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For Canada

The National Science and Technology Centre was one of a number of places in Canberra lit up in red and white for Canada over the weekend.

National Science and Technology Centre Canberra Australia for Canada Day 150 1st July 2017 Sonya Oksana Heaney Canadian Colours Night

National Science and Technology Centre Canberra Australia for Canada Day 150 1st July 2017 Sonya Oksana Heaney Canadian Colours NightDSC03856

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Poor London

Just as I started typing this, they announced two more deaths in a press conference.

This photo is from Westminster Bridge only a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to say in these situations…

Sonya Heaney Christiopher Heaney London Big Ben Westminster Bridge February 2017

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Not everything’s so great in the UAE

I’ve been through the United Arab Emirates a few times in the past few weeks, and will be passing through there again a few more times before the end of the year (unfortunately – Emirates is a terrible airline, with food so bad only British Airways is worse, and service more appalling than anything except the rude lot at Swiss Ariways!).

I always get the sense people see it as a special, shiny playground just for them, forgetting that underneath it all it’s still an Islamic country. In recent times women have been put in prison for sex before marriage – because they reported a RAPE.

Now, a Ukrainian woman is behind bars because doctors discovered she was pregnant to her long-term partner. The issue? She’s not married. She is being held while they allegedly test her to see how long she has been sexually active.

That sounds a hell of a lot like they’re doing some appalling things to her – all in the name of protecting “morals”.

Please be aware of the laws in countries you’re visiting. Just because things look pretty on the surface, and just because YOU’VE never had an issue (the number of times I’ve heard men defending the United Arab Emirates to women…) doesn’t mean everything is perfect.

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While we are freezing in Italy, this is happening in the areas around home, Canberra, and Queanbeyan, where I have many family connections. I hope no more homes are lost, and no more people are injured.



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Poor Norcia

Horrifying news coming out of Norcia in Italy right now. The third earthquake to hit the region has finally destroyed the world-famous church (and the alleged birthplace of Saint Benedict) in the main square.

We were staying overlooking the church only a few months ago, and now it seems there’s terrible destruction throughout the town.


Norcia Italy Sonya Oksana Heaney June 2016


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How to spend a Sunday afternoon…

We were having a nice family get together at a bar beside the lake, enjoying the sunny afternoon.

And then my father got a call from a security guard at one of the big buildings in Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone: fire alarms are going off, and the fire engines are on their way.

My father (and his company) manages the building, and they have been renovating it (it’s a HUGE building) for the past year, so it was not the news anybody wanted to hear!

When my parents lived in India, he flew up to Delhi and people flew in from Australia to inspect a building. And when my father arrived the whole place was in the process of burning to the ground. The fire department didn’t have ladders high enough to reach the flames. It made the front page of The Times of India the next day.

He called another manager, who was in transit in Singapore, and said to not bother coming because the building burnt down. Of course he didn’t believe it!

Here in Canberra, luckily we were only a two-minute drive from the building, so we dropped by to see what was going on.

We still aren’t sure what the problem is. Maybe a false alarm. Maybe not…



No idea why the shot from the car looks so crooked! That’s my father, leaving his conversation with the fire department – where they still didn’t know what was going on.


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RIP to Luis Salom, the rising Spanish motorbike racing star who was killed in a freak accident in Spain today. I have been following his MotoGP career for years, and the news this afternoon was a shock.


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