What I’m listening to…
I’ve dragged out 10.9.8.7.126.96.36.199.2.1 by Aussie Band, Midnight Oil.
I can’t believe that this album is now 30 years old!
Not the first album I bought (that honour goes to Bay City Rollers Once Upon a Star in 1975ish), 10…1 was the most important in my young life.
At 15 I was just starting to form my own political opinions (to the absolute horror of my right wing parents) when the power and the passion burst into Cold War chill.
The lyrics in Short Memory taught me more about recent history than I had learned in school- and had me start to pay more attention to newspapers and current affairs. Check it out here.
I didn’t necessarily share all their politics, but the lyrics pushed my narrow opinions outward and substantially to the left. Peter Garrett was my political hero and Rob Hirst on drums was seriously hot.
I went on to major in Political Studies at Uni- including a year on each of the Politics of the US and Politics of the USSR and Eastern Europe…I figured I needed both to understand the politics of the time.
My parents began to wonder what they’d done wrong.
The rich get richer, the poor get the picture, the bombs never hit you when you’re down so low…
What I’m watching…
Still on the political theme, I’m loving this series of Annabel Crabbs’ Kitchen Cabinet (ABC2 Wednesday nights…Aussie viewers can play catchup tv on iview).
The premise is simple.
Annabel invites herself to lunch with a politician- at their house (she brings the dessert). Both sides of politics are represented, and over lunch Annabel gets to know them- how they got into politics, what formed their early opinions, why they think and believe the things they do.
Somehow it makes them more human, and takes you past the simple left and right question (or, in current Aussie middle ground politics, left-ish and right-ish).
And you get to see some interesting parts of the country, and inspiration for the kitchen.
What’s wowed me…
Sculptures by the Sea. I wrote about it here.
Despite living in Sydney for the past 20 years, this was the first time I’d ventured into Campbell Parade for lunch.
Previous visits have been to catch the bus back to Bondi Junction Railway Station at the end of the City to Surf and to get a lift back to the car after finishing the Coogee to Bondi walk.
I think I get the Bondi thing now- although the parking is horrendous.
What I’ve eaten…
Speaking of which, I had the yummiest wagyu beef pho at Miss Chu at Bondi.
For the uninitiated, pho (pronounced fur) is a fragrant rice noodle beef stock into which thinly sliced pieces of raw beef are cooked. It’s served with Vietnamese mint sprigs, bean sprouts, lemon wedges and chilli on the side so you can add and season to your own taste.
Real feel good when you’re not feeling great comfort food in a bowl.
What I’m challenging myself with…
This November I’m doing nanowrimo again- 30 days, 50,000 words (with luck, concentration and inspiration) and a lot of coffee.
I’m taking a new fiction idea for a test flight. The first line is:
I wasn’t there the day my baby sister Zoe’s pram rolled off the platform and onto the track in the path of the 7.25am express to the city…
What happens next? Who knows? I certainly don’t…yet…
What about you? What’s been inspiring you this week?