This is the interesting and exciting blog of Christop - one of the 84 000-or-so people of Ballarat.

Monday, March 31, 2003

NEW YORK -- Federal investigators have arrested an enigmatic Wall Street wiz on insider-trading charges -- and incredibly, he claims to be a time-traveler from the year 2256!*
Yahoo! TV, March 19 2003

*Damn! Yahoo! and! their! overuse! of! exclaimation! marks!

Practice to Deceive
Chaos in the Middle East is not the Bush hawks' nightmare scenario--it's their plan.

Imagine it's six months from now. The Iraq war is over. After an initial burst of joy and gratitude at being liberated from Saddam's rule, the people of Iraq are watching, and waiting, and beginning to chafe under American occupation. Across the border, in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, our conquering presence has brought street protests and escalating violence. The United Nations and NATO are in disarray, so America is pretty much on its own. Hemmed in by budget deficits at home and limited financial assistance from allies, the Bush administration is talking again about tapping Iraq's oil reserves to offset some of the costs of the American presence--talk that is further inflaming the region. Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence has discovered fresh evidence that, prior to the war, Saddam moved quantities of biological and chemical weapons to Syria. When Syria denies having such weapons, the administration starts massing troops on the Syrian border. But as they begin to move, there is an explosion: Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon blow themselves up in a Baghdad restaurant, killing dozens of Western aid workers and journalists. Knowing that Hezbollah has cells in America, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge puts the nation back on Orange Alert. FBI agents start sweeping through mosques, with a new round of arrests of Saudis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, and Yemenis.
Washington Monthly, April 2003

Report slams fresh abuses in Zimbabwe
A hard-hitting report by the Commonwealth Secretariat stating conclusively that the Zimbabwe government has maintained state-sponsored human rights abuses is to be delivered to all member heads of government this week.
Mail and Guardian, March 30 2003

Backlash against human rights
Since the military action by the USA, UK and their allies began in Iraq on 20 March, a backlash against certain human rights has been witnessed around the world. These include:

    attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly;
    excessive use of force by police against anti-war demonstrators;
    restriction of asylum rights.

USA: "Operation Liberty Shield", announced by the US Department of Homeland Security on 17 March and which is already being implemented, mandates the detention of asylum-seekers from Iraq and at least 33 other, as yet unnamed, countries that arrive in the USA and seek asylum at the point of entry. The policy allows the immigration authorities to detain "for the duration of their processing period" such asylum applicants "from nations where al-Qa'ida, al-Qa'ida sympathizers, and other terrorist groups are known to have operated," according to a Department of Homeland Security statement. In effect, this presumes guilt by association and does so on the basis of nationality. The policy does not cover people whose cases are pending or those who arrive in the USA and apply for asylum after entry, but it offers no discretion and no assessment of the circumstances of individual detainees.
Amnesty International Australia, post-March 20 2003

Marine_iguanaIn the beginning
Arnie boards the boat to the Galapagos Islands, bellowing "Tengo hombre!" ("I have a man!").
What he means is "Tengo hambre" - "I am hungry" - but Arnie is an innocent Benny Hill of the Spanish language, casually mangling his sentences with double entendres.
Sydney Morning Herald, March 29 2003

A doctrine tailored for Iraq
Is Bush’s military pre-emptive doctrine universally acceptable?
Mail and Guardian, March 28 2003

Cook breaks ranks to demand withdrawal of British troops
The ceasefire in domestic political hostilities during the war in Iraq ended abruptly yesterday when Robin Cook launched an attack on the military strategy of America and Britain.
The former leader of the British House of Commons, who resigned from the Cabinet two weeks ago, declared in a newspaper article: "I have already had my fill of this bloody and unnecessary war.
New Zealand Herald, March 31 2003

War given the finger
THE wife of a Gulf War addict in China cut off her own finger to stop him from watching TV news about the conflict all day long.
Herald Sun, March 26 2003

Readings night's tomorrow. Ryan's Food Works might be donating some food, so I've been asked to write 'Ryan's Food Works' on a t-shirt and wear it. If they don't give us any food I'll write 'wouldn't give us any food' underneath.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Battle of Karbala Gap looms - or maybe it's all a ruse
The first frontal battles between US troops and Republican Guards could occur this weekend - even though military experts believe that a Battle for Baghdad may be several weeks away.
New Zealand Herald, March 29 2003

The meaning of this New York Times headline's a little unclear:

Militants Gone, Caves in North Lie Abandoned

Broken Man. Mmmm...

