The week that was…
Have you ever had the feeling that everything you say is wrong?… That even good friends are focussed on “shooting you down”?… That once again you are being denied your own opinion/ your own voice?
The thought flies into my head re: a possible “persecution complex” then I crack up completely with remembering the old maxim:
“Just because you’re paranoid… doesn’t mean that people aren’t out to get ya “
Reflecting on matters grabbing my attention this past week I found my inner self wailing the words from the old 90’s song… “What’s Goin’ On???”
Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julie Gillard, has had two attempted leadership spills from the bloke she replaced and, on 21 Mar 2013, yet another was being played out. I kept shaking my old head remembering that only 9 days earlier, despite internal rumbling from within her own party, the Polls reported that her public popularity, and that of her government, was on the rise again.
What’s eveb more confusing/ frustrating is that this was brought on by a highly respect senior member of her front bench, Simon Crean. As it turned out, the man in question, Kevin Rudd, decided not to stand saying he didn’t have the “over- whelming numbers” required… so it was very much a “Clayton’s” leadership spill.
Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. March 2013
Understandably, public criticism of our present Government is on the rise again… However, the level of argument/ type of debate has me thinking we’ve flipped back 40 years to when this audio recording was made.
Seems that in the rest of the world many believe we Australians have gone completely “nutso”… and I tend to agree. You can read about it HERE.
My beautiful mum…
Enough said about all that shenanigans except that, at times like this, I miss my mum SO terribly.We’d be having great fun “chewing the fat” over this and she’d speak of similar manoevrings and politicking in days gone past and, like me, mum would have immediately seen how the really important “News of the Day”, was being overshadowed. i.e. “The Australian Prime Minister’s Apology to the Victims of Forced Adoption”.
This LINK will take you straight through to the Video of the Apology by the Prime Minister of the behalf of the Nation.
To read the entire ABC news item, please click HERE
Monica Jones, a teenager in the 1960’s with her life before her…
Monica Jones c.1960s
50 years later Monica shares the pain of having two of her babies forcibly removed for adoption.
Monica Jones, 2013.
If you wish to watch that news report and/ or watch the video of Monica, and other women with the same experience, please click HERE
I wrote earlier about the “Magdalene Laundries”. Some of the victims, to whom the Prime Minister referred, were from these Convents but no all. In mid 1960’s My work colleague, and friend Carol, was incarcerated in “Mc Bride’s Maternity Hospital” here in South Australia, and manipulated/ coerced into signing the adoption papers for her beloved little boy. The pain never left her and I’m hoping that this public recognition/ apology helps just a little in easing that life long agony. I also live in hope that David, and his mother, have finally become re-united.
How ironic that these upheavals were occurred on “Australia’s National Harmony Day”. Mum would have chuckled about that too.
I happily leave the final word to the wonderful Corinne Grant where she advises: “How to Burst a Blood Vessel”.
My most favourite quotes from Corinne are:
“In the end, all that transpired was that a bunch of self-entitled blokes finally cleared out of the cabinet and left Gillard to get on with the job of running the country instead of baby-sitting their egos.
Who the hell did this woman think she was? Their leader?”
Be sure to swing over to Julie Goucher’s Blog at Anglers Rest where she’s written a delightful “Thursday Thought” about Easter Bunnies.
Don’t forget that if you have a “bee in your bonnet” and/ or a happy thought/ memory that maybe does or doesn’t fit within the Genealogy framework you’re most welcome to share and I’ll put the link HERE on “Sharing our Thursday Thoughts” for others to enjoy.
Cheerio for now… and may life be kind to you. Catherine.
Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel