Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The new Avon catalogue is out and I do love a browse even though most of their trash is now made in China.

They are advertising a new ring with cubic zirconias and a pear shaped ruby and my Avon lady was sure I'd love to buy that. She got too much information on where China buys its rubies.

Fortunately she's used to me asking the hard questions about where the goods are manufactured and which ones turn up at the $2 Emporium.

Which brings me to
this blog entry about the latest raw deal for dissidents.

No rubies for me.

Also Stephen Conroy can stick his restrictions on internet use in his right ear.


R.H. said...

Hi. My name is Robert. You may call me Bob. I have been to Burma. We weren't allowed to travel by road. How odd. So we went by rail. And river barge. To Mandaly and back. Hmm. Yes. And my wife worked for Avon. What a lark. Lumping a great huge bag around.
It was strange, unexpected, the only laugh I got from our marriage.

Sewage analysis: Sociology Department. Monash.

phil said...

Hasn't changed from when we lived there, hadn't previously changed since 1962. Utter bastards.

River said...

My mum used to sell Avon back in the late sixties when the goods were mostly make up. Occasionally I would trail around with her wearing a different coloured nail polish on each finger and different blush shades on each cheek for display purposes. Nowadays the Avon catalogue looks much the same as a Cheap As Chips catalogue.

JahTeh said...

Rh, those were the days of travelling strangely. A friend of ours,(actually drinking mate of the ex)went in a cart drawn by a water buffalo.
As to the huge Avon bags, free samples which you don't get these days.

Phil, my cousin will travel anywhere but even he avoids Burma because the situation.

River, the crap they sell now is all made in China and I bet the Chinese don't mind testing it on animals. It might cost me a hell of a lot more to use Clarins but at least that's plant-based. I have a continuously running lay-by at my local pharmacy for essentials and with my face, they are essential.

Ann O'Dyne said...

oh RIVER!!!

that is hilarious - using a child as a walking catalogue of colour.

Your little friends must have been jealous of your multicoloured nails too.

Burma is disgusting.
They could use a little nail-colour there.
Last I heard of Aung Suu Kyi, she was on a hunger strike.
All our Prime Ministers since her landslide election-victory, have been gutless wonders in our attitude to the Burmese militia. a pox on em all.

Ann O'Dyne said...

and Ricky Gervais has made a video in support of democracy for Burma.

The UK Campaign for Burma has said that QANTAS supports the regime.


R.H. said...

Phil would probably know that smuggled Western goods (chocolate bars, etc) were blatantly displayed in the street markets of Rangoon during the 1970s. And the few tourists visiting there could also make money, a fellow I was travelling with bought a bottle of Johnny Walker at Calcutta airport and in Rangoon got three times what he'd paid for it.
I can't see why Qantas would support the current regime when Qantas supports mass tourism. Anyway, Capitalist Democracy has long been ready to erupt in Burma, but whether its lovely people do get MacDonalds and x-rated movies I don't care; I've done my trip.

phil said...

One of our abiding memories was taking the train from Rangoon to Moulmein. It slowed down just out of Rangoon and all these bags came aboard, hoisted on sticks by people alongside the tracks.

Then followed several hours of unpacking and repacking, dealing and business, then the bags were hoisted out the windows as the train conveniently slowed outside Moulmein. Light bulbs, bicycles, perfumes, food, everything. People get very ingenious when they have no freedom.

JahTeh said...

Phil, I wonder if that still goes on in the countryside? The Generals seem to have gotten more ruthless in trying to hold on to power.

Annie O, The way Qantas has been dropping out of the sky recently, would anyone take them seriously?

Rh, Wouldn't you be interested in seeing the changes since you travelled there? It's people like you and Phil who would be able to tell it like it was and now is.

R.H. said...

I think it hasn't changed much, when I was there tourists had to rough it, and a seven day visa was the maximum you could get. The attitude was take it or leave it, and fair enough. Burma has been a socialist country for a very long time: unwesternised. Latte doll Suu Kyi would fix all that, putting up the the Rangoon Hilton in no time at all.

R.H. said...

I don't disagree with Phil maybe about lack of freedom. The trouble is it's caused by calculated onslaught of pressure from imperialist countries wanting to move in and exploit a market. Countries like Burma have to defend themselves, and in doing so is forced to repress its own populace. Capitalism is a very cunning dog.