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Monday, October 23, 2006


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I thought your posting was perfectly coherent, and made a lot of sense and some very good points.

(Though it did make me want to write about my grandma, who died in 2005 at age 93, who is the "exception who proves the rule" for several of the things you wrote about.)

One of the things I love about living in the bush is the lack of convenience. Shops are half an hour away so can't get takeaway or even emergency milk. Tank water. No mobile reception, no broadband. We get flooded in and have to stay home. It feels very connected to what's going on in the environment around us.

I think that's related to what you were saying...

Yes it is. Perhaps I'm having a luddite moment - or even a Steiner moment - or maybe it's that I'm the granchild of people who lived through the Depression so I've grown up compulsively turning off lights...

This felt pretty coherent and useful to me, too.

But then, they're also the generation that, in many places, did away with decent public transport systems like trams and suburban rail in favour of the car.

Yes that's right - on a whole they bought into the postwar notion of progress, which was largely about consumerism. And of course women's lives have benefited enormously from 'labour-saving' devices, though it is still women who have to use them in the majority of households.

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