Election “that’s how the fight started”

My take on our elections “thats how the fight started”
John Howard introduces us to Peter Costello and thats how the fight started.
Simon Crean has the job and introduces us to Mark Latham and thats how the fight started
Mark Latham fights with a taxi driver and thats how the fight ended
in comes Kevin07 introduces us to Julia Gillard and that’s how the fight started.
Malcom agreed with a climate change tax and introduced us to Tony Abbot and that’s how the fight started
Julia keeps Kevin and thats how the fight started.
Kevin introduces us to Bill Shorten and thats how the fight ended.
Tony keeps Malcolm and thats how the fight ended.
We have an election in 2016 with Malcolm & Bill and thats how the fight started.
“you’re welcome”

Life Changing people

I haven’t written for a while, many things have been going on and sometimes really personal things are only shared with family. It’s nothing dramatic but they involve family who need to have a voice of an advocate rather than a bias (own perspective) opinion. Also something’s need to remain ‘in-house’ when you are involved and they don’t involve you.

I want to talk about a person I met who is intoxicating, inspirational and just someone you know you want to have in your life no matter how long or short that time is. There have only been a handful of these people in my life where being in their presence is consuming, exciting, loving, exhilarating and leaves you wanting more, I gave birth to one , I married one and then I have met others whom we shared different times and relationships. Sometimes they leave when the feeling disappears or they find others who stimulate them more, they are not necessarily opposite sex based. Attraction takes many forms, intellectual, work based, sex based and are not always opposite sex based.

I am actually going to talk about Gill Hicks today, after hearing her speak at a UN International Women’s Day breakfast yesterday in Adelaide. For those of you who have never seen her speak if you ever get the chance to see her, run to it for it really is life changing, her humility and presence kept a room of over 2300 people quiet. For those that do not know this name she is the Australian survivor of the 2005 London bombings where she lost both her legs below the knees and lives to teach us all about forgiveness and peace.

Her journey started at the moment she realized she had a choice, looked at her injuries and had to be her own ‘first responder’ then wait for the rescuers to get her out of her seat. It was fitting to hear the first one who came to her was one woman (ambulance officer) who disobeyed orders and entered the zone to start treating the injured (they are still friends today). Gill makes jokes about herself and those people to whom she holds in the highest  places of her heart that got her to the hospital despite the gravity of her situation, the Dr’s who worked out a system to take her from “unknown estimated female” to becoming Gill Hicks, then to fit her with artificial legs that have given her a life she feels she was chosen to do.

There is no hatred or self-pity in her voice or actions, she told us it was the wrong moment in time for everyone that day. She talks of her love and collection of vintage shoes prior to the bombing and then the steely determination to become a mum, this part of the story brought me to tears,  I looked around the table and I wasn’t the only one. Her story becomes more poignant when she was given the Australian of the year award in England and she made a speech that had everyone holding their breath. She said during that speech that she realized she would never again feel Australian soil under her feet,  the sand under her toes, feel the warmth and cold of the sea as it laps her ankles nor ever sit on a bar stool wearing thongs. There was no tone here, it was her statement of sadness of longing for the things she will never feel again.

She moves directly into her life now as a peace advocate, a mother and a survivor and encourages us all to become part of the solution. She places pictures throughout her story and shows us a video she is most proud of – which is posted on her website You CAN, Doves can’t.

Lastly she left us with this saying from her mother and which she had added to

Someone, Somewhere is Feeling the effects of something YOU have said or done

I stood to clap her, then when possible I asked my girlfriend to take me to meet her, I am lucky enough to know one of her good friends who came to breakfast with me. There she was surrounded by politicians talking and hugging people. I was awe-struck and she was gracious when I introduced myself and thanked her. It was fleeting but it was enough for me, I also walked past the Ex Prime Minister Julia Gillard and dozens of school children trying to get their photos with Julia to get to meet this lady. I felt and understood the adoration for Julia but thought perhaps she could have had a bit more class and moved herself and the photographers away from area to allow Gill to be congratulated on her amazing life and story of love, forgiveness and peace.

To finish, Gill, Angelina Jolie does not hold a candle to your courage, determination, ambassadorship for peace, inner and outer beauty. She would be in awe of you and the amazing life you chose to be a part of and share and I hope our paths cross again soon.

And The Award Goes to…..

The media is full all day of memorable moments of 2013 here are a couple of mine and opinions on others: warning not noble prize-winning moments may bore some of you to sleep

I spent some of January in New York City, watching my mother and her choir Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus perform at Carnegie Hall along with another Choir from Brisbane and others from all over the world perform  Karl Jenkins The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace on Martin Luther King Day. It was bitterly cold there and stinking hot here, a very proud time of my life, the performance was worth the trip and the cold. Apparently Michael Hussy retired (he’s a cricketer) as well. Ita Buttrose becomes Australian of the Year, Cyclone Oswald hits and kills people in QLD and “the longest running Election (next to America) Campaign award ” goes to Julia Gillard who announces an election in September.

