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To the people who robbed me…

To the people who robbed me,

I’m writing to you today to tell you how much you have inconvenienced me.

Not only did you steal something that didn’t belong to you, you stole something that made me who I was.

Your actions were selfish, unkind and cruel.

Not only did you know what you were doing, you wanted to do it.

Doesn’t it bother you?

Do you understand the pain that you inflicted?

Didn’t the screams of horror and anguish create any kind of moral alarm to you?

You are guilty, faceless sirs, of a crime that no-one wants to hear about.

Something must have happened to you, something disastrous.

You have taken away my identity.

I don’t know who or what I am anymore.

I can’t be sorry for you or what you did because I can’t feel anything anymore.

Hoping for change seems like a distant dream, a worthless dream, but I need help.

See the wrong in your actions, see the chaos you inflict.

I have a right to what is mine.

I am a human being.

Stop.

 

Please stop.

 

From,

A voice that needs to be heard…

The Helen Bamber Foundation

The Helen Bamber Foundation is a UK-based human rights group. They are one of the many organizations that are working together to educate people about human trafficking around the globe. This is an enormous problem, people. Do some research, become aware, make these issues apparent to you. I’m so sick of inaction, especially with an issue as awful and soul-destroying as this. Take comfort in the fact that organizations like Helen Bamber’s want to help – support their cause in any way you can.

It’s time to say something, write something, believe in something!

Ignorance is bliss for those who can afford it.

Please help.

Peace,

– C

Emma Thompson’s “Journey” exhibition was released a couple of years ago to raise awareness about the horrors of sex trafficking. Elena was and is a real person. She had the guts to speak out about what had happened to her. Honestly, I think this advertisement alone speaks volumes.

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Symphony in the Domain 2011 – for everyone?

After a rather successful year of blogging in 2010 I thought I’d be really lazy and start my 2011 at the end of January. Aren’t I thoughtful? The real reason for this total neglect would have something to do with house hunting, job searching and laziness. Oh, the joys of laziness! One day I’ll end up thinking I’m in some sort of misguided time warp as I dig around for more Doritos while dreaming about some imaginary past….but that’s for the future to dictate – let’s get on with now…

As for today, this glorious day of days, I’m going to bump out some well needed thoughts about what we consider to be “free” in this country, (in terms of live entertainment), and why it can really suck being educated in certain circumstances…

I love classical music. I grew up with it, I danced to it and I played it, (and one day I will eventually start playing again), but that doesn’t make me some glorified snob. For instance, I know pretty much nothing about rap music. This makes me uneducated and in certain communities I can be considered to be incredibly thick. Therefore, when you go to a free event like Symphony in the Domain and witness a drunken brawl break out in front of you over some guy’s “bitch” (quote), you tend to think why so many people are there in the first place. Is it because it’s free and they can drink or is it because they enjoy the wonder that is classical music? Who knows? I will say this – if you want to get pissed go to a pub. Fair enough?

Apart from the overcrowding and questionable audience members, the Sydney Symphony played superbly. It’s always a thrill to watch Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture performed live amongst a wonderful array of fireworks and cannon fire.

Another special addition this year was John Bell. What a brilliant orator that man is, reciting soliloquy’s from some of Shakespeare’s greatest works – it was a special touch to the evening and it was definitely worth waiting for…if you’re as into Shakespeare as I am.

In summation, I love these free events because I consider them to be incredibly important in our day and age where nothing comes for “free “. Afterall, it’s so very hard to keep ones head above water financially we tend to forget what true enjoyment really is. However, it’s so disappointing to see idiots getting a kick out of picking fights with security staff just for the hell of it while John Bell recites the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V. But it’s a free event right?

Peace and Happy New Year,

– C

P.S. For all of those Opera lovers remember that next Saturday night is Opera in the Domain – be sure to get a good seat!  Also, be sure to check out the launch of the Chinese New Year celebrations which start next Friday. Head on down to Belmore Park from 6pm – 8pm. Both are free events so don’t miss them.

All photos taken by Shane Van Laar @ www.shanevanlaar.com

 

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Everybody deserves a chance…

It’s that time of the year again…

     … a time that means holidays, food and family, I thought I’d be cliché and conventional by pondering on those unhappy cases, those too proud to show their misfortune and those who go without day after day…

It’s a well-known fact that when interest rates go up, prospects for those on the edge go down. After doing some internet snooping I discovered that the estimated number of Australian children living in poverty reached three hundred and fifty thousand this year.

