This morning I browsed the Australian papers as I usually do looking for story ideas. Not inspiring.
There are perhaps things that I should comment on: I have said before that I would write something on the renewed interest in industry policy, but my heart isn't in it! Then if the constant beat up in The Australian about Mr Rudd's interest in regaining his position as PM has any validity, perhaps we should revisit the reasons why he lost the position. Not the ostensible political reasons, but the underlying problems in approach that laid the basis for subsequent problems. Has the leopard in fact changed his spots, or will it be more of the same? Again, my heart isn't in it.
It's a gloomy morning here in Sydney. It's been quite wet across much of South Eastern Australia. Many of the irrigation and water supply dams are close to full. Just as the long dry spell was cited as evidence of climate change, now the wet is being cited as evidence for the opposite. Oh well.
Actually, the rainfall one is interesting. This is the latest Australian Bureau of Meteorology rainfall projections suggesting that the northern half of the country is likely to experience above average rainfall, below average in the far south east. Australia is a big country, so there are always considerable variations within the bigger patterns.
Staying roughly with climate, last night eldest and I watched the first long episode of Terra Nova. Described as Lost meets Jurassic Park, the series begins in 2149; life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction due to dwindling worldwide air quality and overpopulation. Scientists discover a rift in space-time that allows people to travel 85 million years back in time to the late Cretaceous period of a prehistoric Earth, but in an alternate timeline thus avoiding paradoxes caused by reverse-flow time travel, offering a chance to save humanity.
I didn't know that the series was filmed in South East Queensland, nor that production was much delayed by heavy rain. This can be a very wet area. Charles Chauvel's 1949 epic Sons Of Mathew suffered similar problems to Terra Nova.
I quite enjoyed Terra Nova, eldest loved it. However, I hope that it's not too much like Lost. I got lost in Lost!
Staying with TV, on Thursday night I started watching The Slap on SBC TV. Both the original book and the TV series received rave reviews. The Australian's Peter Craven is an example. I hadn't read the book, but was attracted to the TV series by the reviews. I switched off after 15 minutes.
I accept that I am clearly not representative. Neil Whitfield takes a different view, while the first episode on Thursday night came in at number 5 in the mainland capital city ratings with 946,000 viewers. Interestingly, it did better in Sydney than Melbourne. For the benefit of international readers, there can be very significant differences in viewer patterns across Australia reflecting parochial as well as cultural differences.
Out of curiosity, I did some browsing round looking for comments. Most, not all, were positive. However, I'm not sure how many agreed with this comment from Peter Craven.
The Slap happens to be one of the most elaborate and richly orchestrated representations of the ethnic mix of contemporary Australia put together and it carries, as if it were incidental, that part of Tsiolkas’s mission with a subtlety and assuredness that the book can scarcely match.
It's not necessarily that people disagreed, rather that this wasn't the issue they focused on as compared to corporal punishment, breast feeding, issues of discipline with children, even who had the best bum. The comments on this ABC sponsored post will give you a feel. One of the twitter streams is here.
I accept that it's all a matter of taste. I just felt that's life too short to bother.