The Week: 7th – 13th May

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Autumn in Canberra (this was taken mid-week).

Happy Mother’s Day to people in Australia and other countries where it is celebrated this weekend.

What a weird week. Since I posted last Sunday, a hundred crazy things have happened.

It started with the crazy car accident that nearly took us out at the end of last weekend (that’s not my picture – I wouldn’t have done that when we were busy pulling people from cars).

Then there was the #cockygate trademark drama.

Which was followed by the #rebelliongate trademark drama.

There was a truly horrific crime in Western Australia, where a grandfather murdered three generations of his family on a rural property. Some men’s groups responded by expressing sympathy FOR HIM.

Then there was another terror attack in Paris. For me, the scary thing about this one is I’ve stayed right in that spot four times, sometimes for months at a time.

Today there is a major military memorial event here in Canberra, but the weather has finally turned to autumn. We went from wearing summer dresses outside in the sun on Wednesday, to snow in the national park near us on Friday. I hope it doesn’t rain for this event! (Update: it was all blue skies and sunshine!)

I also blogged about a reread of Tammara Webber’s Breakable.

And posted some Star Wars book craft for the upcoming anniversary of the premiere that took place in the 1970s.

 

 

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The Week: 30th April – 6th May

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Still looking beautiful in Canberra, even though it’s the last month of autumn!

My review of A Devil of a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society #2) by Madeline Hunter

A Devil of a Duke (2018) (The second book in the Decadent Dukes Society series) A novel by Madeline Hunter

My review of Baby on Her Doorstep by Rhonda Gibson

Baby on Her Doorstep by Rhonda Gibson

Release Day for Mary Balogh

Someone to Care (Westcott Family #4) by Mary Balogh

Tribeca Film Festival Gives Russian Propaganda Film Major Award

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Fund in Honour of Miranda Neville

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Release Day for How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

How I Resist Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

Tribeca Film Festival Gives Russian Propaganda Film Major Award

Make Tribeca Film Festival Deprive Anti-Ukrainian Movie Of The Award Phone Duty Russian Propaganda Movie

Deprive Propaganda Movie of Award

Nothing to do with books, but I want to share a petition. ^^^^

I know, everyone’s signing a million petitions on Change.org these days. However, if you wouldn’t mind signing this one…

Any art form comes with responsibility. Promoting propaganda just because you thought the cinematography or script were good is dangerous. It’s appalling. That America will reward and promote Russian propaganda against Ukraine when their own democracy has been so badly damaged by the same thing is incomprehensible. Many thousands of Ukrainians are dead and dying, but the Tribeca folks care more about “art”.

Remember that people were more interested in Leni Riefenstahl’s filmmaking skills than they were in the fact she was making propaganda films for Hitler? It’s not okay.

This movie is anti-Ukrainian, and floats the theory all of Ukraine should be invaded and occupied by Russia.

Sorry, pretentious, arty – ignorant! – film people, but you don’t deserve a pass on this one.

Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush

It has been a week since the funeral of former US First Lady Barbara Bush.

I wanted to mention her because she chose literacy, and specifically children’s literacy, as her cause, and raised hundreds of millions towards it.

You can donate to her literacy organisation HERE.

Reflections Life After the White House by Barbara Bush

Regardless of political affiliation, she was well-liked across the political spectrum, and didn’t always toe the party line (e.g. her views on women’s reproductive rights).

A few years ago I got my hands on a secondhand copy of her book Reflections: Life After the White House. I read it expecting to dislike her and her views, but instead I was surprised by her openness and her willingness to embrace people on both sides of politics.

I only wish there were people worthy of respect in the White House now.

Anzac Day

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Today is Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand’s major day to recognise the military. Australia’s national service takes place at the War Memorial here in Canberra, and we often go to visit the museum afterwards (my father is a veteran).

Of course, this year is a significant one, as it is a hundred years since the First World War ended.

This year is also significant in Australia, as in Canberra and a number of other cities women veterans will be marching together. Why? Because in recent years they have been suffering abuse from strangers who accuse them of wearing their father’s medals – apparently many people still refuse to believe women can serve!

The Week: 16th – 21st April

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Blue skies, summer temperatures, and autumn colours in Canberra this week.

This has been a beautiful week, weather-wise. Why we’re still having summer temperatures when it’s almost winter is very confusing!

We went out to lunch on Saturday (fantastic Spanish restaurant!), and we knew there was going to be back burning in the centre of Canberra, but we weren’t quite prepared to be driving past active burns RIGHT NEXT TO Federal Parliament and the US embassy! I don’t have a proper picture, but here is one from later that afternoon. You can see a sole fire engine on the right, but a few hours earlier the whole place was full of flames and fire engines with lights etc.

The Russian authorities have been making a joke out of everything they’ve done recently. This week they tortured several Crimean Tartars to death. Don’t expect to see it on the Western news…

They’re turning the Novichok assassination attempts in England into a joke, and they now have a food brand named after the poison (“Новичок” is the Cyrillic spelling for the nerve agent – it’s on the labels on the bottles here). And I’d love to know why people think the hammer and sickle symbol tens of millions died under is okay. Imagine if they used the swastika.

This week Twitter *finally* banned Russia’s Kaspersky from advertising on their site. Several years ago I had awkward conversations with young men working at computer shops (JB Hi-Fi – I’m giving you the side-eye!). They were all told to push customers to buy Russian internet security, and I got dirty looks and muttered comments when I told them that – under no circumstances – would I buy Russian-branded security software.

Now, of course, everyone says it. But I am so freaking tired of people refusing to listen to Ukrainians. It’s only been since America and England were touched by Russian misbehaviour that people stopped thinking I was discriminatory and alarmist. It breaks my heart how little everyone listens to people who KNOW.

Recommended Book: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder

The Road to Unfreedom Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder

Coming Soon from Theresa Romain

Lady Rogue (The Roguish Runners Duo #1) by Theresa Romain

Cover Love

Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor (The Sutherland Sisters #1) by Anna Bradley

My review of How Do Cats Do That?: Discover How Cats Do The Amazing Things They Do by Peter Scottsdale

How Do Cats Do That Discover How Cats Do The Amazing Things They Do by Peter Scottsdale

Getting Back on Track

Marry in Scandal (Convenient Marriage series #2) by Anne Gracie

Nineteen Years

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Nineteen Years

In light of the increasing number of  – and increasingly deadly – mass shootings in the United States, it is worth remembering today is the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High massacre. Sadly, things have only got worse since then.

When it happened I was in my final year of school, and the same age as the victims, so it had a huge impact on my generation. At the time nobody could think of anything worse.

America: gun control works! By the time Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into that school in Colorado, USA we’d already had it for three years.