Archive for January, 2011

Ravaging waters

As many of you will have seen, Queensland state is being devastated by floods. The scale of it is almost incomprehensible. There are updates and stories coming out from there every minute. Everyone is trying to cope.  I don’t know where they find the strength. Please donate or help if you can. The worse is yet to come.

Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal

The account details for donations by internet banking are:
Account Name: Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
BSB: 064 013
Account number: 1000 6800
SWIFT code for international donations: CTBAAU2S

Call 1800 219 028 to donate using your credit card.

You can also donate in person at most banks and Coles Supermarkets.

Cheques should be made payable to:
The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
ABN: 69 689 161 916

and posted to:
Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
C/O Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
City East QLD 4002

As we speak NSW, Victoria, Tasmania are facing flood risks as well, and Western Australia is battling bushfires. Australia is a continent constantly dealing with and against the strength of nature. We are so often worrking to manage its effects that actually living in temperate zones of comfort is never taken for granted. Each summer, we brace for bushfires. Each autumn, we wait for rain. The whole country has been drought called more often and longer than we remember spraying our cars in the driveway. Hail is a common enough weather pattern and the northern half of the country, being almost tropical,  is affected by dangerous winds and rain every year.  It is a testament to the will and hardiness of Australians that we continue to do our best together with the land.


January 14, 2011 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

How’d you like to own a bookstore?

Update: Caterina Giuliano and Jo Angri are the lucky new owners of the Bookshop!

The gorgeous women behind the Feminist Bookshop in Sydney are retiring and their bedrock of liberal resources for women is looking for new owners.

I am just one of many whom Gail and Libby have helped. For example, they were instrumental in letting Read These Lips find an audience in Australia. These women are amazingly generous and kind, and I cannot thank them enough for nurturing the flame.

The Feminist Bookshop Is For Sale

Libby and Gail have decided it is time to retire. We would like The Feminist Bookshop to continue with its important work, as there is still potential for growth, especially if new owners can take the bookshop on-line and further into new technologies.

As a small independent bookshop our survival for 36 years has been a great achievement, and this has happened through hard work, dedication, and the support of many loyal customers.  Our major customers are in the social work/community services sector, where we are highly respected, and where there are still many contacts to be made Australia wide.  Our other important support has come from a diverse lesbian community, and from feminists in all walks of life.

If you are looking for a new career with top quality job-satisfaction, and you are interested in buying an iconic bookshop, please contact us as soon as possible for further information.

Please forward this email to your friends, colleagues and networks/newsletters etc. help us spread the word
Also please remember that it is business as usual…your continued support is very much appreciated

Gail and Libby

The Feminist Bookshop
Shop 9 Orange Grove Plaza
Balmain Road Lilyfield NSW 2040
Ph: 02 9810 2666 Fax: 02 9818 5745
International Fax:  61 2 9818 5745
ABN: 81 412 242 668

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January 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm 1 comment

Be an SPG, lesbian style

It will be a great night of fun, games and entertainment including the following:
* Sayoni Woman Of The Year Award
* Eligible Bachelorettes Date Auction
* Soft Launch of The Coming Out Guide
* Lucky draw with Top prize valued at $500
Register now by clicking this link:

January 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Old story. New story

How’s about I start off the year with a rhetorical philosophy question? Stop rolling your eyes. Because I’m well and happily fed, having imbibed lots of wine and taking it easy the first week of 2011 with a good book in hand, lets me ruminate on pleasures that can safely be publicly shared. Before attempting any serious conversation or thinking, have good food and gentle alcohol at the table and by the end of the repast, when both mind and palate have been satiated, you’ll feel that all is well, if diversely opined upon.

Also because this is my own blog and I can natter on if I want to and you must read this because you fancy me or something.

What do I mean by Old Story. New Story? Well, as a sign of advancing age and maturity – as well as waist size, but that’s not the issue here – I’ve developed or am developing a slow mow into the genre of Non-fiction.  It’s been coming but slower than my TV viewing which has all but forsaken commercial shows in favour of documentaries, from nature and science docos and now to history and biographies, with the odd quiz show thrown in.  The change I came to realise late last year when, after an absence of some weeks, I was catching up on blogs and other current news when it all became too much. Why did I have to continuously chase after reports of events that would hardly affect me, for the sake of interesting conversation? There is so much to learn in today’s world for the future that while I enjoy the process of discovering i.e. reading about, them when does the time come to reflect and really enjoy the experience of personal discoveries? The world is a bloody interesting place and we should go out and see some of it for ourselves when we can. It’s not always about techology and war.

Stories written before I was born but occuring squarely in the 20th Century hold a fascination for me, expecially at this time when we’re still so young in the 2000s. A hundred years ago, the western world was still crawling out of wars, politics was all the rage, upper society was partying punishingly and great inventions were popping up regularly. Machines were taking over our lives, changing society but art was more about propaganda than expression. Middle aged workers and youth were more disgruntled than ever. Same old, some new.

I am reading a collection of  gastro lit from The New Yorker that have appeared through the ages. These stories or columns were published before I was born and yet, through their wonderful writing and gastronomique theme they are easy and engaging. Much like the photography exhibit I went to last week, the story behind a moment is always more interesting than the captured moment itself. Living through the eyes and notes of  writers, especially when written ex tempore or in situ, almost like in a war zone, gives context and therefore perspective and understanding of a time. After all, stories are about understanding a person or persons, a place, a time or an event.

So am I reading an old story or a new one? That depends on where you’re sitting. [via AN]

I’m all deeply thought out for today. I’m off to query this new series about young lesbians getting all angsty and incestuous in Glasgow.

January 6, 2011 at 3:31 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.