“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
F. Scott FitzgeraldÂ
Ever since Steve Irwin introduced his one month old son to a 13′ crocodile at feeding time – favourite food, small mammals! – celebrity parents have vied with each other to dangle their new born temptingly in the path of danger. Michael Jackson dangled his over a crowd of groupies, ‘Blanket’ survived.
Those of the horsemeat-eating classes tend towards a Pit bulldog, cheaper to acquire than more exotic animals. Though liable to have disastrous results. Not least for the Pit bull.
Simon Cowell showed his inner mincing self by laying his new born down in the path of a couple of effete cosseted Yorkshire terriers to world wide derision. Fatherhood hasn’t fooled anyone Simon.
Now the Heir to the throne is to show the world how the truly macho do it. Prince George, named after our dragon-slaying national saint, is to be taken to Australia and put out in the back yard to play with a mob of 15 stone 6′ Kangaroos…according to Hello magazine (no link, you’ll just have to go to the dentist like I did, to read it). Apparently he ‘will love it’.
Child’s play! Real Aussies send their kids over to Ranger Dan in Queensland for ‘Day care’Â Â where they get to play with some ofÂ Australiaâs most dangerous animals, including snakes, crocodiles, scorpions, centipedes and a Python called Phoenix.
I thought he was called George to ‘show the continuity’ of the Royal family. For a nation obsessed with ‘child protection’ we sure have some funny habits.