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Another super quick update: Munich rocks! March 28, 2009

Posted by pacejmiller in Travel.
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I’m having a fabulous time in Munich, and to be honest I didn’t really expect it.  We went on a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle today, definitely one of the highest highlights I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing anywhere in Europe.  Tomorrow, we are going to head to the former concentration camp of Dachau, and I’m expecting it to be one heck of a memorable experience!

It’s not possible to update the Travel Diary on these public computers, but I have been continuing with the writing (though it’s getting harder and harder to find time for the novel!).  Oh well, at least I am writing, and I’m still thinking and dreaming (I really am) about the novel.

PS: I finished reading The Book Thief.  Awesome book, will review!

Former Judge Einfeld making himself comfortable in Prison March 28, 2009

Posted by pacejmiller in Social/Political Commentary.
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I just read another news report about disgraced former judge Marcus Einfeld, who just spent his first week in prison for perjury.  He has a 2-year non-parole period.

It seems his former honour is making himself comfortable in jail, having been placed in a ‘better’ part of the prison facility and has a TV in his cell.  He has also asked for a psychologist, a masseuse, and for his cell door to be kept open at night because it gets a little hot – all in the first few days of his stay.

Was it a good idea to ask for all these privileges in his first week?  Could he be brewing a secret plan to get himself transferred to a different facility or weasel out of his sentence altogether using physical or mental health as the excuse?  It certainly does not assist in Einfeld’s (proclaimed) effort to redeem himself, his image and reputation in the eyes of the public.  On the other hand, perhaps he is simply asking for things he knows he is perfectly entitled to ask for.  Who wouldn’t if they were in his position?

In any event, it seems all eyes will be on Einfeld’s every move for at least a little while longer.

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