Looking at news reels of 2013’s TV stations and print media are claiming this as one of the most memorable moments and I say really, really is that it? In February this year “Jennifer Lawrence trips at the Oscars”. I know Jennifer Lawrence TRIPS AND FALLS!!! imagine that in front of PEOPLE, as well as cameras. Oh I can feel her embarrassment now!! WTF I say, I fall and trip constantly, the plate in my left wrist is a good indication of that and no I hadn’t been drinking either. I remember falling at my brothers 40th for no apparent reason and in front of PEOPLE. really that’s it for February. Let’s not forget in February Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign. The award for ” I didn’t mean to do it” goes to Oscar Pistorius Olympic runner who shot and killed his girlfriend on valentine’s day (another alleged victim of domestic violence). On the domestic front our politicians in The House of Representatives has passed legislation recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first inhabitants of Australia.

March came and went without much fan fare, but on a world scale the Catholics rejoiced with a New Pope,  the people in Europe protested at the Cyprus bail out. Reconciliation between Turkey & Israel is brokered through Obama. Back here in Australia The award for ]”he made me do it” goes to Simon Crean as he calls for a spill backing KRudd and Julia wins, he is back benched. Whilst overseas there is an alleged scandal involving perennial entertainer Rolf Harris

April was also a big month for me I planned and did another High tea fund-raiser for the Keith & District Hospital Inc with The Amanda Blair as guest speaker. If you ever get the opportunity to see this woman live, she is funny , compassionate, philanthropic and a women many girls should see as a role model. She puts herself out there warts and all. I still laugh at her daughters comment and shall never watch The Voice again without this running through my head (taken from Amanda Blair Facebook page)

“My 3 1/2 year old just shouted “Oh F—-ing hell Ricky…..just press the button dickhead” whilst watching the voice. Mmmm. I love a child who is passionate about her television viewing…….”

We lost Chrissy Amphlett, who could ever forget her school uniform? Chris Bailey from the Angels also passes away and the worlds most famous race horse “Black Caviar” retires. The award for “it’s all your fault” goes to John (Singleton) and Gai (Waterhouse) as they forgot to play nicely at the racetrack, a bit of pushing and snide comments make us poor mortals howl with laughter at their bad behavior (well I did anyway).

May sees “sports parent of the year award” goes to “John Tomic” for head butting his sons tennis partner. The lovely Hazel Hawke passed away, we applaud the disability care package and I watch with horror at a grown man who chases a piece of leather around an oval point out a young girl and yell ‘racist’ and then we watch as she is marched off alone to be evicted from her guardians. To this day I can not look at that player without shaking my head, imagine if it was his daughter – the backlash would have been swift and loud, not to say she did the right thing but compared to some of the comments that would have gone his way that night, she was singled out, in my books OVER REACTION. Then to back this up Eddie everywhere is even more racist and gets to cry on TV to make an apology PLEEEEEEEEEASE!

June brings in the end of financial year – and we say goodbye to the “treaty Yea” man  M Yunupingu. We shed tears for Jill Meagher, and our 40th soldier who dies in Afghanistan. The award for “I’m not going to be your friend anymore” goes to  KRudd  as he topples Julia Gillard, she leaves with dignity and he leads our country to an election. Community Group of the year goes to the Victoria Police who capture, prosecute and jail Jill’s Killer.

July is my birthday month and the month KRudd tries to undo all of his and hers policies. The “WTF award” goes to all those that signed the agreement with PNG for the ‘boat people’ to be housed there and a big shout out to our sailors who constantly rescue asylum seekers, this month 189 rescued whilst only 11 die. Huz catches yet another feral kitten, brings him home, he gets called #Gatsby and is desexed.

August sees the fire starter from Quakers Hill sentenced after the death of 11 elderly, KRudd bring the election forward by one week and the award for “did you really support this program?” goes to Essendon football club as they are charged by the AFL as bringing the game into disrepute. The stories have us all scratching our heads with their supplements regime. Huz finally has a birthday and we are now the SAME AGE (AGAIN)

September sees “the winner of the election” award goes to Tony Abbott as he is installed as our Prime Minister. KRudd looses and quits as Leader

October sees Mark “Chopper” Read die, the worst bushfires since 1960 hit the Blue Mountains. ACT passes same-sex marriage law and WA wins the “dog ate my homework excuse of 2013” after losing over 1375 votes from the Federal election.

