Lest we forget.

As the AP archives slowly, but surely increase, keeping a record for posterity and reference to some of the more notable actors in our aviation charade, deserving of special mention is needed. So, we thought a ‘Hall of Shame’ would do the trick as the notables tend to slide through the archives and, unless P2 is on a research mission, their parts tend to become ‘history’ and do not get the attention they deserve.
As much of the ‘damage’ is caused as part of a group action – at Estimates for example; it’s difficult to ‘honour’ each and every participant; so we thought to kick off with some of the outstanding players and pick up the rest as time goes by.
So, pick your favourite and post a thread dedicated to your ‘hero’.  There is a long list of candidates; but you will need to present support for your nomination.
Toot toot.

F@ck that's risky shit

Senate estimates will never be the same without the Heff. Too many classics to choose from, but an all time favourite was his "f@ck that's risky shit" blurb! Other favourites include every time he called Beaker out, and the famous "dipshit saga".

In loving memory;


Ode to Ben

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Lost for words - I hear that Ben Sandilands has finally slipped the surly bonds on his own terms - No MTF RIP mate Angel

Ps Perhaps I can provoke the Ferryman to write an 'Ode to Ben' the last of the original 'Tendentious Bloggers' Big Grin

I knew Ben, quite well. We had our ‘disagreements’ but the solid bond of friendship all climbers share prevailed, through all the scuffles. I shall miss him. I know he loved this poem. From me and the crew, with respect and affection:-

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Godspeed Ben – fare thee well.

Via Crikey today... Wink

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Crikey's aviation blogger Ben Sandilands passed away on Friday after a long illness.
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Bernard Keane
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Crikey‘s aviation blogger Ben Sandilands passed away on Friday after a long illness. He had written the Plane Talking blog for almost 10 years for Crikey, and had previously been an aviation reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald, with almost 60 years experience.

The loss of Ben Sandilands was a huge shock. He has been a presence in Australian journalism for decades – many readers would have read his work growing up – and perhaps we’d just assumed he would always be with us, always there to answer questions about aviation, to quash a conspiracy theory, to offer a guide to the arcane world of regulation and safety, to tell us what pilots and engineers were saying about incidents around the world. When disaster struck, Ben was the journalist we turned to, because we trusted his expertise and his judgment. Now he’s gone, and he leaves a huge, probably unfillable, gap.

There aren’t enough journalists like Sandilands around any more, and the impact on our media, and what readers and audiences get from the media, is palpable. Ben knew his subject area as well as any expert, and better than most. But more than his expertise and his contacts, accumulated over decades, he had two gifts – an appropriate journalistic scepticism of anything he was seeing and hearing, and a capacity to render often impenetrably complex technical issues into not merely readable but engaging analysis. His ongoing coverage of the tragedy of MH370 – particularly his capacity to separate lurid conspiracy theory from intriguing possibility – was probably the best in the world.

It’s pro forma when a journalist passes to laud their work. But the loss of Ben is a painful reminder of what we’re losing more broadly in the media. As the media business model collapses, we have fewer and fewer journalists like him; specialists who retain a good journalist’s capacity to tell stories that engage the layperson are a luxury few outlets can now afford, and we’re all the poorer for it.

Ben will be remembered in a more detailed obituary in the coming days. If you knew Ben and would like to speak to Crikey journalist Sally Whyte, she can be contacted here.

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