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Today in Canberra

Rainbow flags on the drive up to Parliament House this afternoon. There’s another set closer over the bridge, but you can’t see them in this picture. Those flagpoles are used for national flags when presidents visit etc.

There are rainbow things everywhere in Canberra – in fact, there have been for months (including the airport – the anti-gay politicians flying in have to see it every time), but now they’ve painted footpaths and roads!

The day after the gay marriage vote Canberra 74% Sonya Heaney Parliament House Australia 16th November 2017

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Go Canberra!

The ACT (Canberra) votes YES to marriage equality with BY FAR the highest percentage of people of any state or territory. (Maybe they shouldn’t have stuck us on the bottom of the chart…)

Remember: Canberra has already legalised gay marriage in the past, but we had it taken away from us by national powers.

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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

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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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Bushfire

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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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/fast-moving-grass-fire-west-of-queanbeyan-puts-area-on-watch-and-act-20170217-gufbm5.html

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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.

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Norcia Italy Sonya Oksana Heaney June 2016

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