Notes from The Consolations of Philosophy

Sunday, January 31, 2010

‘The most uncouth of our afflictions is to despise our being’ p123

French and the Veil

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Yellow House in the U recently posted about the French proposal to ban the Burqa and the veil. Only in public, the irony of which cannot be emphasised enough.

I thought I'd re-post my comment here:

Western society tends to see the veil as a sign of repression and lack of power and choice. Like with the abortion debate, women should have the option to choose.

Cultural Anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod has worked extensively with with muslim women and writes about the demonisation of muslim women and how the Bush administration used images of veiled women to drum up support for war. An article by Abu-Lughod on this and on why women aren't throwing off their Burqas now that they are 'liberated' can be found

Abu-Lughod -
'we shouldn't reduce the diverse situations and attitudes of millions of Muslim women to a single item of clothing.'

'Choices for all of us are fashioned by discourses, social locations, geopolitical configurations, and unequal power into historically and locally specific ranges. Those for whom religious values are important certainly don't see them as constraining – they see them as ideals for which to strive.'

Surely banning the burqa and veil will lead to more extremism not less?

I thoroughly recommend you read any of Abu-Lughod's work you can get your hands on!

Street Art Sunday

Sunday, January 24, 2010

taken on my Diana Mini off Brunswick Street

Birthday Girl

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Oysters at Hanumun with Nick on my Birthday  

Today I turn 30


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Flooded causeway in Alice Springs last week
I knew today would be a good day when I received a call shortly before 8:00am saying that I'd won a $100 westfield gift voucher for participating in a survey I forgot I'd ever done.

At lunch I was offered a job (serious offer follow up to an offer made before Christmas, no application, no dropping off resume, just 'hey want to come work with me?').

I was getting ready to leave work when the phone rang with yet another job offer (I had emailed a CV earlier, on the encouragement of a friend)!

Hopefully everything works out with the lunch offer and my current job as we could create a lovely me share situation that works for everyone, bar the end of day job offer people.

Fieldtrip January 7-9 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

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The Stuart Highway, NT Australia
Wow how the weeks have flown by so far this year! Last week I did a fieldtrip, helping one of our consulting Anthropologists, who needed a second driver. As fieldtrips go, this one was fairly cushy, a road clearance (bitumen) and two nights at Erldunda ‘resort’. I was able to work with some amazing people. With big groups I feel it’s always good to have two Anthropologists as people will chat and mention all sorts of things while driving or while hanging on the side of the road waiting for the other Anthropologist to GPS trees etc. Often people would mention things to me that they didn’t mention to the consultant and vice versa. It’s great to be able to get a glimpse the world through others eyes (a point hammered home in Avatar – go see it, so beautiful) and help get over my fear of 4-wheel driving.

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Beer Bunting at Erldunda Resort
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Fancy towels
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The Finke River flowing - it's usually dry
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Me at the Finke River


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In a recent Frankie issue, Daniel Moore wondered about what happened to our childhood expectations….

‘for me it was midway through 2009 when I broke my left leg for the third time. Instead of being a multi-millionaire with a doting wife, I was hopping around on crutches complaining about everything while my housemate washed my back in the bath as I covered my bits with a flimsy facecloth.

It was during this time that I thought about expectations we place on ourselves and how misguided they can be. I can truly say that at 30 I am nothing like the person I imagined I would be’
Daniel Moore, Frankie Issue 34, p30

I imagined that I’d be married with kids by 30.
I left school thinking I’d become a psychologist.
I imagined that I’d always live in Adelaide and maybe travel a little.

These expectations have slowly slunk away.
Hasn’t meant that I haven’t wanted to get married and have kids, but it hasn’t happened yet.
I’m not a psychologist, but I am an Anthropologist and a qualified town planner.
I don’t live in Adelaide.
I have travelled and will travel again.
Life is different than I expected, but as I turn 30, it isn’t bad.
Not by a long shot.

There was a number of years where I new I would become Super Grover when I grew up. I had a mask and cape and would 'fly' off the back of the couch to save people.....

Summer Reading

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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My summer reading list has become quite long. Some of the books I've started, but haven't been able to finish as yet. With uni and work last year I found very little time for reading (other than uni related journal articles - they really don't count), but with a new year I am vowing to get back in the game. I will read for 30 minutes each day and longer on weekends. Hopefully this will knock some of the books off the list.

Besides wanting to spend more time reading, my manifesto was inspired by a friend and her new book blog I hate books. The blog is a record of her 2010 book challenges, including the challenge to read 10 novels a month - agh!

Rain in the Alice

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Todd River, Stott Terrace bridge looking toward Annie Myer Hill

Lie low sailing in the Todd River

Wills Terrace/Undoolya Road Causeway looking east toward Casa Nostra. This is the road to my house

Todd Tavern

Water over road is a bit of an understatement

Road to the Casino, closed. Luckily I don't live in the Golf Course/Casino Estate!

Kids swimming on Taffy Pick Crossing

Todd River flowing through The Gap


Central Australia is in the middle of a desert and as such rain is scarce. Last year we received 77mm of rain. In the last two days we've had over 134mm and it's continuing. I've been away since Thursday with work and it's been great to see the normally dry rivers flow and the floodways fill. I've seen the Finke, Hugh and Todd Rivers flowing! And yes I've taken many, many pictures....

Hugh River facing west

Hugh River facing south-west

The Finke River

Finke River on Friday and below on Saturday....

2009 Top 10

Sunday, January 3, 2010

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Image from Signal vs Noise

About this time (though I am a little late) questions inevitably arise as to favourite movies and albums of 2009 with A Cooper's 4 Me and Struthers Review leading the charge. They don't necessarily have to have been released in 2009, just movies and albums you have discovered during the year. On the plane back from Melbourne I knocked up a list of my top 10 (5 movies and 5 albums), though I am fairly sure I've left something fabulous out:

Whip It - Roller Derby Girls?? Hell, yes
The Wrestler - hard story of past glory and present failures
The September Issue - Grace Coddington makes this documentary
The Proposal - Tragic, but I do love a 'good' rom com
Slumdog Millionaire - fabulously shot, hard to watch at times, takes you to another world

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below
Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
and I really discovered the Flaming Lips this year, do you realise?

and your top 10.....?

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