Last night rented a heap of weekly DVDs:

First I watched Time Bandits,which was okay, but I was expecting it to be more like The Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was pretty dry, and very slow-paced.

Then I watched Spïnal Tap, which was a lot better.
Halfway through I was interrupted by a knock at the door. It was Anna and two of her friends, obviously a bit drunk. They asked if Scotty or Devo were home. I said I was the only one there because the others were at Students for Christ O'Camp which I didn't have the money for. Anna was extemely disappointed. She'd come over to say happy birthday because it was her 21st.
Anyway, Spïnal Tap was great.

Next I watched Mad Max. Had to pause it about every fifteen minutes to calm down because it was freaking me out so much.

Last of all I watched Run Lola Run, which I have to say is one of the best films I've ever seen, along with Gandhi, Frida and Adaptation

Went to the library after lunch and exchanged my access card for one that actually works.

Friday, March 28, 2003

French Guard
You are the French Guard.
Slightly off, living in an area you really don't
belong in, you lie and taunt those around you.
From all the cruel memories of your childhood,
you decide to take revenge on cute furry farm
animals. They make good cannonballs. Ppffftt!

What Monty Python Holy Grail Quest Character are You?
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You are Sir Bedevere! Wise and creative, you are able to counsel others as well as come up with some really ingenious plans of attack...sort of.
You are Sir Bedevere! Wise and creative, you are
able to counsel others as well as come up with
some really ingenious plans of attack...sort

Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character are you REALLY?
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'The Final Straw' for REM
REM have become the latest US act to post an anti-war song online.
NME, March 25 2003

Got a special U2 edition of NME today. Has a heap of stuff from their archives, including some stuff that hasn't been published before.

This afternoon had photography. We were supposed to do a series of photos on either a Ballarat street or Ballarat statues. I took a heap of photos of the war memorial statues on Sturt Street, and a few photos of the newspaper stands with the 'war on Iraq' headlines.

Meteor blazes path to Park Forest
Chunks of rocks believed to be the remains of a meteor that lit up the Midwestern sky as it exploded rained down across the southern suburbs early this morning, damaging homes and other buildings but injuring no one.
Chicago Tribune, March 27 2003

Double billing for platypus stars
It was double the fun at Sydney's Taronga Zoo today as vets gave twin baby platypuses a clean bill of health.
The Age, March 28 2003

Afghanistan producing most opium in the world
Kabul: Ignoring a presidential ban on opium production, Afghan farmers are growing more opium poppies than ever throughout the country, including areas previously free of the crop, officials said today.
The deposed Taliban regime had wiped out opium production. But farmers began planting poppies -- from which opium is harvested and made into heroin -- when the militia was ousted in 2001 because the plant brings in hundreds of times more in revenue than other crops.
Sydney Morning Herald, March 28 2003

Went to the ANZ labs last night with my new access card, hoping to get my two remaining assignments done. My card didn't work, dispite the fact I'd just bought it that morning. Grrrr!

Socialist - You believe the free market can be
beneficial, but that a large and powerful state
is necessary to redistribute the wealth of the
top classes to those of the bottom. You also
think that basic utilities and trasportation
should be publicly owned. Your historical role
model is Eugene Debs.

Which political sterotype are you?
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Thursday, March 27, 2003

Got the Issues with in TV assignment finished yesterday at lunch time. I went to the library to put some credit on my print account. The librarian (who somehow knew my name) said the system was going a bit slow, so I might have to wait five minutes before I could print. I didn't really mind, because I still had half an hour till Issues with in TV. However, I still couldn't print after half an hour, and I had to go to my lecture.
The lecture was about documentaries, and how documentary conventions are now used in fiction, which affects the way we perceive both documentaries and fiction. We talked about Steve Irwin, Alby Mangles, Bush Mechanics, current affairs shows, Napi San ads, the news broadcasts from Iraq and 'reality' TV.
During the lecture break (two hours after I paid) I tried to print it again, and it still hadn't gone through, so I had to go to the library and get them to print it there.
My credit still hasn't come through.

Spent lunchtime listening to Ali Barber at Live on Lydiard. She sounds a lot like Jewel's stuff from before she started manufacturing pop garbage.

