tiistaina, kesäkuuta 06, 2006
maanantaina, elokuuta 29, 2005
it's been a while, hasn't it?
I just had to share a conversation i had with one of el prima's daughters the other day. I don't know how we got onto the topic, but we were talking about dying hair. She's 11.
"Some people dye the hair on their legs, don't they?"
"Yeah, I guess they do. Maybe to make it blonde."
"Well, I want to dye my leg hair BLACK so you can see it!"
tiistaina, elokuuta 02, 2005
*insert customary disclaimer about how I really DON'T watch "big brother" at all, but get my doses secondhand from such reputable sources as fopovision and channel A**
I have two words for you:
1. suffer; and
ps, I am so happy that the "pink mafia" are finally getting some press. That's right folks - don't fuck with the family!
But what of the headline "gays abandon kate" - what are we? her MOTHER?
maanantaina, kesäkuuta 20, 2005
Screwing over your staff begins at home
This is just beautiful - the Workplace Relations minister, Kevin Andrews is facing a revolt within his department because of his department's heavy-handed application of the workplace policies he is now seeking to extend to all Australian employees.
For the past nine months, Mr Andrews's department has been locked in a battle with half its 3000 staff, who are holding out against the Government's preferred course that they sign AWAs.
In Mr Andrews's Department of Employment and Workplace Relations it is official policy that all new staff are only employed on AWAs.
But the department recently told 15 employees in Melbourne that if they wanted to continue working, they would need to sign AWAs.
The staff were even provided with forms that already had the yes box ticked to the question: "I acknowledge my commitment to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement." Division secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union Lisa Newman said the department withdrew the forms only after her union obtained legal advice that the offer constituted duress.
Department staff on fixed-term contracts were also told they would have to sign AWAs if they wanted permanent positions. This condition was also later withdrawn.
torstaina, kesäkuuta 09, 2005
I *knew* this would happen!
Once you start doing those "meme" things, who knows WHERE it will stop?!?
Somewhere silly, that's where! It is a mere slippery slope into absurdity, but, in the spirit of restoring some faith in my haphazard blog-citizenship I unwillingly comply.
01). Total volume of music files on my computer?
this is SO going to erode both my music credibility and geek credibility...
i don't have erm, any music files on my computer.
before you rush me off to hospital in a big "geek emergency" ambulance, let me attempt to dig myself a little deeper. my home computer is a laptop circa 1997.
02). The last CD I bought was:
oh this just gets worse...
how technical do we have to be here?
the last CD i *technically* bought (but it wasn't for me - it was for el prima's youngest daughters) was "times tables tunes" by god knows who. it's a catchy little number that has each of the times tables up to 12 put to music (with various "rock", "country", "jazz" and most highlariously "hip hop" versions).
the last CD i bought for me was Madonna "american life" and Missy Elliot "so addictive" at the same time. they were in the bargain bin for $9.95 a pop, so I was very happy, as they are both one's I've borrowed and enjoyed at various times.
03a). The last song I listened to before writing this was...
the Supremes, "stop in the name of love" - playing on el prima's daughter's radio when i left the house this morning.
3b). Song playing right now...
this really can't all be coincidence, can it..?
the theme to Beverley Hills Cop on my workmates's computer...
04). Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me.
1) bjork - hyperballad
2) missy elliot - lick shots (or more specifically, the phrase "AAAAAARRRGGGHHH! - I'm a crazy ho" which i take as my motto for life).
3) quindon tarver / mary schmidt - "the sunscreen song"/ "everybody's free (to wear sunscreen" It's corny, but a long of it makes sense, even if it does piss me off that baz luhrman felt the need to hire a man to read a woman's words.
4) miss dynamite - little brother - cos i put it on a corny birthday cd for my little brother, and now i love it.
5) lil kim - this is a warning (oh, i know, so violent and all! so tough! but i love it, and it is an amazing song)
05). Which five people are you passing this on to?
1) fop - who hates this stuff and will almost certainly fail to comply with his statutory requirements.
Aside from him, most people seem to have already done it... in which case they are excused.
maanantaina, toukokuuta 30, 2005
oh - i've been tagged!
1. Total number of books I've owned:
about 800kgs? that's what it felt like when I was lugging them (with some assistance) down 6 flights of stairs and then into our new house last weekend... and there are more stashed under my dad's house back in melbourne. i'm still looking for my 1950s homemaking guide for instructions on making your own furniture / curtains / kitch lampshades and i really hope it is under the house. how will i do without - especially as i now need to make 4 sets of new curtains etc...
2) The last book I bought:
"Heidi" for el prima's kids from the salvos. It was soppy, girly and moralistic enough for me as a ten year old, why not them?
