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Once again this week politics has taken ridiculous to an all new level, locally, nationally and internationally. The governments, not just ours but internationally, purport to reflect the consensus of the wider population. Unfortunately this is no longer the case and governments appear to create populist policy to retain their positions. Richard Flanagan at a recent address to the press club expressed it very well when he said --

Politics, which ought to have as its highest calling the task of holding society together, of keeping us away from the chasm, has retreated to repeating divisive myths that have no foundation in the truth of what we are as a nation, and so, finally only serve to contribute to the forces that could yet destroy us. Or worse yet, openly stoking needless fear and, with the refugee issue, a xenophobia for short-term electoral advantage. Richard Flanagan - Press Club address April

It is well worth a read of the full transcript of this speech, the Guardian online have this available HERE

Following on from our last blog we have a book launch happening this Saturday 28th April @ 12 noon. The book is called "Women, Oxford & Novels Of Crime" by Alison Hoddinott. Her emphasis is on novels written by women and the ways in which their fiction deals with both the mystery and its solution and with the situation of women within the university and in the wider community. Following on from our last blog this book shows exactly how hard it was for a woman in the '50's to make their way in a male dominated environment. We have progressed but not far enough. 

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Next week Armidale is hosting the CWA conference. What would we have done without the CWA cookbook. In all seriousness the CWA has been an important part of country NSW since 1922 helping women and families through good times and tough times. To welcome these delegates to town their will be a market in the mall on Thursday 3rd May, this will extend into the evening. Lets hope the weather is fine as their will be food stalls and live music. The shops will be open for late night shopping as well.

This Saturday at Charlie's Last Stand there is a very special event. The Haberdashery Club presents a sustainable workshop series as part of the Fashion Revolution. 

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On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.

That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.

There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women.

This is a social movement that we need, where do your clothes come from? The event starts at 12 noon and everyone is welcome. The evening culminates with a prize draw and cocktail party. Check out the events page for more information - EVENTS

This week I'm reading a great book that is due for release in June - The Consolation Of Maps by Thomas Bourke. This is an amazing read moving across countries and cultures it charts an attempt to understand the tide of history, the geography of people and the boundless territory of loss.

We are listening to a couple of great albums this week - Joe Jackson Trio live in Europe in 2010 and Portishead "Dummy". Anyone who has an interest in jazz we have a couple of copies (on vinyl) of Miles Davis and John Coltranes last concert together in Copenhagen - amazing!

See you next time.