The Week: 4th – 10th December

Rainbow Number Plates Canberra Australia Gay Pride Gay Marriage Same Sex Marriage 2017

We have rainbow number plates in Canberra.

The big news in Australia this week: we finally, decisively legalised same sex marriage. It’s permanent this time, unlike when the High Court took it off Canberra four years ago. Our local government is giving free marriage licences to anybody who got married in Canberra that time and then had their marriages declared invalid.

It was inevitable it would happen – the world is changing – and those who wasted over a hundred million of our dollars on a survey, and stalled and stalled and stalled, should be ashamed.

Varenyky Ukrainian Dumplings Potato Dumplings Ukrainian Food Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia 9th December 2017

Ukrainian food for the weekend.

It’s nearly Christmas, and I haven’t ever been this disorganised. Everything is late this year!

100 Years Ago

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Coming Up for Madeline Hunter

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

Recommended Christmas Read

A Baby for Christmas (Sweet Home Montana Book 2) by Joan Kilby

My review of His Frontier Christmas Family (Frontier Bachelors #7) by Regina Scott

His Frontier Christmas Family (Frontier Bachelors #7) by Regina Scott

My review of Twelve Days in December (Hearthfire Romance #3.5) by Michele Paige Holmes

Twelve Days in December (Hearthfire Romance #3.5) by Michele Paige Holmes

This Cover!

A Time to Give (About the Baby #1) by Kathryn Shay 2005 Harlequin Cover

 

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The Week: 16th – 22nd October

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The lilac is out in Canberra, and smells gorgeous.

Sunshine and spring flowers on Tuesday afternoon.

 

My review of The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

Joanna Shupe Excerpt: A Daring Arrangement

A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred Book #1) by Joanna Shupe

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

The anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of Ukrainians

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list.

Cover Love

Clementine Ford: It’s 2017 and people still assume the person in charge is a man

The Week: 24th – 30th July

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.

My review of A Ring for the Pregnant Debutante by Laura Martin

A Repost

This Book!

Cover Love

Just Because

The world has been revolting this week. I was supposed to finish and review a couple of books yesterday – I didn’t. So, instead, here is the ten-year (sort of) anniversary of Ukraine’s fantastically crazy 2007 Eurovision performance.

Fun fact: I was in Helsinki in Finland that year, attending Eurovision! You can actually see me standing with my brother in the live broadcast (not this video; we were up close in the telecast that ran that night.).

The Week: 17th – 23rd July

Gorgeous Sunny Winter Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 17th July 2017 Garden Nature Gum Tree

Gorgeous Sunny Winter Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 17th July 2017 Garden Nature

Winter sunshine in Canberra on Monday afternoon.

This week marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Three years since MH17 was shot down.

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).

Canberra MH17 Service 26th July 2014

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.

My review of The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean

Jane Austen around the world.

TV Adaptation for Sylvia Day

Beverly Jenkins Launches GoFundMe to Bring Novel to the Big Screen

Three Years

Today marks three years since Russia shot down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Above is a news photo of the Australian service for the event, which was held by the Ukrainian community in Canberra, with embassy staff (USA, Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Georgia, Romania and so on) and state and federal politicians attending. To the left of the picture are the Ukrainian vice consul and the Dutch ambassador, who were two of the many speakers at the service. (I was behind the vice consul, but Mykola is a big guy, and you can’t see me…)

Dozens of Australians were on the flight, and were killed.

HERE is powerful piece from the American lawyer representing families of Australian, New Zealander, Dutch and Malaysian victims in their case against Vladimir Putin.

The war rages on, and perhaps the media will remind people of that fact as we mark the anniversary of this stupid, senseless disaster.