Iran in photos

Iran in photos

Iran’s current troubles can be told in photos… even with the ethical implications of photojournalism I admire it very much. Obviously Ahmenidejad is not doing too well in controlling information… apparently Twitter, bloggers and the unwavering attention of foreign media can easily break through. From within I’m sure that young tech-savvy activist do their own bit.

Iran’s disputed election (Boston Globe)

R&R

R&R

Had a wonderful time at our favourite playparty with a beautiful couple from Melbourne: Ben & Anneke. We also put 3 new friends on the list who’ve never been to this party, the rotation keeps everyone happy and interested and keeps the party fresh too. There was lots of play and lots of fun both at the party and then at home afterwards.

I’m still in recovery.. and fortunately have no work in the coming days so I can rest as much as I want to… yay! 🙂

Plans for the week: plotting with friends, looking at Craig’s new residence (where he’s moving to on Wed), do lots of outstanding chores, birthday drinks and solstice BBQ on the weekend, Wed night gallery with Chryl… writing, cooking, reading, music at home….

Thank you B & A for your scrumptious company! Big hugs to everyone else who was there…

New beginning

New beginning

This week marks a new beginning for me… my last job has expired and I’m now leaving a thoroughly toxic boss behind, which is a nice feeling. I’m going to take up a teaching job from late July and will somehow make it through these 6 weeks financially.

However I’m actually really happy to have these 6 weeks off as I want to do so many things for myself. I need to grieve more, I want to write and paint. I want to put in a book proposal and have discussions about it. I want to see lots of friends for dinners, chats, exhibitions, films and boardgame nights. Winter’s perfect for indoor fun.

I also want to do some academic writing, this is the time for me to publish my own material, so will have to get to this. I also want to do some photography and maybe modelling, and do a lot of plotting for future projects, academic or otherwise. Finally I’ll also have time to work out a bit as long as I’m not sick, and generally take care of myself.. nice dinners, meeting new people, lots of reading, listening to music and general chilling.

I also want to visit Kerrie in the mountains and her three daughters and talk about Andrew’s life and their family. There are lots of things swirling in my head and my heart and this may be a good opportunity to catch up, support each other and reminisce.

And now I’m off to my first party for 4 weeks…

The Burning Season

The Burning Season

Just watched the Australian premiere of this inspiring film at the gorgeous State Theatre. There seems to be a thread of environmentalist docos with a hopeful pro-active ending instead just gloom and doom.

This is an Australian one as well with some amazing protagonists speading the globe. The Tibetan Australian Doyjee Sun is an environmental entrepreneur the doco maker follows around. He’s mediating between Indonesian statemen who recognise the immense problem they have at home in the shape of out-of-control rainforest burning, and the businessmen whom he makes interested in his carbon credit scheme.

The Kalimantan and Aceh rainforests are being cut down and burned for palm oil plantations and local farmers need a new way to make money so they can hold to anti-burning and anti-deforestation legislation. Indonesia’s burning represents 20% of the Earth’s yearly carbon emission! The immense deforestation (50 football fields every hour!!) also squeeze out orangutans who are now critically endangered. We see a Danish woman who’s single handedly spearheading a rescue mission but unless there’s a rainforest to return to these gorgeous creatures will have nowhere to live and will die out.

Doyjee Sun grabs the opportunity to make a potentially big environmental buck, but his heart is in the conservationist agenda and he’s immensely likable. He runs around the world trying to work out his framework, sell his scheme and make sure that stakeholders don’t back out of the deal. We follow him to meetings and the UN climate summit. All the various angles are explored, from the farmers’ perspective, from an Indonesian angle, from the perspective of big bankers and Arnold Schwartzenegger who’s holding the US end of the deal with Aceh. A truly amazing documentary that brings to home the issues at hand.

After the premier there was a wonderful Q&A with the director, Doyjee Sun and some of the crew and there was a strong call to action. They all came to the after party at a nearby bar too and were very obligingly engaging with all.. awesome.

The Burning Season website
Ten things you can do!

Obama’s speech to the Muslim world

Obama’s speech to the Muslim world

Obama’s eagerly awaited speech to the Muslim world has been delivered. No doubt many days of analysis and public dialogue will follow, but the speech also speaks for itself.

The speech he delivered in Cairo is a symbolic break with the ‘clash of civilisations’ and a break towards a more inclusive, friendly and balanced relationship with Muslims around the world. What a difficult balancing act this is, even in rhetoric, not to mention in actual reality… no doubt any real life extension of his words yesterday will bump into many issues of international realpolitik.

Yet this speech is possibly a new beginning of sorts. A chord of reconciliation and diplomacy by a man who is a racial and cultural polyglot. Damn it, do we dare to hope for a more peaceful Middle East and global cultural dialogue leading to less terrorism, war, fear, hatred, inequality and injustice? It’s not going to be delivered on a plate for sure, but the direction is absolutely encouraging and to be applauded.

Comprehensive analysis at the BBC