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Lisa Pryor
March 17, 2007

Why are so many teenagers living married lives? Making the bed together in the morning, celebrating anniversaries, joining the in-laws for Sunday lunch? Teenage sex has become acceptable in many families but with one big proviso: the sex must be in the context of a serious relationship, complete with family holidays, declarations of undying love and joint homework assignments. It is the de facto de facto relationship. The parental logic operating here seems to be that domesticity makes sex moral and healthy. The girl down the road can go to town on one's son under his Star Wars doona cover, so long as they love each other very, very much, so long as they finish in time to set the table for dinner and so long as they do not, God forbid, let their HSCs suffer.

There is sense to this approach. It is better for teens to have sex in the safety of their own bedrooms, hopefully after a visit to the doctor to discuss contraception, rather than some of the alternative sex venues popular among teenagers, such as a park down the road from the birthday party the teenager is supposed to be attending. What irks me about the de facto de facto relationship is not the sex but the domesticity. Liberal parents who would never dream of advocating teen marriage are encouraging something very similar, with many of the same negative consequences. Kids can end up giving away their independence, saddled with a mate chosen because of proximity rather than suitability, stuck in domesticated monogamy at just the age they could be branching out, getting to know new people and playing the field.

The message parents are sending when they embrace de facto de facto relationships is that sexual morality equals serial monogamy. Sex is healthy only so long as it is conducted with a view to signing a lease and buying a toaster. It is OK to have multiple sexual partners as long as the relationships are sequential rather than simultaneous, so long as every relationship ends with a heart-wrenching bust up, and so long as every time you start again you convince yourself the next relationship will last forever. It is possible to meet the right person young. I started going out with my husband when I was 19. I was lucky. But how many other kids end up stuck in substandard matches with the person they met young, the relationships cemented by parental support?

Sometimes the tragedy of a relationship is not that it ends, but that it doesn't. Extracting yourself from a domesticated relationship is hard, especially if you move in together. No matter how much you come to hate each other, you will still find yourself sleeping in the same bed and eating cornflakes from the same box unless you make a monumental effort and call a removal van, break the lease, divvy up the spice collection and the CDs and find somewhere new to live. So thank goodness for the "fuck buddy" phenomenon. The idea of hooking up and having sex with friendship but without undue romance is horrifying to many parents. It is declaimed as soulless, calculated, immoral and shallow. But when executed thoughtfully and sparingly, could it be less damaging than the sexual morality so many parents are trying to impose?

For all the supposed permissiveness of our society, there seems to be a compulsion to shape every sexual relationship into some kind of marriage. It has already happened with de facto relationships, with laws ensuring that if you live with a lover, same sex or opposite, for more than two years, the property settlement will be treated like a divorce if you break up. Just as there is, rightfully, a demand for gay marriage, maybe there should be a movement in the other direction, too. Perhaps more of us should be living our lives like the gay men of old.

Domesticity is all well and good, but save it for the right person. Don't confuse domesticity with morality. Hook-ups and sexual friendships can be dignified and ethical when indulged in sparingly, with mutual respect, with protection and not for the sake of being cool or keeping up. If you are young, guard your independence at least as much as you guard your virginity.

The Sydney Morning Herald
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All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise


Tuesday, 27 February | 10:00 PM | 100 mins
SBS Sydney | Genre: Documentary | Rating: PG



What is a family? Is it something defined by law, by tradition, or by love? For the growing numbers of gay and lesbian families in America, the answer is most definitely love - but too often, parents and children in such families are stigmatised, unable to participate in many of the simple, public joys that most families take for granted. For years, Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell, parents of four, dreamed of a society free of such discrimination. In 2004, they made that dream come true when 1500 people - gay, lesbian and straight - set sail on a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. With a bold stroke only Rosie O'Donnell could make, a joyous new community was born in this judgement-free setting, as passengers celebrated their freedom and made a positive, progressive statement about what "family" means today.


Fascinating program on many levels. I'm kicking myself for not taping it. Some ports of call greeted the ship with a parade whilst others with a protest. A lot of the conversations that took place in the restaurants and coffee shops aboard ship were frank and honest. I have no idea if this cruise was a one-off or a regular thing.

In America every man is free
to take care of his home and family.
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The Griffin Theatre Production of Tim Conigrave's book is moving to the Sydney Opera House.

9 - 26 May

Sydney Opera House Playhouse

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com

02 9250 7777
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Next Sunday Night (4th March) on ABC (Channel 2) check your TV guides.

