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Catherine Chuck

freakish weather

In the last 2-3 weeks there's been really freakish weather here. Believing the  weather forecast is almost like believing a fraud fortune teller at a fair/carnival. Although it's been half right about the rain.Everyone I know is still wearing summer clothes, but taking umbrella's/raincoats, hats, jackets/jumpers,sunglasses and sunscreen as well as the usual stuff we take when going out with kids. My friends & I are starting to feel like gypsies when we go out,taking everything bar the kitchen sink.In a way it's horrible, two days ago the rain was pouring,an absoulute downpour  with lightning & thunder.the kids & I got drenched on the way to school, but 5mins after we got to school it stopped raining & the sun came out. it ended up being hot & humid that day.arggghhh  I hate thoses days. Today was the total opposite of Wednesday, hot & humid all day so I thought I'd take a risk by leaving the rain gear at home when I went to pick up my son from school. Just my luck, when we were halfway home it became freezing cold & the rain was pouring.To top it off there was thunder,lightning & flash flooding. so obviously we looked like drowned rats when we got home, just like everyone else I saw getting wet. The freak weather has also been on the news cause of all the car accidents and flash flooding everywhere in Sydney. So basically in just over a week we've had more than the average rainfall for the whole of December, which you'd think would fill the dams......but no, just like it hasn't done much to ease the drought & water restrictions in Sydney & basically the whole of New South Wales.... grrrrrr  

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summer time

I love summer, mainly  because there are so many fantastic beaches in and around Sydney like the famous Bondi beach.all beaches here are great and luckily quite clean.Going to beaches here seems to be a fun pasttime by all Aussies and all beaches are jam packed during summer especially when the tempreature reaches 40 degrees with close to 100 percent humidity. not a great combination as everybody has the same idea to head to the beach. those who don't go sit at home with their air con going full blast. that with the temps unfortunately causes huge power faliures that last a few hours. But maybe roasting and frying in the hot Aussie sun is not a good idea as I think we have the highest rate of skin cancer and sun damage to skin of any country in the world. Thank God for the person  who invented 30+ sunscreen, but it's a shame we don't have anything higher 30+ sunscreen. You'd think We'd have 40+ or 50+ sunscreen if that's possible. HELLO skin cancer country!!!!!!!  The beaches around Cronulla are quite good too even though the area got really bad worldwide press cause of  all those idiots, who caused the riots. I've only gone back a few times in the last 12 months but was relieved to see a huge massive police presence there. And  they were huge, they must've had extra police fron every station in Sydney for 4 months. It  was freaky in a good way, they were on foot, riding horses,pushbikes and  mini jeeps.On a lighter note the 3 beaches & 1 bay in Cronulla are fantastic for families with youg kids 10yrs & under with rockpools, a tidal bath and the bay which has a shark net and no waves (except for ones caused by the ferries). WOO HOO Bring on beach weather.

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So christmas is fast approaching, I was given a huge reminder today when I went to my local shopping centre and I got a huge shock and surprise to see Santa is alredy there waiting to see kids and for them to have photos taken with him.The shopping centres here in Sydney at least seem to go a bit crazy and put up their christmas decorations from mid to late October, which is ridiculosly early. I've never been able to work out why they do this. my Local council recently put up decorations on the local shopping strip up the road from me. Although they are nice they seem quite stingy compared to decorations put up by other local councils,but hey I'm not complaining too much, as this year I'm living closer to the city ( Sydey CBD)  and if I walk to the top of my street I have city views of Centre Point Tower and I'll actually be able to  see the fireworks on New Years Eve. Also yesterday after picking up my son from school both my kids didn't want to walk home,so we waited for the bus. The best bit was the driver had decorated the inside of the bus with tinsel, Huge plush snowman,santa & reindeer, & a cut out sign saying merry christmas. The driver was even dressed up. Not all bus companies do this in Sydney, it's only really the big companies like State Transit (Sydney Buses) Still cool though.

