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How Queen Elizabeth II’s demise has turned the worldwide media mad


From journalists reporting indefinitely from exterior Buckingham Palace to puff items on queen-shaped clouds, the media has misplaced its marbles.

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The template for the interval following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing has been assiduously sketched by Sam Knight in this fabulous 2017 piece in The Guardian — a bit that poignantly flashes ahead to the absurdity and solemnity of the present second.

Nonetheless, it’s surreal to see it really enjoying out — the blanket protection of the queen’s passing and each element since shrinks as compared all the pieces for the reason that World Commerce Heart assaults (the very fact 9/11’s twenty first anniversary barely rated a point out when it fell this weekend is illustrative).

Should you obtain information replace emails from the likes of The New Each day or The Age, you’ll know the queen’s coffin arriving in Edinburgh was the largest information they needed to carry this morning — and one suspects that each cease of her journey will get the identical therapy till she is lastly laid to relaxation on September 19. However that is removed from essentially the most absurd a part of the protection.

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The ABC is forcing poor Michael Rowland to hold round exterior Buckingham Palace in entrance of the digicam, updating us on the goings-on at midnight (quick model: not quite a bit, forcing him to interview a totally different ABC reporter in Scotland). US public broadcaster NPR has run a narrative about what is going to occur to the queen’s canines. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are apparently getting two corgis however “it’s nonetheless unclear who will look over Elizabeth’s two different canines — a cocker spaniel named Lissy and a dachshund corgi hybrid named Sweet. Some royal specialists beforehand speculated that the canines could also be separated and given to varied relations.”

However in all probability essentially the most actually bonkers little bit of clickbait to this point is The Herald Solar printing the next piece a couple of royal fan “reportedly” recognizing “the define of the late monarch in a random cloud formation, simply moments after the queen’s demise”.

The hedging of the “reportedly” is fully vital, by the way in which; no quantity of pareidolia can flip that cloud right into a human head.

After all, this protection is as large because the ocean and as deep as a puddle. It’s curious, particularly in Australia, that among the many infinite tales of fond private reminiscences there’s so little room for any even difficult emotions, so little in regards to the dispossession and stolen wealth on which a monarchy can’t assist however be constructed. So when Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi says she “can’t mourn the chief of a racist empire constructed on stolen lives, land and wealth of colonised peoples”, it will get consideration on account of One Nation’s Pauline Hanson’s response that Faruqi ought to “piss off again to Pakistan”. Within the present local weather, it’s Faruqi’s feedback which are described as a slur.

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