Category Archives: Parental Musings

Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler

Sorry Day

Coral Vass (text) Dub Leffler (illus.), Sorry Day, National Library of Australia Publishing

There was a hum of excitement.
Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.
‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.

Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’.

As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

Read it because:

Forced separations of children from their families are still happening today, and we need to acknowledge the damage that is done when children are stolen from their family. Suitable for opening the discussion from Grade Two students upwards.


Whatever happened to the 15-hour workweek?

So a long time ago, in a University far far away, I studied Economics….I know the black art. Seriously it is to those of us who studied Accounting back in the 1990’s. Anyway along the way I learnt about John Maynard Keynes who changed Macroeconomics forever. (Yep there is such a thing as Macro and Micro economics….).

So John Maynard Keynes postulated that we would make such massive productivity gains that our workweek would be compressed to 15 hours a week. In this great, easy to understand article Joshua Krook, (Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Adelaide ) explores some of the reasons why we never got to the mythical 15 hour work week.

Read on and wonder like me what the world would be like if we did manage to compress the working week down to two days…..if you work a seven and a half hour day…..

The World through Picture book project

The aim of The World through Picture Books project is to create an annotated list of picture books from around the world, recommended by librarians.

The programme is led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with support from partners IFLA section Literacy and Reading and IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).

All countries are asked to submit ten favourite children’s picture books, chosen by the librarians in that country for more information please go to The World Through Picture Books

IFLA Picture book project

Celebrating Wolfhounds

Okay so we share a house with a wolfhound, she’s part of the family; loyal and gentle she loves her pack – including the cat!


A great article on the giants of the canine world can be found  via Irish Wolfhounds – “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked”

#OTD in 1952 – Birth of actor and comedian, Dermot Morgan, in Dublin.

As a family we watched the last Father Ted episode last night – the scene of Dermot dancing to the theme from Shaft – pure comic genius. We feel having watched the entire three seasons of Father Ted that it’s still an incredibly funny show, and it’s even more relevant now in a world that craves celebrity over all else.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

A former schoolteacher from Dublin, Dermot Morgan broke into comic acting in the late 1970s. He became a household name in the late 1980s for his work on the RTÉ radio show Scrap Saturday, which satirised the Irish politics of the day on either side of the political spectrum as well as business and church leaders and policy. When the show was cancelled in 1991, there were accusations of political interference.

Morgan would score the role of Father Ted Crilly in the Channel Four sitcom Father Ted in 1995. The sitcom lasted three series and won multiple BAFTA Awards. One of three Catholic priests exiled to an eccentric parish on an island off the west coast of Ireland, Father Crilly with his weakness for money and great desire for fame headlined a cast that included many Irish comedians throughout its run. The series became a cultural touchstone in Ireland…

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Father Ted

My partner and I are showing our child comedic highlights from our lives together and we’re proud to say that Father Ted is a HUGE success. A joyous riot at times, with some laugh out loud moments – it’s made to be enjoyed. I’ve attached a review that I thought you might enjoy…..

One of the funniest sitcoms ever made. Father Ted is the story of three priests that are so unstable that they’ve been cast off to Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland so they can’t cause any more trouble. Ted has a history of theft and gambling, Jack is a violent drunk and Dougal […]

via Father Ted — Comedy Simon

Celebrating Children’s Literature

I came across a great collection of historical children’s literature at the University of Florida’s Digital Collection. You can search on Geographic Area and a whole range of other categories.

For me, as a Librarian and passionate advocate for reading, it heartens me to see that these books are being made available digitally for future generations to look back on as historical snapshots of our ancestors.

To enter the world please visit: Baldwin Library of Children’s Literature

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