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My First Mardi Gras

March 3, 2013 · 2 comments

mardi gras 2013

Don’t question me on the scientific accuracy of our float (we were like the Godless Particle and ran around screaming like nutters every time we had big bang), but I had fun, and am so in next year! :)

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Because we're not just old white men?

“What do you atheists do, besides sitting around not-praying, eh?”

We are…
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women’s rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.

It speaks to those of us who see atheism as more than just a lack of belief in god.

from BlagHag.

And…how did I now know until today that there was new Garbage???

Woo!

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Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Thanks to Catherine Deveny for the stickers :D

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The good people of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre were challenged to feed four thousand hungry, sleep deprived, opinionated atheists over the three days of the Global Atheist Convention. And, despite a few grumblings from the vegans, I think they did really really well!

Welcome Reception

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Kicking off the weekend, armed with a couple of glasses of wine, or a few beers, a smorgasboard of sushi rolls, oysters, rice paper rolls and mini sausages greeted us. Some struggled to find their vego options, but I just tucked into the sushi. Nom nom nom.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Live sushi making!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

And so we merrily went in for an evening of comedy to kick things off!

Morning and Afternoon Teas

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Morning and afternoon teas brought the usual dodgy coffee (and thus long queues for the coffee cart for proper soy lattes!), but there was a huge selection of teas on offer, and half-decent sachets of hot chocolate.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

I loved the SerendipiTea chai (once they fetched more soy milk because they made the mistake of not labelling the mini soy jugs as soy and I believe many people had their first soy coffees that first morning!), and the peppermint was also as expected.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
(The MCEC coffee cart was well priced and good to kick off my morning before the first talk. $4 for a large, no extra soy charge)

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The gluten full home-made cookies were devoured by the masses.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne
Many more apples were consumed by me on the weekend than most months. No wonder I got a tummy ache!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The gluten free and vegan among the group were offered vast amounts of fruit pillows, but also melting moments, choc chip cookies (not vegan) and jam thingies. Pre-packaged, but appreciated!

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

There was an awesome gluten free caramel slice on the first afternoon! I didn’t eat the jam tarts. Anyone?

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Lunches

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

The separate special needs table provided some delicious gluten free rolls, gluten free foccacia, sushi with gluten free soy sauce, and other gluten free options of awesome:

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Ham was provided. You know, cos Atheists aren’t Jewish or Muslim.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Lunchtime entertainment was provided by the Christians on Saturday, and Muslims on Sunday.

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention 2012 Melbourne

If you were at the Convention, what was your foodie highlight? If not, what has been your best and worst conference food experience?

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How about you? What didn’t you blog about last week?

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Just because you’re an atheist who shouldn’t eat chocolate doesn’t mean suitable substitutes cannot be found for that eater thing they gave me five days off for….

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Cool calico rabbits from the “in-laws” who aren’t in law, but are, kinda.

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Hello kitty glass from the baby sister of awesome.

:)

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Happy Ask an Atheist Day! Got questions about my un-religious-ness, my views on a/theism, or jsut a random question for me as a person? Well, today’s the day to ask :)

I promise that all views are only from my viewpoint and I’ll try not to speak for anyone else. If you want other people’s view, try asking someone else or googling to see where else on the interwebs you can ask :)


Watch this video and have a think and giggle first ;)

Play nice, and I’ll not bite too hard :)

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Pell opens Christmyth slagging season early with usual cheap shot

November 29, 2010

Press release from the Atheist Foundation of Australia: Atheists are astonished by the latest attempt from Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, to demonise the growing number of Australians who live without religion. Speaking at a Mass celebrating the appointment of General Peter Cosgrove as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Pell preached that […]

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I’m one of the those Atheists they warned you about

November 12, 2010

Don’t say you weren’t warned. Some other fine atheist women linked up BlagHag. T-shirt from the Mushycat store. xx Happy Friday.

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Gaps in medical knowledge do not imply miracles

October 13, 2010

Media Release – Atheist Foundation of Australia: Atheist Foundation of Australia President David Nicholls today called for reason to prevail in the frenzy leading up to the canonisation of Mary MacKillop and asks that governments and individuals re-direct the money being spent on trips to Rome towards cancer research and financial support for cancer sufferers. […]

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God’s Good News is Bad-News for Students

August 9, 2010

(Please excuse the use of the media release. I agree with it, but am too tired to think of the words right now) Atheist Foundation of Australia president David Nicholls today expressed deep concern over Prime Minister Gillard’s announcement over the weekend to increase funding to school chaplains by $222 million. In a submission to […]

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The Atheists' Guide to Christmas

November 15, 2009

Out today (in Australia, anyway), just in time to prep yourself for the upcoming month or so of carols, trees, presents, food and so on. I also really liked Riayn’s post on the subject. Holidays and celebrations are what you want them to be. I, for one, will be using my Xmas shutdown to visit […]

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Mutterings around Easter

April 13, 2009

Have had a wonderful easter weekend – sleeping in, cleaning the house, snuggling with Rish, reading up on to reasons atheism makes sense (finally started The God Delusion after having it sitting there for probably a couple of years since Rish first bought it – felt that easter time was a good as time as […]

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