Thursday, October 27, 2011


Something popped into my inbox earlier today that set my teeth on edge. Exactly what that was I will get to in a moment, but first some background...

Subiaco is an inner city suburb which was, up until the late 1970s, a working class area. Then the 80s hit, the Yuppies arrived, Laura Ashley convinced them all that living in a turn-of-the-century workers' cottage was just too darling, and the area became rank with BMWs, sundried tomatoes and pastel polo shirts.

Since the 1980s things have simply gotten worse. Now it's Mercedes, Prada, lawyers, molecular gastronomy and enough carbon offsets to sink a yacht. The average home price in this city is $500,000, but in Subiaco it's sitting at just over $1.22 million.

So of course Subaico has something called the "Earthwise Community Centre", and of course it's hosting the 2011 Cruelty Free Festival:

The 2011 Cruelty Free Festival – Saturday, 5th November 2011 from 10am to 4pm

At the Earthwise Community Centre, 315 Bagot Road, Subiaco

This event celebrates cruelty-free living, social justice and sustainability. There will be information stalls, cruelty-free products, food, cooking demonstrations, family entertainment including activities for children, and live entertainment provided by local bands.

FREE ENTRY ~ pets welcome!

For more information, look up the “ Cruelty Free Festival WA ” page on facebook or go to website

Hope to see you there!

Many people think that I'm an unquestioning tool of the right wing hegemony, but this sort of rich, smug, overpriviliged eco-virtue makes me rage like Leon Trotsky at a royal garden party. You just know that the crowd is going to be full of doctor's wives with organic moisturisers, hybrid SUVs and Pomeranians that have better access to medical care than the average outer suburban child.

I hope they all get food poisoning from the cruelty free fair trade heritage variety wheat grass juice.

Although, to be fair, I guess this compensates for the 2011 Cruelty Festival held last Saturday in Girrawheen...


Anonymous Troy G said...

I don't think you're an unquestioning tool of the right wing hegemony - socio-politically, the right wing isn't dominant.

3:52 PM  
Blogger phil said...

I'd like some more details of the various types of cruelty perpetrated (demonstrated??) last weekend, please.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Blandwagon said...

Well Phil, I believe there was the Twilight movie marathon on the big screen, a recording of 'Rebecca Black Sings the Cole Porter Songbook' playing at deafening volume with high distortion over the PA system, free red food colouring and terminally ill puppies for the kids, and of course the kissing booth manned by Wilford Brimley.

10:49 AM  
Blogger phil said...

I don't know who Wilfred Brimley is but the rest sounds pretty awful.

8:23 PM  

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