I wasn't going to write anything about the boy in the Gorilla enclosure saga, there is just so many angry heads over the whole thing and I didn't want to dip myself into that kind of tension... Then I saw the video footage.. And I realised that I really did have something to say. 💗👑
This is the story of a little library in Melbourne that makes a lot of lives better everyday. But you may never have heard of it...
In Melbourne Central, on Level 2, you'll almost pass without noticing, The Little Library. Inside you'll see what looks like a bookstore, but it is so much more. The Little Library is a place where absolutely anyone can come and borrow or swap a book for free. There is no membership, there is no shopkeeper or security guard, it is all done on honesty, exactly as it should be.
Today when I stopped in I was lucky enough to meet Herb. I asked him why he came to The Little Library.
"I love it here. It gives you that feeling of home and belonging. Being homeless can be lonely at times and reading really helps with that. I come to sit and read and relax. I feel safe here. I charge my phone while I read as well which is fantastic. I take a book to read and bring them back when I'm done.
"Lately my favourite books have been from Clive Cussler. I've been hooked with the suspense! It's a bit hard to read at night at the moment, my hands get so cold. But it's great to know when I warm up in the morning that Clive will be waiting for me."
Mitch and Ben from Brisbane were also in the library looking as amazed as I did. Mitch summed it up pretty well, "This is brilliant. It is just SO MELBOURNE!".
This amazing little library is for everyone. Students, travellers, you and I. I will be dropping off and picking up a couple of books tomorrow. I encourage everyone to do the same when they can.
Just when I think I've heard all the brilliant things about Melbourne...
Billie-Violet is a glass half empty kind of kid. After a day of swimming, playing and socialising she's likely to come out with a sentence like "my life is the worst" because it wasn't finished off with a sleepover or some new piece of insignificant shit from the toy isle at the supermarket that was probably made by some kid who's life really is the worst. #notbuyingit I have been patient, I tell her that I think her life totally rules, that I think she's a legend, that I hear her laughing all day long because she's having so much fun.. But it's usually met with, "it didn't feel fun, Arlo ruined my hair and the twins stuffed up my Lego Zoo" I hold back, of course on the inside I'm all "It's Lego!!! Try being covered in 2 different flavours of baby spew and having to keep a metre distance from other mums in case you still have nits and one starts waving at them from your fringe!!" And on the outside I'm like "well I'm pretty sure your hair still looks dam fine and you will rebuild that Zoo" I always thought I'd raise grateful kids, we'd do soup kitchens and donate our Christmas presents... But I get... "I don't wanna brush my hair!!! You are the worst mum ever!!!." So yesterday I tried something different... When she shot me daggers wanting me to acknowledge the sheer fucked up-ness of her situation (she couldn't find the undies with a tiger cub on them and was forced to wear the ones with a Frozen picture on them and Frozen to her is pretty much like Ed Hardy to the rest of the world. Over) I sat down with her and I tried a new approach, Empathy. After all when a friend comes over and tells me how much of a dick her husband is being I don't just tell her how amazing her marriage is- that would only make her feel worse, I do the right thing and tell her how much of a dick Bill is too so that we can both cackle and drink beer. So I told Billie-V, yeah well my life sucked too when I was a kid... She stared at me surprise.... "No really, my sister stole all my stuff, I was the slowest runner in the whole school, I only had dumb undies with pictures of mud on them and I kissed a boy playing kiss chasey and he told my friends that my kiss tasted like poo, seriously sucked." Billies magnificent little face lit up... I don't know if she was thriving on my misery or if she just liked feeling understood. Either way I had a buddy all day, she held my hand, smiled and gave no fucks when her Zoo was destroyed yet again.
THINGS NEVER SAID AT A SUBURBAN FOOTBALL CLUB (PART 2) As we reach one third of the way through the 2016 season, you are all no doubt starting to work out if you are a chance of a premiership or if it has been yet another wasted year. Either way, I hope this puts a smile on your dial.
#canyouhelp? - Assault & Robbery, Perth on Monday 4 April 2016
Police are seeking to identify a number of people who can assist with their inquiries into an assault and robbery at a convenience store in Perth on Monday 4 April 2016.
Around 6.30pm, a 24 year old man was working as an attendant at the store in Wellington Street in Perth when a man entered the store. The attendant began to serve the man, who became aggressive, before leaving the store.
The offender then threw an item at the window of the store, causing the attendant to confront him. He was then assaulted. A second male then approached the victim, and also assaulted him.
A large group of people then surrounded the victim, with the original offenders and others entering the store and taking items from the shelves. Items were also thrown at the attendant.
The group then left the area.
Anyone who can assist in identifying the members in the group is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au
Sneaky selfie before my first lecture, I can’t believe I got into university! The rest of my life starts now. No more living like I’m dying, I will live like I’ve got a future, cancer can’t take today away from me. I’ll be speaking French like a native by the time I’m done with studying French language and culture at ANU. Take that, cancer. http://eepurl.com/bMaO9f
Do you have any life changing stuff happening as well? Tell me?
#nowisawesome #maketherestofyourlifethebestofyourlife #garvanresearchfoundation #kickcancerinthefacehole #fuckcancer #sideways (These last two hashtags are Sam’s doing, and do not have Connie’s approval. Em x)
A group of 300 Pokemon Go players were pelted with water bombs in Sydney’s inner-west, after nearby residents grew tired of the gamers congregating outside their apartment building. STORY: http://yhoo.it/29Wn3d8 #7News
I heard someone refer to a mother of a child melting down as, "just sitting there"
A friend told me that she saw a mum in a cafe who's kid was throwing a royal fuckery of a tantrum and she had the audacity to just sit there...
I have been that mum. I have bribed, I have begged, I have stroked a child during a tantrum, I have lugged that child to the car, I reminded myself that it's going to be ok and repeatedly told my child that I loved him, that she was going to see consequences if she didn't stop, I have felt like throwing a god dam tanty my cunting self after one and I have also been that women, who sat there and did nothing.
And any seasoned expert will tell you that sometimes the only thing you can do, is nothing. Time will heal all tantrums.
So I asked my friend to not see her as the mum who "just sat there" while her child melts down. And instead see her as the mum who "is always there" while her child melts down.
Because being there and doing nothing are two very different things 💗
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I was sitting in Centre Place when a couple who were clearly in love walked by. They were laughing with each other, holding hands and they looked like they were in their own little world. Which is exactly how love should be. I chased after them...
Their names were Tim and Brendan.
I asked the two gentleman to pose for me in this photo to show what would happen to those around them if gay marriage was legalised in Australia... Nothing. Zip. Zero. Life would continue on exactly for everyone else as it does now and nobody would be effected except the two Humans who are so in love.
BREAKING NEWS: Last Friday i made you aware of an application for the Victorian Government to house refugees with aged care residents.
This video reached over 610,000 people, was shared 6,300 times and received over 5,900 comments, the majority of which were against St Vincent's proposal to the Government.
Today i can inform you that the Government have ignored the majorities wishes and instead fast tracked an approval.
Can I also point out it has come to our attention over recent days that Former Health Minister and Local MP Jenny Macklin's Ex-Chief of Staff Abbie Clark is St Vincent's Care Services General Manager of Public Affairs.
This seems strange to me, does it seem strange to you?