His great grandfather, Charles Pendergast, homesteaded land here in 1878, and proved such a community bulwark that the elementary school got his name. Charles’s grandson, Clarence, lived from 1928 to December 2015 and operated a 300 acre dairy farm on the land, his obituary bustling with love, energy and esteemed organizations. (He had perfect attendance at the Rotary Club for 39 years.) As Clarence farmed the land in the 1970s, he carried with him on his tractor, for 10 to 12 hours a day, the tyke born in 1967, the only son of his four children with Alice Land Pendergast, who died aged 88 this past January..
He battled heroin addiction for over 20 years during which time he was in and out of prison. However, in 1970 he cleaned up his act. From then on he made regular appearances at “Our Gang” reunions and volunteered his time to lecture kids about the dangers of drug addiction.
In that time, I saw no less than five branded segments.The first was advertising for a furniture brand, pretending to be an interview between Giann Rooney and Aussie women player Ash Barty. The segment was filmed on this brand couches and every now and then, the camera would pull out to a wide shot just in case you missed that the sofas were the real story never mind this very obvious move was crazy awkward and detracted from the interview.(I not going to name any of the brands because they don need another free plug.)Also in this short block of programming was Roger Rasheed doing vox pops around Melbourne Park with randoms, asking them what means to them. First of all, why does anyone care if John from Fitzroy (not his name) says he walks the dog daily and eats vegetables? Hardly riveting insight.
When the Bangladeshi labor movement called last year for a minimum wage of 35 cents an hour, the factory owners insisted, plausibly, that the brands and retailers would never accept the resulting price increases. Factory owners in Cambodia, where 200,000 workers recently struck for a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour, made the same claim, as have factory owners in India, another country where garment workers have died in multiple factory fires over the last year. Apparel brands now even complain that China is too expensive..
When the plane lands, however, that woman isn’t taken to a caf or a restaurant. Instead, she’s taken to a brothel, where she’s sold to the owner and forced to become a prostitute. She must pay off that $3,000, she is told, in addition to her daily room and board.