Personal Blog 03 – Peter Sellars and Shagginwagons by the Bay

Boys!! What is it about these kooky kids?! I have a younger brother and older sister. Sharon was always cool in my eyes, hanging around boys who had panelvans aka shagginwagons. Her friends smoked ciggies, hung out at the waterfront without their parents turning up and dragging them by the ear back home. She would stay out later than allowed a lot of the time regardless of the threat of a beating by my ever shrinking father. Her bravery was awe inspiring to me. My younger, gorgeous, brother, Shane…well…he was (and still is!) very unique. Shane’s  the type of guy that everyone loves, male, female, young, old…he has such a magnetic personality Iv never known before. He’s also an absolute whirlwind of energy. There is no way you wouldnt know he’s around, either by the huge, blinding and very cheeky smile or his storytelling which moreoften than not is with a crowd sitting cross legged at  his feet – we call his ever ready, eager eared rabble, his disciples. The boy was born with stories inside of his soul just waiting for an audience. He also is not a loner. The worst thing in the world you could do to Shane is to leave him isolated. “Me time” is not a term coined for someone like Shane who needs constant company. In the mid 70’s when Shane was around 7, no-one had heard of “ADHD” so the mini story-telling tornado who was a part of our family was deemed “difficult” by the specialists and at many a parent-teacher meeting, my folks were told he was charming but wouldnt stop talking and would never amount to anything. As I was a young woman reaching puberty, having my little brother hanging around me wasnt very cool. But regardless of how many times he was told to “rack off” he just laughed and would come back for more. My sister and I shared a bedroom that had huge, bright purple flowered wallpaper – we thought it was the raddest room in the world and it was our little sanctuary away from not just the outside world, but the fear of my father in our own home. Sometimes I would have a friend in my room and we would play dollies and Shane would want to play too. I was soooo embarrassed as he stood at the folding concertina doors, pleading and pleading to come in. Those doors came in handy as he stuck his head thru and I would bang them hard and quickly against his head. Shane being Shane just laughed and said it tickled! After drawing smiley faces on the wallpaper of mum and dad’s room, he was (once again) sent to his room…a sentence of global proportions to him. After yelling and screaming for ages that he would rather be beaten than be alone, my mum would finally relent and he was “set free”. After my father one day, waiting on the platform of our local railway station, saw a train whiz by on the opposite rail line with Shane hanging off the side, waving madly to him, metal bars went on his windows. This didnt stop him however hiding a friend under our house for 2 weeks. We had been wondering why he was eating so much until the boy’s dad came around looking for him. Shane had set him up downstairs with a tv, snacks, blankets – no wonder he never wanted to go back home!

My 13th birthday I was taken around to a stranger’s house by my dad and there waiting for me was a chubby, fluffy labrador puppy. I couldn’t believe I was being given my very own animal and fell in love with her immediately. I  called her Bella, after a film I had seen starring Peter Sellars who played a hobo. He had a dog called Bella and I dreamt all the time that if ever I was lucky enough to have my own dog, she would be christened with the name that I learnt meant “beautiful” in itialian. My feelings for my father have always been very confusing as he was such an angry and violent man, yet could be the sweetest person and bestow me with special gifts. He had gone to much trouble and paid a lot of money for Bella, money which my family couldnt afford to be spent just on me. Bella had a fun, exciting life travelling everywhere I went including boat trips to islands around our region nearly every weekend. She hated the loud noise of the outboard but there is no way she wasnt going to be part of the pack’s outings, on land or water! She became (almost) my everything…I still adored my chickens and regularly talked with them and patted their so-soft feathers. Little did I know what horrific and cruel event was just around the corner for my beautiful feathered friends…something that I have never forgiven my father for.

I’ve been incredibly busy the last few months organising protests, lunches, market stalls, media, campaigning, conducting media for Sunshine Coast Koala Rescue Service and liaising with vegan companies about supporting Vegan Warriors. The four protests which were held were, unfortunately not attended by many. The first was against the “Bullriding Spectacular” with only myself and one other willing to face the rednecks. The second was against a circus with “performing cows, dogs and geese”. Two amazing girls stood shoulder to shoulder with me as we were threatened and insulated by the staff and management. Thirdly was our vegan model covered in “blood” laying outside of Coles and splayed on the footpath in the thick of the cafe latte strip, just her and I rallying against the brainwashed zombies. We decided to repeat this one recently and were honoured to be accompanied by another two ladies who also splattered”blood” on themselves and walked proudly holding banners high throughout the cafes packed full of flesh munching robots. Stories covering these protests were done by the media and you can see these on our website.
So many amazing vegan companies advised they would love to come onboard and support our work by donating products to be sold to raise money for campaigning. I would like to proudly and very humbly thank the following companies who have proven to me that no matter how much crap the world throws at me, I can be reassured that there are so many true, authentic animal lovers out there who are putting all their energies and money into producing top shelf products for all of us to indulge in.
Clean Conscience, Amina Cosmetics, Emerald Organics, Genki, Citrolife, Synthesis 341 Skincare, Ayana Skincare, Lamari, Natures Organics, EString Bags and Davroe Haircare. Specially for Vegan Warrior supporters, both Synthesis 341 and Amina are offering substantial discounts on their products along with donating a percentage of sales to our campaigning – I have tried all of the above companies’ products and I can assure you they are divine!
You may have also seen the specially commissioned painting of Fraser Island Dingoes called “Wild Beauty of Fraser Island” we have had done to raise money. This is a truly stunning, quite mesmerising piece, huge in size (1.8m x 700cm) and would look spectacular in a home, office, hotel foyer or reception area of a company. We obviously are seeking the best offer on this unique, one off piece so if you are aware of anyone who is looking to spread the love as well as be the custodian of art that will be the envy of all, then please let us know. Pls click here to view work.  http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Wild-Beauty-Fraser-Island-/280734892834
Pls also note my blogs are now being sydnicated by a number of animal right sites online as well http://candobetter.net/about
(To encourage ordinary people to engage themselves with the political processes that determine the course of our society. If sufficient numbers do so, this could make the necessary difference that will make it possible for our society to turn back from the brink of the looming global environmental catastrophe which threatens our survival.)

I would also like to give a HUGE thanks to two amazing supporters who donated money to our campaigning – Suzanne Daley and Julie O’Donnell – both did so in leiu of partaking in birthday and xmas gifts. I am truly blessed to know both of these amazing activists and inspirational women.

My kindest wishes and blessings to you, your families and all your furchildren over xmas and the holidays and thank you all for your support – my heart has been truly lightened knowing you are on my team and helping expose the atrocities against the most precious gift Mother Nature bestowed upon us – animals.

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2 responses to “Personal Blog 03 – Peter Sellars and Shagginwagons by the Bay

  1. general is for messages not listed elsewhere right?… please visit, happycow.net (search) 4MULA1, why charities must stop funding animal research. also, the truth about polio by albert sabin, m.d. ,and (bottom of page) vegan by design!…

  2. Yes – general is for all “other” topics and Personal Blog articles

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