Think about that for a moment…

That’s the seating capacity of twenty Acer Arenas.

Acer Arena, Sydney.

I remember being five years old. I remember my little Christmas stocking, with a polar bear in a Santa hat stitched on the front, overflowing with presents. I remember my Grandmother lighting her Christmas pudding (which she still does every year), endless candy canes and Christmas cards from school, stupid little presents from novelty Christmas crackers that I kept for a whole four hours…

It’s memories like these that last a lifetime. Stuff is just that – it’s stuff. Relationships matter.

What I’m really trying to say is that as fleeting as time is, and as stupid as material things can be, it’s important to make gestures. I think that’s why I love Christmas so much. As truly awful as some presents that we receive can be, we smile sweetly and say ‘thank you’ because of the thought – the thought that someone cared enough to go to a shop, find a pair of misfitting socks, pay for them, go home and then wrap them in paper and ribbons to give to us especially.

Recently, someone told me how important it is to be grateful. As much as I complain about society, and how bloody awful certain situations can be, I’m grateful that I have so much opportunity. I can afford to live, I have supporting friends and family, I’m incredibly lucky.

That’s why this year, instead of thinking about it, I’m actually going to go out and make a gesture. As small as it may seem, it’s needed. Who wants to sit around feeling bad and muttering, “I can’t afford it”? I’m over it. That’s why, after I finish writing this post, I’m heading out the door and over to the St. Vincent de Paul’s centre down the street to donate something…anything.

It’s not just because it’s Christmas, nor is it some weird self-validating decision – it’s because I truly want to and I am grateful.

Peace on earth,

– C

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Addiction…

I’m pretty sure everyone’s heard of the ‘addictive personality’. You know, when a person goes from one fixation to the next? (That’s probably not the best definition in the whole world but let’s go with it) What’s intriguing about this labelling system is the sheer idea that we need it in the first place. Surely being passionate about many things is great and not a disorder? Or maybe it’s truly a dangerous thing to be so flippant or so engrossed in an addiction. I suppose the object or subject to which the addiction is associated with is where the danger lies…actually I’m sure of it – duh! 

This trait can be self-destructive. To excuse it as a disorder is one thing but to tolerate its harmful side is a whole other story. Addiction becomes a dependable trait…it’s soul consuming until, in some cases, one may find that they feel obsolete, nullified…without purpose (except to fulfill the said addiction.) What is good about addiction? Not much at all, really.

The label is confusing. I suppose it’s up to who’s interpreting what it means in the first place, or the context in which it is said in, but the term still stinks. Clearly, I dislike it to the point of making an issue about it but, to me, it can never be a fabulous thing to tell someone. Unless, of course, if you’re saying someone’s personality is addictive to YOU, that you love it so much it’s becoming an addiction for you to be around it.

I’m sure I’m going to hell in a duffel bag for saying it, because the definition I’ve given is not exactly “clinically correct”…but I think the term demeans people and makes them feel truly hopeless about themselves. Bad, I say, bad! I don’t think diagnosis solves much, not in mental health anyway. It just incurs more worry…

That is all, for the moment…

Peace,

– C

{P.S. Again, sorry about the absence. Life and its drudgery can be a huge road block at times.}

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10/10/10.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be born today…

You’d always have a great opening line at a party and you’d be known as ‘lucky’, (or something to that extent). I’ve always had a thing about patterns or subjects that I deem to be special but to others may seem somewhat anticlimatic. In any case, I’m sure there will be a spectacular occurrence today. Let’s hope it’s nothing disastrously awful like a terrorist attack in Delhi or some horrid natural disaster occurring in a country that can barely support itself…

Having an incredibly carnal belief system, I still give way to Fatalism from time to time. Everything happens for a reason. Today is special. Think about it, this awesome sequence will only occur twice again in our lifetime:

The eleventh of November next year and the twelfth of December the year following.

11.11.11.

12.12.12.

Do something out of the ordinary today. If anything, today is an excuse to start changing your life for the better. You know that thing you’ve been putting off for years and years? Get cracking! I believe in the power of motivation. It works in the same way as apathy. It’s all about excuses. Turn them into a positive. Say – hey, here’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to start my diet today, I’m going to sign with a charity, I’m going to go for a job that I deserve.

Thank you, Nike.

On a side note: I’d like to apologise for my recent rambling absence. It seems that life happens all at once or in short, inconvenient bursts. Nevertheless, I’m making my way back, slowly but surely.

