Radiation is good.............
16th September 2006
I know there is a threa don steve irwins death but i thought this deserves its own thread. as you all know the beloved Steve Irwin was killed by a crocodile. today was his state funeral, it was held at the crocozeum in his zoo on the sunshinecoast. today his daughter spoke out, what she said bought a tear to my eye. here is the stroy on News.com.au
IT takes someone special to upstage an A-list of Hollywood celebrities, the Prime Minister and a gaggle of TV personalities well-accustomed to commanding the lion's share of attention. Someone who, more than anyone involved in the memorial service for Steve Irwin at his beloved Crocoseum on the Sunshine Coast yesterday morning, spoke from the heart with innocence and optimism. After John Howard, actors Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz and Kevin Costner, Irwin's best mates and his father, Bob, had shared poignant memories of the Crocodile Hunter, that person stepped up. Bindi Irwin, pint-sized at the age of eight but with a brave smile and unwavering voice, did her dad proud. Her right finger steadily traced the printed words on a sheet of paper as she read, confidently and cheerfully, the most fitting tribute of all. Irwin's death from a stingray barb to the heart stopped millions of Australians two weeks ago as surely as the Melbourne Cup stops the nation. In the US, where his profile and antics were legendary long before Australians had figured out whether to ridicule or laud him, Americans had, as Diaz said yesterday, "just flipped for him". The public response in the US to his death was enormous. "You were headline news on CNN for a week," said Crowe. "There's not many zoo keepers who would command that sort of attention, mate. And all that means is you got your message across." Despite his best efforts, Crowe was fighting back tears after insisting the service should be joyful, not mournful. Many Australians stopped again at 9am yesterday. An international TV audience of more than 300 million watched as John Stainton's most challenging documentary about his best friend and business partner was beamed around the world. The Best Picture Show Company's clips of the bloopers - Irwin stumbling over his script - were priceless. "Crikey, it's tough out here," Irwin says after his umpteenth misfire. Stainton smiled, saying: "His way with words and command of the Australian language made me very proud." Irwin's father and mentor, Bob, told how the animals had "lost their best friend they ever had and so have I". Wes Mannion, one of Irwin's closest mates in work and play, broke down when describing the conservationist's greatest achievement: fatherhood. They were tough acts to follow. But Bindi did not skip a beat. "My daddy was my hero, he was always there for me when I needed him," she said. "He listened to me and taught me so many things, but most of all he was fun. I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did." The cameras and a few thousand moistening eyes in the Crocoseum panned to where Irwin's widow and soulmate, Terri, sat with their toddler son, Bob. Terri, whose entrance had brought the crowd to their feet, gave an almost imperceptible nod. If Bindi could keep her emotions in check, then, perhaps, her mum might too. But behind dark sunglasses, Terri's eyes welled with tears. Terri could not take the stage to speak, though she will talk to Barbara Walters when the grand dame of US TV interviews her in Brisbane. But Bindi, who has grown up surrounded by wildlife, celebrities and cameras, brightened in the Crocoseum. "We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being together. I have the best daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day," she said. "When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals. "Daddy made this place his whole life. Now it's our turn to help Daddy."
also the video is here http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,5250718,00.jpg when i watched this, it was truley sad. her words are so powerfull.