I often don’t make it over to the communal lunch area at work, because I am too busy filling up on non-work related interwebz happenins’.
Finger. On. The. Pulse.
‘Lunchtime Links’ could then possibly become a regular segment. I’ve certainly catered for it with the dual capitalisation, something I take very seriously. I wouldn’t hold my breath though.
So, two stories grabbed my attention as I chowed down on a ham, cheese, tomato and mustard toastie:
1. American actress, Elizabeth Banks, has become a mother via surrogacy. Keeping in mind the recent media uproar over Kidman’s use of terminology when announcing the arrival of her new daughter, Faith Margaret, I noted Banks’ description of her experience:
“The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly,” she continued. “After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a ‘baby cake’ and bake it in another woman’s ‘oven.'”
A baby cake! I could probably critically deconstruct this statement in a politically correct kinda way, but my first instinct is to think it’s a pretty creative and light-hearted description of what would have been a difficult and complex journey. She does go on to acknowledge the virtues of the surrogate, which also helps contribute to my warm and fuzzy vibe on the cake call. Thoughts? Full article here.
2. A story has emerged of a 9 year old in state care left lakeside
last at night by his carers in Melbourne’s north. All stakeholders are predictably outraged and dutifully pointing fingers. The article references Premier Ballyhoo’s inquiry into the state’s child protection system, which I will be watching closely here. Age journalist, Carol Nader, wrote an opinion piece earlier this year on what this inquiry needs to achieve.