So…

I’m sorry to people who follow this blog for the book reviews (those who get an email every time a post goes up), but this week begins with another non-book post! I want to write about the insane car accident I was sort-of involved in yesterday afternoon.

My family decided to go out for a drink yesterday, and my father (who is not young, and I mention this for a reason) picked us all up to head to a café/bar. Even though it’s nearly winter, the temperatures are still in the twenties, and it was warm enough to wear summer clothes.

I want to say: PLEASE follow the road rules! What I saw was an action movie-style car crash up close, and it was awful. We were parked at the traffic lights, and suddenly an SUV was flipping over in the air and about to land on top of us. It hit the traffic light pole, so we escaped the impact.

The car had decided to race through orange turning lights. However, the traffic going through got a green light a moment later, and then…

6th May 2018 Woden Intersection Major Car Crash Flips DC Car Australia Canberra

The image above was taken about an hour after the accident and published in the newspaper (not by me! It would have been horrendous to pull out a camera at the time!), but nobody there then saw what happened. The tail end of another car involved is on the far right (the white one). What you can’t see is how bad it is. It’s totally destroyed. There’s also a third car involved that’s not in the picture.

My father joined about ten others trying to push the car back on its wheels, but it was uphill (you can’t see the gradient in the picture), and it wouldn’t go. The driver was trapped, but she couldn’t climb up to get out. Eventually my father dragged her out the roof, and then climbed into the wreckage to get her licence etc.

What was so amazing about the whole, horrible incident was the people. Only seconds after it happened, dozens of people abandoned their cars and came running to help. Some parked a hundred metres away up side streets and rushed to the scene.

Luckily, the intersection is steps from Canberra’s main hospital, and an ambulance happened to be a few cars behind us.

I will never forget watching a car hurtling through the air towards us.

Everyone: PLEASE just follow the road rules. Speeding is not worth it!

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Ukrainian Christmas

Capital life and random beauty…

The main Ukrainian Christmas celebrations are the night before, but this 40+ degree too-hot day in Canberra was Ukrainian Christmas.

The first picture shows the traditional extra table setting Ukrainians have for family members who have died.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Table Setting for Family Members who have Died Christmas Table Christmas Tree

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Christmas Tree

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Silver Christmas Tree Silver Blue Gold Decorations

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The Week: 18th – 24th September

Spring Flowers Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 21st September 2017 Garden Nature Red

Spring in Canberra

Mostly gorgeous week here. We had temperatures up to 30 degrees, which makes it nearly ten degrees warmer than Barcelona a couple of weeks ago. The difference? In Barcelona everyone dresses for summer. In Canberra a lot of people dress like it’s mid-winter. People are weird.

We booked a group family trip to Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains this week. We’ll be going over New Year. It will be summer here, so hopefully the mountains won’t be too snowy at that time of year!

Yesterday the highway between Canberra (as in Australia’s capital city) and Sydney (as in Australia’s biggest city) was closed because of a bushfire. We knew people who had to turn around and come back to Canberra.

In September.

Just after winter.

We also had the hottest September day in history, and they are predicting a catastrophic bushfire season (yes, here “bushfire season” is actually a thing) for us. But – hey – climate change doesn’t exist…?!

Floriade is in full swing, but I haven’t been this year (so far). I really need to go earlier one year before half the flowers have died!

New (AWFUL!) cover for Lisa Kleypas

My review of Amish Christmas Twins by Patricia Davids

Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Truth?

Pride and Prejudice Anniversary

On this day: the birth of a theatre star

In Times Gone By...

Fred & Adele Astaire. circa 1906. The photograph is a publicity photograph illustrating Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in a vaudeville act entitled A Rainy Saturday.

Fred and Adele Astaire, circa 1906.

Adele Astaire, stage star and sister of her movie star brother, Fred, was born in Omaha, Nebraskaon the 10th of September, 1896. Her birth name was Adele Marie Austerlitz, but the surname was changed to make her sound more “American”. As a child, she and her brother moved to New York to attend the Alviene Master School of the Theatre and Academy of Cultural Arts.

Publicity photograph of Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in 1921.

In 1921

Three years Fred’s senior, Adele was actually the more successful stage performer of the two siblings. However her brother went on to find Hollywood fame, and while Adele considered moving into film, she abandoned the plan, admitting to being intimidated by her brother.

Astaire married twice (her first husband died in this thirties), and had three children. She was considered the more personable of the two siblings.

She died in January of 1981, at the age of eighty-four.

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