Wednesday’s sunset in Canberra
Halloween… We’re trying in Australia. This is the first year younger generations won out over the older generations’ “We’re not celebrating that American holiday!” whingeing! In the Canberra region we actually did some decent Halloween celebrating on the weekend!
I was so thrilled last night. We went out to dinner at Italian & Sons for a different reason, but while dropping people off on the way home I saw plenty of Halloween parties and decorations. We’ve finally embraced it!
Even though we were out all evening, we did a few decorations:
Shameless self-promotion: you can buy my Halloween designs HERE.
It’s a little late for this year, however!
Here are our idiot magpies I accidentally tamed, and now they hang around ALL day like they’re pet dogs or something! Whenever they want a snack, they turn up, do this, and then look at me and wait for their reward:
I complain about romance authors and readers who say I don’t watch the news because I don’t like hearing bad things. Because, seriously, that’s pathetic, and I bet when something bad happens to them they want people to care!
I can’t care about everything, but two things that matter very much to me are Ukraine, and the treatment of women in India (my family was based there for some time, and while the women were begging us to raise awareness of these issues, Westerners were too busy loving Bollywood dancing to listen or care). People probably remember all the fuss made about that gang rape case a few years ago, but what most don’t realise is that that sort of thing happens EVERY DAY.
This week, some men in India dug up the body of a woman who died from complications from a miscarriage, and raped her, and then left her body naked and twenty metres from her grave. I’m so sick and bloody tired of any little thing in certain countries making international headlines, but nobody ever hears about this sort of stuff! Articles about it: #1 #2
A very good site to read more about female infanticide and dowry deaths and general misogyny in India is 50 Million Missing. The blog’s name refers to the number of women who have disappeared from India’s population. It’s a shocking statistic, and is the number one reason I’m totally against legalising sex-selection for parents.
I reviewed A Noble Masquerade recently, but here is another review of it that I think is spot-on. Especially important is the mention of the North American evangelical Christianity forced into Regency England. This is something Christian publishers do all the time, and it’s ridiculous. Different country, different era, and a different sort of Christian!