Mar 22, 2013

A Pseudo Spill and A Sorry. The Elusive Notebook.

Well, that was a whole lot of drama for drama's sake. Yesterday's leadership spill that stopped a nation (whilst sending twitter into overdrive) saw PM Gillard retain her position unopposed despite her ex-boss's name being put forward for the contest (without his consent). I dontp't think I'll be alone in not voting Labor this September based on the series of disasters that have been their term of office. Scandals, corruption, failed policies and the pervasive influence of the faceless men - was this term in power purposely spent in 'made for television' mode? However, despite all of this, Julia Gillard has somehow managed to survive the last two years with her wits and dignity intact.

All the hot air wasted on the leadership issue had the unfortunate result of deflecting media attention from what I thought was the more meaningful moment of history being made yesterday. A formal apology was made by both sides of politics to the hundreds of Australians affected by forced adoptions in the 1950s to 1970s. It frightens me that the often illegal processes were still taking place so recently, in my lifetime. And I never really knew about any of it until news of the apology broke. I'd always assumed that forced adoptions were only pushed on unwed mothers in the pre 1950s world.

Julia Gillard opened her address as follows, "Today, this Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering." Over 800 victims were present and there was also news that funding was being made available to help those in need of support as well as to assist them in finding their birth parents. Tony Abbott echoed these words as the whole government took responsibility for the past and the "unimaginable grief" these actions inflicted on innocent children and their parents.

Oh dear, this is a rather sombre post for a Friday, isn't it? Time to introduce a bit of light relief, I think.


Will this cup of tea and mini Easter eggs I had to have the other day do? It was in response to my not being able to find The Notebook at my local DVD store. I looked everywhere under the only categories Video Ezy divides mainstream release films under - drama, comedy and sci fi. Can you believe that the whole of Hollywood can be neatly divided into only three genres?



Yeah, I know. I'm the only woman in the world to have not seen the film or read the book. I don't know how I've still been able to function all this time. What do you think? Did the film change your life? Were there butterflies in your stomach watching a young Ryan Gosling? Was he the only reason you watched the film?Should I persist in looking for the DVD on next weeks tight arse Tuesday? Or should I move on? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Anna (My Design Ethos)March 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I have to admit The Notebook has been a favourite movie of mine for a long time so well worth a watch!

    On a more sombre note I was very happy to see the apology from the government. It wasn't an issue I was aware of at all sadly, until my sister was given the role of playing a girl who had a forced adoption during the 1960s. I can't wait to see the short film about it to get a better understanding of situation (it's called The Lost Souls if anyone would like to see more). xx

  2. Thanks for the info, Anna. I will google.

    SSG xxx

  3. Have to agree with your comment on the nameless faceless men who control the Labour party. Quite sad that any party would choose to keep a leader who the public have made obvious they will not vote for when the alternative would deliver a win.

    However more importantly, onto things that really matter, those mini easter eggs. What brand were and I am curious if they were solid chocolate or had a filling? Only 10 am and already you have brought chocolate to the forefront of my mind.

  4. Hi Vicky

    The eggs are from Princess Coco, Day Street, Sydney CBD. They weren't just plain chocolate either..... I'm getting misty eyed at the memories of how good they were.

    SSG xxx

  5. Simply cannot believe you have never seen the notebook! I warn you - with extra hormones on board - have a box of tissues handy!

  6. It's definitely a film you have to see once. If you need a good cry, it will certainly help with that. But it's beautiful and gorgeously outfitted too.

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