Last night we had a BBQ at a friend's place, and ended the night watching a DVD of the Midnight Oil concert on Goat Island from 1985. It was to celebrate Triple J's (radio station) 10th birthday. I remember the concert as it was the first I recall being simulcast on TV (ABC) and the radio (Triple J). Some highlights in viewing this the second time around were:
I read Anne Enright's "The Gathering"this week. I felt that I should read it as it won the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and I like to be familiar with award winning books. Does anyone else do that?
Anyway, I would not say it was an easy or enjoyable read, and I wouldn't rush out and buy it if you would rather not read about sexual abuse (and who would really!), and don't like the odd bit of bad language.
The novel is a saga covering three generations of an Irish family and is set in Ireland and England. Its title refers to the funeral of Liam Hegarty, an alcoholic who committed suicide in the sea at Brighton. His mother and the nine surviving Hegarty children gather in Dublin for his wake. The novel's narrator is 39-year-old Veronica, the sibling who was closest to Liam. She looks through her family's troubled history to try to make sense of his death. She thinks that the reason for his alcoholism lies in something that happened to him in his childhood when he stayed in his grandmother's house. She uncovers uncomfortable truths about her family. (Wikipedia)
There is a major development ( new shopping center ) in progress, which will not be completed until 2010.
And our church will be smack bang in the middle of it! I think that is amazing.
Tomorrow I am off for a short break with some girlfriends. Two whole nights of child free fun. I do love my children dearly, but they are driving me bananas with their holiday squabbles!
We are going to Blackheath,in the Blue Mountains,to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday.