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review 2018-01-07 06:17
THE OLD BALMAIN HOUSE by Graham Wilson
The Old Balmain House - Graham Wilson

The Old Balmain House

Second Edition, Smashwords Edition

Graham Wilson

Copyright Graham Wilson 2016

Published by BeyondBeyond Books

ISBN 9780987197115

 

(Also goes by Little Lost Girl (Old Balmain House #1) (Paperback) (isbn 154126284; Little Lost Girl (Old Balmain House #1) (paperback) (isbn 1542624347; The Old Balmain House (Old Balmain house #1) (isbn 1542755166)

 

I received this off Smashwords. It's taken me a while to get back to it. I set it aside, and then decided, once I started up again with The Old Balmain House. I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the houses, the towns, and the people around the main characters help make the story of Sophie and her bottle a wonderful story.

 

 

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text 2018-01-01 18:28
Happy New Year

My resolutions for New Year's Eve fell by the wayside due to exhaustion.  It was physical exhaustion brought about by mental/emotional exhaustion, so although I did accomplish some of what I wanted to do, I didn't get to all of it.

 

I cleaned up several hundred accumulated emails from the backlog, though that is barely a drop in the very large bucket.

 

I reviewed/recorded most of my Festive Season tasks and reading, leaving only two or possibly three to go.  The final tally was a disappointing 19 points, but I read three VERY LONG books in the mix, and I'm patting myself on the back for them regardless of "points."

 

During the gaming time, I also made significant progress on one of my long-term, ongoing personal projects: the transcription of all those spiral notebook diaries.  Yesterday morning I reached January 2017, so I am just a few days less than a year behind!

 

This coming week-end is the Flagg Gem and Mineral Show held at Mesa Community College.  Though not nearly as big as either the Quartzsite or Tucson extravaganzas, the Flagg show is close to home and convenient, with free parking and admission, and more than enough goodies for me to ogle.  It's not that I need any more rocks, but, well, a girl can't have too many!  The weather forecast as of last week was not promising, but it has improved steadily the closer we get to the show.  Friday looks like the best day, with mostly sunny skies and a high around 75.

 

The following week-end is the two-day Heritage Days celebration at our local Superstition Mountain Museum.  I'll be setting up there to (try to) sell some of my jewelry and other hand-made goodies.  Last year we had horrible weather, with powerful storms that destroyed several vendors' canopies and kept visitor attendance way down.  The forecast looks much, much better for 2018, with mostly sunny skies, high temperatures around 70, and neither rain nor wind predicted for either Saturday or Sunday.

 

There's one part of Heritage Days that I am very much NOT looking forward to.

 

One of the entertainment acts scheduled is singer Paula Erlene, "America's Yodeling Sweetheart," and her husband Ermal Williamson, who does a John Wayne impersonation.  At last year's Heritage Days, Paula debuted her new, original patriotic song, "We Are One," which Ermal (as MC) touted as "the next God Bless America."  He further exclaimed that Paula was writing new verses almost literally while rehearsing. 

 

As I sat under my little rain-drenched canopy and tried to smile through the yodeling, I realized I had heard Paula's "new" song before.  The tune was completely familiar, and even over the noise of the wind in the cactus, the murmurings of the appreciative crowd, and the tramp of footsteps in the muddy ground, even with the terrible outdoor acoustics, I knew the words to this song she claimed to have written herself.

 

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We'll share a dream and sing with one voice,

"I am, you are, we are . . . ."

 

How was this possible???  I had never heard of Paula Erlene before in my life, but I knew the words to the song she bragged about having just written.

 

After the Saturday shows -- the entertainers each perform twice each day -- I hadn't pegged it down, and I was too cold and too tired by the bad weather to even think further once I got home.  But it nagged at me, so that when she took the stage for Sunday's performances, I listened more closely to the words . . . because I had  finally developed a very sneaking suspicion as to why this song was so familiar.

 

As Paula once more sang the chorus,

 

"I am, you are, we are Americans,"

 

I knew the last word was wrong.  And before she finished her new, original composition, I knew why it was so familiar.  There was nothing I could do while I was at the Museum, but as soon as I got home Sunday evening, I got on the computer and found confirmation of my absolute worst thoughts.

 

 

 

Some of you here may recognize the performers, though this YouTube screenshot is of a 1994 live (and farewell) performance.  Some of you may already have recognized the lyrics.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v22SPtCFck8

 

I broke into tears when I realized what Paula Erlene, "America's Yodeling Sweetheart," had done. 

 

She had stolen someone else's work and claimed it as her own.  (I played the video linked above just now and started crying again.)

 

Paula Erlene now has a CD out that appears to include the song.

 

 

 

Whether there is any credit given to the original composer and lyricist, I don't know.  

