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Great start to Week 2

Posted by peggyhora on March 29, 2010

Despite being late to the office which was NOT my fault but I don’t want to embarass the person whose fault it was since Sue forgot to pick me up at my apartment.  Oops!, spilled the beans.  Gary Thompson, Ingrid Haythorpe and a couple other from the AG’s department met with the team to throw around some ideas and it was a very productive session.  The afternoon was a thinking day set aside for me to process all the information I have to in order to make my recommendations cogtent and evidence-based.  The justice system is huge and includes so many different diverse groups it’s important that all aspects be reviewed before any final decisions are made.  I’m also putting together a research document for those who want to delve into the subjects a little further.  It seems a shame that two and a half years of document gathering should only be used once.  Additionally, we’ll draw up an implementation plan so the report does not become a doorstop.  The evening started with dinner at Enzo’s an old-fashioned, what I would call North Beach-style, Italian restaurant near the Adelaide event center.  I had a fabulous organic, free range chicken breast stuffed with spinach and covered with crispy prosciutto.  It sat upon a potato galette and was surrounded with a gargonzola sauce.  Brocolini accompanied it.  When I say it was divine, it was to die for.  After dinner Sue, her husband Andrew and their friends and I went to hear Carole King and James Taylor in concert.  It’s been a good ten years since I saw music live except for the symphony, ballet and opera.  I forgot how much fun it was to sing along.  The center was packed to the gills but I was able to see everything on the Jumbotrons.  What a great invention.  All in all, a terrific day.


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Media blitz

Posted by peggyhora on March 23, 2010

Well, perhaps not a blitz per se but this morning I was interviewed for an hour by Tori Shepherd from The Advertiser, Adelaide’s local newspaper.  She was quite engaging and had lots of good questions.  I’m hoping she not only does a general story but can run a couple of follow-up articles from the interview.  Her photographer appeared later in the afternoon and we went for a variety of shots in front of the Supreme Court. My least favorite was sitting on the lawn al fresco looking at the Court.  Sigh.  What they’ll probably run is one of me seated on a bench, looking over the back with the Court in the background.  Lunchtime was spent with Ingrid Haythorpe whom you’ll remember as my hostess in Mannum on the river and Gary Thompson the State Court Administrator with whom I shared a meal at his home with his wife and two adorable daughters during my last visit.  We caught up on the latest news and talked about the directions of my residency.  They were, as always, helpful and encouraging.  We ate at the Chessar Cellar, a vunerable old resturant that’s a bit of an institution.  I had a lovely seafood tagliatele with squid, prawns, scallops and fish in a spicy light tomato sauce.  I also had informal meetings throughout the day with my project catalast, Sue King, and new-on-board second catalyst, Nichole Hunter who has a criminology research background with a special expertise in restorative justice.  They went to work straight away organizing the preliminary notes I had brought along.  Now that there’s a structure for my report, we can forge ahead with the draft.  The day ended with a meeting with the drug court prosecutors.  Again, I skipped going out for dinner and instead stayed in for fruit and cheese.  Off to bed soon where I’m reading a delightful book on my Kindle titled Somewhere Towards the End by 90-year-old memoirist Diana Athill. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “She is bluntly unconcerned with conventional wisdom, unapologetically recounting her extended role as the Other Woman in her companion’s prior marriage.”   The New Yorker says, “Athill spent more than fifty years editing writers including Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Jean Rhys, and V. S. Naipaul. In later life, she ‘had the luck to discover’ that she could write…”  And write she can.

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First meeting as The Thinker

Posted by peggyhora on August 13, 2009

Ingrid Haythorpe, Exec. Dir. Policy, Planning & Legislation Div. AG
Ingrid Haythorpe, Exec. Dir. Policy, Planning & Legislation Div. AG

This is Ingrid Haythorpe and me at lunch with Gary Thompson, Court Administrator and Pamela James-Martin from the Thinkers’ office. As you can see, ware thinking,   Georges did not have their “signature dish” that was promised on their website and the waitress had never heard of it.  Sigh.  Instead I had the blue crab with polenta and a poached egg(?) that was delicious.  The meal was topped off with a rocket (arugula), parmesean and pear salad.  Delicious.  My morning started at 6:30 after sleeping in two-hour stints.  Maybe tomorrow the jet lag will be gone.  Pamela and I walked back to the office and to meet the full staff.  Very welcoming and nice people.  My office has a window and all the necessities.  I go in on Monday.  Strolling back from the office we went through the mall so I could pick up some essentials like a make up mirror and salami.  Well, okay, they are probably not really essentials but I wanted them.  One nice surprise of the day was finding out my apartment comes with a cleaning service every Tuesday.  Linen is changed, floor is vacuumed, etc.  Funny thing was I was going to ask Pamela what day the maid came never dreaming there really was one.  Tomorrow Sue King, my “project accelerator,” will accompany me on the free bus that circles the city and we’ll visit  The Market (more about that tomorrow).  I’ll lunch with Magistrate Andrew Cannon whom I met at the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence conference in Perth in 2006.  I look forward to seeing him again.

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I’m here!!!

Posted by peggyhora on August 12, 2009

After 20 months from invitation to apply to actual arrival in Adelaide, it feels a bit of a dream to actually be here. The flights were uneventful and on time (just the way we like them) and business class on a 747-400 with its flat bed seats is a treat. I was able to sleep about 7 hours in two shifts. While I was on layover in Sydney, I started reading “Tall Man,” a book about the death of an Aboriginal man in custody in Queensland in 2004. It’s a nice overview on native culture (and, for that matter, police culture). Imagine my surprise when I got off the plane in Adelaide and there were Pamela (administrator from the Thinkers’ office) and Sue (drug court coordinator and “project accellerator) waving at me. In the US only passengers can get past security so no one meets anyone at the gate any more. They escorted me to my apartment in the E. Rundel neighborhood and it’s great. I’ts roomy and had a beautiful view of trees and foliage from both the bedroom and the living room. Quite a large balcomy with table and chairs.  (I hid the ashtray). I bet it’s similar square footage to my condo so I feel right at home. Waiting for me at the flat was a gourmet food basket and basic supplies already stocked in the cupboards and fridge. I think I’m going to like this place and Pamela is not only very pleasant but quite efficient! We took a stroll around the neighborhood and had lunch at a little restaurant called “etc,” which turned out a very yummy chicken pot pie. There are two theaters showing indie films within a block or two and tons of restaurants, wine bars, cafes, etc. I tried to stay awake as long as I could last night and slept in two-hour shifts until 6:30 this morning.  This morning I’m meeting with a photographer because they’re going to hang a banner (hopefully not in effigy) with my photo when I make my opening speech to the public.  Then I’m having lunch with Ingrid Haythorpe from the Attorney General’s office and Gary Thompson, court administrator (for Californians, think Bill Vicary) at a trattoria named Georges.  Their signature dish is house-made linguine with blue swimmer crab, tomato, chilli and olio santo.  Get out the bib!  I’m just going to love Adelaide and am even more awed with the honor now that I’m here. Keep those emails coming.  I loved arriving having already heard from some of you.  Also, download Skype now!  I wagged the camera all the way across the Pacific.  It is 3:37 pm in California and 8:07 am here.  You can find my time at  I’ll let you know how the lunch went but I’m rethinking silk with that tomato sauce.

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