Smoke and Mirrors

How many worsts in this shot? Orrong Road, Americas cup numberplate, a SHEET as a back window, exhaust emanations like “the flame and smoke of Navarino”.

How about lace?

How about lace?

And another car. Free graphic design strikes again? Look at the bunions on that mother!


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Commended Haiku writer. A lover of The West's Worst. Perth stand-up comedian, photographer and writer.
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61 Responses to Smoke and Mirrors

  1. Grrr says:

    Midday and no comments?
    Is this the worst received TWOP ever?

    I assume Harriettes are part of that strange group the Hatch House Harriers?


    I wonder how many TWOP posters went to INTERHASH PERTH 2008 and came away disappointed?


    • Leopard says:

      To those ignorant people that have commented on our logo. Our Club does more for the community that you probably do. We are a bunch of powerful women who raise a lot of money for charity, along with other Perth Hash Clubs. We have great fun and and let our hair down. It is good for the soul. So find something else to do.
      Thanks to Bret Treasure for the comments. So, if any of your family has cancer, then think of us as having raised lots of money to donate to the cause.



  2. Perth Harriettes: it’s a good logo in as much as it tells you everything you need to know about the organisation.


  3. It is a bit slow today. Was it the Dead Souls reference? On another topic, if cunt is the new bastard, can something be as dry as a nun’s new bastard?

    On another nother topic, yesterday Paul murray started of with walking doggie arounf Allen Park. No-one was outraged.


  4. Ljuke says:

    Jiggling titties, who woulda thunk it?


  5. Vic Demised says:

    Grrr -I was deply disappointed. Not a single cookie recipe in the whole place! Just a bunch of overweight, sweaty people in short white socks and running shoes.

    PS I would have posted earlier but I was at work and the public service is allergic to bouncing breasts. Whodathunkit?


  6. Does that say ‘Where boobs bounce best?’ Who the fuck is Harriette and why has she/he got boobs on his feet. I can’t keep keep up with Gen Y. Tight buttocks and adaptable to change but knowledgeable as pig shit.

    Does anyone anyone else reply to TWOP in the nude or just me?


  7. In flagrante delicto?


  8. Speaking of flagrante delicto, what’s the deal with fucking outrage Cohen? Where’s the goss on the media ball?


  9. Frank Calabrese says:

    Speaking of flagrante delicto, what’s the deal with fucking outrage Cohen? Where’s the goss on the media ball?

    All I can say is check out the pictures on his facebook page :-) He looks like Rolf Harris circa 1960 in his tux.


  10. I see rolf was very unfortunately bringing up memories of Two little Boys recently. I was thinking that “hey true Blue” was the worst Aussie song. Now I remember that 2 little boys was the number 1 bull goose crap aussie song.


  11. Frank Calabrese says:

    Speaking of the Fucking Outrage Cohen, here he is being interviewed by Tony Serve on 6PR back in June on the raid which earnt him his moniker :-)

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  12. David Cohen says:

    What happens at the Media Ball stays at the Media Ball, LA. Er, except for Facebook photos.

    Should I reveal you were offered tix, but refused to attend, out of fear of being lynched by Paul Murray and derided by the meeja?


  13. Re “Should I reveal you were offered tix, but refused to attend, out of fear of being lynched by Paul Murray and derided by the meeja?”

    Tix only offered when I was safely in Bunbury. Was told sold out when in Perth.

    Murray I’d have no concern about, but if he teamed with Barrra, those 2 “New Bastards” could have done some damage.

    Was Teh Paul at the shindig?


  14. David Cohen says:

    No Teh Paul, no Barra, no Sattler…just the stars!


  15. Sounds like the washed up and wannabees. Not even Graham Maybury?


  16. Frank Calabrese says:

    Sounds like the washed up and wannabees. Not even Graham Maybury?

    nor Simon Beaumont and his Kahunas ?

    Did Tod Johnston and Peace,, Love & All That provide the entertainment ?


  17. David Cohen says:

    Simon was there: he won the Consumer Affairs Reporting prize for his excellent work on the Wilson Parking shambles.

    No Tod: the band was The Hit Factory.

    No Graham either.


  18. skink says:

    according to

    “WA Journalists Association President David Cohen said The Sunday Times’ dominant showing was testament to the great skill and talent of the newspaper and website’s staff. ”

    I didn’t realise you did stand-up.
    they didn’t print what you said about The West, although I am sure it was equally hilarious


  19. skink says:

    sorry, according to the West:

    “The annual awards recognise outstanding work from September 2007 to August 2008 and Australian Journalists Association WA president David Cohen said The West’s strong showing was testament to the great skill and talent of its staff. ”

    did you use an echo machine on the PA?

    The West: “Journalists from The West Australian scooped the top prizes at the 2008 Media Awards on Saturday”

    The Sunday Times: “THE Sunday Times has again dominated the annual WA Media Awards taking home the most prizes of any organisation.”

    all shall have prizes!


  20. Frank Calabrese says:

    all shall have prizes!

    Just like the Special Olympics :-)


  21. Vic Demised says:

    Dave -my first ever union boss was one of your predecessors, Malcolm Hollingsworth. His “office” was in the Palace Hotel’s front bar, back when the Palace was still a pub (and a damned good one, too). Mal reckoned it was quite reasonable to run the AJA from there, as it was the most likely place to find the majority of his members -being the closest watering hole to the old West Australian building- and ’cause he did enjoy the odd cold one.


  22. David Cohen says:

    Malcolm is still with us! He was there on Saturday night, too.

    I use the same phrase in all the media releases I send: otherwise some might think I have favourites, when I love them all!

