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Surfers pay tribute to Steve Irwin
National Nine News (Australia) ^ | 10 Sept 2006 | Staff

Posted on 09/10/2006 1:27:29 PM PDT by Kitten Festival

Hundreds of surfers have paid a special tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin at a memorial service on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The 44-year-old, died last Monday after he was pierced in the heart by a stingray's barb while filming a documentary off the far north Queensland coast.

The self-proclaimed wildlife warrior was an enthusiastic surfer and a tribute was held on Sunday at Alexandra Headlands beach.

About 250 surfers formed a huge circle off the beach to remember Irwin. Floral tributes were placed in the water.

Staff from the Irwin family's Australia Zoo took part in the commemoration held during the Juniper Surf classic being staged at Alexandra Headlands in support of cancer charity Camp Quality.

A public memorial service is planned for Mr Irwin, possibly at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium within the next two weeks.

A private funeral for the environmentalist and media personality is believed to have been held over the weekend.

The family declined offers from the federal and state government of a state funeral, with Mr Irwin's father Robert saying his son was an "ordinary bloke".

(Excerpt) Read more at news.ninemsn.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; crickey; ordinarybloke; steveirwin; surfers; tribute
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I find it significant that anyone who worked outdoors or with animals or sports had a great appreciation for the wonderful work and expansive, bighearted personality of Steve Irwin.

Pathetic intellectuals and pinched little would-be literati and cognoscenti are the ones who had a problem with Irwin.

1 posted on 09/10/2006 1:27:30 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

I'm tearing up again, thanks! ;)


2 posted on 09/10/2006 1:36:11 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The trouble with muslim immigrants: There can be no integration without inebriation!)
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To: Kitten Festival

Just finished watching the Crocodile Hunter Marathon on Animal Planet. I hope they keep showing reruns of his program. Every episode is chock full of adventure.


3 posted on 09/10/2006 2:06:49 PM PDT by EricT. (SpecOps needs to paint the NYT building with a targeting laser.)
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To: Kitten Festival
Pathetic intellectuals and pinched little would-be literati and cognoscenti are the ones who had a problem with Irwin.

Yep, urban environmentalists who never did jack for wildlife in their lives.

4 posted on 09/10/2006 2:16:13 PM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: Kitten Festival

Good on 'em - the surfers and the family members who joined in with them. Steve Irwin was a good man.


5 posted on 09/10/2006 2:23:18 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: EricT.
Crikey! "Every episode is chock full of adventure!"

(There, I fixed it)

His energy, enthusiasm and dedication are missed already and may be for a long time.

Children (young and old) have been moved by our favorite "Croc Hunter" and we mourn his passing.

I hope that when I pass on that I go while I am doing what I love to do.

TT
6 posted on 09/10/2006 2:23:29 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Kitten Festival

7 posted on 09/10/2006 2:29:33 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: dirtboy
"Yep, urban environmentalists who never did jack for wildlife in their lives."

How heartless and unfeeling you are! Bunny-huggers of the world are deeply wounded! Those poor crocodiles! The innocent stingrays!

Actually, I think you're absolutely right. I think Steve Irwin made a serious mistake there, but it's one anyone could have made, in the same circumstances. It's also pretty obvious that he put his money where his mouth was, to the tune of millions of dollars, where conservation and education is concerned. I don't have cable, so I've not been able to watch his shows very often, but the few times I have they were interesting and educational. The guy had a sense of humor, and wasn't afraid to be seen doing things that most people would wet themselves trying. Heck, he was good at it, too, or he wouldn't have lasted as long as he did.
8 posted on 09/10/2006 2:46:35 PM PDT by Old Student (We have a name for the people who think indiscriminate killing is fine. They're called "The Bad Guys)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

9 posted on 09/10/2006 3:08:28 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: Rte66

10 posted on 09/10/2006 3:10:21 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: EricT.
Every episode is chock full of adventure.


11 posted on 09/10/2006 3:12:39 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: TexasTransplant

12 posted on 09/10/2006 3:15:01 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: Old Student

13 posted on 09/10/2006 3:17:28 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: cmsgop

14 posted on 09/10/2006 3:18:54 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: Kitten Festival

15 posted on 09/10/2006 3:19:37 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: dirtboy

16 posted on 09/10/2006 3:21:40 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: Kitten Festival

17 posted on 09/10/2006 3:23:17 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: To Hell With Poverty

18 posted on 09/10/2006 3:24:14 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ping to these cartoons.