November sees our friend Gai (Waterhouse) win the Melbourne cup (after 20 yrs plus of trying) Bart (Cummings) to be fair didn’t have a horse running. The world becomes slightly safer after 66 people are arrested in child pornography ring. The “please explain award” goes to Tony Abbott to explain why Jakarta was bugged by the Labor Government. Joe Hockey denies the Archer Daniels Midland take over Australian grain handler GrainCorp and the award for the “great escape” goes to Dr (said very loosely here) Jayant Patel gets two-year suspended sentence for lying to gain employment. Not for allegedly killing and maiming people allegedly. KRudd also get the “I’m packing up my bat and ball and going home” award as he quits politics.

December sees the High Court squash the ACT same-sex marriage law and devalue people all over Australia. Qantas announces its broke and jobs are being axed, Holden announces its leaving the country and giving it’s workers 4 years to get a job and finally the award “play nicely in the playground” goes to the Liberal Government who agree to the rules and regulations to stop ‘spying’ on Jakarta. We also mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela

I hope you all enjoyed your year, for those that lost loved ones, who face challenges daily and those that just feel isolated or the disenchanted look forward to tomorrow. Let there be a tomorrow for you and those around you that love you and care for you get the opportunity to do it daily not just at this crazy time of the year.

Tomorrows blog – my take on New Year’s Resolutions..

Keith Hospital & Politics

I have worked out I have had 1 meal this week with my DH (Dear Husband) as I have been in Adelaide and then had Keith Hospital Commitments and social functions all of this week I have 1 more to go and he is coming with me. One of the communities comments to me late last year was that here we all were raising awareness and funds and there was little presence at these fund-raising events by hospital representatives. This is more than a fair comment, it was an accurate one, so there has been movement within the hospital from nurses to join together to attend functions like last night.

Senator Nick Xenophon came to Keith to open our Art Exhibition “look on the bright side” pictures done by artists to raise awareness on mental health issues. Let me tell you if you are travelling past – you must come in to see it. The art works are astounding, all proceeds for the evening are going to the Keith Hospital. I was sitting on a table behind his with staff from the Keith Hospital.

He gave us a speech that was well worth listening to, he was charming, witty, articulate and poignant – something you should expect from a politician. We also got frank, honest and relevant issues to our community and SA as a whole. He spoke about Eugene McGee & Di Gilchrist-Humphries and the campaign he is mounting for the public to get behind it to “force John Rau” into getting a trial against him being allowed to continue practicing. Anyone who saw Australian story, will know how disgraceful this is, anyone who didn’t see it watch it. He talked about how our plight fo the Keith Hospital is still being talked about in the walls of Parliament House and how we have to keep going. He believes we need to keep the pressure on (we agree). He talked about how detested Kevin Rudd is by his own party and how he predicts that by October November the Labor party will be looking to replace Julia Gillard and Shorten is the tipped replacement. He talked about how disappointed he is in Julia, a person he studied with and how indecent it is that she does not keep any promises, how the carbon tax is outrageous and how land sales to overseas companies is about food security for their people not ours. He talked about how Julia dudded Andrew Wilkie’s pokies bill by asking Slipper to take the speakers seat so that the vote would not need Wilkie nor Xenophon to hold it up. His distaste for this action and Andrew Wilkie determination now to not support the Labor Government, but the bench has been stacked against them. This would be what one would expect from an independent you may say, he came as he helped our child care centre that closed to reopen and get a government grant to assist the families in having this vital service continue. He talked how Minister Kate Ellis was ‘shamed into doing something’.

He made no apologies, expect for correcting Wikipedia – he did NOT vote for the sale of ETSA under John Olsen, 2 Labor MP’s crossed the floor to get this legislation through. He took questions & answers and was gracious in his responses, what he did not talk about was the current Liberal party nor how we the Keith Community could win the battle to save Keith Hospital. We are like soldiers, we keep going to the front line to hold our position and that is what we are doing now. I was asked this morning ‘can I see the light at the end of the tunnel?” yes I can but I feel we are only half way there. This week amongst the craziness of my days I have been given an enormous gift. Fantastic Furniture have come to our aid and have donated a house full of furniture for our Doctors house, bedroom suites, office suite, lounge suite and Dining suite all for the price of a plaque on the door. This gift will now enable us to move our Doctors into the house – as we get it rent free and save the hospital approx $40,000 to $60,000 per year in B & B fees. There is light, there is generosity beyond words and then there is us, the hard-working people of Keith not unlike many others that work tirelessly for causes, beliefs and injustices. Keep up the good work everybody, our voices are not silent, our words are heard, our actions monitored, it will make a difference.

Now as for tonight’s quiz night to raise the funds for Keith Hospital, to all of you on my table, we are out their to win aren’t we……