I had a truly amazing Saturday. As part of the Inaugural Bendigo Writers’ Festival, Ms Ita Buttrose gave a talk about her very inspirational life. Rod surprised me with a copy of A Passionate Life a few weeks ago and I’d been really looking forward to hearing Ita speak as I had long admired her, not only for her ground-breaking career in journalism but for her inspirational attitude to life which I had watched avidly in segments on Sunrise when she used to be a regular guest. She does similar on The Today Show now, on a different channel, so I don’t see her as often, as Sunrise is my preferred morning show.
It had been a topsy-turvy week and unsure whether I would make it, I hadn’t booked a ticket. When I arrived the lady at the ticket booth said she might be able to squeeze me in but unfortunately her computer wouldn’t let her, saying the venue was full. “Hold on a minute,” she said and called a young woman over. “This lady wants to see Ita Buttrose but we haven’t any more bookings.” The lovely young woman handed me a ticket. Apparently, someone couldn’t make it. Sad for them but so lucky for me. Sincere thanks to both the ticket lady and the young woman – I ended up in the front row and Ms Buttrose’s talk was everything I could have hoped for and more, so much more. I am inspired and will be putting so many new ideas into practice over the next few weeks.
After the talk I headed down the Calder Freeway to Sunbury where I left my car at my step-son’s house and caught a bus to the Sunbury Station, to catch a train (although it was changed to a bus, I think because of track work) to Southern Cross Station where I was to meet my youngest son Pip so we could attend the Brisbane Lions versus Carlton match at Etihad Stadium. Although we didn’t win it was another amazing night. I hadn’t been to a match for more than ten years and, once again, it exceeded all my expectations. More about that, and some photo prompts, in a later post.
How to explain to Pip, a young man who loves sport but isn’t quite so knowledgable about journalism and writing, why I so wanted to see/hear Ita Buttrose? “Pip, Ita Buttrose is to Australian women’s journalism what Nadia Comaneci is to Women’s World Gymnastics.” “Ah” . . . he nodded. “Cool.”
A long day but the very best of days 🙂