Other news I forgot about:
I got the new relient K album, Two lefts don't Make a Right ... but Three do last week. It's very good, particularly, 'I am Understood?', 'Forward Motion' and the secret tracks, although one only goes about three seconds.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

I will.

I should go home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Trav (Trav B, not Erin's little brother) is here now, making strange noises with his keyboard.

Notes of an Iranian girl

Ecstasy 'aimed at children'
HARRY Potter's image was stamped on ecstasy pills smuggled to the US and aimed at children as young as 12, police said yesterday.
Herald Sun, January 24 2003

Surgical instrument in woman's belly
A CANADIAN woman was tipped off to the source of her abdominal pains when she passed through an airport metal detector, which sounded because of a surgical instrument left behind in her abdomen, CBC television reported today.
Herald Sun, December 17 2002

Silence in the court
A TEXAS judge ordered a defendant's mouth to be taped shut after the man kept interrupting his lawyer and the judge during an aggravated-assault trial.
Herald Sun, February 27 2003

A cool hiding place
POLICE in Iowa were surprised to find a drug suspect stashed in a refrigerator.
Herald Sun, March 25 2003

Managed to get into the ANZ labs* despite the fact that my access card is out of date because the security guard opened it as he was leaving, and he only askedto see my card andstudent ID, he didn'taskmeto use the card.
And now I have to complete anessay on an episode ofThe Copsthat we watched last Wednesday in Issues in TV.
And the reason someof the spaces may still be missing is that this computer's keyboard is dodgey.

*So named because they are right near the ANZ ATM.

You're the cheerful smile,the one that's truly
happy with almost everything you do and would
never cahnge your life.

What Kind of Smile are You?
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Okay, so what's actually been going on in my life?
Had heaps of work to do. Three assignments due this week,and since I didn't start doing any work this semester until last week I've been flat out.
Have been reading Dracula, which has to be finished by tomorrow. It's really good, but I'm only about a third of the way through.
Went to Youth Alive (Christian youth rally) in Geelong on Saturday night. Shaft and I managed to convince Stacey to come, and she brought her friend Shane, who loved it, which was great. He didn't even mind the worship bits. No Plan B (good) and 24/7 (okay) played.
Last night had another strange dream, but can't remember it much.
Student association has been trying to stop Students for Christ and Next Generation Youth from doing The Lounge. They made them change the location last week on the night, and tore down all the posters. Last year we would've been able to get them for discrimination, but it doesn't cover religion anymore.
And now I have to go to work.

I wonder who Kevin Sites has been asked to stop blogging by.

Check out this article on Kuro5hin.

This ridiculous letter was in the opinion section of the Herald Sun today. Unfortunatley (or perhaps not?) it's not on on the website.

Peace role for a 'bandit'
IT seems a bit strange to me that a high-profile actor goes to march for peace when the war with Iraq is all about getting rid of a man who is terrorising and murdering his people.
Isn't this the same bloke who is getting thousands of dollars to act as Ned Kelly, a bloke who terrorised and killed people?
Ray Walters,

Herald Sun, March 25 2003

Check out Live on Lydiard, streaming live from School of Mines & Industries Ballarat 27-29 March 2003, Australian Eastern Daylight-savings Time.

Check out Kevin's blog.

Haven't blogged. No time.
Maybe later.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Check out Where is Raed? It's a blog being done by a guy in Iraq, apparently the only Iraqi who's uploading reports straight to the net. He calls himself Salam (Arabic for 'peace') Pax (Latin for the same).

Also, 1984 should be made compulsory reading in schools.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

I forgot about this because there was nothing really to remind me, but I got a call from Mum on Sunday night because my cousin Alex is getting married. I'm not allowed to go to the wedding because I'm not a Mormon. I don't really mind since every time I've seen Alex after he got back from his two-year mission in Italy nine months ago he's just looked at me weird like he doesn't recognise me anymore.
Also, Nanna has broken her leg again, this time because she was bushwalking at night in the rain and decided to take a shortcut. Last time was about seven years ago when she was rock climbing, which she wasn't supposed to be doing either. She was supposed to be looking after me and my brothers while our parents were in New Zealand. As a result I had to stay with our neighbour, whose second husband left her while I was there.


Tom read 'Isvahn' today in Short Story, and now thinks I'm anti-American.

Monday, March 17, 2003

They have succeeded in getting the disc out, but not in one piece

They're now trying to work out how to get a floppy disc out.

