Saturday, November 23, 2013

On this week

Time, time. There is never enough of it. I have enough time to put up a couple of photos I saved from Shorpy.com and recommend you read Victor's piece of his memory of the shocking event of fifty years ago. I may or may not remember the front page of The Sun. I was six and I really don't know. What a terrible thing it must have been to be covered in your husband's blood and brains and trying to hold intact what remained inside his head. There is no doubt Jacqueline Kennedy was glamorous, but was she particularly good looking?


I am often given to pondering what the first white people must have thought of the weird creatures in Australia when they first arrived on our shores. I can recall reading a description of a platypus written by an incredulous author. As our waterways become cleaner, platypus are being found close to the middle of our large cities. As we voraciously eat into the land surrounding out cities, so too are kangaroos eating into ours. They may not be bounding along Bourke Street, but they have been seen in Victoria Parade.

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  1. There have been a lot of television programmes about the Kennedy family this last week, sometimes on 5 foxtel channels at a time. What strikes me as incredible is that the commentators never acknowledge that a] right wing Americans have guns and b] right wing Americans would not tolerate a liberal, decent president at any cost. There was no Kennedy curse, for goodness sake. Just guns!

    The other thing that strikes me as hideous all these decades later was JFK's father, Joe. Yes he was a powerful businessman and ambassador, but Joe had his own daughter Rosemary lobotomised at 22 and locked in an asylum for the rest of her life because she had loved dancing with men. He never allowed her name to be mentioned again. JFK and Jackie deserved better than that.

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    1. Ok Hels. I have heard a good bit on RN and BBC podcasts. Are you aware that his assassin spent some time in an eastern European country?

      It was a failure of Obama to not grasp the mettle after the school massacre and push the point hard straight away.

      What old Joe (had to old the old to not mix up your Joe) did sounds awful, but I guess we need to know the full circumstances.

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  2. She was 'good looking'. This cannot be said of Mamie Eisenhower. She had brains, but her son JFK Jnr sure got his father's instead. Old Joe was a gangster. Gatsbyish.
    If you know the Jackie story from her birth on, you can understand everything that came after.
    When she dragged the security guy over that huge car boot I think she thought JFK must be dead.
    3rd generation upper class people don't wail in public, it's a bit peasant-y.
    The poor kangas come up the rail lines I think. In Ballarat they get hit at level crossings and lay there till I ring the fn council. Every day around here a new housing development begins on what was open paddocks. I weep. the farmers of course, cannot pay the council rates on large acres so are driven like the kangas, to survive. Just wait till there is no food for US because all the big production land has been sold to China business for their own hungry billions.

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    1. Most excellent information Em Stacks.

      Sad about the kangas hit by the train. Awful about a mass strike of a herd of Indian elephants by a train recently.

      I think it is better that Ballarat expands a bit than Melbourne anymore. Too many people Missy.

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  3. As we had no teev 'back then' and as the only thing I ever heard on the radio was "the scratchings", I've no idea what I was doing on that particular day. Nonetheless, we did see footage repeated ad nauseum after the event.

    Glad I 'm the only one who draws a blank on this.

    LOL 'peasanty', MS.

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    1. The scratchings! I checked them online on Cup Day. Was it the Greater 3UZ that gave out the scratchings?

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    2. oops... meant to say glad I'm NOT the only one... I think there were several stations... probably 3DB but honestly have tried very hard to blot it out

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    3. It was the sound of Saturday afternoon in many houses, FC, but not ours.

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  4. Beauty is a matter of private taste. I can think that this person is a beauty and you think she isn't. Anyway I am sure that the aborigines found the white people very ugly !

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    1. Interesting point Gattina. I wonder. Some thought white people were spirits.

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