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Back on the soapbox…

I have had enough of some of the comments I have been seeing on Facebook lately.

David Koch

David Koch

An Australian celebrity (known as Kochie) is well-known for sticking his foot in his mouth on certain topics. I really feel sorry for him at the moment with how much he is getting verbally attacked by people (mostly women) because of comments he made on air about a woman who was asked to move by staff because she was breastfeeding on the edge of a pool.

Now many are saying that he is anti-public breastfeeding!

From what I understand (without having seen the interview in question) he was actually saying that women should be discreet (he just had a poor choice of words) when feeding in public, not that he doesn’t think that they should!
He also stated that he felt it was unsafe for a woman to be feeding on the edge of a pool (umm…YEAH!!! So many scenarios of what could go wrong there!)

I actually agree with his opinion (and we are all entitled to one!) I have no problems with women who choose to breastfeed, nor anything against those who feed in public. Kid’s gotta eat! What does make me uncomfortable is when I see a woman who just flops herself out for the world to see. Nobody needs to see that. In fact, if there wasn’t a child in close proximity, you could get arrested for indecent exposure!

What pisses me off (sorry, I know I don’t swear on here!) is that these women (who I call the “breast feeding nazi’s”) are so quick to jump down someone’s throat about the subject without actually thinking about the context of what was said. These are the same women who attack people, like myself, who choose not to breastfeed (or can’t!) and make them feel like scum.

It’s disgusting that this is even such a heated topic. Personal choice people!!!

Look!! It is possible to be done discreetly! You can see bub, bub can see you, no suffocation, no exposure! Why the drama??

Look!! It is possible to be done discreetly! You can see bub, bub can see you, no suffocation, no exposure! Why the drama??

But IN MY OPINION… yeah, your concern for your child’s hunger is legitimate, but show a bit of consideration for your body (and others) and be a bit discreet. Feed, but don’t flaunt! It could make people uncomfortable and we also live in a world of creepy weirdos who will not look on and see the sake of practicality, but watch in a sexual way.

Again, without having heard the original story that sparked all this, who knows the details behind the woman being asked to move away from the pool. Ok, she shouldn’t have been moved on just for that (if that was the case), but maybe this woman jumped on her high horse about being asked to move and approached the media, when maybe they just asked her to move because she was in a dangerous position?? Everyone seems to have forgotten the original story and all the limelight is on Kochie! If this place really did break the law and ask this woman to move on just for the simple fact she was breastfeeding, why aren’t you all attacking this business instead?

Call me a prude…whatever…just be certain of facts before jumping down people’s throats, and MOVE ON!!!


15 movies to make you cry

My husband is away for the next four weeks, so I am busy stockpiling our movie supply to keep me occupied, mostly at night when kids have gone to bed.

I was in the mood for drama today, and watched Life as a House (starring Hayden Christensen and Kevin Kline) and of course, by the end, the eyes were glistening with tears. It had me thinking what other movies had me shedding tears. So here is my list….feel free to add your own.

**Warning, if you havent seen all of these movies, there are some spoilers written**

The Notebook– This movie had me weeping like a baby! I don’t think I have ever cried so much over a movie. It has an absolutely touching ending. I don’t know of anyone who wasnt moved by it!

I gave this movie to my mum for Christmas a few years back. A couple of weeks later, I get a phone call from her, sobbing her eyes out. Once she could talk, I had to laugh when she said “Thank you for the DVD!! It was a beautiful movie!”

Braveheart- Anyone you knows me, knows that I am obsessed with Scotland (though, I’m not really sure why) so it comes as no surprise that this is one of my favourite movies.

No matter how many times I see it, I choke up when Murron is killed and I cry when William is executed.


Neverending Story- When Altreyu is begging for his horse to move….my god!! Bawl factor!!

Then you are just about fist-pumping along with Sebastian by the end!



The Green Mile- I couldn’t believe that this was a Stephen King story. I now have the books and love them. It has a great storyline and the end chokes me up every time! I watched this movie with my grandparents, and I could see my Nanna getting a little emotional too.

Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors!


Armageddon- When she is saying goodbye to her father, or rather, when he was saying goodbye to all of them…..*sob*




The Color Purple- My sister-in-law recommended this movie to me when we were talking about emotional movies years ago. I was heavily pregnant at the time and already having mood swings. The story takes you on a rollercoaster of emotion. Great movie!



Walk to Remember- the wedding scene…don’t know of many people who have watched this movie who havent been affected.




Pearl Harbour- I saw this at the cinemas with my History class in highschool fo ran assignment (even though the teacher didn’t do his research on the movie before organising the excursion and admitted that it really didn’t have much to do with what we were studying…its was more of a love story) But all you could hear was stifled sobs at the end.


