Monthly Archives: February 2018

At the cemetery on the last day of summer.

It has been a hot day for the last day of summer. We had lunch in Queanbeyan, just over the New South Wales border, and stopped at the cemetery on the way home. There was an aeroplane flying really low over the graves just before (Canberra Airport is nearby), but all my pictures were so bad!

Beneath that is a blurry from-the-car picture of some of the gazillion kangaroos around here. This is what plenty of our suburbs look like. Yes, Canberra has a serious kangaroo issue!

Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery near Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th February 2018 Blue Sky end of Summer

Kangaroos Queanbeyn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th February 2018

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Four Years

Kyiv Ukraine Euromaidan Memorials Sonya Heaney May 2016

A memorial to the dead I photographed in 2016.

Today is the fourth anniversary of the end of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution. On the 20th of February, 2014 pro-Russian snipers took to the streets and shot and killed as many civilians as they could manage.

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Snipers in the same spot the memorials are now.

The revolution resulted in overthrowing the corrupt, dictatorial oligarch in charge of the country, but he fled to Russia and paved the way for Putin’s invasion shortly afterwards.

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Go Ukraine!

Huge congratulations to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko for his Olympic gold medal win in men’s aerials freestyle skiing! It was not expected.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won the men's aerials freestyle skiing gold medal to break Belarus' dominance in the event at the Winter Olympics..

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Monday Summer Sunset in Canberra #2

IMG_5673 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

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12/02/2018 · 9:57 pm

Monday Summer Sunset in Canberra #1

IMG_5664 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

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12/02/2018 · 9:55 pm

Australian Parliament – Canberra

Note: I took this from the back seat of the car at lunchtime today! Parliament House is covered in scaffolding at the moment, so it doesn’t look so great (plus, the government voted to put that awful “anti-terrorist” fence up, and ruin the beautiful lawns).

I thought I took at least one better picture on the way back, but they were all too blurry to use!

Parliament of Australia Australian Parliament Canberra Australian Capital Territory Sonya Heaney 10th February 2018 Summer Blue Sky etc

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Friday summer sunset in Canberra

With power lines!

Canberra Australia Summer Sunset 9th February 2018 Sonya Heaney Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

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Misty – and the end she didn’t deserve

Winter Sunshine Cat Garden Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 6th June 2017 1

Misty, the neighbour’s cat, who would have been twenty this year, died this past week. This is the cat who I singlehandedly nursed back to living after she had a stroke last year, sleeping on the couch with her for a week when the neighbour was away. This is the cat who lived over here most of the time, pretty much only going home to eat, as the neighbour was hardly ever around. This is the cat who had her own set of cat bowls, a special blanket, and a brush for her here.

She didn’t die the peaceful death in her sleep she deserved.

No. She was killed by one of the neighbour’s son’s bullmastiffs. She was so old she’d gone blind and deaf. She didn’t have a hope against a dog I know from personal experience has no business living around people or other animals.

When your dogs are so dangerous you have to put warning signs up everywhere, it’s time to rethink your priorities.

Blind Calico Cat Canberra Australia 26th May 2017 Sonya Heaney Cute 1

I am fed up with dangerous dog apologists, whose chant of don’t blame the dogs, blame the owners sounds too freaking much like gun apologists’ guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Both are ridiculous statements that get people and animals hurt.

Guns DO kill people, and vicious dogs DO kill people and pets. Just recently a woman here was killed by her own pit bull. And Misty, who this dog had known her whole life, is the latest victim of people picking dogs for penis enhancement instead of pets.

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Friday Afternoon

One of our resident adolescent magpies – still with heaps of grey baby feathers – hanging out this afternoon.

Baby Magpie Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 2nd February 2018 Australian Animals Australian Bird Garden Nature

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Formula One (finally!) gets rid of “grid girls”

Formula One Race Podium Melbourne Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th March 2016 Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel F1

Formula One has just announced they won’t be using so-called “grid girls” anymore, and all I can think is: about bloody time.

These young women are employed to wear skimpy clothes and parade around with signs and such at the races, and then get doused in champagne on the podium at the end.

As the (male) BBC journalist put it:

‘Society is living through a defining moment in sexual politics. It is the time of #MeToo, and revelations of sexual harassment and worse by powerful men.

Some will see this decision as tokenistic and unnecessary. But the likelihood is that the vast majority of those people will be men.

In that context, it feels like an appropriate decision for the times, and one that F1 had to make.’

I have attended countless Formula One races – my father used to be heavily involved in motorsport – and I sat in some expensive seats.

And, you know what? The men around me, who were willing to fork out thousands of dollars to attend the races – men with a bit of grey at the temples and with children under ten beside them, and fully grey men with their wives in the next seat – turned into animals when the young women were paraded out onto the track.

Every time I sat in those stands, surrounded by reasonably affluent, allegedly classy men, I felt sick. They’d break out into wolf whistles and lewd comments and just generally be repulsive. It didn’t matter they had daughters and wives with them.

Good riddance to this horrendous practice.

These days Formula One has female team managers, and female drivers are making inroads (actually, the first female drivers were generations ago).

This is also the case with MotoGP, which is essentially the motorbike version of Formula One. Over there they have teenage girls riding, and yet they still parade the grid girls around the track. And, over in MotoGP, some of the young women are essentially dressed in fetish wear!

I know many men are going to be very upset about this. But, guess what? They’ll get used to it.

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