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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Be all that as it may, meanwhile:
'In other news…'
12th August 2010

Wednesday: It's started to rain again at last!

On Monday evening, speaking with my mum by phone, I asked how my sister Mary was. Mum said not so good, but couldn't divulge why. I now know why…

Mum must not have had permission to tell others then, but late this evening (after midnight to be precise) when I checked my email, I got an awful shock: my sister had been cycling around the Perth riverfront. I'll let my niece Alice, who is Mary's daughter and who emailed me, say it in her words, which are in the form of a warning to her email contacts about the dangers of entering a public toilet alone:

"URGENT PLEASE READ – especially if you exercise in South Perth or around the Swan River.
Pls be aware of what happened on Monday of this week to my darling mum - who has never hurt anyone in her life (except me when I needed a few smacks as a child! I needed them!!)
My Mum went for a bike ride at 1630 around the river in South Perth and stopped to use the ablutions at the Mends St Jetty. She was met in the cubicle by a man and woman. The man punched her to the ground and knocked out teeth, while the woman frisked her clothing for money. My mum only had $10 in her pocket.
As my mum is a ‘baby boomer’ – she asked for no help and even though she had put out her hip with the fall, she walked her push-bike from South Perth to East Victoria Park (9 kilometres) and arrived home where my sister Elizabeth found her bruised, battered and bleeding.
Mum’s photo is attached (she did not want me to take it as she didn’t want people to think I had an ‘ugly mum’). I told her I had to warn others, so it wouldn’t happen to anyone else I cared about (you reading this).
Please spread this story to everyone as the key message is DO NOT LET ANYONE YOU LOVE GO INTO A PUBLIC TOILET ALONE IN PERTH.
The offenders have not been caught and are still ‘out there’.

The photo Alice attached shows my dear sister, who is the most generous and loving soul, with a bruised and broken skinned face, and I can't contact her at this hour of night. She is 57, and doesn't need this kind of treatment.

It would be easy for me to despise the perpetrators, but I have already asked the the real power that be to rehabilitate the pair who have sunk this low, to bring them to want to make amends for this and whatever else similar they might have done in their lives, to turn around and flow with the stream of the divine economy, for the sake of their happiness and all whom they get involved with. I despise what they did, but wish for them a transformation. But don't presume from what I've just said that I disaprove of punishment; not at all: I agree with punishment to fit the crime, as decided upon by the society in which the crime takes place.

I am also grateful it wasn't far worse.
I was most impressed with the rags Simon Crean, our federal Education Minister, chose to wear on tonight's Education Debate on THE 7.30 REPORT anchored by Kerry O'Brien. He managed to make a spotted tie work really well with a striped shirt!

You've got to hand it to Simon Crean, making a spotted tie work with a striped shirt!
Now I do think it's unfair of those who also say he did well not to gag, having to debate arguably the most odious federal politician in Australia, Christopher Pyne. If I have any time for these blunt folk's assessments, it's more with the behaviour and attitude of the polly, and note that he could improve his demeanour to become a top bloke, given almost a miracle (they do happen).

Very late, really late, about half four, I went for a half hour walk in the steady and gentle rain, with an umbrella. It was magnificent, refreshing, peaceful, cleansing. Now for all the antiantipodeans among my billions of readers, rain is an increasingly scarce phenomenon in Perth, and in winter it usually means the temperature rises when rain comes, so it's not as bad as it might sound.

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