Ethan Switch - Monday, 8 March 2004
Dismembered bodies festering heinous odours, spewing maggots and shooting blowflies from orifices. Caught in the washout of Saturday's rain weren't any people reported missing months ago. Dentures, glass eyes and gutted car chassis were on the list and with mounds of rubbish ever spawning so too were the volunteers searching less for rubbish than public and community penitence and shallow attempts to reverse year long litter drops.
"I find it inspiring that after 15 years Clean Up Australia Day participation continues to grow," said Ian Kiernan, Chair and Founder of Clean Up Australia.
Numbers easily boosted by an actual advertising campaign exercising the event as a community outing. Unlike that of the sore washout of the previous night's quietly announced spectacle that was the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Spurred on by recent calls, vigilantes were on the prowl seeking justice toward garishly costumed thieves operating on the payroll of large obesity generators, the Hamburglar for instance. The placement of a now politically-garnished gay parade left drunk and glammed up revellers open for bleeding of fresh morning bruises and gashes with handy glass shards nearby.