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Summer heat wave



              Even though it's now  only the middle of spring  we've already had  a    heatwave       close  to    40 degrees last  Wednesday. If we're getting hot days like this now I dread to think of how hot I'll be  in the summer. Mainly from christmas till the end of January is when the worst of it hits along with the humidity and annoying flies. But even so I secretly dont mind cause it wouldn't feel like christmas or new year if it's not hot, no flies or cicadas, BBQ'S, swimming pools or beaches. Good sydney beaches are Manly, and the good old famous Bondi beach

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A LETTER FROM JUSTIN LIN - please consider emailing to your friends

Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters:

FINISHING THE GAME, our new independent film, has been an opportunity to revisit our indie roots and reunite with many in the BETTER LUCK TOMMOROW family. The challenges of making a no-budget film are harsh and demanding, but at the same time, it is filmmaking in its purest form. Clearly, passion on the part of the cast and crew made this film possible. Now we are hoping to share FINISHING THE GAME with you as it comes out in theaters and into your homes.

When BETTER LUCK TOMORROW was released, we showed Hollywood that we are a viable audience. In an industry governed by box office receipts, there is strength in numbers. The turnout for the film sent a clear message that we demand to see ourselves on screen as multi-dimensional characters. Five years later, we are asking for your support again. At this point, we need to demonstrate that BETTER LUCK TOMORROW was not a fluke; we are a vital consumer community that will no longer be ignored. However, out of respect for your time, energy and taste, we don't want you to come see the film simply because it's an "Asian American" project. Rather, we want you to connect to the work itself and let the film stand on its own. We welcome you to take a look at the FINISHING THE GAME trailer on our website:

Among other things, it features a behind-the-scenes look at our journey from BLT to FTG that was made by film student Anson Ho.

We are happy to announce that IFC Films, our supportive partner, will be distributing FINISHING THE GAME. However, this "platform release" is merely an opportunity and, in certain ways, an uphill battle. The lifespan of a truly independent film is determined on a week-by-week basis. Every weekend could be its last.

Through making studio films, I have learned that "word of mouth" is the most important aspect of any film's release. A big budget movie could buy up every billboard and flood TV with commercials in order to generate audiences. An indie film does not have the budget or the platform to do that. But, the great equalizer is the viewer. Good or bad, every film is ultimately subject to "word of mouth." It's simple: if you like the film, tell your friends. And if they like it, they should do the same.

FINISHING THE GAME will open in New York on October 5th at the IFC Center; October 19th in San Francisco and Berkeley; and October 26th in Los Angeles, San Diego, Costa Mesa and Minneapolis.

We are also excited to announce that on October 5th, aside from its traditional theatrical release, the film will simultaneously be available ON DEMAND in 42 million homes in the United States through every cable and satellite TV distributor. This is something we are extremely excited about because it could potentially bring more of us together and build a distribution model for future Asian American films.

By supporting projects with representation and elements that you want to see, you are sending a clear message to the decision makers in Hollywood. If we can get enough people to do the same, then we will truly have a voice. So please share this with your friends and family. Thank you for your time.


Justin Lin

note - If this is something you believe in and wish to support, please copy and paste the letter above and email it to all of your friends and family and ask them if they will consider doing the same. Thank you.


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good films


          A lot  of good films are indie films and sadly they dont get enough exposure. About 1 month   ago I saw an Aussie film called  Razzle Dazzle on DVD. It was a great movie but never had the exposure big budget films do. On the other hand it's nice to see Justin Lin's  film Finishing the Game gaining momentum and gaining more and more exposure and support.

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My blog has been launched

Welcome to my newly created profile! I hope you come back and check frequently. I'll be posting some fresh and interesting things to share with you. Feel free to bookmark this profile and recommend it to your friends. Let's all share together! hmmmm..............sites like my space, facebook are a tad addictive,..............trying to stay away from my computer before I get square eyes and need glasses. :(


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