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Tomorrow When The War Began – A Review

I actually started Tomorrow When the War Began as a book a few years ago and it was just a little too ‘Judy Bloom’ for me.  I have no issues with an inner monologue, but John Marsden’s running dialog straight from his main character’s (a teenage girl) head was a little much for me.  I just looked the author up…a guy wrote that book?  Anyway, I get my more than my share of teenage angst with all the teen girls in my family…so I never finished the book.  However, I still thought that it sounded like a great story if I could get past all the inner monologue and straight to the story. The story itself sounded like an Australian Red Dawn…and I liked the movie Red Dawn.  Did I mention that Tomorrow When the War Began is a juvenile novel…so are many of Heinlein’s greats so I don’t prejudge…wish I had with the book though.  The book is actually the first of the very popular ‘Tomorrow’ series. So…back to Tomorrow When the War Began, the movie…even though the book wasn’t for me, I was still interested in the story line so when Tomorrow When The War Began came out on Netflix I jumped at the chance to watch it.  The movie is a beautifully filmed and well acted Australian production about a group of Australian teens that go camping and return home to discover that an unnamed military force has invaded Australia and taken all their families hostage. [MINOR SPOILERS ALERT] The kids must come to terms with being on their own and eventually decide to fight back against the invading army.  I especially liked the scene where the kids sneak up on the fairground where their families were being held only to be fired upon by the invaders.  What I liked about that scene was how realistic...

‘Carbon Tax Fee’ for a Funeral?

Her father-in-law died on June 30, the day before the carbon tax was introduced, and was buried early last week. “I thought to myself, ‘What carbon could possibly be used by putting a man in a grave?'” Ms Maliki said. “All they did was put the dirt back in. How can they charge us a carbon tax for burying someone?” Ms Maliki’s son Zaid said the cemetery’s receptionist told his sister-in-law “even the dead don’t escape the carbon tax”. “We are pretty upset… that comment was a kick in the guts,” he said. Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said it would be “reprehensible” if any cemetery was taking advantage of grieving families by overcharging them for funerals. via Family slugged with ‘carbon tax fee’ for funeral. I’ve seen fuel surcharge fees added to a number of my bills recently, but I’d think a carbon tax would only be appropriate from a funeral home or cemetery if it was following a cremation…yes, I’m kidding.  This happened in Melborne, Australia. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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