 

EDITED TO ADD: I was finally able to get a decent shot of the Facebook page on my other computer with larger monitor, and yes, it does state that "We Are One" is adapted from Woodley & Newton's "I Am Australian."  This is more than she and Ermal did at Heritage Days last year; it will be interesting to hear what they have to say this year.

 

 

But on her Facebook page -- or Ermal's, if you will -- she does claim to have written it herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe it's just a nasty and shameful American habit of cultural appropriation.  "God Save the King" became "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  And "To Anacreon in Heaven" became "The Star-Spangled Banner" (minus, of course, its racist later verses).  Paula and Ermal performed in South Korea ahead of the recent visit by American "officials," and their political affiliation is apparent.  It's not likely that any public announcement of this infringement would be met with anything other than, well, approval.

 

After last year's discovery, I wrote to The Seekers, either via Facebook or email, regarding the situation.  I never heard anything back.  I don't have a recording of Paula's performance or her claim to have written the song herself.  I only found the above Facebook claim this morning.

 

I hate these people.  I hate them with a white hot passion.  I hate their supporters and defenders.  And I know America is better than this.

 

Australia certainly is.

 

 

Watch the views of the audience on this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOlPCmFG2pc

 

 

And from 2012, with verses not in the shorter versions, verses Paula Erlene also . . . used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLTe1_9zso

 

 

 

 

 

From Wikipedia:

 

It was often played at citizenship ceremonies from 2008 until 2012 when the Copyright Tribunal ruled that this was an infringement and ordered the Federal Government to pay Bruce Woodley $149,743.34 in compensation.[4]

 

In 2009 two additional verses were added to show remembrance during the official National Day of Mourning for the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.[9] Woodley performed the song along with his daughter Clare and Kinglake fire survivors Merelyn and David Carter during the memorial service at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 22 February.[10][11]

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review 2017-12-28 19:37
Not Simple (manga) by Natsume Ono, translation by Joe Yamazaki
not simple - Natsume Ono

I’m not sure how to summarize this story, since so much of it counts as spoilers. I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. A young woman named Irene wants to run away with her boyfriend but is afraid that her dad will find them and literally kill her boyfriend. She then comes up with an idea that immediately qualifies her as a horrible person: pick up a random homeless guy, convince her dad’s goons that he’s her boyfriend, and run off with her boyfriend while the goons beat the homeless guy half to death. It seems like a great (horrible) plan, until she learns that her random homeless guy, Ian, is actually same same guy who convinced a family member of hers not to run off three years ago.

Unfortunately, a misunderstanding results in Ian lying on the ground, dying from a gut wound. Ian’s friend, Jim, tells Irene that he plans to turn Ian’s life into a book that will be coming out in about a year. The rest of the manga is Ian’s life up to this point: growing up with an alcoholic mother and cold and dismissive father, trying to keep his promise to his sister so that he can see her again, and then walking across the US searching for his sister after she disappears.

I read Ono’s Ristorante Paradiso several years ago. I wasn’t a huge fan of it the first time around, but it grew on me after a reread. I’ve always wanted to try another one of her works, and this one-shot seemed like a good place to start. I vaguely remembered it getting some buzz when it first came out.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be almost unrelentingly depressing. Ian was written as being very innocent and pure, no matter what sorts of horrible things happened to him. All he wanted was to be with the one person he loved and who loved him back, his sister. When this turned out to be impossible, he sought out other people who’d been good and kind to him...and the universe stomped on him yet again until finally even he couldn’t take it anymore. The horribleness of it all bled into his friend Jim, if the rumors about his fate after the publication of his book were true.

There’s a massive amount of child abuse in this story:

neglect, emotional abuse, child prostitution, and incest.

(spoiler show)

It sometimes came up in such an offhand manner that I found myself wondering if the things I had thought just happened really had. Ian kept taking absolutely horrific things in stride.

I can’t even say this ended on a bittersweet note. Yes, it stopped at a slightly happier time in Ian’s life, but readers had already been told that that was all going to fall apart in the next 3-5 years. I wanted a do-over, with Jim telling Ian “that stuff that happened to you wasn’t okay, and I know it can’t be undone, but we can try to make some good memories from here on out.” Instead, I feel like the mom and her “you should never have been born” speech won out. And wow, her words still make me angry. She spent years heaping punishment on people she should have been trying to help and protect.

In the end, this manga just pissed me off and left a bad taste in my mouth. Not Simple bent over backwards to hurt its characters - the bit with Ian's sister's boyfriend was both cruel and difficult to believe. I also wasn't a fan of this on an artistic level. Although I know some people love Ono's unusual style, it doesn't work for me. I’m at least glad that I got this via the library and didn’t pay for it.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2017-12-01 05:58
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