Friday, April 06, 2007


Two really full on news stories I've read in the past week...One which I was incredibly disturbed by, the other which I just felt extreme sadness over...Both just affected me and I'm still musing over both...Thinking they would lend themselves well to some sort of theatre...But maybe that just sounds too callow...Read it and I'm sure you'll be thinking about both of these stories for a time after...

Story One
Five fifth-graders in the US state of Louisiana have been arrested today after an investigation into allegations that students had sex in an unsupervised classroom, with other classmates present.
"After 44 years of doing this work, nothing shocks me anymore," Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley said. "But this comes pretty close."
The alleged incident took place March 27, at the Spearsville school in rural north Louisiana.
Four students - two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy - were arrested on charges of obscenity, a felony. An 11-year-old boy who was the alleged lookout was charged with being an accessory after the fact, Buckley said.
The class was inadvertently left unattended while the teacher attended a meeting, Buckley said.
"It's not clear how long they were left alone but speculation is that it was about 15 minutes," Buckley said. "When no teacher showed up, the four began to have sex in the classroom with the other elementary students in the classroom with them."
The students, who were not identified because of their age, were released to their parents after their arrests because the parish has no juvenile holding facility, Buckley said.
"I'm sure they're like everybody else up here, shocked that children that age would be indulging in sex acts, especially with witnesses," Buckley said.
"Children now are subjected to sex in music and movies these days. They are certainly are a lot more knowledgeable now."
Buckley said it was unclear what a juvenile would face in penalties. For adults, conviction on obscenity in the presence of someone under 17 carries a $US10,000 ($A12,260) fine and from two to five years in prison.

Story Two
A mother and father who admitted killing their blind and intellectually disabled son "out of love" were released today on good behaviour bonds after a judge said they needed help not punishment.
Margaret and Raymond Sutton were sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court for the manslaughter of their son, Matthew, on April 2001.
"Nothing that the court can do by way of sentence can add to their suffering," Justice Graham Barr said, handing down the five-year good behaviour bonds.
The judge found that the parents had suffered from "an abnormality of mind" and that there was an overwhelming need for them to be treated, not further punished with a custodial sentence.
Matthew was killed the day before he was to face an operation to overcome a chronic ear infection that would have left him deaf for three months and taken away his only link to the outside world.
It would have permanently reduced his hearing to 10 per cent, at best.
According to a police statement, the couple said "they decided that they could not subject [him] to any further pain, and knew in their own minds that the operation [he] was to undergo would take away his quality of life".
During their trial, the couple's lawyer, Tony Bellanto, QC, told the court they should not be jailed for the act "born out of love", but should be treated with compassion and mercy.
From the age of five, Matthew lived in institutions but regularly went home on weekends.
The court was told that, at 18, he moved to a group home in Katoomba, run by the Department of Community Services, where he was frequently physically and verbally abused by staff and other residents.
His behaviour changed and he became violent and hard to manage. Furniture and fittings had to be screwed down to prevent him from throwing them. The Suttons' family and friends no longer visited when he was at the couple's Leonay home.
Mrs Sutton, 60, who battled to improve conditions in the group home, had two nervous breakdowns and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her 63-year-old husband turned to alcohol.
The couple filled their son's "last weeks of hearing" before the impending operation with everything he enjoyed: a visit to the beach, a trip on a Harley-Davidson and rides on the escalator at a shopping centre.
The day before the operation the couple discussed their son's prospects and made their plan.
Mrs Sutton told police afterwards she gave her son some tablets to sedate him, so that "a further act could take place to end his life". She said she did not know what it was, and was not with him when he died.
Mr Sutton told police he later went to his son's bedroom and "released" him from this world. He did not want to tell police what he did but agreed the act he performed caused his son's death.
An inquest heard Matthew's body contained traces of tranquillisers, and suffocation could not be ruled out, but no cause of death could be determined.

David Warner and all that is great in the world

I've torn myself away from my plate of broccoli (you think I'm joking...) as I was looking at my dvd collection and thinking about what makes me buy certain films and not others. I've got this whole "logic" thing going. There are some films that I own that I don't exactly rate as my faves but there's something about them that makes me want to watch over and over again. Which to me is what separates a film you'd watch a few times and enjoy to one you put on high rotation. Admittedly I do own a few flicks that I think I've only watched once...but I just had to have them. (ooh eer)
Ok my mouth tastes like broccoli now...Ew...
Anyway, green vegies aside, there is one film I own that has somehow over the years become part of a ritual. I watched it years ago when I first moved out of home as I was packing up my bedroom and from then on, everytime I've moved flat or been about to go overseas on a big holiday (as in not to New Zealand!) I've put it on and it calms me down. It transports me. It makes me feel safe and secure and feel confident. Because it's so inherently become part of when I travel or uproot myself, the memory of those viewings really soothes me and is part of my journey. Ok so this sounds like I'm taking the piss...And it will even more so when I say what the film is...But it's true!! I'm moving overseas soon and I tell you what - When I'm packing up my room or during one of those days before I leave...I'll be watching "Waxwork." The 80s horror that has it's tongue firmly in cheek the whole time (even the director...his name is Anthony Hickcox...I mean, please!) yet still manages to have some genuinely gorey moments. I might sound like a freak, in so far as a schlocky horror film with cannibalism, zombies and crushed in brains is something that gives me serenity. And maybe I am. But there's something about David Warner in his bizarre get up that looks like he's a cricket player gone mad, coming out with lines such as "Would you like a closer look?" as he's dunked into a vat of wax that just makes me I'm sure you've got your own personal film that just transports you and makes you feel good...Perhaps it's something more palatable than mine...But mine's working just fine for me...I can't wait to watch it again.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Charming Music Video

Peter, Bjorn and John's "Young Folks". Marvellous.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

My Humps

Nothing like a kooky cover version to get a laugh. This is a lovely version of "My Humps" as performed by Alanis Morrissette. Idolator is a site laden with all kinds of musical gems and heads ups.