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  1. The Pom Queen

    Golliwogs

    Should they be banned in Australia? I use to love collecting the labels off the jam jars to get my golliwogs, I'm not sure why they have to be banned, isn't it racist not having a black doll? This is an article from yesterday's paper Now golliwogs are making a comeback, with stores along Queensland's tourist strips reporting strong sales, particularly to visitors from abroad. Nostalgia-driven Baby Boomers, too, are snapping up the black dolls, renamed gollies, as gifts for their grandchildren or reminders of their childhood. Store owner Deanne Edwards, from Prestige Flowers and Gifts in Hervey Bay, said she sells about 20 a week. "They're absolutely adorable," said Ms Edwards, who has dozens displayed in her shop window. "We absolutely love them. The kids love them, I love them. They are very, very popular. I sell so many it's not funny." Hayley Whitford, from Joybells in Caloundra, said many older people had missed the toys of their youth. "For a lot of our older buyers, it's something from their childhood. They didn't have Wiggles or Dora the Explorer," said Ms Whitford. But the doll's re-emergence has shocked Queensland's indigenous community who warn their acceptance would be a step back in race relations. Indigenous elder Bob Weatherall, chairman of the Centre for Indigenous Cultural Policy, is worried about the golliwog's resurgence in Queensland. Mr Weatherall said the dolls were offensive and should be banned. "It doesn't bring unity within a community; it doesn't bring back equity," he said. Since the 1960s, golliwogs have been condemned as racist, and campaigns succeeded in their gradual removal from public life, particularly in the UK, the US and Europe. In Australia, Arnott's Golliwog chocolate biscuit was renamed Scalliwag, then discontinued in the 1990s.
  2. Strolling up Cleveland Street this arvo, I was overtaking the cars. I guess there was a match or something up at the Stadium? You can almost feel the steam rising from each occupant. Even more satisfying is hurtling down the motorway passing a ten mile stationary tailback in the opposite direction. The best bit is when you finally pass the 'rearguard', notice a clear stretch opening up and, just around the bend, see more cars hurtling on, oblivious to their imminent arrest. It is sometimes attainable here in Sydney but, for best results, you really need to be on the M25??? Naturally, I am NOT the most equable of 'jammers' when I do get caught myself. My friend Cynthia told me that the one I was stuck in yesterday arvo through Double Bay was because of the school run. Once bitten......
  3. Hello, I am regularly checking this usefull site RTA Live Traffic NSW with live traffic and webcams but have still some remaining questions : during the weekdays: what are the time frame ? 7-9 & 5-6? Is that comparable with the European ones ( 1 hour+ for few kilometers sometimes) what axis are the more congested during the weekend: same questions ... when and where I guess there is a difference between seasons thanks for your feedback :wubclub:
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