Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 04/11/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

When won't I be famous?

For an average-looking guy who has never done anything especially spectacular, it strikes me that I've had more than my fair share of media exposure in the past year. I've appeared on prime-time bulletins on Channels Nine and Seven, and I've been interviewed on more radio stations than I was actually aware existed in Australia. But at least I did those things consciously. Now it seems I've passed on to the next, almost Princess Diana-like stage; the mere fact that I exist is enough reason to photograph me and put me on the front page of a major newspaper.

You think I'm kidding? Then check out last Friday's afternoon edition of The Daily Telegraph. There on the front cover, underneath the headline 'ALL ABOARD THE GRAFFITTI EXPRESS', is a picture of yours truly, looking ill-mannered and grumpy, as well I might at 7:10AM in the morning (which is when the shot was taken). And for the record, no, I'm not picking my nose in the shot, just scratching it.

When will this media persecution end? I mean, I'm entitled to my privacy, aren't I? Just because I'm a public figure doesn't mean that the media are entitled to intrude on every moment of my private life. THIS MADNESS HAS TO STOP!

Thank you, I feel much better now.

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