19 posted on 09/10/2006 3:26:08 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

You know - I've seen so many touching cartoons celebrating Steve and mourning his death, but as touching as they all are, this one is probably the closest to reality!


20 posted on 09/10/2006 3:26:37 PM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I've been rocked.)
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To: Hoodlum91

Bump and dittos


21 posted on 09/10/2006 3:28:21 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: Hoodlum91; ThreePuttinDude

The one that actually made me cry was the one that said "He made me feel beautiful".


22 posted on 09/10/2006 3:29:54 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: ThreePuttinDude
These cartoons are wonderful. The one with the stingray is so poignant. Ohhhhhhh. Don't cry. It's ok little fella. Nobody blames you and certainly not Steve.
23 posted on 09/10/2006 3:32:22 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: Kitten Festival

I understand what you mean...I hadn't watched his show in years since I dropped cable, but his death affected me deeply. He was a good guy, and we need good guys like him to show the world that good guys have good things to share with the world, and make it a better place to be.

I will miss his enthusiasm, and love of nature, and joy of sharing. May he rest in peace, and his family find solace.


24 posted on 09/10/2006 3:34:00 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: HairOfTheDog

There was one on another thread with Bindi and Bob in HUGE shoes and Steve walking away. That got me.


25 posted on 09/10/2006 3:42:54 PM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I've been rocked.)
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To: Hoodlum91

Saw it... me too.


26 posted on 09/10/2006 3:44:25 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Old Student
>>>>"The guy had a sense of humor, and wasn't afraid to be seen doing things that most people would wet themselves trying. Heck, he was good at it, too, or he wouldn't have lasted as long as he did"<<<<<

Actually more than that, there was a show that he did with a Gorilla rescue outfit, the handler brought him in with the Silver-back and he (Steve) was immediately adopted. The handler had been working with the Gorillas for years was astounded.
He knew his stuff.

TT
27 posted on 09/10/2006 3:45:17 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

I got tears off of that one, gosh thats sad.......


28 posted on 09/10/2006 3:47:59 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: EricT.

I watched it too, I cried several times. Steve was just magical and the look in Terri's eyes evertime she looked at Steve broke my heart.


29 posted on 09/10/2006 3:48:52 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Thank you Andre!! RIP Steve, your legacy will live on, prayers for Terri, Bindi and Bob.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Oh you mean like Germaine Greer???


30 posted on 09/10/2006 3:49:39 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: cmsgop
It tears me up every time I see it.
31 posted on 09/10/2006 3:50:11 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: ThreePuttinDude

I like that one.


32 posted on 09/10/2006 3:50:28 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

I loved the one that had his big boots and little Bindi and Bob were each in one. They were so tiny in the boots and you see Steve walking away from them sayin, "don't worry, you'll grow into 'em."

Does anyone have that one to put up?


33 posted on 09/10/2006 3:53:17 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Thank you Andre!! RIP Steve, your legacy will live on, prayers for Terri, Bindi and Bob.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

That's my favorite too!


34 posted on 09/10/2006 3:53:52 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: cyborg

My granddaughter is 5, and she asked us if the animals he
played with will see him in Heaven, I had to leave the
room, in our family kids don't see Grandpa cry.

Sorry, its a family thing.


35 posted on 09/10/2006 3:54:56 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: ThreePuttinDude

http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm


36 posted on 09/10/2006 3:58:47 PM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Geeze!

Now Im starting to tear up.


37 posted on 09/10/2006 4:01:29 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Fitzmas Has Been Canceled.)
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To: ThreePuttinDude

RE #13 - please pass the Kleenex!


38 posted on 09/10/2006 4:06:38 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: Moonmad27

Here ya' go. sniff sniff

39 posted on 09/10/2006 4:11:16 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: VanDeKoik

Thats the one that does me in, dang I'm a softee


40 posted on 09/10/2006 4:13:19 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude ()...Hey Libs........NO FITZMAS FOR YOU.....()
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To: HairOfTheDog; Hoodlum91; ThreePuttinDude

He pinged me the one with the sorrowful stingray and that TOTALLY got me going again!!


41 posted on 09/10/2006 5:27:35 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The trouble with muslim immigrants: There can be no integration without inebriation!)
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To: TexasTransplant
He knew his stuff.
Rather, he was one with the animals. Some people just have it. My vet has it. The other doctors in that hospital know medicine, but they don't know the animals. This guy, an American Indian, KNOWS animals. My dog just feels it when he's with him. He bites the other doctors when they push too hard, or whatever, but he'd never dare even threaten this guy. This doctor is one of them, and they just know it.

