Donna 'Black-Cat' Bugat: I can legally & formally reclaim my true 'mixed' race & religion identity with peaceful discharge of County Court Orders made when I was a child (04.08.2019)
The process of switching 'residency' to Australia, although my own home remains in Brittany in France, continues.
I feel comfortable on many levels in the linked areas of St.Kilda, Balaclava & Prahran, which combine 'alternative' styles of living while uniting Italian and Eastern European Jewish and Catholic communities.
... the world is a beautiful tapestry....
There is so much information to process and places to explore in trying to make an informed decision of some kind in a personal choice about where you want to live and feel you belong within a community.
It was during this journey, that in among much the past week, I was very shocked to discover in an ad-hoc meeting that I can as an adult actually discharge the court orders in the County Court, that were made when I was a child, so I legally and formally reclaim everything about my true identity.
I guess the reason I wasn't told I could do that so many years ago was because it would "embarrass" some people.
... local mural... "bad spellers of the world untie"... lol ...
I expressed my sadness that it had for example meant that while the man who posed as my godfather was literally telling the world he was the DG of ASIO in the real 1984 (having been involved in Whitlam - Iraq & Hawke - Coombe Ivanov scandals) I never had the choice to move to Israel or Italy, which I visited at that same time, because of course the intelligence services had always intended to hide my 'mixed' race & religion culture. It is wrong that other people imposed their own layers over/hid my culture.
Nevertheless, I personally view the badly drafted legislation to redress the situation that differs between Australian states, unnecessarily adversarial, presumably because there never was any good reason to change most children's identities. There is no logic in the administrative state requiring an adult to undertake adversarial legal proceedings over what should be a basic choice to reclaim everything about your true identity, with the necessary support.
... the (council led) 'conversation' started with you guessed it, the british government would never have given us "permission" for a caravan (in parliament square, central london)...
I suddenly found myself trying to process an unexpected emotional response within myself, about my feelings of loss over having not been given the proper information so I was able to celebrate and enjoy my multi-cultural heritage, which I personally like, all those years ago. So I didn't truly absorb that much information in the long discussion about 'the situation'.
Thankfully, I have lots of opportunities to mix with people from all around the world, during which there are inevitably all sorts of discussions about people's different views about identity which are fascinating, because the question of identity is uniquely personal to each person, with common themes of multiculturalism, that can unite people.
... I said people didn't need politicians "permission" to responsibly use public spaces, which should be encouraged...
I had a chuckle with council people (who approached me when I was passing to ask for my contribution) saying the British government would never have "allowed" us to have a caravan !! in Parliament Square, Central London. (I did mention when they did the "permission" spiel about the repeal in the UK)
My serious view of one way to make the best use of public spaces was to involve the public in making public spaces safer for people to use all the time.
I said I thought one way to help make public spaces safer all the time because communities and governments have failed to stop the heroin and now ice epidemic with it's accompanying violence, is for councils to encourage and support community groups to responsibly use public spaces at night too.
An increasing community group use of public spaces at night, which is possible, would make more public spaces safer for more people, while also showing there are alternatives to having the streets taken over at night, by violence.
I personally think the legalisation of medicinal cannabis will probably also have an important role to play in helping to make communities safer too, because I suspect medicinal marijuana could be used to help people change from heroin or 'ice'.
The free gym in the park (which I had walked past numerous times without noticing it wasn't a children's playground) is an example of an excellent use of public space.
Made in Melbourne trams ?:
The world is the most beautiful tapestry of all sorts.
The man with the motorbike was singing Edelweiss (no kidding) on a sunny Sunday morning while people strolled along Balaclava:
... a man and his motorbike singing edelweiss in Balaclava...
... the local Catholic church in Balaclava has a church service in English at 11am followed by another service in Hungarian at midday...
The small shops and supermarkets in Balaclava all cater for the local Jewish community. Although I am currently staying in St.Kilda, the particular area is within the Jewish "eruv".
... home-made...Balaclava (named after the Crimean battle) is a boulevard of bagels...
A contribution to the discussion on public and private space:
... public and private space...