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
[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
woman shopping in Footscray spotted a butcher
who had a sign proudly advertising
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.
"ASSIMILATE OR LEAVE..."
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'
(Edited Extract with some
"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
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