3) The last book I read:
I'm quite bad at actually finishing books at the moment. I've got about 4 on the go at once, all progressing quite slowly. "the girls" (about marlene dietrich and greta garbo and other hollywood lesbonics - thanks Brownie!), "god under howard" by marion maddox (i lost it for a bit and the last part isn't as great as the beginning), "the red queen" by margaret drabble (purchased in an airport, and no, she isn't as good as she was, sadly - quite dull), "managing without profit" by mike hudson (about running not-for-profit organisations - because I've just been appointed to a board of one and i want to be good at it. this book is a really good guide apparently). And then I'm nearly finished reading a book about wombats with el prima's younger kids. It talks a lot about their poo, which is fascinating! (square and usually in piles of five, in case you are wondering)
4) 5 books that mean a lot to me:
the brothers lionheart (brodorna lejonhjarta) : astrid lindgren (the first book i ever read "by myself" when i was in hospital when I was 7. It's got politics, religion, fairytale, family, human character and dragons all rolled into one.) it's still den bästa bok jag nånsin läst. The film version is also the favorite film of Agnes from "fucking amal" (Show me love).
ronia the robber's daughter (ronja roverdotter) : astrid lindgren again (it was from my godmother, and i read it under a big swedish doona in bed at her house when i was eleven. it is about the wisdom of children, and the crazy grudges of adults.)
alice in wonderland : lewis carroll (and the parallel / dream universe it brings with it) i also loved the annotated alice, and for a while after i found it (when i was about 12) i thought that all books had a annotated version which could tell you all the stories around it.
cat's eye : margaret attwood (about memory, pain, and the cruel intense wonderful thing that is female friendship)
keep the aspidistra flying : george orwell (it's about money and someone obsessed with his theory that money doesn't -or shouldn't- matter, by which he proves very admirably that it does. also kind of sad and whimsical. whenever i think of this book i can remember exactly where i was sitting when i realised ho much i loved it - it was autumn and sunny and i sat on a bench in the formal front garden of the school where i was working in england, and as i sat it got colder and colder but i just wanted to stay and keep reading in that cold still place.)
5)"Tag 5 people and have them fill this out on their blogs:"
Fop - because every book he's forced upon me has been fantastic.
Susoz - because they will be brainy and interesting.
Misspiss - because i can imagine that hobart serves very well for curling up with books.
Suki - because i want to know!
Jellyfish - because because because because becaaaaaaaaaause! because of the wonderful things she does!
sunnuntaina, toukokuuta 22, 2005
For fuck's sake...
Can someone please explain the concept of post-traumatic stress to this judge??
Here is a case where a father is being tried for incest and sexual abuse of his son (14) and daughter (16). The prosecution has requested the court to allow the kids to give evidence by video link because they are so damn scared of the man. The defence has agreed. But the judge? Oh no, he wants to bring these kids out in front of their abuser, and to explain exactly why they don't want to be in the same room as him, let alone to explain to the court what he did to them under his glare.
Despite the court rules being specifically amended to allow for televised evidence in cases such as these, Judge Hart wasn't happy with the request, responding that,
"ideally a jury should have a witness right here in front (of) them, where they can see the person in real life, reasonably close up and can not only listen but can watch and see and observe, and so on. I think in that way a jury is best able to assess the credibility or reliability, or whatever you like, of a witness," he said.
He described the use of the remote witness facility as a "second-best practice".
I think if the court was going to the trouble of installing a closed circuit television link, they'd probably get one that enabled you to "watch and see and observe" the witness - don't you? But apparently that's not good enough.
Usually, the worst bit about a trial for survivors of sexual abuse / assault is the defence cross examination. But here, the judge took it upon himself to press the daughter as to why she didn't want to give evidence with her father watching. This is from the court transcript - the girl was giving evidence in open court with her father in the dock opposite her:
JUDGE: Why are you holding your hand up like that? (The girl is hiding her face.)
GIRL: Because I don't want to look over there.
JUDGE: Over where?
GIRL: Over there.
GIRL: Because I don't want to see.
JUDGE: Why not?
GIRL: Because I think I'm going to be sick.
JUDGE: Because what?
GIRL: Because I think I'm going to be sick.
JUDGE: You're going to be sick. Why? If you see your father?
JUDGE: Is that what you're saying? (At this point the girl became distressed.)
JUDGE: Do you want to give evidence from another room?
GIRL: Yes, please.
JUDGE: Why is that?
GIRL: Because I can't do it in here.
JUDGE: Why not?
GIRL: Because I think I'm going to pass out. I can't do it with all the people in the room. I want to do it by myself.
JUDGE: Are you frightened by all these people that are here now? (The girl makes an indistinct reply.)
JUDGE: Sorry? You think you might pass out?
GIRL: I can't breathe, just, please sir.
JUDGE: You can't what?
GIRL: I can't breathe.
JUDGE: You can't breathe. Do you want to tell me why you don't want to give evidence here from where you are?
GIRL: Because it makes me very, very uncomfortable and nervous saying it in front of lots of people and I just . . .
JUDGE: Inevitably it's got to be said in front of some.
GIRL: I know, but I won't know it will be in front of all the people. They won't be staring at me and I won't see them.
Funnily enough, the day after this grilling, on the way to court, the girl tried to grab the steering wheel of the social worker's car and cause an accident, in an apparent suicide attempt.
The judge has now dismissed the jury and the matter will not be relisted again until psychiatric evidence has been produced showing that she is able to give evidence and that it won't "exacerbate her condition". I love it how, once again, the blame is squarely on the victim and "her condition" rather than on a harrowing trial process run by an inflexible judge with a very odd sense of compassion.