Month: December 2010

Otterday! And Open Thread. (XMAS-FREE ZONE)

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires, with the exclusion noted above. [See our other Otterday if you want to talk about that celebration some people have on the 25th!]

Today’s otter, Mazu, is an orphaned Congo Clawless Otter, rescued and hand reared with assistance from the International Otter Survival Fund.

Otterday! And Open Thread. (Xmas talk allowed)

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. [See our other Otterday for Xmas-free chat!]

Today’s otters, who live in the Prospect Park Zoo, are having fun opening their cheerily-wrapped Xmas boxes and finding fishies inside.

Nina Funnell on the festive spike in domestic violence

A combination of financial strain, families spending more time together, and increased alcohol consumption contribute to the rise in figures. It is timely then, that this month NSW Minister for Women Jodi McKay launched a new website to offer information and practical support to victims of domestic violence and their supporters.

BFTP: Playground accessibility for parents with disabilities

Parking and pathways and seating? This is a piece of cake. This is public design 101. It should be something that is an essential part of building new playgrounds and of upgrading existing ones.

But no one is bothering. People with disabilities are supposed to be the passive “cared-for”, not active carers.


“highly educated women should quit their jobs in order to guide and “sculpt” their husbands to professional triumphs” – I don’t have a subscription to Madison magazine so I can only assume that it is real, not a tongue in cheek article. I’d love someone to prove me wrong – about the article that is. I don’t think I’m wrong in thinking this is a bad idea.

Today in good news

1. DADT repeal bill signed. 2. UN resolution condemning extrajudicial killings reinstates sexual orientation clause. 3. Sady Doyle gets a good night’s sleep.