Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Penny's media pickings vol #1

I always find it interesting reading what foreign journalists write about Australia. I read this article on the plane on the way to Singapore. It was in the International Herald Tribune, which is published by the NY Times and in my view, is an unbiased, thoughtful and not to mention beautifully written paper. I first discovered the Tribune in Phuket and completely forgot how fantastic it was until the flight.

The article relates to the debate concerning multiculturalism in Australia and disturbed me. I highlight one snippet quoting our very own Voldmor... I mean, Prime Minister:

If multiculturalism
"means that we're going to encourage people to maintain their differences and that basically we have an attitude that, well, all cultures are equal, all cultures are the same, then I don't think people feel comfortable with that," he said in a radio interview last year.

This article made me sad to be leaving Australia right now, when everything seems to be going in the wrong direction. The way the article was written, in a matter-of-fact way that was not taking sides or being critical of the government, made this apparent swing in attitudes at home, from tolerance and pride in cultural differences to nationalism and forced adoption of Ostralya's 'values' (determined by who?), seem all the more real and bleak.

This is a sensitive topic and I'm not even going to pretend that I understand or am able to articulate all the different sides to the debate. But now I have arrived in London I am reminded that in Australia, we don't even really know what true multiculturalism is.

In other less depressing news, London related posts and pictures are on their way! Just as soon as I've figured how to upload pictures to my new housemate, AJ's, computer. Funny how I never learnt how to do that.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Oh happy day!

This blog was not supposed to be for political commentary. But occasionally a particular event occurs and you just have to express yourself...

Hillary is in the race! YAY!!!!!!!

I've been waiting for this day for a while (I've been waiting for it in Australia too, but I think I'll be waiting a long time for that one).

Okay so, maybe she buggered up health care (even more) in the US when she had a crack at reforming it during the presidency of her husband, Bill 'hot pants' Clinton. Maybe she's changed her position on Iraq far too many times (not to mention supporting the war in the first place). Maybe she has made some questionable hair-related decisions in the past. And maybe, she is a wee bit vapid. I don't care. I still love her.

She's not perfect, but I hope I'm not alone in thinking how great it would be to have a woman who is so intelligent, responsible, tough and a DEMOCRAT as the US President (Go away Condoleezza - I'm not interested in you).

Okay, rant's over now. But America, don't let me down.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Jumping on the bandwagon


Well, I've done it at last. It's taken me a while, because I much prefer reading what everyone else has to say. But since I'm going away and have always been a totally shithouse group emailer, I'm giving this a try instead. So this is a bit experimental for me. Bear with me here! Remember I've spent the last two years drafting legal documents.

This blog is for friends and family. It probably won't contain any astute observations about anything. I probably talk a fair bit about Harry Potter (especially since I'll be so much nearer JK's home base). And the joys of being unemployed in an extremely expensive city. Stuff like that.

Feel free to leave me comments so I don't look like a nigel-no-friends. But take note that my parents/relatives/younger siblings will be reading this bog. So keep it clean. Okay.