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Let’s see, top 5 in big news from me these days…

1) Hair Expo 2012

I’ve written before about Hair Expo, the Australian hairdressers’ national pilgrimage to Sydney’s Convention Centre, for all things sparkly and loud. Last weekend, as we do every year, my company went full throttle with two live demo workshops, two main stage performances, a stand in the Expo hall, and a runway show to open up the Sunday Night Gala (seriously, every night is a “gala”… hairdressers.)

It’s always entertaining, but this was especially fun. I got some good pics, and the students show was truly spectacular – very profesh, if I do say so myself.

And in case it’s not clear from above, yes I am THE most annoying person backstage.

2)  New Music

Obsessed with this song, heard it once and instantly loved:

3) Balmain – the suburb, not the brand (okay, I like the brand, too)

I can keep dreaming, though. One of those adorable cottages retails for about the same amount as my hometown.

4) Engagement Party

Nick and I had our engagement party with Sydney friends a few weeks back. I do feel that the resulting hangover is a legitimate excuse for my month long absence. It was an amazing time, but it took some serious work to recover from that.

To give you an idea: at 6am on the day following our party, you could find me, Nick, Lara Fuller, Alex and his partner Nathan dancing to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” on repeat in Alex’s living room, drinking champagne straight from the bottle. So.

Anyways, we looked classy earlier on, no? We are MASTERS OF DISGUISE.

The Swiss ❤

The sisters

The Fullers!

The Beaths

The people who don’t understand when it’s time for the party to end

We really did have such a blast, and it was so amazing to have everyone there celebrating with us. Considering breaking up and get re-engaged, just to have another party like that.

5) Akita puppies

I don’t need a reason for this.

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As I finished up at work yesterday noticed my Twitter feed was blowing up with Occupy Boston and Boston Police hashtags. Spent the next couple hours frantically refreshing trying to get info about what was going on.

With lots of accusations of police brutality and media conspiracy I thought I would wait until the morning and read up on what happened so I could get a more complete picture – let me be clear, I am not unbiased: if I was home right now I would be there alongside protestors.

Twelve hours later, after hundreds of riot cops were dispatched and 100 arrests took place – a google search of “occupy boston” pulls up a handful of articles, and no coverage whatsoever on  huffington post, cnn and fox news homepages. However, Google “Fenway riots” and you get pages upon pages of relevant articles.

I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but it sure seems like everyone is ignoring this in hopes that it goes away. Similar protests are taking place in more than 120 locations in the US, and it’s members are no media dummies – check out the Occupy Boston blog – no rants, just concise calls to action, press releases and images

Most comprehensive article I found was off boston.com. Excerpt:

Masny-Latos, who was on scene as a legal observer, said no protesters fought with police. She said police could have employed a technique routinely used at other protests – police approach a protester, tell them they are violating the law, and the protester then submits to being taken into custody – and still achieved their goal of clearing the area.

“They really attacked,’’ Masny-Latos said of the police. “They used force that was completely unnecessary. … It was just brutal. I have no idea why they arrested us with such force.’’

To her shock, Masny-Latos herself was among those arrested. She said Boston police usually respect the legal observers the guild routinely dispatches to public protests.

However, even though she was wearing a green hat with the words, “legal observer’’ clearly visible, Masny-Latos said, she was the second person arrested by police.

“It was very surprising,’’ she said of being arrested. “Boston police usually respect our legal observers. And they usually leave us alone. … I was legal observing. I wasn’t even chanting anything.’’

“Four officers grabbed me and dragged me,’’ she said. “I begged them to stop, [told them that that] they were hurting me. I have no idea why they arrested us with such force.’’

Mayor Mennino’s response was that he agreed with protestors’ cause, but they couldn’t “tie up a city.” Two am on a Tuesday? Tying up the city? Come on now, Boston is no Hong Kong.

What bothers me the most is that I expect Boston to do the right thing, particularly when it comes to protecting those who are exercising their right to free speech. I’m always drunkenly bragging about Massachusetts being the best state, because people there value progression and intelligent discussion – and I believe this. So a police response so disproportional feels like a low betrayal.

