Aug 3, 2013

Distractions From The Election.



Thank you readers for pointing out that no, the election date hasn't been called yet.  I got a bit excited at the weekend headlines.  I'm still in need of distraction from the election though...  Post updated accordingly.

SSG xxx


We've still not gotten ourselves an election date.  And it's been a pretty slow news week to boot. I've read my Prince George edition of the AWW and surfed the net in search of the Duchess' Jenny Packham dress to no avail, North West and her parents were yet to surface and two of the trainers from Biggest Loser who suddenly got together were now just as suddenly no longer.


There was false hope in my suburb on the election front, though. Look who I met at Coles this morning after the gym and before my first coffee of the day? It's going to be a long four weeks. I can feel it already. Need to escape? I've started already. And the best bit? I haven't even had to leave my lounge room and risk being paper bombed with more election themed reading material.


www.theage.com.au

Better Man is a mini series that was recently on SBS. It tells the story of Vietnamese Australian Van Nguyen who was arrested in Singapore and convicted of trafficking a large amount of heroin. The series begins by filling in the back story that lead to Van trafficking heroin in the first place. A young man saddled with too much family responsibility at too young an age, Van finds himself in serious debt trying to protect his family. With no way to earn the money required, Van ends up being a mule for a vicious drug syndicate. Arrested in Singapore, Van cracks under the pressure of his own exhaustion and the interrogation process. He signs a statement confessing to trafficking before the Australian Embassy had a chance to get involved. The rest of the series explores the three year legal battle of his impassioned legal team.

True stories like this will always be difficult and painful to recreate for entertainment, especially when many of the central characters are still alive and grieving. However, Better Man has been beautifully crafted - the harrowing scenes of the drug trafficking industry and the effect of poverty on vulnerable lives blend into the lush, natural beauty of Vietnam, Singapore and Cambodia. And then there's the stellar cast including David Wenham, Claudia Karvan and Brian Brown. If you missed the series, SBS have the episodes on demand via their website.


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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight is my first obsessive Kindle read for the month. The Amelia of the title is a teenager who lived in New York until her untimely death after apparently jumping to her death from a balcony at her exclusive Brooklyn school. Kate, Amelia's mother, is the person doing the reconstructing by reading the hundreds of messages she found on Amelia's phone. Did Amelia really kill herself or was she pushed? McCreight offers an interesting take on what life is like for teenage girls in this age of social media and compulsive text messaging. If you thought things were pretty intense when you were young......

Google tells me that Nicole Kidman has the film rights to Reconstructing Amelia. It's a novel made for a film adaptation. I'll be waiting on developments with interest.

How are you going to play the next few weeks until the election? Will you be paying close attention to the Kevin and Tony show or will you be tuning out for a bit?



12 comments:

  1. In a way I'm kind of glad that the election has been called, at least now there is less debating about "when will the election be", haha.

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  2. I have the same purse that's hiding baby George's scalp. Such a cheerful colour. Thanks for the reviews. I get caught up in Foxtel and forget about the talent Australia offers. I haven't read a novel since I had babies, but am nearly ready. As for the election, I'm sure my husband will keep me updated. Have a good week!

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  3. I don't think the election has been called, Rudd said he would be attending the G20 conference

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    1. Thanks Anon, duly noted and I've corrected my post.

      Where would I be without my readers?

      SSG xxx

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    2. Please correct me - he has now called it on your nominated date, you are an oracle ;)

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  4. I can't find any official confirmation that it has been called - where can I find that? I can only find stories of speculation re this date, nothing official. There is nothing on any of the news sites, and I would think this would be a relatively large news item.

    Plus he wants to go to the g20, so I am doubtful it will be the 7th.

    I wish he would hurry up and announce a date. I want to work at this election - I have worked at the past 2 and it was awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Snoskred. My bad.

      Agree with you re working (or travelling) during Election Day...

      SSG xxx

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    2. Can I just say, no offence meant to anyone who likes the guy, but Kevin Rudd is an enormous nitwit.

      Why couldn't he have just said yesterday when people asked him. He must have known this would be the date. He must have known he was going to call it. Why does he have to be such an international man of mystery, instead of straightforward with people?

      If he does lose, little stuff like this will be why.

      I rely on people like yourself to keep me up to date on these things, I don't bother with the news much these days, I just read the blogs in my feedreader.

      So when you posted it was a go, I logged into AEC to see if any positions had been offered to me. Nothing yet, sadly - I think my area organiser is a bit slow off the mark - some of the areas already have everyone employed and ready to go whatever the date turned out to be! Then I went to see if I could find it in the news, and had no luck.

      I don't like either of these two "presidential" candidates. I wish we had Malcolm Turnbull as a leader option. I like that guy, and I feel like he says what he thinks and means it.

      If you have never worked an election, SSG, you should put your name up for consideration. I have to tell you it is one of the most fascinating jobs I have ever had, and the money isn't too bad either.

      Anyone interested in applying for an election job - aec dot gov dot au then click on working at the election. :)

      And anyone voting, if you are going to draw male private parts on your ballot rather than actually vote, if you want to impress us vote counters, USE THE WHOLE CANVAS. You have a piece of paper which is about a metre long. Do not draw the size of your own manhood, or the size of manhoods with which you are familiar.

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  5. Argh I thought Rudd called an election on 7th Sep?? Was I misinformed?

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    1. Duh! I think it's just happening now. After I corrected my post.

      So confusing.

      SSG xxx

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  6. I watched the last ep of better man.

    I bawled.

    I think the discussion re drug legalisation needs to recommence.

    I will be in Koh Samui on the 7th.

    If Joe Hockey becomes treasurer, he ought to put in more funding for bariatric surgery. He has reaped the benefits of a lap band himself.

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  7. I think I read somewhere the dress was a custom made job xx

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