    This year’s winners were from The West, The Sunday Times, the ABC, Channel 9, ECU, Post Newspapers, 6PR, The Australian, and Community Newspaper Group.


  23. skink says:

    what about the Kalgoorlie Miner?

    metrocentric new bastards.

    and what fool thought it a good idea to give an award to the photo of that poor guy who had just found out his wife had drowned?

    “you broke every rule of journalistic ethics and common decency, but here’s a gong anyway. Nice work. Put that on the mantlepiece, you turd”

    what sort of message is that sending out? I am outraged, what is the world coming to ? and so on.


  24. Bento says:

    Nothing for the Western Independent?


  25. Vic Demised says:

    dave -“Malcolm is still with us!” -I quit journalism in 1978, and he wasn’t looking too steady then. I guess alcohol really is a preservative.

    skink -the words ‘journalistic’ and ‘ethics’ have never really belonged in the same sentence, unless speaking of ‘lack of’.
    It’s no coincidence that journos are rated by the public at about the same level as politicians and used car salesmen. (D. Cohen excepted, of course.)

    LA, you wondered how your ‘Torana of gold’ thread wound up discussing stuffed animal entertainers… surely Holden Apollo to journalism is just as big a conversational leap?


  26. Snuff says:

    Holden Apollo, Vic ? I must have been here for too long. It looks like Honda Accord to me.


  27. David Cohen says:

    I thought that was a great photo. And the judges agreed! Their comments:

    A terribly sad picture of the type of event people live in horror of experiencing. The photographer handled this very professionally by not being overly intrusive, making use of a telephoto lens. The image was well used by the paper and is an outstanding news image. The use of the image aroused controversy from the public and the picture’s subject. However it is images such as these which bring to the attention of the public the reality of tragedy from which they are so often protected in this age of dumbed-down media.
    The picture also showed the police in a very good light. This was a terrible moment for them too and reflected well on their profession. The photographer handled this situation a sensitively as possible in the circumstances and the manner in which it was used is a credit to the paper.


  28. Vic Demised says:

    Snuff and David -apologies to you both. I posted without checking either photo. Failed journalism 101 right there. Rule # 1: check your facts. No wonder I quit 30 years ago. Much better suited to kids’ entertainment and stand-up comedy, where standards are far less exacting, and spurious assertions usually go unchallenged.


  29. Bill O"Slatter says:

    And here is Media Watch’s opinion of that episode. I suggest persons of a sensitive disposition not click.


  30. The judges said that? I say cobblers.


  31. Frank Calabrese says:

    And who were the Judges ? Howard Sattler, Paul Murray & Paul Armstrong ?

    Talk about a mutual wanking society.


  32. Mind you, I did take that photo of that guy’s crack while he photographed his car. But that was sensitively done with a long lens, and added to the story by showing how funny cracks could be. It brought home the dangers of bending over that the public are somehow shielded from in this dumbed down world.


  33. skink says:

    I agree – total cobblers – especially when the subject of the photo is himself disgusted, and clearly was not asked whether he wanted to be in the paper

    Limpwrist argues: “the wishes and sensitivities of the family have to be weighed against the importance of the photograph in conveying the full depth of the tragedy for the public in a way that words alone cannot achieve.”

    it’s not the fucking assassination of JFK. The story has no news value beyond the family’s own grief. the public has no need to know.

    “The photographer handled this very professionally by not being overly intrusive, making use of a telephoto lens”. Not intrusive when he snapped the photo, but massively intrusive when he printed it and made it available to every household in the state.

    The issue gets complaints from the subject, complaints from the public, aired on MediaWatch, but you daft cunts think it merits an award for outstanding journalism?

    No wonder the standard of print media in this State is a joke.

    boo, hiss


  34. I don’t think it added a thing to the story, just a chance to flog some papers with some guy’s grief. My crack photo on the other hand…

    “Not intrusive when he snapped the photo, but massively intrusive when he printed it ”

    Exactly. The lens seems irrelevant here, as it’s not the taking that’s the problem.

    And isn’t there an element of “Don’t go there.” using the words “this age of dumbed-down media” when talking about the West?


  35. David Cohen says:

    You’re a tough crowd.


  36. Rolly says:

    David Cohen

    “You’re a tough crowd.”

    Not so. Just a little more sensitive with regard to the right to privacy as opposed to the freedom of the press.
    With freedom comes responsibility and, in this case, the editor’s responsibility to observe the individual’s right to privacy in such a situation was completely subjugated to the desire for sensationalism and the concomitant newspaper sales.


  37. Vic Demised says:

    Maybe things have changed a little in journalism over the last 30 years, but not much. The final straw for me was getting berated by a hard-arsed editor for not pressuring a grieving mum to supply a photo of her teenage son who’d died in a road accident, and not getting a quote from her about “how she feels.” My argument that everyone could imagine how she felt cut no ice.

    The Press Freedom line just bulldozes frail humans out of the way, and for what? To fill the spaces between the adverts.

    A journalist calling anyone but the SAS “a tough crowd” sounds just a touch hypocritical.


  38. forkboy says:

    Vic – SAS “tough crowd”? – “poorly paid loonies”…… me on that one.


  39. I’m a little bit different. I don’t object to any shot if it furthers an important story. I just think this one was purely gratuitous without adding a thing.


  40. skink says:

    It reminds me of the incident in Catch 22:

    Yossarian is order to bomb a civilian fishing village. He can’t bring himself to do it, so dumps his bombs in the harbour.

    Nobody at headquarters wants to admit they fucked up, and nobody wants to court martial Yossarian in case the stink comes back on them, so they give him a medal.


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