Instructions in the use of the Owen gun. Belmont, Queensland. X
The Australian Women’s Army Service, created to release more men into forward positions in the military during the Second World War, was formed on the 13th of August, 1941.
Sergeant Pritchard (right), the only Japanese translator in the Australian Army. X
The AWAS was preceded by the Women’s Australian National Service in 1940, where women proved they were capable of performing traditionally male roles.
24 026 women were enlisted over the course of the war, and several hundred served in New Guinea.
The AWAS was disbanded in 1947.
When I first saw the news they are talking about remaking Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my first reaction was: can we please not?!
My second reaction: how about we come up with some new shows instead of ruining the old cult hits?!
It’s nothing new for Hollywood to recycle everything, but recently it seems they’ve gone mad on it. I mentioned Roswell before, but it’s not the only one. I mean… they’ve even remade silly MacGyver, with a man who looks like a child playing the lead. And then you have the possibly misguided reunion of the Downton Abbey crowd…
They’re giving Charmed the same remake treatment, too. Despite everyone’s crazy claims it was a feminist show, anything where the lead women make sexist “blonde jokes” every second episode is nothing of the sort, so I don’t care about that one.
But Buffy…? It was one of the best-scripted shows I’ve ever seen. In fact, we had to study it in our scriptwriting units at university.
Buffy was of its era. It was an important show that defined the 1990s. It also came at a time just before television started getting so sleek and high-tech that it started losing its humanity. I don’t want to see a fancier, updated Buffy.
Unfortunately now the show’s tainted with the discovery of exactly what a dickhead its creator, Joss Whedon, is. He’s not only not a feminist, but he spent years cheating on his wife – including with some Buffy cast members.
I just think that… leave Buffy alone! Come up with something different!
What a week for the world! Everyone is insane. Huge pride for Pussy Riot, for being almost the only people at the entire World Cup willing to protest instead of pretending everything was wonderful. We need more people like them.
Canada Post has announced a commemorative stamp for Harlequin cover artist Will Davies.
There is an article about him here:
Will Davies is among 5 iconic Canadian artists to whom the postal service is paying tribute
It’s Good Friday all over again for those who follow the old calendar, and in many ways this feels like the real one – Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Easter traditions are more complex than those observed in the West.
Here is an old Ukrainian Easter postcard by Oleg Kovalenko.
I picked up a few books at the secondhand bookshop in Mogo over the Easter long weekend. Mogo is a Victorian era gold mining town on the New South Wales South Coast, and very popular with day-trippers from the beach.
The bookshop is in an old building, and has a huge range. Here are two purchases I plan to review in the near future:
London as it might have been by Felix Barker and Ralph Hyde
My brother actually found this one, but I bought it because he wasn’t sure if he was going to buy it. Now he can borrow it if he wants!
It’s an amazing book, first published in the 1970s. Some of the plans from the nineteenth century look like they’re out of a steampunk movie.
Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Susannah Fullerton
This one is a lighter read, and has some features about screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, but it’s such a pretty book.
The romantic ballet La Sylphide premiered in Paris on the 12th of March, 1832. The ballet was created by Italian choreographer Filippo Taglioni as a showcase for his ballerina daughter Marie, the dancer generally credited with being the first to ever dance en pointe.
As the original production was lost, French choreographer Pierre Lacotte used old records and images to recreate a new production for the Paris Opera in the 1970s.
This promotional photograph by Francette Levieux is from the revival. It features Michaël Denard as James and Ghislaine Thesmar in the title role. Thesmar is the wife of Lacotte.