Review: 113 things I thought watching The Giver

  1. I don’t recall anything about what this movie is supposed to be about except it’s like the wizard of oz in that it changes to colour in the middle
  2. “Memories of the past were erased after The Ruin.” Okay.
  3. Right, there are billions of rules in the new world.
  4. Jonas doesn’t have a last name. Christalmighty what if they have more than one Sarah? THAT’S BOUND TO HAPPEN RIGHT?
  5. Wait, so Jonas sees in colour? And he doesn’t say anything because he doesn’t want to be different..? How the fuck does he know no one else doesn’t see in colour?
  6. They ride cool bikes
  7. OMFG THEY LIVE IN THE SKY LIKE LADY AREN IN GAME OF THRONES THAT’S COOL
  8. YUS ALEXANDER SKARSGAARD YES PLS
  9. A baby that’s crying didn’t qualify to be assigned in some sort of ceremony and knowing the baby’s name isn’t allowed?
  10. They’re jumping through a fountain and Fiona gets wet and now the sexual tension is evident
  11. KATIE HOLMES YOU ARE A BAAAAAAAABE
  12. They discuss their feelings at the table. But not in a loving way, in a This Is How We Do Life way.
  13. CEREMONY OF ANNOUNCEMENT: Holographic Meryl Streep is perfection bye
  14. Wait these guys are only one community out of… how many?
  15. THIS IS VERY HUNGER GAMES
  16. IS MERYL PRESIDENT SNOW
  17. I HOPE SHE IS THAT IS GREAT
  18. Okay they’re clapping with one hand and their knee and I don’t understand what is happening
  19. Okay so people get released to Elsewhere. Elsewhere to me means death thanks to Gabrielle Zevin, so this is… odd.
  20. Impulses to be different are bad but today we’re celebrating the differences? GUYS CHOOSE ONE
  21. OMFG THEY SKIPPED JONAS WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IS IT BECAUSE OF THE COLOUR SEEING THING
  22. Jonas not assigned because he was selected to do something involving pain. HCHristian Grey?
  23. Receiver of Memory…. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN
  24. Okay they’re chanting Jonas and it doesn’t work because chants need monosyllabic names to make it work. That was totally awkward
  25. Jonas is now exempt from every rule except the thing where you have to take medication and he also can’t talk about his training ever but he can also LIE NOW. Makes sense.
  26. AND HE LOOKS LIKE HAN SOLO IN THAT VEST YES PLS
  27. Receiver of Memory training is held on the edge of the island in the sky. Someone’s going to die for sure.
  28. It’s a giant library and I’m okay with that *hearteyes*
  29. Jeff Bridges has no time for Jonas’ shit
  30. Jonas will now receive all the past world’s memory that currently lives inside Jeff Bridges? Do these guys know how memory works or….Jeff Bridges gives literally no fucks and somehow has rendered Jonas unconscious.
  31. The first memory is of snow. And a toboggan. This fucker is just playing with us Australians right?
  32. Now there’s a house with a wreath and a family singing carols. WHO VETTED THESE MEMORIES GOD DAMN HOW IS THIS THE IMPORTANT SHIT?
  33. Jonas is a terrible actor.
  34. If you’re the receiver then I must be……………………………………………….. The Giver……… okay then bye
  35. This is a mythical creature called a hippo said while holding an elephant and it can run really fast because it has five legs alright I’m gonna need y’all to get off the crack cocaine now
  36. HAHAHA A BEE STUNG HIM IN MEMORY
  37. Oooooh Pretty Sunset Over The Water is suuuuuuuper pretty
  38. holy shit now everything is in colour
  39. Colour, race, religion all abolished. Sameness erased jealousy, hatred etc
  40. And Elsewhere is like… right next door.
  41. Okay this acting is horrible. These teenagers are making my ears bleed with their awful awful lack of talent. WHO THE FUCK CAST THESE GUYS
  42. Lol Fiona “saw” the Tree from Elsewhere. Righto.
  43. Diamond hand signs, SHOUT OUT TO JIGGA
  44. They are sliding down a solar panel they will take them vertical at some point but it never goes vertical because ~movies~
  45. Meryl looks so god damn old in this film
  46. Jeff Bridges has no time for Meryl’s shit
  47. Oh no. Jeff Bridges and Meryl used to be a thing and had a baby and now they hate each other because something happened to the baby and Meryl blames Jeff for everything and this is awkieeeeeeeessssssssssss
  48. Plan for Sameness conveniently falls out of a book
  49. There’s a Boundary of Memory…. I don’t understnad what that is
  50. Jeff Bridges is playing the piano and it’s great but Jonas has never heard music before and his reaction is priceless
  51. THE MORNING INJECTIONS REMOVE EMOTIONS HOLY SHIT
  52. Feelings are just fleeting on the surface but emotions are very deep, primal… they linger. Okay Gandhi Jeff Bridges
  53. OMG music memory ❤ Why would anyone want to get rid of this? Yeah bruh, I don’t know either.
  54. Meryl dropping truth bombs about Katie Holmes’ motherly conduct all up in this
  55. Memories are not just about the past. They determine our future… they change things…
  56. omg animals didn’t survive The Ruin?
  57. Oh no it’s pain time
  58. There’s going to be the holocaust or something
  59. omfg poaching
  60. There’s an awful lot of hugging going on between Jonas and Jeff Bridges
  61. OH MY SWEET EVER LOVING GOD HE’S SHOWING THE BABY MEMORIES OF A REAL ELEPHANT THIS IS GON GET MESSY
  62. WAIT IS HE CREATING A MEMORY BASED ON THE MEMORIES HE HAS BEEN GIVEN? THIS IS GREAT
  63. Oh no wait, he just had a dream
  64. Lord jesus now they’re talking about love
  65. Jonas asks if his dad loves him and no one understands and this is the strangest shit ever
  66. He loves the baby. He shows the baby puppies and baths and it’s hurting me
  67. oh no there’s a war scene and this is going to be bad
  68. His friend in the memory died 😦
  69. He’s killing a person in the trees and this is going to be bad
  70. Jonas is now running away from being the Receiver of Memory because of war
  71. Jeff Bridges done fucked up
  72. He’s trying to leave with Fiona and she is not interested soz bruh
  73. Wait now he’s living in a memory?
  74. HAHAHAH TAYLOR SWIFT IS A BRUNETTE AND SHE IS A GHOST WHO WRITES SONGS ON THE PIANO BECAUSE SHE IS A ~MUSICIAN~
  75. Oh no… Taylor Swift was released and now lives in Elsewhere
  76. UMMMMMMMMM THEY JUST KILLED THE BABY AND PUT IT IN A BOX AND GOT PUSHED DOWN A GARBAGE CHUTE WHAT THE FUCK IS FUCKING WRONG WITH THESE FUCKERS
  77. Fiona didn’t take her injection and now she’s falling in love oh my god shutup
  78. oh my god they released Gabe. They’re going to kill Gabe. They’re going to KILL GABE NO WHAT THE FUCK
  79. Okay Katie Holmes is owning her shit in this
  80. Jonas is running away from home right now and of course Drone Pilot is coming to stop him
  81. JONAS JUST PUNCHED DRONE PILOT
  82. So if a Receiver crosses the Boundary of Memory all the memories are set free? I don’t get it. The memories go back to being everyone’s memories? WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM?
  83. MEMORIES OF PROTEST AGAINST OPPRESSIVE REGIMES OMFG
  84. Jonas is going to get Gabe and leave for the Boundary
  85. Now Meryl has brought in their version of the cops
  86. Okay now they’re running with babies and he’s stolen a cop bike cool
  87. dude just rode his bike off the cliff over to elsewhere. I. What…?
  88. EVERYTHING IS SEPIA AGAIN
  89. Fiona and Jeff Bridges are in cages
  90. Drone Pilot sent to find and destroy Jonas and the baby – this is fucked up
  91. JONAS LOCATED NOW WHAT
  92. Drone Pilot under orders, Drone Pilot fighting orders, Drone Pilot not understanding instinctive fighting of orders
  93. Jonas running with baby and diving with a baby and locked to the underside of the drone with a baby
  94. Jonas and baby dropped into raging currents but miraculously baby is alive
  95. This is so unrealistic
  96. I need to read the book
  97. How does this guy have bottles for Gabe?
  98. Fiona is going to be released ruh roh
  99. There is no way a babby could survive these conditions soz
  100. The tower should be there but it’s not there so now Jonas and Gabe are going to freeze to death in the snow. This is dissatisfying beyond words
  101. Fiona is going to die now… OMG SO I WAS RIGHT ELSEWHERE IS DEATH THAT IS CREEPY
  102. Jeff Bridges is telling everyone about love. Meryl is not interested.
  103. Love is just passion that can turn, that can turn into contempt and murder. When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every time. MERYL STAHP
  104. THAT BABY IS NOT STILL ALIVE I’M SORRY BUT THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE
  105. Holy shit snow!
  106. Something is sticking out of the snow, is it the tower?
  107. IT’S A FUCKIN’ TOBOGGAN. I AM DYING. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.
  108. omg Jonas found the boundary omfg it’s like holographic n shiz
  109. IT’S RELEASING. Everything is changing to colour againnnnnnnnn!
  110. HURRY COLOUR FIND THEM FIONA IS ABOUT TO DIE
  111. They’re all getting memories back this is insane, even Meryl wants the memories now
  112. OMG HE FOUND THE HOUSE WHERE THE CAROL-ERS WERE I AM FUCKING DONE

