No weekly roundup, as I’m still in Spain.
No weekly roundup, as I’m still in Spain.
Well, another crazy week in this crazy world. I can’t even be bothered getting into it! We’ve all gone insane.
However, everyone should watch Opera Versus Trump.
I am off to Spain in exactly one week, and will be gone a month. Am I packed? No. Have I wrapped everything up? No. I planned to be ready ages ago, and of course that never happened! 🙂 It didn’t help I’ve had a bad cold all week (or maybe that’s just a very convenient excuse!).
Because we’ve had some major terrorism threats in Australia in the past couple of weeks they’ve upped all our airport security to a point it’s going to be a nightmare next weekend. Our trip will involve flying Canberra to Sydney, to Thailand, to Dubai, to Spain. The stop in Thailand is just half an hour or so, but they make you get off the plane and go through two security checks – just to get back on the same plane again!
My brother is in Croatia, heading to Italy soon. He has to fly home through Doha, which has just been made a lot more interesting with the Gulf blockade on Qatar!
As I said: the world has gone insane. 🙂
Monday sunshine in Canberra
Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Thredbo landslide. I remember the aftermath of the disaster very clearly, and all the media attention surrounding it. Because people tend to pass through Canberra to get to the Snowy Mountains, it had quite an impact around here.
Winter sunshine in Canberra on Monday afternoon.
There was another major service at the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canberra on Saturday, with more ambassadors attending than three years ago (now more countries are worried about the threat from Moscow).
Congratulations to Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews for continuing to win stages in the Tour de France. He is not only from this city, but also from my high school, as was Michael Rogers, former Tour star of my generation, as well as a world champion in the sport. Despite almost zero funding for our public high school from the Federal Government, Melrose High kids achieve things! I doubt there’s any other school in the world that has produced TWO Tour stars. Forgive me for my pride. 🙂 🙂
Devastating news about John McCain’s cancer diagnosis this week. US politics has become so polarised that both the far-left and the far-right are losing their minds, and in the midst of it all you had a decent man who stood up for a lot of things I believe in, even though I’m not on his side of politics. He is one of the ONLY Republicans to have ever stood up against Russian aggression and meddling, and for this alone he’d have had my respect. He stood up for Ukraine from the beginning of this horrific, current war the rest of his party no longer cares about, and has even gone to the frontlines to visit the troops. However, even before then he had my respect on most things, and had a decency to his politics that is sorely missing in the 2010s.
Winter sunshine in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon.
Two members of my family headed off to Europe this week, and two more are going next week. Then I’ll be off in August. I need to start thinking about that!
Some of the places I’m going next month are currently around 47 degrees every day (116.6 Fahrenheit)… I guess I’ll pack light this time.
Another week, another seven days of Trump scandals and sexism, Russia scandals, Putin’s troops continuing their slow invasions of Ukraine and Georgia, terror attacks, anniversaries of terror attacks, an Englishman being jailed for going to fight as a terrorist in Ukraine (and then arguing that you’re only a terrorist if you’re a Muslim in Syria).
What a wonderful world we currently live in.
I propose mandatory IQ and general knowledge tests before anyone is allowed to leave their house!
Crazy cockatoos hanging out here on Friday afternoon. They’re so smug – even when destroying everything in sight! Their feathers look so nice. 🙂
I read a couple of good books this week, but one doesn’t have a release date for months, so I don’t think there’s much point reviewing it yet!
Saturday evening in Canberra. We had literally just sat down at the new Hawaiian restaurant when we were evacuated because of a smoke alarm! I think there were four fire engines that came.
The end of last week: lunch in the country (weird sheep!), and after that drinks next to the lake in Canberra.
We have something of a sulphur-crested cockatoo plague here!
Happy 101st birthday to Olivia de Havilland for yesterday. Perhaps best known for Gone With the Wind, she did a lot more than that over her long career.
Fascinating story about the discovery and restoration of Australia’s first flag.
This week, charges were FINALLY brought against Cardinal George Pell. An Australian, and one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, he has been making news headlines here for years. The levels of victim-blaming have been staggering, and some of the conservative media spokespeople ought to be ashamed of themselves.
And – the less said about Trump’s latest Twitter attacks (the lowest he’s ever sunk?), the better.
Speaking of Christmas books already appearing for review, I read my first of the year this week.