Last weekend, a group of 16 Warlpiri women, including one three-month-old infant, travelled the 300 kilometres from Yuendumu to Alice Springs, to receive training in swimming skills and first aid, as they are about to become Yuendumu’s first life guards, ready for when the community’s new pool arrives in July.

However, the manager of the establishment that they had booked, the Haven Backpackers’ Resort, asked them to leave. The reason she gave, when challenged, was that since they were aboriginal, other guests had complained of being frightened by them.



A couple of weeks ago, Will Owen tagged me for an Aboriginal internet meme, whereby I have to list 8 answers to each of 8 questions. I started writing a lengthy post, but while I was trying to smooth out the formatting I had a hard drive failure on my near-new laptop and lost all my data, not to mention my entire Windows installation and all my programs. The draft post was among the casualties.

Yesterday though, Lauredhel of Hoyden About Town, among other blogs, tagged me for A roar for powerful words (original here), a considerably less time-consuming meme, where I just have to expose my three tips for good blog writing. I suppose then that this is certainly not the time to get stuck with writer’s block.