Wish me luck.

Also, a word to the wise, budgerigars make an awful racket. Having recently purchased one, I thought it best to advise anyone who is aiming for some peace and quiet not to go out and buy a little, colourful beak because they’re chirpy to the extent that your ears may bleed a little…

Peace,

– C

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A global balancing act…

Has it come to this?

Too extreme? Frenchman Alain Robert climbs the 150-metre tall Lumiere apartment building in Sydney.

Forty-eight year old Alain Robert was arrested this morning for illegally climbing a large building without the proper restraints or authority. Of course, this wasn’t the first time Alain’s been arrested in Australia. This time, however, he’s been lucky enough to get off scot-free even though he continuously disrespects the laws of this country.

Apparently, Alain’s highly dangerous acts, (now up to eighty buildings worldwide), help raise awareness about global warming by drawing attention to the ‘One Hundred Month’ (www.onehundredmonths.org) campaign. Don’t you find it slightly upsetting that in today’s society it takes a Frenchman with a death wish to raise awareness about global warming? It’s almost as bad as suicide bombing. Has our society become so careless that we can only find interest in something if it’s this finite and terrifying?

Thank you, Alain, but stop trying to kill yourself. You’re highly inventive but I’m sure no one wants you to go to such extremes. Then again, perhaps they do…

Peace,

– C

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Meet some friends of mine…

“We created a brand for ourselves, so that now people can’t get mad at what we do, because then they’re just making fun of themselves…”

– Trey Parker

The creators of 'South Park' - Matt Stone & Trey Parker.

Despite the numerous amounts of questionable subject matter in many episodes of ‘South Park’, Matt Stone and Trey Parker seem to have some truly interesting insights about relationships, human nature and what it means to live in the world today.

Here are a few examples of the “I’ve learnt something today…” messages:

  • “Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Chef Aid, 1998
  • “I’ve learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999
  • “The best way to try to motivate somebody is by being direct with them. To be honest with them. Lies are never the right way to get your message across.” – Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, My Future Self n’ Me, 2002

The boys from 'South Park': Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh and Kenny McKormich.

Of course, these little messages at the end of each episode can be construed as fairly insincere and I can’t help thinking that they act as this massive ‘band-aid’ in order to cover up the really challenging statements about society. Nevertheless, Matt and Trey definitely have some kind of super-strength gumption in order to ridicule so many famous faces:

Sarah-Jessica Parker, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, every major figure from popular religions, Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, Eva Longoria, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Russel Crowe, Steve Erwin, George Clooney, Madonna, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, Richard Dawkins, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Penn, Rob Reiner, Kanye West, Phil Collins, John Edwards and I’m sure many more I’m forgetting…

The prophet 'Muhammad' - Season 5, South Park, 2001.

Recently, the duo met with some violent controversy over their representation of Muhammad in a bear costume (Season 14, Episode 200, 2010). Death threats from Islamic extremists were posted online, (revolutionmuslim.com), and there was a genuine concern for Matt and Trey’s lives, especially after the Theo van Gogh incident. It’s tragic how terrorism continues to infiltrate throughout our society – even over something so simple as a cartoon…

What annoys me most about this “image of Muhammad” ban is that it goes against the American ‘constitution’ which apparently promotes freedom of speech. Don’t people realise that the more restrictions the media puts in place over subjects like terrorism or religion, the more control these ‘ideologies’ have over us? Personally, I think Matt and Trey were incredibly brave. Here’s hoping they don’t meet terrible ends over this incident. Who knows what can happen in these fearful times…

After reading extensively on the criticism and controversy ‘South Park’ has attracted over the years, I’d personally like to ask these parties to think about comedy and why it exists:

  1. Tom Cruise
  2. Peggy Charren
  3. The NAACP
  4. Zachary Adam Chesser

Comedy is defined, by the wonderful source that is ‘Wikipedia’, as:

“Any humorous discourse generally intended to amuse…”

I find ‘South Park’ hilarious…does that make me a bad person? No. It means I have a sense of humour. Then again, I’m sure no one enjoys being the subject of ridicule. Even so, everyone’s allowed to have their say.

Trey Parker & Matt Stone.

Trey Parker: We still believe that all people are born bad and are made good by society, rather than the opposite.
Matt Stone: Actually, I think that’s where we’re conservative…” (www.time.com)

Peace,

– C

An awesome artistic impression...

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