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Saturday Evening in Canberra

I couldn’t get a proper picture from where I am at the moment, but we are having a beautiful evening in Canberra, and similar – but hotter – weather is forecast for tomorrow.

At the moment, all the sulphur-crested cockatoos are screeching as they fly to… wherever they go for the night, and the currawongs are doing their thing. The picture looks peaceful, but it’s very noisy here!

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Australian Parliament – Canberra

If it’s a bit blurry it’s because I took this from the back seat of a car this afternoon (zooming past other people’s heads and arms etc.)! It’s 30+ something degrees in Canberra today, and will be again tomorrow, and tonight we have Skyfire (fireworks) on the lake.

It was a pretty great St Patrick’s Day. I had no idea so many people would come into the city all dressed up – I deliberately didn’t wear green because I thought that was silly, but I was about the only one in a different colour! We had Irish bands, Irish dancers etc. I haven’t *done* St Patrick’s Day for years. How lucky it was on a Saturday this year!

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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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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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Goodbye, 2017!

New Year's Eve

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31/12/2017 · 4:30 am

More of today in Seville

They were building this when I was in Seville ten years ago. I saw it for the first time in 2013, and we returned a few hours ago. That is only part of this record-breaking structure.

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Oh, Barcelona.

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I have walked down Las Ramblas many times over the years, and will be back in Barcelona in a few days.

There’d been talk of a terror attack in Spain for ages, and Las Ramblas was a location we’d said was vulnerable.

I was on a train late this afternoon, and when we got back to Malaga I was wondering why there were so many more police around.

I am very sick of these terrorists.

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