Australians were deeply shocked yesterday when an interview with US official left gadfly, Michael Moore, was aired.
In the interview, Mr Moore - often challenged over alleged inaccuracies in his films - said that Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, "looks as though he has half a brain".
A stunned populace exclaimed, almost in unison - "That's a lie! he looks as though he only has QUARTER of a brain!"
Of course, Mr Howard - who has never been able to trade in his looks:
is well known as a skilled political operator - and an expert in Outlast Games (having won his job by grimly outlasting all opponents, the last of whom, Andrew Peacock, gave up a few years ago, accepting, wearily, a post as Ambassador in Washington - where girlfriend, Shirley Maclaine, was observed to fall deeply asleep during a speech by Howard) - nonetheless - Moore's misreading of the apparent brain situation has united a nation just in time to head of fthe winter blues.