High school-age bludgers whose only observable aspiration is to look like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jeniffer Lopez or Avril Lavigne; and are probably only at TAFE so they can get Youth Allowence; and sit two-to-a-computer; and nudge each other almost off their communal chair; and giggle at the top of their lungs; and poke at the buttons then say, 'Oops!!!! Whatid I do?!?!?!' annoy me greatly. At the moment they are about a metre and a half away.
If they wrote blogs (Heaven forbid), I presume they'd be something like this.

Flight attendant accused of spiking juice
DETROIT -- A former Northwest Airlines flight attendant was charged with assault for allegedly putting a prescription depressant in a toddler's apple juice to stop her crying on an international flight.
Chicago Tribune, March 14 2003

Not that I think they're any good, but:
Home Not So Sweet to Dixie Chicks
You can take a cheatin' man down a peg or two but don't go knocking on the President the Dixie Chicks have learned.
Lead singer Natalie Maines, who criticized President Bush's plans for war with Iraq earlier this week, has since apologized after music fans complained and radio stations took the Chick's music out of rotation
E! online, March 15 2003

Sunday, March 16, 2003

The lord's profits
A sexy young Christian, a walkie-talkie clipped to her hipsters, greets us on our walk from the car park. "Hiya, howya doin'?" she says, with a flick of her mane and a smile. "Welcome to God's house - what an awesome day!" She points us in the direction of God's pad, a massive Olympic-style stadium up on the hill, and returns to conducting traffic with a fluoro stick.
Sydney Morning Herald, January 30 2003

The Lord will provide
As the first evening of worship draws to a close, Houston calls on the uninitiated to join the fold. And there's a free gift for every repentant sinner - a Brian Houston CD. Hundreds surge forth to the mosh pit at the foot of the stage, eager to give their lives to Jesus and Hillsong.
Sydney Morning Herald, July 13 2002

War now no better 'than terrorism'
by Andrew Wilke(the Australian ex-intelligence guy who John Howard's accused of treason for saying war with Iraq's not justifiable)
Invading Iraq now would be wrong. There's nothing complicated about that.
The Age, March 16 2003

Paris, Moscow and Berlin unite against Iraq war
France, Russia and Germany issued a joint declaration today, saying there was no justification for a war on Iraq and that UN weapons inspections were working.
The Age, March 16 2003

I've been continuing to read Tribulation Force, and it's definitely improved plot-wise, but I've noticed that the way that female characters are portrayed is pretty derogatory.

Last night we went up to Lake St George in Creswick and had a barbecue. Vanessa brought some fudge she'd made, which was not a good combination with the red cordial.
Went for a bush walk.


The photos printed good, but the films were a bit blurry because I didn't focus the camera properly.

Friday, March 14, 2003

And now I have to go back to Photography and print some photos.

I've been reading Tribulation Force. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and hardly anything's happened. It seems the authors got carried away with how well Left Behind went, and realised they'd make more money the longer they drew the series out. And there are so many spinoffs! Complete sell-out, if you ask me. Hopefully it'll improve.

An all-purpose van
A MAN'S body has been found in a van in his yard, with his mother's body in the passenger seat, hidden under a mound of empty beer cans.
Herald Sun, 13 March 2003

Just before Photography this afternoon there was some crazy guy running around the Old Chemistry Building doing karate. That would explain all the scuff marks a metre up the wall; the framed waterfall picture lying on the floor; and the fibreglass panel and a few light bulbs being pulled down.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

6.25 %

My weblog owns 6.25 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

How evil are you?

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Last night at about 11:30, as I was reading A Wizard of Earthsea, there was a huge buzzing sound outside and the lights went out for about five seconds. A ring-tailed possum had been electricuted. Scotty and I went outside and it was still alive, but it was all burnt, and wasn't moving much, so we took it into the backyard and Scotty put it out of it's misery.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Ren's writing a Story For Children about Why You Shouldn't Eat Things Off The Ground. The kid gets turned into a big red jelly frog.

