Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mummified is horrified

Ok then. You got your basic - women wearing skimpy outfits and swaying their hips suggestively as "asking for it " (it being rape) type argument coming from the Ramadan sermon of our most senior muslim cleric in Australia - Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali.

(Yes, lets use such an important sermon in the muslim calendar to promote hatred - what a brilliant idea...)

And, to cement our reputation as barbaric and misogynist, the recent gang rape of a mentally impaired 16 year old (including setting her hair alight) in Werribee portrayed as "a bit of fun".

Actually, you should see the DVD - they filmed the incident and sold copies to their mates for $5 each. Having fun and making a profit - geez, does it get any better than this ?

Interested in your comments....

Sunday, October 22, 2006

An inconvenient truth - or Al Gore's slide show

See it.
Think about it.
Debate it with friends and family.
Decide what you need to do.
Do it.
There is nothing more to say.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Devil wears Prada - Who was the devil again ?

So I still can't decide - is it the Meryl Streep character who is supposed to be the devil or the Anne Hathaway character ? Because it seems to me like Meryl is:

a) working hard and doing her job well
b) telling it like it is - ie I work in fashion, it is what it is and it is indeed all about making money and influencing trends in a very competitive environment
c) giving the "smart" girl who is utterly clueless - a break

wheras the Anna Hathaway character is:

a) whiny
b) sanctimonious
c) lacking commitment
d) playing the "but she made me do it" card for all it is worth

Yes, yes, there are some outrageously demanding antics on the part of Ms Priestly. She is very, very naughty to ask some of the things she does of her staff. However, I'd prefer to work with Miranda Priestly any day of the week.

Hell, I'd learn a lot more than College taught me.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Now that I have more than 30 seconds free...

As regular readers will know, I LOVE people who question the why's and wherefores of this little world we like to call home. Passive blobs who just suck up everything they are told and accept it frighten me.

And I love a blog that displays a bit of independent thinking, a hefty dose of scepticism and humour - yeah humour, lets all have a laugh.

If I could articulate my thoughts as well as this bloke, I would be a very happy woman.

Monday, October 16, 2006

It's not like you can blame her...

JK Rowling has apparently given up writing books to flirt with boys. Oh well, it happens to the best of us. (Yes, I do realise they are pulling our collective legs).


An emotional vacumn cleaner...

Area Woman Emotionally Invested In Jennifer Aniston's Well-Being (From The Onion)
October 15, 2006

SCOTTDALE, PA—Pennsylvania native and entertainment-news consumer Gayle Caudill admitted to a deep personal investment in the happiness and well-being of TV and film star Jennifer Aniston, an international celebrity who has a reported net worth of $80 million, and, according to Caudill, is "a down-to-earth gal just like myself."

Like the international celebrity, Caudill has also been through "so much." "She's had her share of troubles, like anyone else," said Caudill, referring to Aniston's much-reported divorce from fellow megastar Brad Pitt. "But if I know Jen Aniston, she'll come out on top. She's a survivor."

The divorced 41-year-old dental-office receptionist and self-proclaimed "Team Aniston" member said she felt an "uncanny" bond with the $8-million-per-picture superstar. The two have never met, and are not expected to.

Don't get me wrong. What I am about to write is not a crticism of Gayle or others of her ilk.
That would be foolish given that this story is a spoof that appeared in The Onion.

However, I too have stood at the supermarket checkout and flicked through the types of magazines that carry this stuff. In Oz, these babies sell like hot cakes. In fact, better than that, they sell like meth amphetamines to meth heads - ie lots of, heaps and stacks.

And it makes me sad. Now, some of you will dismiss this as being too serious about "a bit of fun". Bear with me though, I think there is more to it than that. I think it is about feeling lost and lonely in a big scary world and clinging on to any brightly coloured floatsam that passes by.

And we chicks are the main culprits. I don't know why we kid ourselves that reading about women wearing small amounts of expensive, glittery material is interesting or even meaningful. But we do. Some of these stars also act as well as being modules (sorry, I think I meant models not modules - no, oops, I did actually mean modules).

It's like their sparkly world is a panacea for all that ails us. We suck it up and it leaves us breathless and a little high. It tempers every cr*p job, bad relationship, no relationship, lack of satisfaction aspect of our lives.

Except, it is actually like meth amphetamines - you subdue the pain but the addiction is worst than the original condition.

Step 1 - sell your soul to pay the mortgage

Step 2 - pick a career that pays well, has kudos and will make your parents proud
Step 3 - do this career everyday until you are nearly 40
Step 4 - stop, reflect, realise you are wasting your life
Step 5 - reset your direction
Step 6 - not up to this bit yet

Sunday, October 08, 2006

And you say you want to be a journalist...

From the Indy Star -

Journalist who criticized government is fatally shot

Moscow -- A prominent Russian journalist known for reporting of human rights abuses in war-torn Chechnya was shot and killed Saturday in her apartment building in what colleagues and authorities described as an apparent assassination.
Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was shot in the chest as she was getting out of an elevator, then was shot in the head, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing investigative sources. The image of the suspected killer was captured on a surveillance videotape, the agency said.

Politkovskaya, a mother of two, was considered one of the toughest critics of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin and of pro-Moscow Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov. One of her areas of expertise was documenting mistreatment of ordinary Chechens by Russian troops or forces loyal to Kadyrov.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Blink of an eye

They say that kiddies grow up in the blink of an eye.
We take pix of little fella as much as we can and have just bought a video camera.
However, some folks take capturing change REALLY seriously.

Check this out for weirdness

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

All lolled out

After a fabbo week up north in the sun (as Nanuk points out, when you are down under - north is warm, south is cold - go figure !) I am all lolled out.

No vodkatinis either. I went instead for the straight tequila slammer - salt and lemon or lime essential. It's great stuff and numbs the constant yelling from the 2 year old quite nicely. After 20 or more you just slide to the floor in a heap. (Joking, I am joking people).

And being the tropics - the lushness of the landscape is a salve to the soul. Rather like I imagine Eden must have been. Althought apparently it wasn't the apple that God got cross about, it was Eve's incessant tequila slammers and nights out clubbing with the snake.

Anyhow am back in the land of the living. And looking forward to summer once I stop torturing the washing machine with endless loads of holiday clothes.

see ya