It’s not often I feel let down by my city, but I do today.

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I like to get to my desk a little early in the am so I can browse celebrity gossip sites news and have a coffee before I get to work. Today I cried reading the news twice (which is embarrassing, but not surprising).

Once cause I was sad:

A slideshow on  Huffington Post of messages from Wall Street Protest supporters.

Messages from people are a mixture of hopeless, frustrated, humble but all pretty tough to read.

And then once cause I was happy:

A Texas high school voted a classmate with Down;s Syndrome as their homecoming queen. You can watch the video here. The Dad’s reaction kills me.

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Beautiful images from Scott London from Burning Man 2011. Bizarrely enough, I can picture my extended family here – visualising my Uncle Tommy running around dressed as a drumstick and my Aunt Muffie commanding a Mad Max-esque float.

If you like London’s pics, check out his photo essay on the Salton Sea. Interesting text, haunting images.

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Just discovered the Rolling Stone online archives and spent an afternoon reading random articles. There was one on “scene queen” Kiki Kannibal that I couldn’t get out of my brain afterwards, so twisted.

You can read it here.

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Phyllis Siegel, 76, arms raised, and Connie Kopelov, 84, in wheelchair, both of New York, celebrate after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan city clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Having to constantly defend the US sometimes makes me weary. Feels good when the States gets something very right.

Full article on Huffington Post here.

 

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“Rather than allow unmarried people or same-sex couples to adopt or foster children, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois announced Thursday that they would stop providing fostercare services.”

"Well, THAT was stupid."

Check out the whole article on Huffington Post.

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I am so sick to death of hearing about Charlie Sheen.

Really, CNN? This is news? SERIOUSLY, VANITY FAIR, front and center on your homepage? Le sigh.

This  isn’t NEWS.  It’s someone’s creepy uncle who loves the sound of his own voice.

I’d like to remind everyone that someone has been doing this for longer, and doing it waaaay better:

Batshit Crazy: Original Flavour

Karl Lagerfield, how I love you.

Some gems:

  • “I’m rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it. It can’t be much fun. Thank goodness for it. People need relief or they become murderers.”
  • “The iPod is genius. I have 300”
  • “I’m very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like right before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.”
  • “If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say ‘one shouldn’t do that’ – that is bourgeois”
  • On sunglasses: “They’re my burka…I’m a little shortsighted, and people, when they’re shortsighted, they remove their glasses and then they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted.”
  • “It is farmers who are nice to the cows and the pigs and then kill them. It’s even more hypocritical than hunters. At least the hunters don’t flatter the animals….I don’t like that people butcher animals, but I don’t like them to butcher humans either, which is apparently very popular in the world.”

Amazing. Check out a full slideshow of his most ridiculous quotes to the press at Vogue UK.

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Do you know what wonderful new way to waste time I’ve discovered?

Reading stories from people who were born into, or joined Scientology as minors, but left as adults.

This stuff is so bizarre, you couldn’t MAKE it up, and it’s fascinating.

Highlights? Child labour, excessive sleep deprivation resulting in health problems, teenage marriages, forced confessionals, ‘disconnecting’ from family and friends the church deems harmful.

Some of the people telling the stories have been year and years out of the organisation, but the way they write shows how much a part of them their experiences still are. Their vocabulary is different, their line of reasoning or way of explanation seems stunted.

Many of them still express support for the church and blame their personal experience on individuals rather than the organisation as a whole. The vast majority of them seem to feel excruciatingly guilty about betraying the organisation through sharing their stories.

Check em out – some of the jargon can be confusing, but you’ll piece it together after reading a couple people’s stories.

http://exscientologykids.com/storiesindex.html

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There was an article on CNN.com today about a  pastor who reprimanded a mother who was a church member over a blog post she wrote called, “My Son Is Gay.”

The mom had allowed her five year old son to dress as a female cartoon character for Halloween, and caught a lot of shit from other moms. The blog post is her response to them defending her actions.

Anyways, the article was boring, but her original blog post was pretty awesome – read it here.

PS. She’s married to a cop!

The writer's son in his costume

 

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