Saturday, November 26, 2011

Harry high pants

Oh wow! Dita has designed an underwear range for Target. Want! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Friday, November 25, 2011


I had a good week, even though I lost my cat (he turned up!) and it turns out I'm not as over my work budget as I thought I was (phew!). So everything was looking good until the last hour of work when everything went pear shaped in a big hurry. Then my taxi took 40 minutes to arrive. Then the taxi driver said my cab charge was invalid. Then Kim convinced me to go for a ride and we meandered along the foreshore. Lovely!
Now I have to try not to think about work for the rest of the weekend!

(and now blogger won't post a picture of the sunset at the beach. And it was so pretty!)
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Bridal patterns

A book of bridal patterns from UK mail order pattern company. Clicky clicky for bigger pictures.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fight for a free internet

Not my usually topic but as a librarian I can't be silent on this.

A bill is currently before US Congress that will effectively censor the Internet.

Please read on....

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen any day now, but we can help stop this -- champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that an international outcry would strengthen their hand. Let’s urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world and build an unprecedented global petition calling on US decision makers to reject the bill and stop Internet censorship. Click below to sign and then forward as widely as possible -- our message will be delivered directly to key members of the US Congress ahead of the crucial vote:

For years, the US government has condemned countries like China and Iran for their clampdown on Internet use. But now, the impact of America's new censorship laws could be far worse -- effectively blocking sites to every Internet user across the globe.

Last year, a similar Internet censorship bill was killed before reaching the US Senate floor, but it's now back in a different form. Copyright laws already exist and are enforced by courts. But this new law goes much further -- granting the government and big corporations enormous powers to force service providers and search engines to block websites based just on allegations of violations -- without a trial or being found guilty of any crime!

US free speech advocates have already raised the alarm, and some key Senators are trying to gather enough support to stop this dangerous bill. We have no time to lose. Let's stand with them to ensure American lawmakers preserve the right to a free and open Internet as an essential way for people around the world to exchange ideas, share communication and work collectively to build the world we want. Sign below to stop US censorship, and save the Internet as we know it:

In the past months, from the Arab Spring to the global Occupy Movement, we've seen first hand how the Internet can galvanize, unify and change the world. Now, if we stand together, we can stop this new attack on Internet freedom. We've done it before -- in Brazil and Italy, Avaaz members have won major victories in the fight for a free Internet. Let's take the fight global, and mobilize to defeat the most powerful censorship threat that the Internet has ever seen.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Good people

People can be good. I came home to find six people outside my back gate. From experience I knew this was undoubtably cat related. I tried to sneak in the front gate but they caught me. And yep, there in the middle of the huddle was little Jack cat chatting his head off. Half the people thought he'd been hit by a car, the other half thought he was a starving stray and had gone home to get him some cat food! Mortified, I assured them that a) I did take care of him b) that he ate like a pig c) he had dementia and it's affected his balance. But thanks anyway. It was very kind of them and Jack gobbled up his afternoon tea like the greedy guts he is. Over the last few days i've been touched by the care people have taken with Jack. Our neighbors have been making sure he doesn't wander too far and I'm pretty sure he's getting snacks from a few households. he's a very lucky old man.

I wrote this yesterday. Today I'm a little annoyed by caring people! I was walking home from work when I saw two young chaps carrying a cat case. My, that looks a lot like Jack. But of course, how could that be? Except of course, when I got home my little cat was no where to be found. This isn't the first time but we have a dense garden and he's as deaf as a post so can be pretty tricksy to find him. On the off chance, I called the vet. Yep, someone had taken my cat to the vet. Apparently, a group of people had gathered on the footpath, some one was feeding him and they all decided he was a sick abandoned cat. He'd been given even MORE food at the vet - the little pig! So now he has a new blue collar with bells on it and a GIGANTIC tag that says he's ok, just very old! What an adventure! He's now happily on my lap watching Xena, safe and sound!
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

War bride

Wedding plans are coming along! A date has been set - April 15 - so organise your baby sitters now! There's a wedding dress shortlist and i'll be buying some patterns next week - sorry, no sneak peeks! I'm going to be a sensible war bride and get a day dress i can wear on other occasions. I've found some fabric online that should be okay. My dressmaker in Bairnsdale has agreed to do it and has even sent me a facsimile of a 1940s bridal fashion guide to get me inspired. The restaurant has been booked and I must say, choosing the menu is going to be great fun! Flowers are organized. We just need to do the invitations and start paying for things (ulp!)

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Friday, November 4, 2011

The library Blitz

My library looks like it's suffered bomb damage. We're in the process of replacing most of the shelving and rearranging the collection. It's a BIG job and i've been working like a Trojan - moving acres of books, constructing shelving, and supervising a team of staff who are doing a lot of the grunt work - while trying to keep the library running and everyone happy - though I may have missed a few things on that last point! I come home tired, dirty, with broken nails and a sore back. At least it's easier than war work. I would have done long hours, say 9 - 6pm four days a week, 9 - 9pm on Friday and 9 - 1pm on Saturday - not to mention swing shifts and no public holidays. And if you're in the land army the hours are even longer, the work even harder. Then you have to queue for food! So, I may not be doing munitions work - but I'm still pretty tired! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad