Posted by Tim Harrison
I’ve observed with interest the media ‘bru-ha’ over the Ben Cousins documentary chronicling his battle with drugs and alcohol. Such a lot of attention, print and air-time for one person.
However, consider this: he never really had a battle on his hands. Sure, a struggle to get off the drugs, but not on his own.
With so many friends, team-mates, professionals and family around him, it was only a matter of time before he was hauled out of his mess by the scruff of his well-paid neck.
His story – touching as might be to some – is hardly representative of the many unseen victims of drugs. They should all be so lucky to have something to fight for and someone to care for them. Far too many people slip under the radar and are lost for good.
So while we ‘oooh’ and ‘aaahhh’ over Ben Cousins, let’s not forget the fact he’s still got his family, his home and his life. No doubt, notoriety will also hand him some sort of new role in the public eye. If Cousins uses this power for the good of the many fellow drug addicted people he joined for a time, then maybe we can forgive what seems to be little more than self-serving promotion.
And speaking of self-serving promotion (oooo segue!), after a fortnight at the “Woodchip Pines Behaviour Modification by Chocolate Resort” at Tipplebridge-upon-Avon, Andy and I will be baaaaaaaaack on the airwaves this very Saturday evening. We’ll be playing our typically atypical musical melange of genre-eschewing toe tappers as well as trying to unravel parliamentary hoopla with a crochet hook and a 1972 blue Aston Martin. If you’re overseas (in the Bahamas for example), tune in via the Joy 94.9 website or just put up a REALLY long antenna and tune in!