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May 2011

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‘Bizarre’ Diary

Lesson No.1: Some teenagers have more insight—on certain subjects--than their mothers!

A couple of months ago I approached my fifteen-year-old daughter and asked her when she was going to ask me to buy her a mobile phone. I mean, she’s fifteen—it’s about that time…isn’t it?  Judging by all the “tweens” and teens I see getting about on the tram, and in shopping centres, frantically tapping away at their mobile phones, I was surprised. A request for a mobile seemed overdue, I thought.

Her response to my apparently ‘insight-less’ question took me completely by surprise.

‘Well Mum,’ she said, ‘I don’t really need a mobile phone and to tell you the truth I don’t actually want one.’  (I was stunned.)   ‘You see Mum,’ she began lecturing, ‘I value language and you know I want to study literature at University one day, so I really don’t want to fall into the trap of using sms language.   (I picked myself up from the floor.)   I don’t have Facebook and I don’t do instant messaging online because I value words and their meanings… so why would I want a phone?  (I hung my head in shame...)  You do realise that most of the other kids out there only want a mobile phone so they can go on Facebook and sms each other every five seconds.   (I must admit I’d never really thought about it!)   No one really wants a mobile phone so they can actually call their parent’s – that’s only what parents want to hear!   No thanks.   I prefer not to participate in the culture of sms stupidity and the dumbing down of language.” (Ouch! That’s my girl!)

Apparently the final tipping point for said teenage daughter came about when a classmate handed in an English assignment that was littered with instant message abbreviations in place of the actual words….because she had literally lost touch with real words.  Point taken.    

[Editor’s Comment:  The mother who submitted this anecdote has requested that she remain anonymous. In the interests of maintaining the peace between mother and daughter we have agreed. It also occurred to us at Sultana’s Dream that her ‘literary’ daughter might not be too popular at school should her school friends ever learn her true identity. We are happy to assist—all in the interests of the English language—and the ‘H’ word, ‘H’ is for harmony, of course.]


A rather odd incident

A Melbourne woman shopping in Footscray spotted a butcher who had a sign proudly advertising ‘HALAL PORK’!

Welcome Back Pauline! 

Fresh from her tour of the UK, Pauline Hanson’s decision to stand for the 2011 NSW Legislative Council election was unsuccessful, although she may be calling for a recount.

Wed. 9 March 2011 . . . David Oldfield, a founder of the One Nation Party in 1996 with Ms Hanson, challenged anyone listening to his radio program on 2UE this morning to come up with any statement of Ms Hanson’s in the past that was racist. 

"If Pauline Hanson, doesn't like Muslims, she has a right not to like Muslims,"  Oldfield went on to say, comparing it to whether Ms Hanson liked or did not like rainy days.

Ms Hanson said she stood by comments she made in 2010 that she would not sell her house to a Muslim. 'I won't back down from that at all,' she said, as reported on Big Pond News.

Nur Shkembi

15 Feb 2011 Reported on the ABC

ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries says he tabled a petition in Federal Parliament questioning Muslim immigration because of his belief in the right to free speech.

He went on to explain that some of his best friends are Muslims(or something to that effect).  The petition, signed by three people in Sydney, calls for a moratorium on Muslim immigration. 

Not a very successful petition but Oh my! The headlines were worth it weren’t they Senator?

One Nation Director, Ian Nelson

‘We've got some wonderful people who are coming into this country. They talk like Australians and they have the barbecues and they assimilate right into Australia. The ones who scare me are the Muslims, they terrify me.’

PM go and 'let the Muslims take over'

  • As reported in The Australian by Sally Neighbor

  • Read the full article : The Australian
  • January 20, 2011 12:00AM

 (Edited Extract with some interpolations)

"My attack is on the Prime Minister of Australia," Siddiq-Conlon said yesterday. "I hate the parliament in Canberra. I want to go straight for the jugular vein and advise the parliament that they have no right to legislate. They should immediately step down and let the Muslims take over."

An Australian-born convert to Islam, Siddiq-Conlon is the self-anointed leader of a group called Sharia4Australia, which is pushing for the introduction of Sharia courts as a first step towards achieving Islamic law.

[Editor’s comment: Some other gems from the same article included:]

If chopping off the hands is the punishment given by the sharia court then we say glad tidings, because chopping off the hands -- when you understand what is sharia -- is a mercy to that person.

Why is it a mercy getting your hands chopped off? Because it can be expiation for your sins. It is better to get punished in this life than to go underground into the grave or into the hellfire for eternity.

[Editor’s Comment: Mr Conlon intends advising elected governments that they have no authority to rule. He also plans to educate non-Muslims on the benefits of sharia, including punishments such as stoning adulterers and severing the hands of thieves.

I can hardly wait for Cabinet’s response. Maybe Brother Conlon should take a Bex and have a lie down.]