Get out that video manual now and study how to set your timer!

We now return to normal programming.
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Found a wireless hotspot here at the Queen Kapiolani. Oh yes Hawaii, got to love the place. We are on the way home, finally, with summer all but over.

February 20 is a big day for Sydney harbour. The Queen Mary 2 will glide into Sydney at around 6:30am as part of her maiden voyage around the world. The longest, widest and tallest ship in the world. Twelve hours later the Queen Elizabeth 2 will also sail into Sydney on her 25th world cruise. Fireworks at around 8:30pm.

Info at http://www.queenmary2.com.au

Meanwhile we've said goodbye to Winter. Wish more yanks would wear speedos...then again with some of these guts, maybe not. It's been a busy few weeks months. Christmas, New Year, car auction in Arizona, couple of award nights, Disneyland, Sea World, Vegas and Cirque du Soleil. All I want now is a whole nights sleep. Time to head upstairs for a nap.

Aloha
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9:59 AM December 20

Chris Hayward, an Emmy-winning television writer who helped develop the bumbling animated Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right and other offbeat characters for the Rocky and Bullwinkle TV show, has died. He was 81.

Hayward died of cancer on November 20 at this Beverly Hills home, his wife, Linda, told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.

Hayward contributed satire, wordplay and puns for "Rocky and His Friends," a witty cartoon that built a large adult following. The show debuted on ABC in 1959 and was renamed "The Bullwinkle Show" when it moved to NBC in 1961.

Besides its titular flying squirrel and moose, the hit show featured segments including Mr Peabody, a time-travelling dog with a boy companion, and Dudley, a klutzy hero always in pursuit of his nemesis Snidely Whiplash.

The first episode Hayward co-wrote for the two lead characters was "Rue Britannia," according to "The Moose That Roared" (2000), a history of the show. In the episode, Bullwinkle has to stay in the Abominable Manor in England.

"Shucks, I've been livin' in an abominable manner all my life!" the moose says.

Jay Ward, whose studio produced the show, gave very little instruction to Hayward when it came to reinventing the Do-Right character, which had been around since the late 1940s.

"It's about a stupid Mountie. Just have fun!" Hayward recalled.

The character was voiced by Bill Scott, who also was the voice behind Bullwinkle.

With partner Allan Burns, Hayward later helped create "The Munsters," and in 1968 the pair received an Emmy for their work on the CBS sitcom "He & She."

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Hayward moved to Los Angeles at age 17. He took a night class in scriptwriting at a local high school and went into television in the 1950s. He worked on "Crusader Rabbit," the first cartoon show created specifically for television, as well as "Get Smart," "My Mother the Car" and "Barney Miller."

In addition to his wife, Hayward is survived by his children, Laurel, Victoria and Tony, from a previous marriage that ended in divorce.


AAP.
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9:59 AM December 20

Joseph Barbera, a co-founder of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon company that created memorable characters like the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo, died on Monday at age 95.

Barbera founded Hanna-Barbera with William Hanna nearly 50 years ago and it grew to become one of Hollywood's best known brand names in the field of animation.

He died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Studio City with his wife, Sheila, by his side, Warner Bros film studio said.

No further details were disclosed.

"The characters he created with his late partner, William Hanna, are not only animated superstars but also a very beloved part of American pop culture," Warner Bros Chairman Barry Meyer said in a statement.

"While he will be missed by his family and friends, Joe will live on through his work."

Barbera and Hanna, who died in 2001, met at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio in the late 1930s and first collaborated on a cartoon called Puss Gets the Boot, which led to the creation of their famous cat and mouse characters, Tom and Jerry.

The pair of animators won wide acclaim in the 1940s when they were responsible for getting the animated Tom and Jerry to dance on movie screens alongside Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh.

Barbera and Hanna left MGM and formed Hanna-Barbera Studios in 1957, where over the years they created numerous characters like the Stone Age family in The Flintstones, the space age clan of The Jetsons and the ghost-hunting dog Scooby-Doo.


