Posted by: jkirkby8712 | March 26, 2011

Saturday 26th March 2011 – another Labor Government ‘bites’ the dust!!!

The news came through a couple of mornings ago of the death of actress, Elizabeth Taylor.  At 82 years of age, I would have thought she was older as she seems to have been around as a star, or former star for so long, almost got the impression she would go on for ever, and of course, we were waiting for husband number 9 to come along!!!  I haven’t actually many of her films, and initially took note of her, with her marriages to Richard Burton, who was always one of my favorite actors. In actual fact, her age was 79, the report I first read was wrong. She died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles where she had spent the last six weeks for congestive heart failure. One description reported her passing as ‘Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed beauty whose hectic off-screen love life often eclipsed her most sultry film roles’.  The picture below is not the way I actually remember her – she was a few years older by the time I was taking notice of her films. Whether I have ever seen ‘National Velvet’ which she starred in at the age of 12 years, I can’t recall. Perhaps that is a movie to search out one day.

Elizabeth Taylor Picture

Wikipedia tells us that  Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she was known for her acting talent, glamour, beauty, and striking violet eyes; as well as a much publicized private life that included eight marriages, several life-threatening illnesses, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, research and cure. Taylor, a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress,  is considered one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.  I wonder how many of the actors or actresses from that era are still with us today – they are the people I grew up, watching in the movies down in Ballarat, as a teenager.

Meanwhile, here in Australia today, we have another state election taking place  – in New South Wales, where early on in election night, the predictions of a massive loss by the sitting Labor Government are coming true. The ABC said  a short while ago, the coalition was benefiting from a swing of 17.1 per cent, while it  needed only a 7.2 per cent swing to win government. ABC election analyst Antony Green said based on the figure, the coalition would end up with a majority of 49 in the 93-seat parliament. “We are seeing this massive swing from Labor to the coalition,” he said. ALP upper house MP and campaign spokesman Luke Foley said the situation looked dire for Labor, after predicting a “massacre” before counting had even started.  Luke Foley says the Labor vote has collapsed, a third of people who voted for them in 2007 have abandoned the party today.  “This is a massacre, a slaughter, the likes of which we have never seen sadly, for my party,” Mr Foley said. He said the “bloodbath” was the result of “white hot anger” against the government. The imminent defeat of the government was the result of “accumulated dysfunction over four years, and numerous changes of leader. The unfortunate most recent Premier, Canadian born Kristina Keneally  probably could not have done much more, having come to the leadership  at a very difficult time.  The potential new Liberal Coalition [Nationals] Premier will be Barry O’Farrell, pictured below.

Barry

Inching closer…NSW Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell and his wife Rosemary vote in the election. Picture: Kelly Rohan Source: The Daily Telegraph

 

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