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In a John Clarke and Brian Dawe interview, the phrase,"we haven't been able to use the fan for nearly a fortnight." What metaphoric expression was this phrase actually referring to? I've googled for ages and come up against a blank wall.

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Can you post a link to the interview so we can see the phrase in context? – Andy F May 19 '11 at 6:58
you have a link for that interview? – Paul Amerigo Pajo May 19 '11 at 6:59
Hmmm... I'll have to look around a bit. I actually read it in a book. – Thursagen May 19 '11 at 7:02
youtube.com/watch?v=C-8UV2nJkh0 – Thursagen May 19 '11 at 7:16
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He's referring to the phrase "When the shit hits the fan". The senator mentions in the interview that the last time he made speculative comment about the issue he wasn't able to use the fan for a while. This, presumably, is because when he made the comments last time so much shit hit the fan that he wasn't able to use it for a fortnight.

No one likes a shitty fan.

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