Looking for Alibrandi- Again, I saw this at the cinemas and we were studying the book in English class, but you could feel the tension and sadness in the cinema with John Barton’s death/funeral (except for the bit when there is a bird’s-eye view of the coffin and a confused voice pipes up from the dark “What’s that?” causing everyone to giggle!)


Forrest Gump- Oh my! There are too many scenes in there that made me bawl to mention them all. It’s one of my husband’s favourite movies.

Again…Tom Hanks!!



I am Sam- Dakota Fanning is an amazing actress. Who could believe that much talent laid in a seven-year old? Absolutely beautiful storyline!



My Girl- Childhood death is always an emotional subject. All the actors in this movie did a brilliant job of bringing everyone to tears!




Patch Adams– You don’t see Robin Williams cry very often, but I was sobbing along with him over the death of Carin.

None of these are in particular order, though The Notebook was definitely the strongest emotional state I have ever been in! But I love each and every one of these movies. There are probably many more I can add to the list, but these are the ones that most stick in my mind.

What other movies can you add?

Bella 🙂

My bit on bullying

In light of events here in Australia in regards to a recent incident of bullying, I have decided to jump back up on my soap box.

Casey Heynes, 15, made world headlines after “snapping” and retaliating back at a 12-year-old bully who was punching him. Casey, a boy who is large for his age, and much larger than his bully, copped about half a dozen punches (just standing there, taking it, saying “stop, don’t!”) he then picked up his tormentor and threw him to the ground, then walked away.
The Bullied

No one came in to help Casey. No. Instead, someone sat there and filmed it! That same day, it ended up on YouTube. It accentuated the bullying further in my mind.

However, since the video has been shown around the world, I have sat back and watched conversations about the incident, and have also seen groups pop up on Facebook about how Casey is a “hero”.

So many are absolutely outraged by Casey’s actions.

My opinion? Good on ya, mate!! Glad you stood up for yourself. I wouldn’t call him a hero, that is a term flung around too much these days, in my opinion. Save that term for those who risk their lives for others. A firefighter pulling a stranger from a blazing fire, or a soldier serving his country in a war-torn country. They are heroes.

I admit, when I first watched the footage, my eyes bulged and I went “Woah!” Do I think maybe it was a little brutal? Yes, definitely. But when you have sat there and taken abuse like this for years, who knows what you would do when you snap. Luckily, the younger boy got out of it with just a sprained ankle! He could have become a paraplegic!  But luckily Casey “snapped” out of it again, and walked off straight away. He didn’t continue to pummel the smaller child as so many other would do.

The 12-year-old bully’s mother has said “I raised my kids not to fight”, well, sorry lovey, there is video evidence. He started it! If you have actually seen the clip, you should be completely ashamed of what your son did!

If I had a video where I saw one of my children doing that to another child, who were just standing there and taking it like Casey did, I would rip shreds, demand an apology, take them to the police. Heck, I don’t know what on earth I would do, actually!! But I would definitely be questioning my parenting skills, and figure out how on earth you could punish your child enough for doing something so wrong!

I havent actually watch the interview with the bully, but from what I have heard, he isn’t even really sorry for doing it. He is thriving on the attention! Oh, and by the way, who on earth lets their 12-year-old son get an eyebrow piercing?!?! (Sorry, I dont have a picture of the bully to share)

There are people who are saying Casey should have gone to the teachers or the principal. I don’t mean to insult any teacher friends who may be reading this, but how many times do you think Casey has done that in his lifetime? What has it accomplished really? Every school child over the age of about 10 years knows that if you go to the teacher,you can probably expect retribution! Yes, there are probably rare occurences where it doesn’t continue, but do you think that if it happens a second time, the child would go back to the teacher? No. They would just get their backsides handed to them again and the bullied would “suck it” up. It happens in so many cases.

I don’t really want to use this analogy (but in a way, it works), but in prison, do you go to the guards when your being picked on? Heck no! You would probably (definitely) get killed! Kids can be cruel, and when there are bullies who getting physical, running to the teacher is not going to achieve anything!

Casey will probably have the entire school behind him in a fight if anyone tries to have a go at him again. He has become an underdog’s icon. It probably isn’t the right thing, I know, because it’s now telling everyone that violence is the answer. But what else could be done? So many people were aware of Casey’s bullying, and nothing was getting done.

I proud of this kid for standing up for himself! He may not gone about it in the right way, but what is the right way these days?

You may not agree with me. Personally, I don’t really care. I will teach my kids to stand up for themselves, but I hope they would come to me still about it. Hell will have nothing on me if I find out my kids are being bullies though!

Ok, jumping off my soap box again now. I’m hoping my opinion made sense and didn’t offend to many people. I encourage comments and a HEALTHY debate, but please, any nasty comments will be deleted!

Bella 🙂