The Week: 30th October – 5th November

Halloween Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 31st October 2017

Our version of being ready for Halloween: limoncello and wine!

Saturday sunset in Canberra.

What a week in the news (don’t even get me started on Australia), but it was significant (for me) for another reason: Halloween was the 30th anniversary of my father’s father’s death, and the next day was the 40th anniversary of my mother’s father’s death (he suffered badly resisting the Nazis and the Russians in World War Two, and his health never really recovered).

Yesterday I saw that some neighbours already have their Christmas lights up, and… what??

I’ll just say this: Ukraine bloody well told and told and TOLD America about Russian lies, propaganda and online trolling from at least 2013 (you know, from around when RT News – the Kremlin’s worldwide “news” channel – was reporting that Ukrainians were making mothers watch as they crucified Russian babies).

Nobody in the West cared until it affected them because they see Eastern Europeans as nothing more than a punchline to a joke.

Now, look at the mess that ignorance has created. Trump. Brexit. Cataluña. Neo-Nazis. Bernie or Bust. Violent riots in the streets of a number of countries. And on and on and on.

On the terror attack in New York, and Trump cancelling the Green Card Lottery: does he (or anyone?) realise that the “diversity” visa is the way people like Australians are legally able to move to America? You won’t be keeping “yucky terrorists” out of the country; you’ll be keeping all of us out! Maybe he should just build his wall the whole way around, seeing as he hates all of us…

Other than that, I’m so far behind with my reading. This isn’t helped by the fact NetGalley (review book site) is chock-full of glitches, and half the books aren’t accessible for some reason. They’re aware of the problem, but weeks later still haven’t fixed it.

100 Years Ago

#OTD in 1917 Light Horsemen charge Turkish positions at Beersheba & seize critical wells enabling the British to break the Ottoman line #ww1 Australian War Memorial Canberra First World

My review of To Love a Scandalous Duke (Once Upon A Scandal #1) by Liana De la Rosa

To Love a Scandalous Duke (Once Upon A Scandal #1) by Liana De la Rosa

Sylvia Day’s Afterburn/Aftershock

jax_and_gia-1a Filming of the Afterburn-Aftershock movie begins Friday 7th July Sylvia Day.

Hotel for Book Fans

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Watching: The Age of Innocence

Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)

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

Cover Love

Need I say anything? All my favourites: Victorian, London, 19th-century fashion, atmosphere!

Fun fact: I nearly ended up living and working in Belgravia, but to nineteen-year-old me, it didn’t seem like a great place to be. What an idiot I am; it’s full of rich Brits. 🙂

A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas