Short Arm Syndrome

Since Labor Prime Ministers are all the rage today, I thought I better take up CK’s suggestion and cover the curiously short armed statue of John Curtin in front of the Fremantle town hall. CK suggested some kind of thalidomide problem, but I think it was just considered better to give a Labor PM the impression of being a fiscal conservative, that is having short arms and long pockets.

john curtin

Is that a copy of The Magna Carta he’s swatting flies with?

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16 Responses to Short Arm Syndrome

  1. CK says:

    Oh thank you WOP. Respeck!

    Just hanging out for the total horror of ChrissieSantaChritmasLights coming to a NEIGHBOUR NEAR YOU!!!!


  2. lisa says:

    Never seen that before.
    It looks like James Joyce to me.


  3. lazyaussie says:

    Someone needs to put a scoop of icecream in that flyswatter.


  4. Robotnik says:

    The People: Who says it’s a Camberwell carrot?
    Curtin: I do. I invented it in Camberwell and it looks like a carrot.


  5. Cracky B! says:

    The People: “Relax Man!! Cool your boots!!”


  6. Les says:

    Agh the good old days! When you could hit people with a rolled up newspaper when they didn’t agree with you.


  7. meccano101 says:

    L.A isn’t this the drunk guy you photographed through the glass.


  8. Ljuke says:

    Something about this reminds me of Ian Dury.


  9. greg says:

    Poor curtin he deserves so much better!!


  10. Mary Brown says:

    I think you all are being to harsh !! Anybody can see that the angle of the photo is forshortening the statue – hence the arms seem short . If you go and look at it LIVE the arms are NOT short at all!

    The fashion of the day was long long throusers – high waist lines and very short jackets. Look at the images of John Curtin and look at the fashions of the day.



  11. I looked at it in detail live. I specifically went there to see it in the bronze. It definitely gives the impression of the arms being several inches short. Most of their pieces are pretty terrible. I don’t mind their swans at the casino, but the rest are fairly uniformly bad, including this one.


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