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Average age for an Australian male to have sex for the first time: 16;
female: 16


Estimated proportion of marriages in Australia today that are likely to end in divorce: 32%


Estimated propotion of all CD's sold worldwide that are priated: 1 in 3


Number of marriages in Australia in 2004: 110,958;
in 1984: 108,655


Number of cases of testicular cancer diagnosed in Australia each year: 580;
cure rate if discovered early: 90%;
age group most likely to develop it: 18-39 years


Estimated number of caravans and campervans in use in Australia: 330,000;
number of caravan and tourist parks: 2700+


Proportion of babies in Australia who are conceived through IVF: 3%


Number of legal casinos in Australia: 13;
number of employees: 19,000;
proportion of these aged under 45: 65%


Number of men diagnosed with gonorrhoea in Australia in 2004: 4964;
of women: 2224


Number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes each year: 55,000;
proportion that are type 2: 88%


Number of different types of credit card on offer in Australia: 250


Estimated number of strokes in Australia each year: 45,000;
proportion of these that are suffered by people for the first time: 70%


Estimated number of people in Australia with genital herpes: 1 in 6


Amount of wine exported from Australia in 2004-05: 670 million litres;
its value: $2.7 billion
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I have posted before about our local drive circuit. We use it for a quick getaway. An overnight stay in Wollongong. As a recharge for our batteries. We also test cars that we plan to buy and write about for various publications. There is some bush, coastal stretches, bitumen, dirt, elevation, twisty bits, basically it has the works.

Last time I mentioned it can be found here: Post date: 28 April 2006.

While flicking through some Aussie tourism brochures I came across the following article which is all about my fave stretch of local road.






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9:59 AM December 15

Popular US television series American Chopper will film three episodes in Australia next year.

The program's stars, Paul Teutul Sr and his sons, Paul Jr and Mikey, will depart their Orange County home in February to spend two weeks filming in Australia.

It will be the second time the American Chopper team has filmed the Discovery Channel series outside of the US.

"This unique initiative will make it possible for American Chopper fans around the world to experience everything Australia has to offer through the eyes of the Teutuls," said Tom Keaveny, executive vice president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia.

The team will travel across Australia, stopping in various locations to seek inspiration for their latest bike, with the program due to screen in Australia in late 2007.

On returning home, the Teutuls will produce an Australia-themed bike, which will eventually be sold at a charity auction.

American Chopper chronicles the raw drama of the Teutul family - creators of some of the world's most unique motorcycles.

Each episode follows the threesome through heated arguments and creative setbacks as they battle mounting deadlines to design and produce their motorcycles.

American Chopper has achieved cult status since its first screened in Australian on Discovery Channel in 2004.

The program also has lured bike-loving celebrities, including actor Will Smith and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, to purchase their designs.



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10:00 AM December 8

Australia's first ever indigenous language feature film has been awarded the country's top movie honour.

Billed as an Aboriginal comedy, Ten Canoes won the best film category at the 48th annual Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards in Melbourne.

The film also picked up best direction for co-directors Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr.

Ten Canoes collected a total of six awards, including best original screenplay, best cinematography, best editing and best sound.

De Heer also received the Byron Kennedy Award for his "relentless pursuit of excellence in filmmaking" and the film's cinematographer Ian Jones was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

Starring Jamie Gulpilil and Frances Djulibing, Ten Canoes was filmed in remote Arnhem Land, predominantly in the Aboriginal language of Ganalbingu.

Jamie Gulpilil's father, the AFI award-winning actor David Gulpilil, is the movie's narrator.

Ten Canoes received a special jury prize at the Cannes International Film Festival in May and is Australia's official entry for the foreign language film category in next year's Academy Awards.

Emily Barclay beat talents such as Abbie Cornish, Teresa Palmer and Laura Linney to take home the prized best actress award for her portrayal in Suburban Mayhem of a rebellious teenager who plots to kill her father.

The star of the low-budget toilet humour comedy Kenny, Shane Jacobson, won best actor.

Susie Porter won best supporting actress for The Caterpillar Wish while Anthony Hayes secured best supporting actor for Suburban Mayhem.

Heath Ledger also took home a prize, winning the international award for best actor for Brokeback Mountain.

Rachel Griffiths won the international best actress award for American series Six Feet Under and cinematographer Dion Beebe took the international award for excellence in filmmaking for Memoirs of a Geisha.

The AFI Awards also honour excellence in Australian television.

Winning best TV actor was David Wenham for the ABC mini-series Answered By Fire, while Porter picked up her second award for SBS series RAN (Remote Area Nurse).

Andrew Denton's Enough Rope was voted the best light entertainment series.

The Chaser's War on Everything won best comedy series and Love My Way took home best TV drama series.

Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush hosted the AFI Awards dinner at Melbourne's Exhibition Centre complex.

