July 2015

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Hey guys, sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days.

I’m dealing with a bit of a personal tragedy.  Not something I really want to disclose here.

I’ll be back to normal posting tomorrow.

From Whistler we travelled to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Victoria being the capital city of the province of British Columbia.

The view from Tantalus Lookout, probably our last view of snow capped mountains.

Horseshoe Bay, from the coach.

Here we are at the ferry port of ...
This rich old overgroomed politician  has been of Australia's Liberal Party, travels Australia and the world at taxpayer's expense for private travel and racks up monster bills she thinks we taxpayers should pay.


On my second last night in Sitges I was out with my very dear friends for a drink and something to eat. Sitges is pretty well known as a gay tourist destination so I hadn’t been surprised when I saw a couple of people I know of from Sydney in the crowds. On this night though we were walking down one of the streets between some bars, the streets full of guys, when I noticed someone cowering against the wall. They weren’t cowering in fear from an argument they were having with anyone. The guys around this guy all seemed relaxed.

It was a really odd body position to be in and covering his face with his hand and turning in toward the wall. Of course when someone does something odd, it makes them stand out which is pretty much exactly what this guy didn’t want to


Sadly, my “Swedish” is certainly not sophisticated enough to understand the complexities of some of the discussions you might encounter at an event like Stockholm Pride. While it won’t be too much of an issue at events like the Schlagerkväll (the pop music night), I’m still very interested in going to talks and events, especially since Stockholm Pride usually has a very “global” outlook. I remember a few years ago there was a talk given about LGBTQI rights in Australia, for example. So I spent half an hour or so on the weekend scouring the program for events and talks that were likely to be in English.

The first event I came across was not only in English, it was also an issue which I have a really strong personal interest in. The event, “Rainbow in the night: Chinese queer film making” was a forty minute talk by a 30-something film-maker from Beijing called Fan Popo.

He began the event by


I love how the Swedish subway is more than just advertising. As you’ll see elsewhere on the internet

The Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit – 110 kilometers long.Traveling by subway is like traveling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today. Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists. The Kungsträdgården subway station looks like an archaeological excavation, with the remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace. At Östermalmstorg the artist Siri Derkert highlights women’s rights and peace and environmental issues.

As well as that more “permanent art”, you can also see temporary


Although I’ve visited Stockholm City Hall, Stadhuset many times over the last few years, I came back to Stockholm this time with an unfulfilled goal: to climb the tower. That goal remains unfulfilled. Though I will definitely get to it some time on this trip, today I did took part in a 45-minute tour of the city hall that I thought was very good.

Being in the middle of summer, there were lots and lots of tourists around the city hall. Just how busy is reflected by the fact there hourly tours in English, as well as several tours each day in Chinese, Swedish and German. There were maybe forty or fifty people alone on the tour I took at 2.30pm. Though not as “intimate” as some of the other tours I’ve taken, it was still fine. You just need to always be up the front, able to hear and, when relevant, to ask questions.

And the tour was really interesting. I learned the hall is a wonderful amalgamation of styles, ideas and

The town of Whistler with its central area being for pedestrians only was a very nice place to spend some time. Again we had only booked a short optional trip, a tree top walk just out of town. Various gondolas travel up the mountains and across too. Whistler really is a place of wires in the sky.

It is not just a place for snow related activities. It was just as busy in the summer, for good reasons. The dirt area is where bicycle riders come down the mountain side.

A very wise person I am lucky to know remarked "I am just very good at putting on a happy face, better than most would know."

And that person is right and is very good at it.  But the question came to mind - why should anyone have to put on a happy face? 

Is it embarrassment?  Is it a fear that we will be looked at as weak?

Is it an adult form of Peer Pressure?  Are we that worried about what people will think if they know our true level of pain? 

Is it one of too much practice?  After a while it simply becomes second nature and we, in a way, detach from our real self?

I'm pretty good at putting on a happy face.  But I am also bloody good at being an A-1 drama queen that lets EVERYONE know how I am feeling (and yes I am attention seeking when I do it).  This, conversely, is also my number one fault.  Being a drama queen.  It isn't pretty, but I'd ...
I think we should abolish compulsory voting in this country. Therefore, one would assume, that only the intelligent people would vote. It would change the political landscape for the better. It would stop such legislation as Tony Abbott's refugee and border security legislation having an effect. It would stop politicians appealing to the scared, base element in our society.