I'm very excited. I received my copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac from The Book Depository today. This is an amazing UK company that ships free worldwide so I have no idea how they make any money. But they are legitimate. I had heard good things about them on the Melbourne S'nB email list so I swallowed my skepticism and placed an order. Thanks to Australia's appreciating currency, the book came to less than AUD$9, which I suspect barely covers the cost of airmail from the UK.
Three weeks later I thought I had done my dough as no book had arrived. But the company responded really quickly to my email query, advising they had shipped the book by airmail 3 weeks previously and offered to send out another copy or refund my money. I decided to wait until the end of this week to take them up on their offer as the post can sometimes be a little dodgey. And today Australia Post delivered!
So at least I've got some good reading until my hands are ready for knitting.
In other news, along with more than half of Australia I am celebrating the return of a Labor government that has already committed to repealing the most draconian of the workplace laws, signing the Kyoto agreement and apologising to indigenous Australians for ripping apart families and destroying their culture. I hope they can make the next step of actually doing something to improve the health and life expectancy of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged in our country.
The election was so decisive that our former Prime Minister of 11 years actually lost his own seat. The most senior Liberal in Australia is the mayor of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city. I'm glad the Liberals are out of power - this is the direct result of their own appalling decisions and governance over the past 11 years - but I'm not enjoying their self-implosion and decimation half as much as I thought I would. I'm acutely aware that all countries, including Australia, need a strong Opposition. We've put a lot of faith in Kevin07 Rudd. Let's hope he can now deliver.