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Review: I learned more about Gallipoli from Russell Crowe than my entire schooling experience

Without a doubt, Gallipoli is part of what Australia and it’s people stand for. It is part of our folklore, our history, our culture. We are taught about the importance of the ANZAC spirit and mateship from a very young age, throughout school, and beyond. None of us who know it now can ever claim to understand the experiences the men who fought on the beach went through, but there have been many, many depictions over the years, that attempt to help us make sense of what occurred. The Water Diviner is another such film, and is essential viewing for all of us. And not just because it’s another Gallipoli story. Continue reading

Nearly there!

Today was a big day. I raised over $300 in a 24-hour period, and I am flabbergasted.

  • My cousin Finn donated all the money from is money box.
  • My friend coaxed her boss into making a $200 donation.
  • Colleagues have sprung from left and right, old friends, new friends, and even those I’ve never met.

It truly is amazing what people will do, and I am overwhelmed. With only $103 remaining until I hit my target, I’m tempted to bump it up again to $2000. I think I can do it with 10 days to go, I really do.

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I started looking at headscarves today. I’m going to have to invest really soon I think, so I can practice making the pretty rosette type headscarves before next Sunday’s big event. And also a bunch of headbands, and any other cute beanies for work too.

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I’m also starting to feel a little less fierce and a little more nervous. But I think I’m alright, and I think it’ll be liberating. I also can’t wait to keep this promise to Liam, and to make him proud like he always made me. I hope he’ll watch when it comes down to the Shave time. It would be nice to feel him around me at that point. If they get the webs where you are Cousin, I hope you’re reading this and keeping it free for me! I’ll take plenty of photos, just in case you miss it pal.