August 15th, 2006


Bombs and bombshells

Last night as I was drifting off to sleep, I started thinking about the French - specifically, how they seem to be known as Frogs to all and sundry. I mean, you don't have to be a mental giant to figure out how that name came about, but still. It's like calling the English 'Poms' - a name everyone knows that is generally just a word but can be used in a derogatory way if one is so inclined.

Anyway, this got me thinking about the Rainbow Warrior incident. For those who don't know, or can't be bothered clicking the link, the Rainbow Warrior was the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, and was stationed in New Zealand on its way to protest French nuclear testing at Mururoa atoll in 1985. In an act of terrorism, two people in the employ of the French government attached bombs to the hull of the boat as it was moored at Marsden Wharf in Auckland, which duly exploded and scuttled it at the dock. One person drowned trying to rescue photographic equipment from a cabin during the sinking. As you can imagine, this caused a fairly large diplomatic 'embarrassment' for the French, and is the basis for most anti-French sentiment in NZ to this day.

Anyway, this isn't about that. It's about the media coverage. The way that the people actually attached the bombs to the boat was to use SCUBA gear and dive down under the waterline. Simple. Funny thing though. In the news, they were never described as 'French divers'. It was always 'French frogmen.' I find this highly amusing. Such is the way my mind works as I'm going to sleep.

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BTW, it's true. Dylan -does- have all the music. He also has all the knowledge of whose cousin is in what band, how they are related, which bands they used to be in, and many many other details of NZ's deliciously incestuous music scene. *hugs dylan*

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