Rose Wanchap’s ads are increasing in size in inverse proportion to their basis in fact and her contribution to, and support from, the Byron community.
I am reminded of some of popular TV dramas I’ve been watching lately. I’m thinking of Game Of Thrones and Cersei, the wannabe queen, whose desire to have things her way has her forming Faustian allegiances, it’s a series where ambition, lies and money rule, although there’s a lot of sex in GoT and (I’m hoping) none in Byron Shire Council.
Then there’s The Walking Dead where dangerous non-thinking, brain-dead creatures have over-run the place and civilisation has broken down.
Finally I realised that of course it was Vikings that probably fits best: treacherous, marauding vandals invade and then destroy, pillage and plunder beautiful places inhabited by peaceful peoples.
Personally I prefer a return to the simplicity of Dallas when the popular character Bobby died and, for a whole season, the audience and Pamela grieved.
But Bobby’s death was unpopular with viewers so, in the very first episode of the following season, Pam wakes up to see Bobby stepping out of the en suite. He was never dead, it was all a dream!
In this analogy Rose Wanchap is Bobby, we are all Pamela (Sol Ibrahim might like to be JR Ewing) and we are hoping the bad dream will be over any time now.
Even as a teenager I recognised it as a cheap dramatic device, but the fact was the viewers had switched off until Bobby came back.
Just shows that you can’t turn your back on the people who put you there.
Cate Coorey, Byron Bay