Wednesday sunset in Canberra. *
4:29pm Wednesday (which we had about a day too early here, considering time zones!) was the time and day Marty McFly was supposed to arrive in 2015, according to the Back to the Future film franchise. The future is officially in the past now!
I accidentally tamed some baby magpies this week. I figured as I’d already started the job, I might as well continue.
Now they come every evening, standing there and waiting for their snack. A few years ago we had one that used to peck on our back door when it was hungry!
Magpies in Australia are vicious monsters in spring. They swoop everything that moves, putting many people in the hospital every year.
However, they have the most beautiful song of all our birds, and if you tame them early enough they will still be wild, but will be fine around you. One of them started eating out of my hand after three days.
What has been going on in the past fortnight?! Whenever I open a news site – especially a right-leaning site – everyone is in love with Vladimir Putin. Kremlin propaganda has literally turned the whole lot of you. I’ve had a few teary days in the past week, seeing how many people I know now think Putinist Russia is great. I’ve unfriended a whole lot of people online. I’ve cried again. I’ve ranted. I’ve raved. I don’t understand human beings.
Do you support Hitler? Stalin? Kim Jong-un? No? Then why are you supporting a man as evil as the rest of them? Why are you supporting the man who made my own family members refugees?!
I deleted my (pretty damn popular) Tumblr account. I will no longer be on Facebook. Humans horrify me at the moment.
This week I found out that the most amazing Sleeping Beauty ever is available to watch on YouTube. This is an almost painfully long ballet, but I am SO happy to have found it. It features so many gorgeous dancers I have worked with over the years. It’s from 1993, but I think ballet was better and more artistic then than it is now.
The main two dancers are the nicest people in the world
And if you go to the soloist at 1:37:35, you will see the dancer who took me under her wing when I was a silly little thing. A gorgeous woman and dancer. The very skinny, very young man who comes on after her is from here in Canberra.
In Odesa this week, Ukrainians turned a statue of Lenin into a statue of Darth Vader:
Despite Putin putting up more and more and MORE Lenin and Stalin statues (and statues of HIM), Ukraine has a law that all those things have to be gone by this month. Tens of millions of people (the majority of them Ukrainian) died in the name of those monsters.