My mind ain’t nothin’ but a total blank, I think I’ll just stay here and drink…

In these days of political correctness and obfuscation, it’s refreshing to come across the Queen’s English plainly spoken, as you frequently do in Australia.  Australia’s coast is rocky, rough, and littered with the wreckage of ships that were blown or blundered ashore…or in the case of the Queen of Nations in 1881, unintentionally beached in a legendary bout of drunken confusion. The ship carried a cargo of mostly wine and distilled spirits, for which the captain and crew had a great enthusiasm.  According to the official commemorative marker, the “hopelessly drunk” captain mistook a brushfire in the hills above Corrimal beach for the lights of Sydney some 90 kilometers away and ordered an ill-considered turn to port…whereupon the good ship and crew ran immediately aground to general consternation.  The plaque cheerfully continues that only one crew was drowned during evacuation due to the stalwart efforts of the “equally intoxicated” first mate.  Well-done, Australia, tell it like it is!  The image below was shot a few miles away near the site of another nautical come-apart along the Shipwreck Coast.  (30 March, 2011  Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia)