Sunday 29 November 2009

Watching Daniel Bateman

In a new irregular column, with the aims of the now infamous ByrneWatch, CairnsBlog keeps a watchful eye on the congenital idiocy of Bateman's Bay, that appears on Saturday in the Cairns Post.

This weekend Dan describes Jane Austen's writing in Emma as "flowery Elizabethan gibberish".

"...apparently the flick is a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen’s schmaltzy Emma. See what they did there? Ironically, I had to suffer through all 506 pages of Austen’s Emma," writes Bateman.

"And there was no 21st century translation for all that flowery Elizabethan gibberish for me, I can tell you," Daniel writes, in the space once occupied by King Gavin King.

A quick look on my library shelf shows that Austen was born in 1775. That's 172 years after Elizabeth died.

Has Daniel Bateman ever read anything beyond Mickey Mouse comics?

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