Sydney Siege

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Squish Kitten
Here is a picture of my kitten with a Hello Kitty face. To distract from the awful crap I am about to talk about.

A lovely friend just asked me to sign a petition asking for bail laws to be toughened so people like Man Haron Monis won’t be able to put innocent lives at risk in future.

I chose not to sign, because I believe that we must choose between a justice system that is there purely to punish wrongdoers, and a justice system that rehabilitates. If we believe in a rehabilitation model, then we must allow bail. And that will always carry a risk that someone will reoffend. Or, as in this case, take his vendetta against “the system” out on innocents.

Far better, would be a justice system, and a family court system that treats violence against women as a real crime. If his history of sexual assault had been taken seriously in the first place, is it possible that incarceration could have prevented these other crimes that he has been convicted of, and therefore avoided this siege in the first place (ostensibly in protest at he “wrongful conviction” for said crimes).

How is it that he faced more legal trouble over sending offensive letters than for the sexual assault of multiple women while in the role of a mentor and spiritual advisor?

Frankly, the last two days have really rattled me, but I think we are asking ourselves the wrong questions about why this happened. Let’s throw more money at refugee support services, mental health initiatives, and change the way we think about violence towards women.

And now, I am going to spend some time with a gin bottle, and search the internet for cute bunny pictures.

Short!

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Brooke cut Squishy’s hair tonight. Short, asymmetrical, with some length on top. She’s a genius.

Thank you!

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To grandma & papa for the cool solar robot kit.


To Auntie Paula and Uncle Jason for the cool science book (so beautiful!).
 
 And to Aunty Kerry and Uncle Adam for the genuine Rubik’s cube. Mama and daddy have been reliving the eighties ;)

Stella Young, gone too soon

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In the past few years I’ve followed and read more feminist writers, and come to admire a few.  Stella Young has left an incredible legacy, not the least of which is chaning the dialogue about disability in Australia.

Click the picture above to read her letter to herself as a an 80 year old.  

The party went well

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This image sums it up pretty well.

More pictures when I’m not so tired!

 

Party eve – teaser

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The birthday meal request

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Mama made Palak Paneer.

The birthday boy

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In his custom made t-shirt from Lila Purl.

Happy Birthday Inigo

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Mark and Inigo playing minecraft as Gandalf and Bilbo

Darling Squishy, 

Today, you are SEVEN!  I feel so lucky to have had you around for seven whole years.  You have always been beautiful, and funny, and sweet, but now you are also becoming compassionate, and creative and profound.  Every day with you is an adventure, you keep me on my toes mentally, and every day I have to work harder to keep up with your left of field ideas and lateral problem solving.

You are everything a parent could want of a child, and I am so blessed to be part of growing you into the wonderful adult you are going to become.  As I have watched you grow over the years, I have often thought about the saying that a child of seven is pretty much a small version of the adult they are going to become. And I’ve wondered about who you will be at seven, and if my efforts to support and guide you will have been “enough”.

And today, I can say with confidence that you are perfect.  If you grown into a man that is as thoughtful and caring and creative as the boy that you are now, I will be thrilled.  Thrilled to know you and love you, knowing that you have survived and thrived under my imperfect parenting.

And lucky for each and every day that I have you in my life.

Because there is nothing better than a kid that reads himself to sleep

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The feminist Princess Bride

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/gender-equality-as-you-wish

Walking

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Mark and Inigo walked to school this morning for the first time from the new house.  

Mark writes, “About 35 minute walk. It was good. Had a great chat. He told me that walking to school is a good idea, because the gas from cars and busses makes the world hotter. He also suggested we should build a big space ship. If the world gets wrecked (or the Sun blows up), we can all get on board and fly away to find another planet with oxygen. Or wait for another planet to form. He’s aware it will take a long while, and need lots of people to work on it – particularly scientists and builders. I pointed out that it might be useful to some level of agreement from politicians. We decided that it would be good if we avoided wrecking the planet in the first place, but this plan should still be put into place to prepare for the Sun blowing up.The proposed plan for this is that we tell Jason Price, who is the representative of all scientists. The scientists then warn the politicians of the danger, and suggest what needs to be done. (We remain hopeful that some day politicians may actually listen to scientists). The politicians can decide where to build this big spaceship, and tell the builders to built it.”

Choir

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Since we left Sydney, Inigo has had to leave the Sydney Children’s Choir, and Mark has left Coro Innominata.

Today i found this video of one of the songs from the concert that he missed when we moved to NZ, but here he is rehearsing.  It’s absolutely beautiful music, and well worth a listen.

Happy 4th birthday Archimedes & Aubrey

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Apparently, you can’t get Passion Pop in NZ

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Justine brought me the local equivalent. Two bottles so I can experience the horror for myself.
 
 Bless her!

Ni Hao!

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Just had my first Mandarin class – the school is running a class for parents for a few weeks.
 
 The teacher is lovely, and the two other parents that participated were lovely! I can see us all becoming friends. So exciting :)
 
 
 – from my iPhone

The movers are here!

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With a whole container worth of stuff.
 
 In a thunderstorm.
 
 
 – from my iPhone

Moving

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Squishy watching tv while the cleaners do the final clean of the old apartment.
 
 The container with all our stuff will be delivered tomorrow, and he nesting will begin in earnest.
 
 And hopefully, our stuff will all fit in our little green house!

Mama’s been on Pinterest again

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Bye bye!

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Bye bye house. I’ll miss you.


But Squishy is coping well.


We’ll be back!

Location:Departure Plaza,Mascot,Australia