Season's Greetings to all

BM and I are heading off today, up to Sydney tonight for a pre-Xmas barbie with some mates, and then on to my Mum's place tomorrow for Christmas.  As I won't have internet access for the next few days, just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the best for the festive season. 

P.S.  A big thank you to slaymesoftlyfor my stack of virtual pressies!!  It was a lovely thought, and made my morning.

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    busy busy

Political comment ahead

I've just received notification via my uni e-mail that David Hick's US military lawyer, Major Michael Mori, will speak and answer questions on the topic of "Legal Protection in the 'War on Terror' - Guantanamo Bay, Military Commissions and David Hicks" at Wollongong Uni this Friday at 3:30pm in McKinnon Building 67.107.  

I wish I knew what I could do to help this situation - there is no way that David Hicks is a 'war criminal', but the least I can do is attend this event.
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    angry angry

Existentialist crisis

I have been heavily resisting the direction that the Powers That Be want me to go with my Honours thesis.  I'm not really happy about writing 15000 words on why Buffy and Veronica fail as feminist icons.  I'm totally re-thinking the whole me as an Honours student, cutting and running, and just doing the whole graduation bit with a BA (no Hons) and putting academe behind me.  However, before I do that I may speak to some CCS (communication and cultural studies) lecturers (which has now apparently mutated to MACS, Media And Cultural Studies).  I did a double major - CCS/MACS may be the direction I need to go in to get the result that I want.  Plus I've just looked at the selection of English Honours subjects for next year - OH MY GOD!  - Modernism's Others (WTF), Turning Points: An Introduction to Post-Colonial Literary History (sigh - we do however get to both read and watch The Last of the Mohicans for that subject), US Literature: Modernity and Post-Modernity (which I've already withdrawn from once) and Contemporary Life Writing (this sounds mildly interesting).  I have to do 3 out of the 4 offered.  Meatloaf reckoned two out of three ain't bad, I'm thinking 3 out of 4 is very, very bad.

I'm not saying anything about the cricket because that may be considered gloating, and who knows, a miracle may happen tomorrow.

Damien won Australian Idol - yay the Irish!! 
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    contemplative contemplative

Old pic spam, from WWII

When we recently visited my mum, I came across a photo I had never seen before of my dad and his RAAF squadron when they were stationed in New Guinea during WWII.  My dad was a Warrant Officer and flew in a crew of four in Beauford aeroplanes.  The photo is slightly damaged and I am going to see how well photoshopping works on it, or I'll get it restored by a professional.  Anyway here's the picture (downsized for LJ):


Dad never talked much about 'what he did in the war', and refused to go to any Anzac Day ceremonies, but it is interesting to have some sort of documentation of his time in the Royal Australian Air Force.

I'm now girding my loins for a trip into town to commence Christmas shopping ::shudder::
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    good good

Murder, she wrote ... odd coincidences

Today is the 6th anniversary of J's friend Tarlo's disappearance.  As we know now, it is actually the anniversary of his murder. 

This morning I was reading our local weekend newspaper, and was startled by an article about our murdered friends K & G.  They bred Shire horses (great bloody big horses, similar to draughts) and they had embarked on an embryo transfer programme to continue the breed, the first time in Australia.  They were murdered in January, the foal was born this month.

Two totally random events, but today they coincided.

Time doesn't heal.

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    numb numb

Thesis, schmesis

It could have been worse.  As expected a small multitude turned up for the free feed but could only stay 30 minutes or so.  I had problems with the projector connecting with my laptop, so Charlotte went first.  By the time she had finished half the audience had to leave, including the Head of English Studies (praise be for small mercies - yes, Caraway that's the strangely humoured French-Canadian).  Thankfully ClogMan (the Honours Co-ordinator - he wears clogs OK!) rushed off and got his laptop wish was happy to talk to the projector, and so I could show my PowerPoint presentation.  In appreciation of ClogMan's help I'm going to loan him my S1 Veronica Mars and S2 Deadwood boxsets - there's a man who appreciates the finer things in life.  On the other hand the lecturer who is guiding me through my first chapter thinks that VM is a little hard to believe!!!  No wonder I am finding his suggestions re my thesis direction so hard to cope with ... which leads me to my complaint of the day.  I'm finding it hard to cope with the multi-directional pulls from my supervisor and Research Methods lecturer on where I want to go with my thesis.  I already feel that I have veered severely from my initial premise, and I don't know whether I'm happy about that.  I do realise that PS (research methods lecturer) has my best interest at heart, but I don't know whether I will be happy writing the thesis that he wants me to write.  However as he said to me today if I follow his advice it could be the difference between a second class honours degree, or a first class ... I guess that is definitely something that has to be considered.

In the  meantime I now have to reflect on female icons of the second wave of feminism era (1960s-1970s), think Mrs Peel, WonderWoman, and how they differ from Buffy and Veronica in the post-feminist/third wave/GirlPower era ...  ... any thoughts, any suggestions ... Bueller, Bueller, anyone ...

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    gloomy gloomy

Life stuff

  1. St George-Illawarra lost - I have no words ::sob::
  2. J's girlfriend seems very nice - for the 10 seconds I got to speak to her.  BM amd I are dealing with this new stage in our parental life, but we have survived the first boyfriend/girlfriend overnight stay - how cool are we?.
  3. I'm panicking about my first chapter.
  4. I've suddenly become addicted to "Bones".  Why is it that I'm hapyy to watch DB in a non'BtVS/AtS role but I can't watch JM in any role that isn't Spike?  
  5. I have nothing else to say.

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