. That’s one of the things I don’t like about commercial trifles: each layer tends to be its own little brick, not an integrated desert with different textures and flavours coming together. It should be a soft desert, not just soft cream on top and then you immediately run into this horrible hard layer of custard, later to be followed by a rock solid layer of jelly. Nope, that approach just doesn’t do it for me.

  15. Anonymous6:21 PM

    Thanks for that Caz. Sounds yummmo I'll give it a whirl!

  16. Anonymous10:43 PM

    "Finally, nobody asked me, but as far as Irwin putting his child in the vicinity of a crocodile, it was wrong, but I can't help thinking he knew the habits and movements of crocs well enough that he really wasn't endangering his baby.

    "Or am I excusing too much?"

    No jgm. You are not excusing too much. The man knew what he was doing and I don't believe for a second that the baby was in any serious danger.

    But he still should not have done it. That sort of thing upsets and alarms large numbers of people. A little bit like Michael Jackson hanging his baby over the balcony.
    Who knows.

  17. As you suggested earlier Geoff, he seemed genuinely mortified and contrite when he realized how it looked to the world at large, even though, to him, it must have seemed the most normal thing in the world to be exposing his newest bub to all creatures great and small.

    There are photo’s of Bindi handling snakes when she as a little tacker, with no public hullabaloo. Steve probably thought the croc episode was equally innocuous, until the media went ballistic about it.

    He meant no harm, and would have thought there was none.

  18. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Caz , have you seen the latest from that virago Germaine Greer.
    Gee she get's my goat.

    Couldn't wait to disparage and pour scorn on the way Steve handled animals. Her "Let that be a lesson to you all" catchcry, was unneccesary and insensitive.

    Particularly now when his poor family are coming to terms with his untimely sudden death.

    I swear, sometimes I would just love to get a hold of that stoopid woman and give her a good slap!

  19. Instead of turning into a wise old woman, Greer long ago turned into someone who gives harpies are bad name, which is really insulting to harpies everywhere.

    She just can't seem to help herself; any minor opportunity that arises to rip into Australia and rip into Australians she jumps at it like Pavlov's dog.

    Bloody pathetic really, you'd hope she would have more useful and constructive things to do, a contribution to make, of some kind. She hasn't contributed any useful social commentary for a few decades.

    She's never had a long term husband, has no children, can't seem to empathise with anyone facing these circumstances, such loss. Obviously doesn't give a toss about millions of kiddies all over the world who have also lost a much loved role model. No, she has no clue Kath. Wonder who she thinks admires her these days, who she thinks she is a role model for - nothing comes to mind.

  20. Greer has gained no wisdom in her crone-hood. She's as shrill as she ever was.

  21. Germaine Greer is a bitch whose cultural and political influence is long over. Steve was a great ambassador for Australia.