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Archive for April, 2008

Anzac day

It’s a holiday in here today, we are remembering those Australian and New Zealand soldiers killed in battle.

I don’t march or attend services on ANZAC day for the same reasons that In a Strange Land has written about so well. What I did do is tell my children why I think all war is such a terrible thing and how we all (including George W Bush) need to learn from the past.

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Happy Birthday Carmen!

For Carmen’s birthday I hosted a Tea Party! Carmen made a fabbo Pavlova, Shelly made Chocolate Eclairs and I made scones, pikelets and club sandwiches. I say!! We all wore aprons from my vintage apron collection and drank tea from Great Aunty Nora’s vintage tea service. Extreme girly fun was had by all! (full set on flickr)

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Bitch, Bust and Wanderlust

It’s the school holidays so my posts my be erratic over the next two weeks.

Okay, disclaimer over. We had a day in the big smoke yesterday. Oh the joys of escalators and lifts for my poor deprived children! We started off at the Public Library, where I finally got an “out of towner” card. I checked out a copy each of Bitch and Bust magazines and a copy of Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit. I’ve heard a lot about both Bitch and Bust and wanted to have a good look and compare the two. Bust is nice and glossy and it’s latest issue has Flight of the Concords on the cover (gotta be good!) but Bitch does seem to have a lot more substance. Ah well, why can’t a feminist have her cake and eat it too?

I came across Solnit through an article she wrote called “Men explain things to Me”, which really struck a chord with me. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of her before but I’m looking forward to reading Wanderlust.

Here’s an extract from the blurb:

“What does it mean to be out walking in the world, whether in a landscape or a metropolis, on a pilgrimage or a protest march? In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit draws together many histories – of anatomical evolution and city design, of treadmills and labyrinths, of walking clubs and sexual mores – to create a portrait of the range of possibilities for this most basic act… Solnit’s book finds a profound relationship between walking and thinking, walking and culture, and argues for the necessity of preserving the time and space in which to walk in an ever more automobile-dependant and accelerated world.”

We might all have to do a lot more walking when the oil crash comes!

In a lovely piece of synchronicity, a small square of paper fell out of the Bust magazine as I flicked through it. It had a web address on it. Go on, have a look, you know you want to!

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Tag, you’re it!

Drewzel kindly sent me a little thank you award for comments on her site and now it’s time to pass it on to a few folks I know for blog lurve:

Helen
Shelly
Carmen
Pauline
Melissa
Helen R

As Drewzel said:

If you’re named, please put my wee button on your site in a post and if you know of other good souls out there, tag them with it too, because spreading the bloggy lurve is a good thing, and your kindness is very appreciated! As me old mate Morrissey said “It’s so easy to laugh it’s so easy to hate, it take guts to be gentle and kind”…

Thanks everyone!

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Make you smile

Just a silly post, ’cause I can and I like them.

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So there.

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Farewell Mahinarangi

I’m shocked to be writing this post. Mahinarangi Tocker died yesterday after suffering from an asthma attack last week. A great loss to the music community, Maori community and gay community. You can see her briefly in this video about the Tuwhare CD, talking about responding to his poem through grief.

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