Can’t you come up with another way to show your support?

Muntadar al-Zaidi’s gesture has struck a chord across the Arab world, where Mr Bush is widely despised for invading Iraq in 2003 and for his support for Israel.

The ABC news report starts by informing us of the second court appearance of the man who threw his shoes at Bush.  Then it goes on to tell us about the popularity of the man’s actions and the support that he is getting across the Arab world using this little example:

An Egyptian man says he is offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Mr Zaidi.

The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea.

“This is something that would honour me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero,” she said.

Her father, Saad Gumaa, said he had called Durgham al-Zaidi to tell him of the offer.

“I find nothing more valuable than my daughter to offer to him, and I am prepared to provide her with everything needed for marriage,” he said.


Wishes (Or, my fantasy Christmas List)

Got this idea from This Devil’s Workday (and you can also check out LuLi’s and WendySkeleton’s wish lists).

There are a few premises behind this wish list. Firstly, money is no problem (imagine your family were all trillionaires – what would you be asking for Christmas?). Secondly, take it as given that ideological goals have been met, ie world peace has been achieved, etc, etc. Thirdly, my wishes are not very extensive so I have incorporated the wishes of my husband and kids (Miss Five and Master Two), just to give you more pictures to look at. Ok, suspend reality for a minute and we shall begin.

1.First wish would be an all expenses paid family holiday to Europe around the world, starting in Europe with a visit to my husband’s family in Croatia.  The trip would include Ireland, Africa and South America, places that I have a deep desire to visit. (Then I could bold some more stuff on the meme that I did yesterday!)

2. A little motorbike for zipping to work and out for coffee and freedom time to use it!

Honda Cub 90

Honda Cub 90

3. A house elf to keep the house tidy and cook dinner occasionally. (Mostly I don’t mind cooking, but there are just some days when it would be very handy to have the house elf do it!)

3. The Man about the House’s first wish – A breathtakingly beautiful motorbike such as:


Ducati Desmosedici

4. His second wish -A decent acoustic guitar

5.The Little Miss’ Wish –  to be a Care Bear (What can I say – five year olds have strange desires).

Daughter : “Mama I want to be a Care Bear”.  Mama:Well..just use your imagination. You can be anything you want to be”.  Daughter: “I don’t want to be an imaginary Care Bear, I want to be a REAL Care Bear”.

Anyhow, this is a fantasy wish list, so here you go.

6. Her Second Wish – Rollerblades

Admittedly this is a more realistic wish than being a Care Bear, but as I’ve already taken Miss Five to hospital once this year (when she split her head open) Santa has decided to hold off on this gift until she is a little older and more co-ordinated.

7. As kids cannot be pillioned until they are eight years old, toddlerboy’s greatest wish will have to be interpreted thus:

If you could have anything you wanted, what would you wish for?

Just another meme in lieu of a real post

From blue milk.

1) Five names you go by


My IRL name

Mrs Newman (This is my married name, which I do not use except occasionally I’ll get called it by assumption, but it really isn’t me)

Raye -from friends, diminutive of my IRL name

Squirt – Well I don’t really go by this anymore (fortunately). It was my nickname in highschool because I was a little squirt.

2) Three things you are wearing right now.

Cream coloured shorts (hate them, but need to get some washing done, so its all I’ve got right now)

Stripy t-shirt (Bleach accident has rendered some parts of the navy stripes pink so this is officially a house shirt)

Comfy underwear

3) Two things you want very badly at the moment.

To finish my thesis without too many sleepless nights

To have completed the Christmas shopping as quickly and painlessly as possible

4) Three people who I’d like to see fill this out.

Luli, Hellonhairylegs and the person reading this!

5) Two things you did last night.

Hosted a Christmas party.

Stayed up late drinking cocktails.

6) Two things you ate today.

Party left overs and candy coated peanuts.

7) Two people you last talked to on the phone.

My mum and a well-mannered friend who rang to thank my husband and I for our party. Can I just say that most kids of my generation do not have manners like and this and don’t even RSVP properly – little lone thank the host with a nice phone call.

Two things you are going to do today.

Go to bed early (oops, getting a little for that)

Clean up the house (mostly got done)

9) Two longest car rides.

Road trip from Melbourne (caught the train to and drove back from,  car trip of about 14hours)

As a kid I spent two weeks in a campervan being driven around New Zealand. Does that count as a car ride?

10) Two of your favourite drinks.


Gin and Tonic

11) And bold the ones you’ve done.

I have….

1. Started my own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii (actually planning a trip end of next year, there’s a conference there that I plan to attend)

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than I can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/world (Have not been to the US yet and suspect this meme to be a little USA-centric)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sung a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched lightning at sea

14. Taught myself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning (a couple of days before I got married)

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown my own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Skied a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restuarant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (does travelling with my daughter who was being transported count?)

47. Had my portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling (Both)

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. Bounced a cheque

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favourite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had my picture in the paper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant

What a week

So much to blog about, yet I have so little energy!  I’ll start with a little of what’s been in the news.  Is it just me or is there a lot of weird and scary bleak stuff going on at the moment?

I read that in Tanzania Albinos are being killed for their supposed magic powers, and while the government is trying to crack down on the practice, 30 albino people (including one baby) have been killed since March.

In PNG in it has been revealed that, in a story that sounds oddly Biblical to me, mothers were killing their baby sons in order to put an end to a long running tribal war.

A BBC story about the Mumbai attacks asks whether this was a case of ‘celebrity terrorism’, akin to the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres of 1999 and 2007.

Did you know that the world’s oldest nuclear family were found to have been murdered?  Or at the very least they met a violent death.

In other news, the BBC also ran a story claiming that in the wake of the current economic crisis more Britons are having sex, it now being the preferred free pastime – more popular than window shopping and gossiping with friends. I don’t know about the credibility of this story, it seemed to be just a another piece aimed at reminding everyone that they should be having safe sex.