A bird? A plane? An Ozzie Mozzie Zapper!

My first book was published in 1983 so – add old timers accent – ‘I been ’round this here old place a long time’. The following event is one of the oddest experiences I had in the world of publishing. That is, if you don’t count, being ‘heckled’ by Barbar The Elephant at the Sydeny Writers’ Festival.

superboy     2You may think I’m merely a mild mannered reporter. But, dear reader, I have fought a ‘superhero’ battle. It all began years ago when I wrote a book for kids titled ‘How to save the world before breakfast’. Subtitle ‘A magazine for young superheroes’. To cut a long story super-short, D.C. Comics kindly explained to my little Aussie publisher that they owned the word ‘super heroes’ and we could, to cut through the legal jargon, bugger off.

I immediately imagined the D.C Comics legal team was comprised of escapees from Krypton who, having discovered a loophole in the this-planet-will-explode contract,  had escaped early in rockets and re-established themselves on the planet Legalon producing a race of Super Lawyers who were taking over our Solar System by suing the pants off every creature in the Universe.

Suffice to say, a barrister-type friend who, in his legal regalia in a high-wind did look quite Batmanish, pointed out that D. C. Comics were right. They owned the words ‘super heroes’. It was not a copyright matter. It’s a trademark!!!! So my publisher pulped the first book cover and I changed the subtitle to ‘The hilarious first addition of the Superkids Magazine’. And so the book, which gave advice on ‘How to select the right cape for you’ and ‘How to keep your hair neat in a cyclone’, was eventually published.

Read Full article published Herald Sun 14 JUL 2004 also The Advertiser (SA): A bird. A plane. An Ozzie mozzie zapper

Book Extract

Here is an extract on the vagueness of relationships today from my new book: MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid. 

Kerry Cue Book 1

Major Tom to course control, I’m floating in a most peculiar way

 

 Ed White Gemini 4 1965       NASA


Ed White Gemini 4 1965 NASA 

quote 1….THE real threat to the survival of universities is not deregulation or funding issues, but the virtual campus with lecturers sitting at ground control and students getting lost in cyber space.

It’s 1969. I’m studying science-engineering at Melbourne University on a campus electrified by radicalised politics. The student union quadrangle has the excitement and clutter of an exotic bizarre awash with Hare Krishnas, rock bands, flute playing hippies,

badge wearing Trotskyites and more.

With 38 contact hours, I was blessed to attend university, despite being the only girl in my course (thus unable to skip too many classes), at a time when campus life was rich and academic standards demanding.

Fast forward 40 plus years, I’m walking across the university campus on my way to the Faculty of Engineering alumni dinner. A few students, talking on mobile phones and wearing shoulder bags, rush past me toward the street. It’s early evening and tumbleweeds could roll through the union building quadrangle. The union looks like any other cafe in Melbourne at that hour. Floors are being swept. Chairs stacked. It’s closing down. I can hear football players shouting as they train on the university oval, but otherwise the student union is dead.
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You can read more of this Edited Extract from MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid, by Kerry Cue, Connor Court, $24.95, 2013 here:

The Australian

The Australian 31 Jul 2013,
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Cult of me-first fails to meet children’s needs

Classroom  Downey's Warren HS California

Classroom
Downey’s Warren HS California

quote 1Two factors promote me-me attitudes in schools today: brand marketing and corporate culture.

Schools have whole-heartedly embraced the brand-marketing ethos. They have websites and glossy brochures picturing happy, rosy-cheeked children. They all have an enriching environment that nurtures personal excellence. Most claim to ‘‘provide for the individual student’’ or ‘‘address individual needs’’. This marketing spiel doesn’t simply mould parents’ expectations; it is changing the very nature of schools.quote 2
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You can read more of this Edited Extract from MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid, by Kerry Cue, Connor Court, $24.95, 2013 here:

The Age

The Age, 28 Jul 2013 Education

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The Canberra Times



The Canberra Times, Comment

Yummy Mummy Birth Shock: OMG! Help! Someone! Anyone! Quick Photoshop My Baby

pregnancy cocktail sky sunquote 1It is not enough that the pregnancy generates a nine month state of public hysteria or that the mum-to-be looks for the entire duration like a slim, tanned sex goddess with exposed baby-pod-belly or that she only eats organic mountain-grown root vegetables and plays Baby Mozart tracks to the baby bump, today a mum-to-be must also look ‘hot’ in the birth video and ‘paparazzi’ pics.

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This is an Edited Extract from MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid, by Kerry Cue, Connor Court, $24.95, 2013

Picture 1Read more @ the real and wonderful The Mum’s Group blog run by busy mum of two Erin Giansiracusa based in Melbourne, Vic.