A chocolate shop in Montville, QLD, has posted this hilarious advertisment, looking for a teen staffer with 'life skills' which include being able to 'push a brush like you mean it" and being able "to last eight hours without your phone". This is epic. (Credit: Facebook/Chocolate Country) #9Today
Many years ago ABC radio did a special on 'Sibling Rivalry'. Me and Con were the subjects! We were about 9 or 10. We fought so well we became a little famous for it. Our stoushes were always full-blooded, I'd argue even today that our conflicts were more spirited than most other siblings. Even through adulthood I harboured many grudges towards Con. Then everything changed. Seven years ago, my sister got really crook and we decided instantly and together to forget the past and cherish what we had left. Love Your Sister was born in that same moment, in the immediate shadow of her terminal diagnosis, when we simply decided to stop fighting, after all these years. It all seemed so silly once she got cancery.
She turns 40 today. She didn't want to make a point of it because she's worried that she'll jinx herself and not make 41, but I'm more than happy to declare her superstitions far less important than us taking a moment to reflect on my sister's contribution to Australian life and our beaut village, given this unlikely day.
Connie is a deep thinker, a thoroughly clever cookie, and heaps of fun. Her laugh is the best you'll find and her intuition is second to none. Her kids are bi-lingual and display superb depth - she is a terrific mother. Connie is at home with the toolbox too, and can build anything to spec, millimetre perfect. She worked in the disability sector for many years too, which gave her great nourishment. She has helped run the family secondhand book business for 20 years and still runs our last shop left standing with her hubby (a testament to her business acumen, given the nature of the digital age).
Five years ago she was told to prepare for death. She did the opposite. Instead of rolling over she decided to use her time trying to remind every single young mum in the land to be breast aware. Trying to remind anybody and everybody about the importance of science and research. And, after rescuing me from a life of base hedonism and guiding me to a unicycling world record, she's now embarking on a world record of her own - longest line of coins. She's going to bring together families affected by cancer from all around the country, by lining up all of their coins into the biggest love heart this country has EVER seen.
It's hard to explain how much Con means to me. Yes we fought like buggery as kids, but we also drowned in uncontrollable fits of laughter. Mum topped herself when we were young and Dad worked his crack off to support us, so often it was just me and Con. I've spent more time with Con than anyone else. And, as you now know, she's a dead-set legend.
She's had various cancers since I can remember but I don't see cancer when I think of her. We had so many stoushes but I no longer see conflict when I think of her. I see us sharing Sunny Boys at Little Aths. I see us putting on elaborate stage shows at home together. I see us walking to and from ten different schools together. And now I see her guiding her children so cleverly through this mad world. Now I see her think of others while she suffers. And, thankfully, when she looks at me now, I see pride in her eyes. It took a lot of explaining Con and I'm a bit of a slowcoach, but I get it now.
It's already been sung and it can't be said enough. All you need is love. And at the centre of love? Family. It's that simple. Thank you for teaching me how important family is. I'd be nought without you, beautiful human. I won't see you today, so this letter shall have to do. Happy birthday darling heart. May there be another one at least.
With love forever from your snotty little brother, xsam
P.S. If you want to give her a birthday pressie she'd be proud to lay a metre for you: www.loveyoursister.ecwid.com
I just don't know what else to say. I'm so bloody sad and heartbroken... There's 3 families who've lost loved ones in the heart of our city today and I can't imagine how they feel. Let's throw our arms around the families of those who've passed and pray for those who are still being looked after.
#loadfail About 7:08am on 8th February 2017, a 27year old male was stopped driving a Toyota Camry towing a box trailer upon Carlisle Ave Mt Druitt by Mt Druitt Highway Patrol in relation to the load issue. The male was issued with number infringements including exceeding load mass limit and tow vehicle with load causing instability.
How's this for an Aussie Xmas tree? Mad Bogan and his mates from Beechboro spent 14-months putting this beauty together, all to raise money for charity. The festive masterpiece stands at 4.4-metres and is made up of 2,536 VB cans... that's a lot of coldies.
Around the campfire please Villagers? My sister is no longer stable and the breast cancer is attacking her liver now. I don’t want to alarm anyone, but action in the liver can lead to a quick deterioration. Whilst Con still has plenty of healthy liver tissue, it has brought everything sharply into focus for me. She’s been stable for so long and I stupidly started to take her good health for granted. I feel like a complete idiot. So here’s what I’m thinking...
When our donations slowed to almost nothing last year (while I was off playing Molly and whatnot) I implored Connie to help me raise enough money to help get Love Your Sister back on track. I had never hassled her to help me with the actual fundraising component before, but I begged her to pick a number and shoot for it (I remember saying “Pick any number. Just make it higher than $100,000.”)
She came back to me the next day. She decided she wanted to BREAK HER OWN WORLD RECORD! One to match mine. Man, have I got an epic sister. She had caught wind of the 5 cent coin being phased out and decided that she wanted to break the record for longest line of coins. That’s right! The current record stands at 75.4kms and is held by a town in Austria.
So we have teamed up with our good friends at Questacon, Royal Australian Mint and The National Institute of Measurement (no shit!) and we’re going to break the record in Connie’s home city of Canberra, so she can be there. This was planned for next year some time, but since the stupid cancer decided to hold a riot in Connie’s liver I feel compelled to fast-track it to right now. If she starts seeing it and feeling it now, then it’ll lift her spirits, which have taken a beating.
So I’ve set up an impromptu link. We need 4 million five cent coins. The treasurer estimates that there’s $37 of coins in each household in Australia and I’m asking you for them, straight up. The mint will convert your doughies into 5 cent coins for us (12 x 44 gallon drums full) but we need to raise $195,775.05. When I met with the gang at The Mint they mentioned that they’d been keen to break the record for some time but hadn’t found a group capable of it. If anyone can, it’s us, right? If we can show The Mint that we’re for real, I’d almost be bold enough to ask for a limited edition Love Your Sister coin. The odds of this actually happening are very slim, as they do very few limited edition runs, but I refuse let go of my dream of gifting Connie with the ultimate keepsake, not just for breaking the world record, but for all the hard work she’s done since she got sick.
That’s the dream. It was going to happen next year but I’m making it now. Here’s a link we’re you can chuck in as many metres as you can (1 metre = $2.90). The Mint will change them into five centers for us. Get your metres here: www.loveyoursister.ecwid.com