Sep 11, 2010

September 11 in 3 Cities.

Saturday September 11 2010 in Sydney dawned with clear skies and progressed into one of those beautiful spring days that can sadly be taken for granted in countries whose citizens enjoy political and religious freedom under a democratic government whilst walking clean, tree lined streets free of land mines, armed soldiers and drug lords.

For people in many parts of the world, today was a day of reflection.  Nine years ago in the United States, New York City stopped and grieved.  The recovery and forgiving continue.  In Florida, uncertainty remains over the reason why a small church abandoned their Koran burning day to mark the bombing in New York City and the plans to build a mosque and religious centre near Ground Zero.  The news in Australia is imprecise about exactly what is happening  between the Pastor, his mediator and the cleric in New York.  It is hard to see how such an act can be condoned as an act of God by any stretch and manipulation of the Bible and its teaching.

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For those in Chile, September 11 1973 was the day the government lead by President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a bloody coup by Auguste Pinochet.  Ariel Dorfman, the cultural advisor to President Allende survived the coup thanks to the stroke of a pen that saw his name crossed of the list of advisors that were summoned to the palace on that fateful day.  His work continues to the present day, to tell the truth and convey the suffering of that time to the world.  He described seeing the tortured victims of Pinochet as 'men shivering in the sun' so great was their pain, loss and suffering.

Sitting in a warm cafe car wash with my laptop is trivial in comparison.  As individuals, perhaps our work in the general scheme of the world is to practice tolerance and humanity wherever we may be and no matter how hard it may be.

I don't really know how to change the mood of today's post after all of that.  Didn't mean to be so bleak on a Saturday.

Today was meant to be a day of decisive action.  I had specific business in the city today which involved solving my personal oil crisis.

Facial oil treatments for all seasons - Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil on the left and the precious last few drops of my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Complex on the right.

On the left, is my winter facial oil - Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil.  On the right is a sample of Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Complex.  It's fantastic for the warmer months and smells divine.  It is lighter than rosehip oil which can be a bit heavy for summer.  Both absorb quickly but the Kiehl's definitely does this more quickly.

I was given the sample by the lovely ladies at DJ's in the city.  I went back today to buy the full size version and was devastated to find that they had sold out.  So I'm on the waiting list.  Readers, this is a sign that we are witnessing the arrival of the latest cult skincare item.  You have been warned.  I will report back when my name comes up on the waiting list.  How exciting.  Isn't this the kind of thing that happens at Harvey Nichols beauty counters?  The waiting list I mean.

I've just come home from a fruitful evening walk.  Picked up my chicken Pad Thai (no home delivery for orders less than $25) and some strawberries.  It's way harder to eat noodles straight out of the takeaway box than Sarah Jessica Parker / Carrie Bradshaw had lead me to believe.

It's movie time now.  I've got The Blind Side tonight and reckon it's going to be great.

Have a lovely evening everyone.


  1. Oooooo. You will love the blind side.

    And your post was informative and beautifully written. Not bleak at all. Sad at what human being can do to each other. But not bleak.

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  3. Melissa: thank you, it was a great film.

    Mr Lonely: thanks for stopping by, I will read your blog when I can.

    SSG xxx

  4. Hello! Have been browsing through your blog and I wanted to tell you I like how you manage to marry current events and your skincare routine! I'm not sure if anyone else can pull it off. It was great to meet you the other day - have you been practicing with your camera?

  5. Trissa: Hello again! Hope the cupcake class went well. I've not been practicing on food but I have won a 50mm lens off ebay. Will start with all the Good Food Month stuff happening here in Sydney next month.

    She Wore It Well: I love RHO too but the scent of the Kiehl's version is so addictive.

    SSG xxx


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