There are times in one's life—or in my life, anyway—when one sits, stands or lies and wonders how on earth and by what peculiar paths one actually ended up at a particular place, or with a particular person. The other day I found myself at the ACT Young Achievers Award, a function designed to recognise "the achievement of young Australians" and to help "each of us in society—young and old—to periiaps see the greatness in ourselves and be inspired to discover what is beyond 'doing our best"'. I was very much hoping one particular person would win, but my main reaction was to wonder if I had died and been reincarnated as a Young Liberal for my myriad sins. Such was the general ambience of the evening, beyond the welcoming embrace of my friend's table.
Recommended CitationCottier, Penelope, Correct Line Cooking: Function Fantasies, Australian Left Review, 1(134), 1991, 48.