Happy Paddy’s Day parade

Top of the morning to yer. This year I spent St Patrick’s Day dressed as a bright green and gold leprechaun with a mad bunch of Irish drunks quaffing Guinness at Randwick Racecourse. Oh what fun we had even though I was completely sober. My great grandmother Frances O’Shea was from Limerick so I figure it’s in the blood. Of course it was an Englishman, Edward Lear who made limericks popular in the modern world. To be sure. This is my favourite Irish band.


Vale Margaret Whitlam

Today Australia lost a great feminist, a funny, feisty, smart, witty woman who championed many causes during a life well lived. Margaret Dovey Whitlam inspired many with her service to community and country. As a modern Australian woman I am grateful to her for blazing a trail in the 70s.


Vale Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin was cremated today in New York. 12 January 1956 – 22 February 2012.

This is the face of a brave woman who died telling the real story in Homs, Syria. She reported from war zones all over the globe. May her legacy be a country free from tyranny. In a world where women who get their tits out on TV are celebrated, Marie Colvin is my hero.


Do those Hairy Bears?

Would I cut off all my toenails and put them into an envelope with my feet? Oh, ho, ho.

Happy Birthday Nina Hagen

International Women’s Day

When I was a young child this song was my introduction to feminism. I love the lyrics, apparently inspired by the Australian journalist Lillian Roxon (the mother of rock). Check out the stylin’ 70s fashion the ladies in the video are wearing. Thank you Helen Reddy.

Sister suffragettes

On the eve of International Womens’ Day I’d like to give thanks to all the women who have fought so hard for our reproductive and voting rights. Well done sisters, together we can change the world.

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born today. I believe he wrote books for everyone, whether you are eighty three or four years old. Thank you Dr Seuss for your gift, your humour, your drawings, your wit and your words. Thank you for brightening and illuminating this crazy thing we call life.


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”