I can't describe it any better.

42 posted on 09/10/2006 5:39:08 PM PDT by nicollo (All economics are politics)
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>>>>"he was one with the animals"<<<<<

I think that Steve had an empathy and behaved in a manner that (as the animal understood) they accepted or at least recognized for the most part.

The show with the Silverback Gorilla that I mentioned earlier took a real and obvious shine to Steve almost immediately, it was a very interesting show.

Steve would have been in serious danger if that Gorilla didn't like him, libs and the other Steve bashers really need to see the affection that Gorilla showed. I will say it one more time... it was very impressive and quite a moving show.

TT
43 posted on 09/10/2006 6:05:06 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: WV Mountain Mama
Steve was just magical and the look in Terri's eyes evertime she looked at Steve broke my heart.

That look is pure love and adoration. There is no doubt that Steve was her hero husband and there's no way he can be replaced. My heart just aches for her and the kids.

44 posted on 09/10/2006 6:34:48 PM PDT by EricT. (SpecOps needs to paint the NYT building with a targeting laser.)
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Rather, he was one with the animals. Some people just have it.

On one of the shows played today, a cameraman mentioned how amazed he was that wherever Steve went, animals just "showed up".

45 posted on 09/10/2006 6:40:38 PM PDT by EricT. (SpecOps needs to paint the NYT building with a targeting laser.)
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To: Kitten Festival

What was also great about Steve, probably the greatest thing and something that hasn`t occured to the likes of FemNazis like Germaine Greer, was that Steve was an extremely positive person, something you don`t get in any celebrity or high profile person today. This makes his loss even more painful.


46 posted on 09/10/2006 7:18:27 PM PDT by Screamname (By God, pray for me, someone help me please! Hillary is my Senator! HELP MEEE!)
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To: Kitten Festival
"A private funeral for the environmentalist and media personality is believed to have been held over the weekend."

Corrected statement:

A private funeral for the CONSERVATIONALIST ... .

I can just see the wacky environmentalists using him as their shield.
47 posted on 09/10/2006 7:38:56 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: cyborg
Funny thing: Serat is the rainbow bridge Allah flung across the gap between heaven and earth...at least from something I read and remember many, many years ago. Considering how they feel about dogs...
48 posted on 09/10/2006 11:06:34 PM PDT by Old Student (We have a name for the people who think indiscriminate killing is fine. They're called "The Bad Guys)
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49 posted on 09/11/2006 12:20:10 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: cyborg
Here's a new version going around updated:
AN INTERESTING DAY AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

Rainbow Bridge is a place of both peace and anticipation as departed pets await their beloved owners. There are plenty of things to keep them contented while they wait: trees you can't get stuck in, endless meadows, splashing streams, thickets perfect to hide in for pounce-attack games.

But one day the residents noticed some rather...unusual newcomers arrive.

The koalas and the kangaroos slipped in rather quietly, but then came the bearded dragons, the skinks and the goannas. The influx of snakes startled an entire family of cats up a tree. Pythons, cobras, tiger snakes, brown snakes and even fierce snakes. There were so many at one point, it seemed the ground itself was alive with writhing. A burly wombat shouldered his way through the crowd and plopped down in a shady spot, barely missing a Jack Russell terrier who yapped indignantly as he abandoned his position.

And then the crocodiles showed up.

Finally, a Great Dane managed to get up enough nerve to approach one of the reptillian giants.

"Um....excuse me," he said hesitantly. "But why are you all here?"

The croc dropped her jaw and laughed. "Same as you, mate," she said. "Waitin' for someone who loved us."

The dogs, cats, gerbils and other "typical pets" looked at each other in confusion, then at the plethora of weird, ugly and downright deadly creatures assembled. Who on Earth could possibly love some of those faces?

"I see him!" shouted a green mamba from his vantage point in one of the trees. A cacophony of squeeks, hisses, bellows and roars erupted as the mob surged forward toward a lone human walking across the field toward the bridge. The other animals managed to catch a glimpse of him before he was overwhelmed by the crowd.

"CRIKEY!" he shouted joyously right before he was bowled over by the wombat.

"Well I'll be," said a Persian as she tidied up her fur. "It's that Aussie my human liked to watch on TV. Had to be the craziest human on the whole planet."

"Oh, please," remarked a echidna as he hurried by. "Is it really that that crazy to passionately love something God made?"


50 posted on 09/11/2006 12:31:20 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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