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Phil Hughes. Stop the stupidity.

April 21, 2015

images (6)Warning. If you are/were a worshipper at the shrine of  late-lamented South Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, switch off NOW…

You will find the following comments offensive.

Yes, it was a sad, sad event when a fast, rising ball struck  the Number 63 batsman on the neck, ending what could eventually have been a career heading for greatness.

“Could” because, despite the maudlin, over-the-top, cynical   manipulation and exploitation by the  media at-large, Phil Hughes still had some was to go before warranting sporting immortality.

Hence Grumpy’s distaste and dismay over the current idolisation  and hyper-sensationalism  surrounding the  plan to place the late cricketer’s tool of trade at the top of the world.

Why, oh why?

Why commercialise (and I believe debase) Phil’s memory at the risk of adding to the horrific death toll that Everest has exacted from well-heeled and egotistical wannabees?

The statistics speak for themselves.

Since humans first  began to eye the Himalayas  as their path to glory, more than ONE HUNDRED AND TEN underpaid and unsung Nepalese support team members have perished. While the families of the country’s mountaineering elite have received some monetary compensation, generally those who helped install  the post-Hilary and Tensing maze of permanent ladders and ropes have gone unsung and grossly neglected by an uncaring  government blinded to the human tragedy by the lure of ever-increasing climbing licences.

I have just returned from my 26th visit to my second spiritual home, saddened but not surprised at the revelation that Phil Hughes’ tool-of trade is being included in the baggage that Everest legend Chhurim Sherpa is planning to haul to the top of the world.

On the (probable) way the the top…a feat she alone  has achieved twice in one climbing season… the party will skirt round the too-many ice-entombed bodies of Everest’s victims. Gruesome, too-hard-to-recover, reminders of the wages of pride.

There is, of course, no way that the Nepalese government will ever forgo the mountains of rupees that human egotism pours into their coffers.

Surely, if Phil MUST be immortalised, (and there are, I concede, many who think he should be), isn’t there a better way than to put the lives of others at risk?



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