Sunday Sesh #21 – Coopers Clear

This Sunday’s Sesh is Wifey’s choice, and is brought to you by Coopers Clear. I shouldn’t be surprised that she chose this, since it’s a low-carb drop. Wifey’s exact words were “I’ve got to look after your figure”. Ain’t that that truth, since I probably don’t look after it as much as I should. As long as someone is though, it’s all good.

Coopers Clear Low-Carb

This one’s a little surprise packet. It pours quite well, and has a light creamy head that disappears pretty quickly. It has a very pale straw colour, which is an indication of how light and refreshing it is.

My first impression was that it was a bit watery, but after a few sips, it went down quite well. It’s another one that seems a little shandy-ish, but it’s still bitter enough to give a bit of bite. There’s very little after taste, and I’m glad Wifey bought a 6-pack of this one.

Hopefully the weather warms up enough to enjoy the other five on the deck in the sun.

Recommended for hot, balmy days. Better than the Bitburger if you’re after something light.
This week saw those of us who are lucky enough to live Down Under celebrating Australia Day. It’s a day of mixed feelings for some, and I think everyone has their own take on it.

We celebrated with friends on our new deck with a BBQ and a few cold ones, with general banter and catching up. It’s always great to have a public holiday (most would say there’s not enough of them), and since it fell on a Thursday, there were more than a few that would have continued with another great Aussie tradition, and had a sickie on the Friday after.

As well as general celebrations, we also award Aussie of the Year to someone who embodies all things great about Australia. Previous winners have come from all walks of life – singers, sportsmen/women, doctors, artists, medical researchers, Aboriginal Community Leaders and actors.

The 2012 award went to actor Geoffrey Rush, and it wasn’t without controversy. There has been a small backlash about who should have won the top accolade, and there were many fitting finalists, any of whom I would have been proud to have won.

The thing that amazed me about the backlash though was that people thought we “could do better” than award the top gong to an actor. In other words, being an actor – someone so highly paid for portraying others on the small and big screens – should preclude a person from receiving a national award.

Some people even went as far as questioning why, when he’d won enough film industry awards, we should then also award him Australian of the Year.

Take a look at his short profile on the Australian of the Year website, and you’ll see he’s much more than an actor.

His winners speech was also held up to scorn, because he dared to mention an issue most of us have an opinion on – asylum seekers and refugees – and said that maybe we should get some of their stories out “there” on screen so those of us with no real idea of their experiences and plight may get some sort of insight.

Geoffrey Rush is an artist – a highly paid one, and a very bloody good one. That shouldn’t preclude him from receiving any type of award.

It also shouldn’t mean that he doesn’t have a right to an opinion on things that affect his homeland, no matter where in the world he lives.

I saw this type of thing a while back, when Cate Blanchett came out in support of the effort to slow global warming. Various commentators were up in arms that an actress would dare to have an opinion, and would assume to throw her support behind one side or the other.

Would anyone suggest that someone who works in the mining industry shouldn’t have an opinion on global warming or environmental issues? What about those in the financial sector? Should they only be allowed an opinion on the economy and nothing else?

Regardless of what people do for a living, or how much they earn from it, we should never question their right to have an opinion, no matter what the issue.

Of all the great things about our country, the one thing I cringe at is our ability to build someone up, only to tear them down again. It seems you can reach for the stars, but you should never get too bug for your boots.

Although, if we all worried about what others would think of us if we succeeded “too much”, we wouldn’t have anyone to award Aussie of the Year to, would we?

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