Another Bday Week done, dusted and thoroughly enjoyed! My birthday fell on a Sunday this year, and I worked most of the day before it at a new winter-season vintage market, so it was all a bit awkward to try do something big and raucous that weekend. Instead I started the celebrations a cheeky day early, by having a fun and relaxing date night with my wonderful husband, where we filled our bellies with delicious food, and got silly over a flaming volcano cocktail!
It’s NZ Music Month! We’re already a full week into it in fact, so I hope you got plans over the next couple of weeks to go see a live show, finally buy that album you’ve been toying over or start that band you’ve been dreaming of. All of this is achievable, each option being a great way to support and add to NZ’s plethora of music scenes.
While we may not have all the answers just yet, being able to point the finger in the direction of normalised sexism/racism is incredibly valuable, and focusing attention on one specific area (locally is best), is better than freezing at the sheer size of the complicated and intertwined issue of global equality. It’s a monster, I know. But if we do and say nothing, we slide backwards, and the (normal/sensible/basic) rights you enjoy today will be gone tomorrow.
Last Saturday I took part in my very first demonstration march, along with thousands of other women, men and children in Auckland’s CBD. The march was titled the ‘Women’s March on Washington – Auckland’, which gave the impression (along with the many media stories that covered it) that it was purely a women’s sympathy march for the original demonstration organised for the city of Washington. While yes, our sympathies were real and shared, this was not an Anti-Trump march. And neither was the original march in DC. If you’ve read any of the media stories or seen any of the images of witty placards all over the internet, then you would probably be surprised to hear it wasn’t intended to be about Trump’s presidency.
Hope you’ve all been enjoying a wonderful break over this festive season, whether your feet are in sand or snow. 2016 was a turbulent year for many; we all lost an idol or two, we saw (and continue to see) some horrific things happening in the US and other parts of the world, and as always, life throws some personal-life curve-balls in there too.
All I want for Christmas… is to spend as much time on wheels as possible! As of last week I’ve ramped up my skating frequency and duration, first with the Retro Skate Night last Friday where we had a ball skating around the Activzone rink with lots of lovely local pinups and vintage-lovers to retro tunes…