Archive for October, 2010

Walk in the wind

It’s that time of year again when public events come thinck and fast. For Sydneysiders who live around the eastern suburbs,  Sculptures By The Sea, the annual outdoor exhibit that features hard art inspired by connection to the sea or coast, is on again along Bondi.  Bring a jacket, it’ll be windy.

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October 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Merging the lesbian

Well, exciting news! An Aussie acquires a US;  Avalon Media has acquired Curve Magazine. AM is well known here for taking LOTL magazine from a black and white community newsletter to larger, glamourous heights. They produced Bound, aimed at the well-dressed, professional lesbian demographic, kind of Harper’s Bazaar meets Women’s Fitness meets Gourmet Traveller meets Curve –  and with Curve now under their wing, they are clearly intending to solidify their presence as an international lesbian media group.

Congratulations to Silke Bader and her team.

Wonder if they have Diva in their sights.

October 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

I, like, get it, dude.

Emma Thompson, she of the drool-worthy height and gentle comedy, has struck a blow against modern lingo. Well, it would only be a blow if you disagree with what she say’s here.  So she’s not happy with some lazy ways of speaking. No one with schooling in proper diction ever is. But as the writer goes on to explore the way ‘like’ is used in daily conversation, I totally heard myself, and I’m not a teenager.

Now, whenever I’m tempted to use ‘like’ during chats, I see Emma’s frowning face in my mind. I really don’t like that.

October 16, 2010 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Couldn’t they have made this prettier?

153 miles of book shelves. That’s book porn in a huge way. Pity for the stockists though.

“Yes, I’d like that book. When can I get it?”

“In six weeks. Have a seat, luv.”

Every volume published in the UK.

They think they’ll be ready to move in 20 years. Not if ebooks have their way, really.

October 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

Petition for another go at SSM

Ah, the Greens. Good on ya.  Please sign the petition (sign it, whether you think marriage is a good idea or not is irrelevant in this case).

http://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/content/petition/reintroducing-marriage-equality-amendment-bill

Reintroducing the Marriage (Equality) Amendment Bill

Petition | Spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young
Wednesday 29th September 2010, 12:36pm

This afternoon I reintroduced my Marriage (Equality) Amendment Bill into the Senate.

The Bill seeks to remove discrimination from the Marriage Act and give same-sex couples the right to marry.

The Greens believe that same-sex couples should have the same rights as other couples to celebrate their love and commitment through marriage. A majority of Australians support this.

Countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and many states in the United States now recognise same-sex marriage. The sky hasn’t fallen in there and we know it won’t here in Australia.

While both major parties continue to be opposed to marriage equality, a majority of the Australian community are not. It is time for the community to have its voice heard on this important issue in our Federal Parliament.

Please add your name to this petition calling on Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to give the members of the Labor and Liberal parties a conscience vote on marriage equality.

You can also download a copy of the petition to print out and get additional signatures for us to send to Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott.

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, and the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The Petition of the undersigned draws to the attention of the Parliament the overwhelming public support for marriage equality. We believe that Australians should not be discriminated against in marrying the person they love on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. We note that countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and many states in the United States now recognise same-sex marriage. The sky hasn’t fallen in there and we know it won’t here in Australia. Your petitioners therefore request the Parliament to urge the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to grant their members a conscience vote on this important issue.

Go here : http://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/content/petition/reintroducing-marriage-equality-amendment-bill

October 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment


Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.