Ma new hair.
This is when I’ve just styled it after washing, so it’s not sitting exactly how I want it, but this is my new hair, courtesy of Kerrie from Renik hair in Bendigo. Paging Dr. Lexie Grey.
My sister came over and it was like we were kids again, playing at a playground near my place.
This week was jammed packed with movies, including Magic Mike (review to come soon) and The Dark Knight Rises. While I loved the twist ending, I didn’t care for the rest of the movie and don’t think it warranted a review from an Early Bird perspective. I did think that the representation of ethnic minorities and women were dismal, and those that the movie did portray were token roles: the black football players and prisoners, a police officer’s wife and Catwoman’s sidekick, who had about three lines. My favourite part of the movie was Anne Hathaway’s inclusion, but even then, she reeked of the male gaze. For once can a female action hero do her thang in flat shoes? And what was with the horizontal straddling of the Batcycle? Megan Fox in Transformers 2, much?
I was in Bendigo late last week and had a chance to stop off at my favourite book store, Bendigo Book Mark. I picked up Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, which I’ve been eyeing off for over a year, Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo and Truman Capote’s Music for Chameleons, for the fact that it includes a short story about Marilyn Monroe!
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My Week in Pictures April 5th, 2012.
Ken & Laura on the ferry to the zoo.
In the jungle, the mighty jungle…
Somehow I think this ride is not meant for people our size…
Rockin’ the helmets for our ride ’round Rottnest.
We climbed down an embankment to come across this serene stretch of beach. Despite the freezing temperatures on the island, the water was so warm. That’s WA for ya. Or maybe it just seemed warm because we were so cold…
Quokkas are everywhere on Rottnest. One even climbed into my bag in an attempt to get to the fruit in there!
This shot pretty much sums up mine and Clare’s feelings towards the Rottnest ferry!
This week has been spent mostly galavanting across the country to Perth, to visit my friend Laura, who moved back there earlier this year. While I can’t say I liked the city, it was interesting to see that a major Australian city operates like a country town in the ’90s: shops closed on weekends, food ridiculously overpriced and all the buildings are brand new. It was fun to check out the zoo, ride 8kms around Rottnest Island in the blistering cold and catch up with fellow blogger Camilla Peffer, of Girls Are Made From Pepsi, and Laura, of course!
For the rest of my time off, my housemate and I are embarking on a two-day, eight-movie marathon of the Batman chronicles, in preparation of the final instalment of The Dark Knight.
I got through a significant portion of Stephen King’s 22.11.63 on the plane trips, but could not find a copy of the latest issue of Famous anywhere in Perth, and I left two days after it was supposed to come out! Ended up picking up a copy at the supermarket this morning; see what I mean?
The house mascot.
Look who we found hanging around on our roof the other morning? My comic book geek roomie Eddie had to change his underwear.
I actually got this dress from Mink Pink’s Quirky Circus range a couple of weeks ago, but I kept forgetting to snap it!
I’m thinking of wearing it to my friend Katrina’s birthday dinner tomorrow night. It’s supposed to be 20º, which is a positive heat wave! Warm enough for a summer dress…?
I decided to brighten up the new place with some cheap flowers from the Vic Market. Daffodils in honour of Daffodil Day (Eddie’s been touched by cancer several times. I’ve been luckier.), and some purple flowers of some description for my room.
I’ve just started reading Dr. Caroline de Costa’s book, Never, Ever, Again: Why Australian Abortion Law Needs Reform, which I picked up at the book’s launch last Friday.
The writers’ festival.
I’ve blogged all this week about the three events I’ve been to so far, and I’ve got one more coming up on Sunday afternoon, entitled Beyond White Guilt. A recap should be up mid-next week.
It was all about Kim Kardashian’s wedding in the glossies this week which, I must say, seemed a bit lacklustre to me. All that decadence and not a whole lot of class.
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From “Sailor Moon: A Feminist Text” on DeviantART:
“The bad girl is no doubt the amalgamation of the bitch and the slut. She’s outspoken, she does what she wants, she’s violent and often sleeps around.”
In reference to Batman and Catwoman’s daughter, The Huntress, who started as a rogue Mafia-killer, and eventually returned to the Bat-Family. She goes “from the violent bad girl…” to “the slutty bad girl”, with the outfit to boot. While equating dressing risque-ly with being a slut is troublesome, just think of the costume possibilities!
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Elsewhere: [DeviantART] Sailor Moon: A Feminist Text.
Image via Wikia.
So this weekend is Halloween, which just so happens to be my birthday (technically, it’s November 2), and for the third year running I am throwing a Halloween party. Most of my guests’ costumes will be a surprise to me, but I’ve had my heart set on Catwoman since the beginning of the year, and everyone knows it. And what better to inspire me than these different incarnations of Batman’s foe? And a special thanks to my friend Suzie, who dressed as one of the hottest Catwomen I’ve seen!