Isvahn the Illegal Iraqi Immigrant - CENSORED VERSION
A Cautionary Tale
by Christop Booth

This is Isvahn. He is six. He lives in Baghdad with his mummy and daddy and his brothers and sisters.
Isvahn’s mummy and daddy are worried because the Americans are coming.
‘We have to leave,’ says Isvahn’s daddy.
Isvahn and his family travel to the sea, where a nice man lets them onto his boat.
‘Where are we going?’ Isvahn asks his mummy.
‘To a better place,’ says Isvahn’s mummy, ‘a long, long way from the Americans.’
Isvahn and his family cross the sea in the nice man’s boat. There are lots of other people on the boat. There are also lots of rats. Are they scared of the Americans too? Isvahn thinks they’re probably more scared of him, because it’s almost lunchtime.
Along comes a Better Place Navy ship.
‘Go back home!’ shouts a noisy man on the Better Place Navy Ship. ‘There’s lots of people here already!’
Isvahn starts to cry. The nice man turns the ship around and heads back home.

My Editing teacher thinks I gave the 'Isvahn' story a sad ending because I'm just thick, so she's given me some info on how to Write For Children.

Just submitted an article for Voiceworks #53.

Apparently I have to dress up for Readings Night. Because I'm the MC. But no one else does.

Gandhi, a success story in South Africa
Ever since setting foot on South African soil, one question had been nagging the mind. Asking South Africans here whether they believed what V S Naipaul said at the People of Indian Origin Conference in Delhi in January, that Gandhi was a failure in South Africa.
The Times of India

Whenever I see Nathe at TAFE, he acts as though he doesn't recognise me. Today my suspicions that his friends don't like me were confirmed.
I was walking to the caf to get lunch, and saw Nathe standing with his electrician friends.
I said, 'Hi Nathe,' and kept walking.
He didn't say anything.
One of his mates said, 'Whatter pooftah!'
They must think that because I'm not a bogan, but a bohemian.

'Isvahn' is apparently not appropriate for five year olds. To much cynicism.


Spent Friday afternoon developing film. Hardest part was loading the film onto the developing reel, because you have to do it in complete darkness or it gets exposed. Got it done okay though.

Friday night Dundee came over and we all played Worms till about 4 am.

Saturday afternoon Scotty returned from Geelong. Had an 11up guys barbecue at Trav and Erin's place. Trav, Sam and Nathan (three of the guys in Scotty's small group) want to organise another one in the holidays and invite all their freinds, which's great.

Friday, March 07, 2003

Last night I was late to work because I forgot that, having no money for a full bus fare, I'd have to walk. Will, one of the guys I work with had a go at me because I was about 15 minutes late, but I don't think he likes me anyway. He's always commenting on my clothes or the fact that I do what Terry (our boss) wants and not what he wants. Apparently he's leaving soon anyway, now that Alister's started working with us.

After work I was going to call Heather and Dave (their siblings) and see if one of them could pick me up on the way to the church for membership class, but I didn't need to because Heather drove past me on the way to a public phone. She asked if she could give me a lift wherever I was going, and I said I was going to call her and Dave, et cetera, and then go to KFC or somewhere and get tea. Heather said she was about to go get tea as well, so we went to KFC, waited aboyt 20 minutes for our orders, then went to Tab, Hannah and Mark's place (the manse) to eat.
Only Hannah was home, and she was about to go out to dance lessons*. She said Tab would be home soon, so we ate and waited for Tab. Tab had had swimming lessons. A lot of people in Ballarat don't learn to swim as kids because there aren't any rivers, and the beach is like an hour's drive away.

When I got home after membership class, Devo told me there were about 60 people at the Lounge last night. The lounge is program that Students for Christ is doing in cooperation with Next Generation Youth, to give the uni students on res something to do other than go out and get intoxicated to crappy, manufactured music.
Anyway, 60 people is just amazing, especially since only half were Christians. Apparently there were a heap of guys from the football team and the student association were there, and Devo reckons there pretty popular.

*A whole group of us from the church were doing street Latin dance lessons, but Dave, heather and I had to drop out because of membership lessons.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

"We reject the false doctrine that the church could have permission to hand over the form
of its message and of its order to whatever it itself might wish or to the vicissitudes of the
prevailing ideological and political convictions of the day."
You are Karl Barth!
You like your freedom, and are pretty stubborn against authority! You don't
care much for other people's opinions either. You can come up with your own fun, and
often enough you have too much fun. You are pretty popular because you let people have their
way, even when you have things figured out better than them.

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson

You are a phoenix.

What legend are you?. Take the Legendary Being Quiz by Paradox


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This quiz result has been removed as it is dodgy and keeps stuffing itself up all by itself.

