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Curly Question: Explain this to a nine year old girl

September 10, 2010 2 comments

Here’s a curly question for your Friday cup of coffee…. How do you explain this advertisement to nine and six year old girls, who happen to pick it up in the mailbox? It was the back cover of a new free mag distributed around Brisbane last week, called Brisbane’s River Wrap Magazine.

Arty, but too much?

The female actor has purple bruises on her face and upper body, suggesting strangulation… The man looks like he forgot to attend a few rehab appointments and didn’t make the cut for MasterChef – or is he advertising kitchen knives? (“Look Mummy, he has the same knife as you…” Hmmm). Or, could this be the cover of the new Spring-Summer catalogue for Relationships Australia?

Sex with knives doesn’t belong on the back cover of a free family magazine. We didn’t ask for it to be in our letterbox.

Thank you so much, Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government for putting funding towards this – maybe you could have some guidelines on how grants-funded projects use the money in appropriate promotions? Just sayin’.

Review: Scrambled Egg

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Rarely does one use the word “delightful” these days without sounding twee, however, this book is delightful – and that’s a good thing. Children deserve stories that are uplifting. We’re getting a bit bored with eco-anxiety and parents-are-envirovandals type stories. Story-telling should be about story-telling; heavy moralising belongs elsewhere. Why depress kids? We should be inspiring love and awe and letting kids be kids.

Scrambled Egg is a beautiful Australian book. It’s simply gorgeous to look at and a good read. It’s about stepping up to a challenge (finding the mother of the lost egg) and problem-solving with the help of good friends. As a bonus, children learn about Australian native animals and the amazing outback.

Thumbs up. (Recommended for ages 2-10).

PS. Check out Wendy’s artwork – her emus and camels will make you smile!

Road Test: Lip Crayons by Jane Iredale

September 4, 2010 2 comments

For some reason, people ask me for makeup advice, not realising perhaps, that for me, if it doesn’t go on in 5, it doesn’t go on at all. I like makeup that is easy, not obscenely expensive and doesn’t cause my skin to react.

One of my favourite products (and one of the few things that I don’t react to) is Jane Iredale’s lip crayons.

I like:
* the colour range – goes with everything
* the convenience of lip-liner and lipstick in one
* that they’re creamy and hydrating (somewhere between a lip pencil and lipstick in consistency)
* that they stay on a bit better than standard lipsticks or glosses
* they don’t burn and tend not to bleed
* they don’t melt or break on the first day of summer in Brisbane
* they come with a sharpener
* they blend ie. you can put one colour down and then another over the top of it to get the exact shade you need – or you can put coloured gloss (I like Iredale’s glosses as well) over the top.

They also go on fast, with no fuss – so they get my big tick.

Brisbane ladies can look up my fav supplier, La Bella Sophia Hair Nails & Beauty, and speak with Deb.

Categories: Australia, Health, Products

The world needs more nannas

September 3, 2010 3 comments

With my Nanna turning 84 today, I reflect upon some of her wisdoms and how the world needs nannas more than ever.

Nanna was born in Poland, in 1926. She immigrated to Australia over 4 decades ago, with husband and son, to start a new life in a free land, where the fruits of one’s efforts were their own reward.

Her strength and cheerfulness doesn’t betray what a hard life she’s had. Communism. Starvation. Nazism. Being taken as a child and made to work on German farms. Outliving four husbands.

Yet, she can tell me that there were good German soldiers, who left their bread crusts for Polish children who otherwise wouldn’t have eaten that day. And that Russians were a good-hearted people, with a rotten government. And that to love and lose is better than to not love at all.

She marvels at the strength of the human spirit and that the world is filled with so many good people–that when her car broke down last week, people stopped to help. She gives. She loves her family. She works hard and believes that’s the key to a good and healthy life. She’s fiercely independent, except when she’s not (and that’s what family’s for). She bakes cakes, not only for me, but for my staff, because spreading a little joy and jelly-cake never hurt anyone.

So while our self-professed educated elite demand that we look backwards and forwards in despair and wear our global guilt with useless pride, Nanna has forgiven the past without lingering in it and enjoys the beauty in everybody she meets. She buys bacon from Russians, plays Pokies with Aussies and Ukrainians and eats sauerkraut with Germans. She takes only what she needs, and gives a lot more.

Happy birthday, Nanna. Kocham Cie. Sto lat!