It was the second year the AFI Awards have been split over two nights. Wednesday's event honoured people behind the scenes in categories such as editing, cinematography, musical score and sound.

Thursday's event was more glamorous, with many of the country's top showbusiness personalities walking the red carpet.

Among them were Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Ledger, Sarah Wynter, Claudia Karvan, Jeremy Sims, Deborra-lee Furness, and Catherine Martin.

A total of 44 awards were handed out by hosts including British actor and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, pop singer Dannii Minogue, and director Baz Luhrmann.




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By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia legalized the cloning of human embryos for stem cell research with a vote by the House of Representatives Wednesday that lifted a four-year-old ban on the procedure.

The legislation passed 82-62 in the House, where Conservative Prime Minister John Howard and other major party leaders voted against it. The bill was passed by the Senate last month.

"In the end you have to take a stand for some absolutes in our society," Howard told Parliament. "And I think what we're talking about here is a moral absolute and that is why I can't support the legislation."

The parliament passed Australia's first laws on stem cell research in 2002, allowing scientists to extract stem cells from spare embryos intended for in-vitro fertilization but preventing cell cloning.

The law passed Wednesday allows therapeutic cloning, the splicing of skin cells with eggs to produce stem cells, also known as master cells, which are capable of forming all the tissues of the human body.

Scientists hope stem cell research will eventually lead to treatments for conditions including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, as well as spinal cord injuries, diabetes and arthritis.

Opponents said the bill promoted unproven science that did not respect the human rights of the unborn.

But Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said his generation had benefited enormously from those who pioneered difficult research and legislation.

"We owe it to the next generation no less to show the same wisdom and indeed the same courage," he said.

All parties encouraged their lawmakers to vote according to their consciences rather than following party lines. A conscience vote is rare in Australian politics.

The government senator who drafted the bill, former Health Minister Kay Patterson, said the law would come into effect in six months, after health and science authorities draft guidelines for egg donation and research licensing.

"It will enable Australia to stay at the forefront of medical research," Patterson told reporters after the vote. "I didn't see how we could accept any treatment derived from this in the future if we didn't allow the research here in Australia."


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Dec. 3rd, 2006 01:00 pm
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Airbus is conducting route-proving flights for its A380. These are long distance flight tests which lead to certification of the aircraft for regular service. The plane flew into Sydney mid-week last week from Johannesburg via the South pole a 16-hour non-stop flight. The aircraft was serviced at Sydney International Airport (Charles Kingsford-Smith) and then moved to a ramp position off Kyeemagh Avenue, Kyeemagh, at the back of the airport near the runway tunnels.

This proved a popular position for plane spotters judging from the amount of traffic in the car park. We all trundled down for a look-see as it's a 10 minute drive from home. The full length upper deck sets it apart from other planes. It's not until a 747 parks next to it that the difference really becomes aparent.

The next day the plane took off for Vancouver another 16-17 hour non-stop flight. From there it is headng back to its home base in Toulouse, France this time via the North pole.

This time next year Singapore Airlines will be operating the A380 and Qantas will follow in 2008. Can't wait to fly in it.
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10:42 AM December 1

A German company plans to launch a spray-on condom tailor-made for all sizes.

The Institute for Condom Consultancy is developing a type of spray can into which the man inserts his penis first.

At the push of a button it is then coated in a rubber condom.

"We're trying to develop the perfect condom for men that's suited to every size of penis," spokesman Jan Vinzenz Krause said.

"We're very serious."

Mr Krause says the product aims to help people enjoy better and safer sex lives.

"It works by spraying on latex from nozzles on all sides," he said.

"We call it the '360-degree procedure' - once round and from top to bottom.

"It's a bit like a car wash."

He says the plan is to make the product ready for use in about five seconds.

Mr Krause says the spray-on condom would function more effectively as a contraceptive because it would fit better and not slip.

But before the new condom can be sold in shops, the firm must ensure the latex is evenly spread when sprayed, as well as optimise the vulcanisation process.

The company hopes the high-tech condom, which will be available in different strengths and colours, will be on the market by 2008.

Mr Krause says the spray would probably cost about $30 as a one-off purchase.

He says the latex cartridges, which are sufficient for up to 20 applications, would cost about $17.

Mr Krause says he hit upon the idea when considering the difficulties some people faced using condoms and drew inspiration from spray-on plasters now used in medicine.

- Reuters

Source: Reuters
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