We’re back to get you through the final chilly month of the year!
It’s taken two an a half years, but the spicy cough has finally caught Rosie. She’s not the best with doing nothing, so here’s a list of some of the things which kept her entertained and educated in isolation. R x
And a couple of Danielle’s recent reads that she thought were excellent. D x
LISTEN|Beyond the Gap – Indigenous Australia’s Relationship with Corporate Australia by the First Nations Foundation|RL
Hosted by First Nations Foundation CEO Phil Usher with the help of a series of incredible co-hosts. This podcast explores best practice reconciliation and indigenous engagement for corporate Australia.
Every episode is bursting with rich cultural knowledge, actionable advice and incredible stories.
If you have ever needed to know more about Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP’s), felt overwhelmed as to where to start with indigenous cultural awareness within your organisation or wanted to understand connection to country, this podcast is for you.
All Australians can all do better in our relationships with our First Nations people and cultures. For the majority of our readers working to shape the built Environment, a deeper understanding of connection to country should be an obligation for entry.
There is a niche intersection of true crime junkie and construction nerd and I fall smack bang in the centre of that point. If you find yourself also circling these scenes, I would thoroughly recommend you download the 6 part series, Collapse. Exploring the devastating earthquake which shook Christchurch in 2011 and killed 185 people. The series focuses on the CTV building, where 115 of these people lost their life. The pushing of boundaries by the developers, negligence of the engineers and sketchy builders involved are honestly mind-blowing and devastating. The building should never have been built, everyone in the lifecycle of the project could have done better.
If you have ever found yourself complaining about our earthquake design requirements in Australia (guilty), this series will make you check yourself.
WATCH|MuM – MisUnderstanding of Miscarriage|RL
Tahyna MacManus, Actor and Director (if you are my generation and grew up in Australia, you will know her from the glorious show – Blue Water High) is incredibly vulnerable as she brings her camera along for her journey with birth complications. Interviewing experts and women with shared experiences, this documentary is raw, emotional and fundamental for normalising conversations.
Content warning, proceed with caution.
WATCH|The Peanut Butter Falcon|RL
This movie is the definition of wholesome. I don’t want to tell you anything else about it, cause it will not do it justice. Do yourself a favour and settle in with some popcorn to this masterpiece.
Has your blood been boiling with this news out of the Supreme Court in America? Are you confused as to what Roe vs Wade is and how we got here? This is the doco for you.
PS. If you haven’t done your research into abortion rights in Australia, I suggest you do so. We have a tendency to throw shade without checking our own backyards.
The Rescue chronicles the dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. The people involved are an incredible collection of unlikely heroes. We LOVE a random hobby, we LOVE people who step up to the plate when that hobby is needed, we mostly LOVE that the anaesthetist is an Aussie. Expect tears.
READ|’Ten steps to Nanette’ Hannah Gadsby|RL
Anyone who is familiar with Hannah Gadsby’s work, would know she hates the LGBTQI+ flag – too colourful, bold and cluttered. She would likely hate this picture of my rowdy tights next to her life story, sorry Hannah. Ten steps to Nanette is the story of Hannah’s childhood, relationships, Tasmania’s homophobic laws, trauma, diagnosis, comedy and you guessed it Nanette! Anything Hannah releases is exceptional and this is no exception.
READ|‘Fault Lines’ Emily Itami|DS
I heard about this novel on the Shameless bookclub and it sounded interesting.
“It was naive of me, to think that expressing your distaste for something means you can resist all the forces of family and society that propel you towards it”
The story follows Mizuki, a Japanese housewife pushing against the constraints of her expectations as mother and housewife. She knows she has everything she could want (or should want, perhaps), but her dissatisfaction with her life is palpable.
Then she finds a part of her that she is missing – perhaps fun, perhaps danger, perhaps passion, in Kiyoshi – who becomes her lover. She falls in love with him, but also perhaps falls in love with herself again.
Poignant. The Shameless women recommended it as a beautiful portrait of Tokyo. I think it is that and also an insightful view into the lives of those who are still bound by cultural norms, but perhaps want more than society will let them have.
4 out of 5 Ghibli films.
READ|‘Klara and the Sun’ Kazuo Ishiguro|DS
There are two reasons I bought this book. Firstly I was interested in reading more books by foreign writers – there is something about perspective in that, and it won the Nobel Prize for Literature so it seemed a good choice. And secondary the cover was a little work of art (ok, yes I always judge a book by its cover!) The story follows the life of a little robot friend, her time in the storefront yearning for the sun, her time as a companion to a young girl and her eventual life as a discarded toy. Definite A.I. Artificial Intelligence(2001) vibes, with the sweetness of the childlike humanoid robot. But poetic in the robot (Klara)’s worship of the sun. In the same way humans have worshiped the sun for millennia.
4 out of 5 cute robots that don’t want to destroy the world.
READ|’She is Haunted’ Paige Clark|DS
I must have a small obsession with short story collections at the moment. Paige Clark is a Melbourne writer of Chinese/American/Australian descent. One of the early stories in this. collection, is from the perspective of a ballet dancer, which drew me in, of course. There is a strangeness and near-futureness to some of the stories. A pervading theme of a chain of women and their experiences through each of the often short interludes. Strong in some of the narratives is the focus on the mother-daughter relationships. There is a beautiful strain throughout depicting themes of Clark’s Chinese heritage. I found that what often holds the narratives together, other than the vividness of the female characters, is the casual racism of the white societies in which most of the stories take place. And there is also a thread of impending environmental dread, which I found beautiful and striking.
4.5 out of 5 Hauntings