pseudo swede blemishes the internet with her impure thoughts and so on.

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?

GIRL: Please.

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.

maanantaina, toukokuuta 16, 2005


Kylie has breast cancer.

A friend just forwarded me the press release below.

i hope she is alright. I think she's a tough little cookie and she's going to beat it.



The Frontier Touring Company, promoter of Kylie’s upcoming Showgirl Tour today confirmed that Kylie’s tour has been postponed due to health reasons.

The following statement was issued by Kylie’s management:

Whilst at home in Melbourne with her family this week prior to her Australian Showgirl Tour, Kylie was diagnosed with early breast cancer. She will undergo immediate treatment and consequently her Australian tour will not be able to proceed as planned.

Kylie said today “I was so looking forward to bringing the Showgirl tour to Australian audiences, and am sorry to have to disappoint my fans. Nevertheless hopefully all will work out fine and I’ll be back with you all again soon.”

Kylie’s Showgirl Tour was scheduled to tour Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth over the next month. Patrons should hang onto their tickets pending the announcement of new Showgirl dates.

Michael Gudinski and The Frontier Touring Company wish Kylie the speediest of recoveries.

For further MEDIA enquiries please contact

Reegan Stark from The Frontier Touring Company
on 03 9695 7851 or 03 9690 3000
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