Randomness through ‘South Park’

August 22, 2006 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Humour, News, Pop-cult, Random, Sydney | 1 Comment

I know it’s unlikely but on the off chance that this guy actually killed JonBenet I wonder will South Park make a comment given their earlier episode. I’m just happy it’s not some Puerto Rican guy.

Speaking of cartoons, I’m not sure I agree with the editing of cartoons. Especially when it is a result of one complaint. Also, which poor modern child is watching Tom and Jerry? Do their parents think that cartoons of a cat and mouse trying to kill each other is better than…I don’t know…The Simpsons? Oh wait, Itchy and ScratchyBoomerang isn’t  really for kids anyway, more for the nostalgia of adults who’ve already decided whether or not to smoke. As I write this I realise how annoyed I am that one person’s complaint has triggered this and am reminded of another couple of South Park episodes. Granted I don’t even care about Tom and Jerry, but come on Scooby Doo? I just think its ridiculous.

At New Work, I’ll be one face of the company’s diversity training for its staff. For those that know me I would say that I am clearly the perfect person to highlight diversity. Kidding aside it was a fun few hours. Sadly it’s for internal use so there won’t be any pictures of me on buses.

Lastly, I have a question for anyone bored enough to answer. Is shaving cream (as it’s in a compressed can) stowable alongside the primary luggage or only in hand luggage? New/possible restrictions not withstanding. I’ve always thought and been told (and granted tech/know-how may be different now) that compressed cannisters absolutely cannot be stowed due to changes in pressure while in flight. Not wanting to buy a whole can in each city I’ve put it in my hand luggage. Which actually helps to highlight something about airports, something somewhat concerning. Whenever I leave I put my bag through the X-ray machine, no problems but whenever I return from another city their security personnel will always stop me and very politely ask to see what’s inside. I wonder what else Sydney is missing? … I should just go electric. And in the need to provide a theme for this post, someone like me causes delays at airports (sorry!) and if only there was a better way.

Sydney Jewish Museum

August 22, 2006 at 11:55 am | Posted in Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

This week’s trip was to the Sydney Jewish Museum. A stirring and interesting exploration of Judaism in Australia and the Holocaust. While I rarely take photos of museums I would have liked to show a shot of the staircases that flow upwards mimicking the shape of the Star of David. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to photograph inside. Still quite cool. Having very little knowledge of Jewish traditions I found explanations of various symbols and holidays located on the ground floor quite useful. On that note, the museum has place cards for practically everything so that, should you wish, you can get a thorough appreciation. As I’d procrastinated this week I must admit to skimming. Those with more Jewish knowledge than I won’t be bored though as the Ground floor also houses a history of Judaism in Australia, starting from the First Fleet and into Colonial and Modern times. There’s even a recreated street scene.

The next few floors explore the history, circumstances and experience of the Holocaust. The Children’s Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance are particularly poignant. Any time I’ve ever been to a museum like this or read about Rwanda or Srebrenica I have always come back with questions on the callousness of humanity, the perseverance of individuals and groups and the bravery of some. Leading to egotistical speculation on whether or not I would help if I were in that situation. I hope that I have the inner mettle and fortitude. I hope that such a decision is never needed.

The museum also features touch screens, contemporary papers and many artefacts. Indeed one of its greatest assets are its dedicated volunteers. I admit to being shy at speaking with them about their and their family’s experiences. When I did hear a visitor speaking with them their voices were often filled with passion and emotion.

For anyone interested in Jewish history in Australia and Europe the Museum while simultaneously disheartening and inspirational is worth a visit.

Not open Saturday and there is an admission cost. Would take 1 – 3 hours.

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