Nerdy Bits

In which I try to enlarge my brain

Catch Up On: DARFUR

I first took notice of Darfur when George Clooney wore a sexy tight t-shirt monogrammed with, “Not On My Watch”, which on further investigation turned out to be the project he founded with other hotties such as Brad Pitt and Matt Damon to, “focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world”. Swoon.  At that stage their focus was on Darfur and the “unimaginable […]

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Catch Up On: 2013 Headliners

So I’ve engaged in a fair bit of naval gazing lately and I’ve realised its very easy to get fixated on all the lint in there. I really need to have a good look at what’s going on Elsewhere. The stories of now, 2013 (crikey that crept op on us didn’t it). So on with it, quick smart, in brief, what’s going on in the world, ready set go… What […]

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Take a Stance on: An Australian Republic

Ah so the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting. I love a bit of good news. Sorry to hear that Kate is laid up with severe morning sickness (otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum otherwise known as spewing your guts up until you’re totally dehydrated). Morning sickness, for those who have not encountered it first hand, sucks large hairy balls. And what’s with the morning title? Mine would wake me […]

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Brush Up On: MUSIC

Well this could be committing blog suicide – I’m about to reveal my music tastes and possibly lose many of my followers (which are few and very hard won so it would be a shame), but it really is time for me to brush up on music – I’m still listening to Wham. I really am…“Another summer, another vacation is over…” And then, I had a dalliance with Damian Leith, because his […]

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Catch Up On: CANCER RESEARCH (Tasteless Song Alert)

I was recently asked to be a guest speaker at a Breast Cancer Research fundraiser – a night out/auction/raffle for Tassie women called Breasts Out for Research. This event has been running for quite a few years now and has raised well over $100,000 for breast cancer research. Pretty impressive for little old Tassie. It is the brain child of breast cancer survivor Nicole Darcy, who says it is her strong […]

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Take a Stance On: TONY ABBOTT’s CHARACTER (By Request) and FEMINISM and POLITICS (By Compulsion)

I have an automatic aversion to Tony Abbott. However I’m concerned that this is a product of successful political mud slinging spin. I would prefer to think that my opinion is immune to spin but I think that’s pretty unrealistic (actually I know it is – last week I bought wrinkle cream with Kakadu plum in it because it is a fair dinkum miracle cream never mind I have observed […]

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Brush Up On: ISLAM

Realised during Sydney’s Muslim riots that I actually don’t know very much about Islam – and I should because the religion is so central to much of our news, not to mention the (according to the 2011 census), 476,300 Australians who identify as Muslim. To be honest, it wasn’t that long ago that I learnt that Islam is the religion whilst Muslims are its adherents. I just kind of thought […]

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Quick Q&A: HOLIDAY BRIEFS

No not knickers you wear while on holiday, although I do leave my daggy ones behind and only bring nice-ish ones on holiday even though they are seen by about the same amount of people as at home (5 –  most of whom take not the slightest bit of notice anyway). Oh and I did actually buy some knickers while shopping on the Gold Coast so I guess they could […]

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Catch Up On: JULIAN ASSANGE and WIKILEAKS

I keep hearing about how Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which leads to visions of him sleeping under a diplomat’s desk* and living on tea and milk coffee biscuits (what’s the deal with those? – they are the beige of the biscuit world, give me a Kingston any day or at least a Nice so I can lick the sugar off). Come to think of it, […]

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Look Back On: Drowning

I know it seems a morbid subject, but ever since I found myself sitting on Tasmania’s memorial to the drowned (Tamanian Sefarer’s Memorial in Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast) a few years ago, I have thought a lot about the poor souls who have succumbed to the trap of water. Somehow – especially given my home is by a river on the coast of an island off the south coast […]

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