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  • Interview WithÖ. Isobel Blackthorn

    Interview WithÖ. Isobel Blackthorn

    My very first online author interview!! Many thanks C.A.Milson

    Hi Readers and Booklovers! Today I am talking with Isobel Blackthorn. Isobel was born in London and moved to Aussie when she was 6. Isobel and her family spent around six years in and around Adelaide before they returned to London. Since then, she has travelled a fair bit between the UK and Aussie, and has had the opportunity to live in Spain and the Canary Islands.



    Welcome Isobel. Please tell...
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  • Writers for social justice

    Writers for social justice



    I missed out on modern history at school and confess that for decades I shied away from gaining much knowledge of the rise of fascism as it all seemed too ugly, too horrific, to delve into.

    Now Iím finding it hard to put down Anna Funderís All That I Am, a novel based on real events in the period between WWI and II, when Hitler rose to power and those on the Left, the communists and socialists of all stripes, were purged. The captured were rounded up and put in
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  • War on Feminism Ė Womenís Refuges under attack

    War on Feminism Ė Womenís Refuges under attack



    It has come as no surprise that womenís refuges are under corporate attack. It was only a matter of time before the ideological warriors of the new corporate regime would put in their sights frontline services catering for women fleeing domestic violence. Currently in the UK we witness the broadscale closure of womenís refuges that have been providing women and their children an essential service for decades. It also came as no surprise to read in her piece, There Is No Such Thing
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  • Order in a New World

    Order in a New World



    If I ruled the country the first thing I would do is sack every CEO, deny them access to their wealth and property and make them work for the dole while applying for 40 jobs a week outside of the corporate and public service sectors. With no rental history they would be couch surfing (if they find themselves with any remaining friends). And for the first six months, with no welfare at all, they would be relying on charities for handouts.

    Then, when they are caught stealing
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  • I should have done something sooner - a short short story on bullying

    I should have done something sooner - a short short story on bullying

    Here's a true and very short story on bullying. I guess this might resonate with some.



    I should have done something sooner. Thatís what my neighbour said. Best nipped in the bud. A good hard slap across the face will shut her up. Said she never had any trouble in the playground after that. But my best friendís husband was right about me. Iím a coward. And cowards cower. They donít punch or slap. I found that out about myself in my old school playground. Now I was a teacher
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  • Building bridges: asylum seekers in rural Australia

    Building bridges: asylum seekers in rural Australia

    Just a little bit pleased to have published in e-journal On Line Opinion Building bridges: asylum seekers in rural Australia, reflecting on a recent home hospitality respite holiday for asylum seekers on bridging visas that I organised under the auspices of the Home Among the Gum Trees program run by Elaine Smith in Dandenong (Melbourne). Here are hosts Jon and Lou , who got involved in this project because they wanted to find out for themselves about refugees and provided the following feedback. ...
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  • Heeding the Jihad Call

    Heeding the Jihad Call



    Hearing Obama outline his latest plan for the curtailment of ISIS it would be easy to believe that this group emerged spontaneously and entirely of its own accord out of the desert country of Syria and Iraq, filling a vacuum in the power shenanigans left when the US military pulled out of Iraq. Thatís the propaganda. That is what the US and its allies would have us believe. And it isnít true.

    An elite of concentrated power bent on expansionism, such as found in Empire
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  • Saying it with flowers

    Saying it with flowers



    The Pope now reckons WWIII is already being fought in piecemeal fashion. Well spotted. I agree. It was always going to be fought in the Middle East.

    Definition of a world war: A war involving many large nations.
    I watched Anzac Girls last night (I fell asleep at the point when Uncle Sam saved the day which when I woke as the credits rolled I thought rather ironic).

    Then I thought of where the battles of WWI were fought. I donít like war and havenít studied
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  • On Air

    On Air



    Iíll be on Ann Creberís The Good Life this Monday (8th September) at 4.10 pm, talking about the home hospitality respite program for asylum seekers that I coordinate for the Bega Valley under the auspices of
    Home among the Gum Trees, Rural Australians for Refugees.

    Tune in to 3MDR, 97.1FM or go to their website for live streaming. http://www.3mdr.com/program/detail/6/The-Good-Life/
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  • Itís unequivocal Ė Uranium is our salvation!

    Itís unequivocal Ė Uranium is our salvation!



    It pleases me to announce that Australia will be selling uranium to India. They are a stable democracy with a growing economy and much need for power. This government is happy to expand into the vibrant market of India with this valuable resource, giving a timely boost to our own economy. Our nation stands to gain many benefits from this gesture of goodwill. Profits all round. Itís a win win win. Yes, Iíll chink flutes with you.

    Tailing ponds? Oh, donít worry about
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