Realised today I'd forgotten to return some books to the uni library that I'd borrowed back in the holidays. They were due back on 11 February, so I'll probably have built up enough demerit points not to be allowed to borrow for a while. So I'll have to pay off my fines at the public library if i need to borrow anything.

Lingering cold_
the war news supplement covers
homeless beggar

Angelee Deodhar (India)
Asahi Haikuist Network, Asahi Shimbun

Travel: Baghdad
What's it like to stay in a hotel in Baghdad at the moment? David Blair tells all.
The Daily Telegraph, February 2003

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

This morning, in Fantasy, I was surprised to run into Judith, because she said last year she was going to transfer to one of the unis in Melbourne.

Geologists challenge theory on T. Rex's end
Dinosaurs were more likely to have been killed off by geological upheaval than, as popularly believed, a meteorite strike, according to Monash University geologists.
The Age, 5 March 2003

Another new truth, truer than the last.

Last night Devo's team (Paradise) were in the touch footy grand final, but they lost to the University team in a sudden death tie-breaker.

Stayed up late last night trying to finish reading The Hobbit for Fantasy. Got to about p 200. But I've read it before. But it was about five years ago.

Went to Students for Christ prayer meeting this morning. Have Fantasy lecture at 9:30am. Students for Christ at 12:30pm.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

No nose is good news
Vanity Fair's got a nose for a story, reporting that Michael Jackson's nose is fake and covers two mummy-like holes.
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March 2003

Jumbo sized hazards
REFLECTORS will be attached to captive elephants in New Delhi to ensure they are visible to drivers at night to prevent collisions.
Herald Sun, 4 March 2003

You are not very reliable but people like you anyway because you are so easygoing and fun to be with. And cute, too.

Which Blogging Tool Are You?

Shaft has given me his old mobile phone because one of his friends in Sale got a new one and gave him his old one. Shaft's old one's pretty crap, but I don't mind, I just want to be able to make calls and send SMS. I have to get a new SIM card for it and get it connected. I think I'll proabbly go Telstra, because Optus has really bad coverage in Ballarat.

Isvahn the Illegal Iraqi Immigrant
A Cautionary Tale
by Christop Booth

This is Isvahn. He is six. He lives in Mosül with his mummy and daddy and his brothers and sisters.
Isvahn’s mummy and daddy are worried because the Americans are coming.
‘We have to leave,’ says Isvahn’s daddy.
Isvahn and his family catch the train to Umm Qasr, where a Nice Man lets them onto his boat.
‘Where are we going?’ Isvahn asks his mummy.
‘To a Better Place,’ says Isvahn’s mummy, ‘a long, long way from the Americans.’
Isvahn and his family cross the sea in the Nice Man’s boat. There are lots of other people on the boat. There are also lots of rats. Are they scared of the Americans too? Isvahn thinks they’re probably more scared of him, because it’s almost lunchtime.
‘We are nearly in the Better Place,’ says Isvahn’s mummy.
‘Oh good,’ says Isvahn. ‘Are there any rats there?’
The Australian Navy launch a missile at the Nice Man’s boat, which sinks to the bottom of the Arafura Sea.
‘Is this the Better Place?’ Isvahn tries to ask his mummy, but his mouth is full of water.

This morning I slept in once again. Got breakfast at McDonald's, where I ran into Stacey.
Now I'm in my Editing class and the teacher's not here, so I'm blogging. Meant to be writing a story for children. If I do I'll post it.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Through the eyes of Mr T.

Heather picked me up on Friday after Photography (which was great, by the way). We met up with Dave, Shaft, Tab, Kelly, Matt and Dan at the Bakery Hill IGA, I got in Dave's car with Shaft, and we all headed for Melbourne.
We were supposed to arrive in Belgrave by 6:30pm. I think we got there about 8pm. We didn't get the tents properly put up till about 10:30pm. When we were finished, Shaft and I ran to the auditorium to try and catch the end of the Ambassador77 set. We got there about 20 seconds before it finished. We were not happy.
However, Saturday night we got to see Spoonfed, who were great; and Sons of Korah, who were simply amazing.
There were a number of speakers, who had a lot of good stuff to say, although some of them weren't really very good at saying it, I thought. Sounded liek they were talking to ten-year-olds. John Dickson talked about Jonah, and how self-righteous he was. I also went to a short seminar on refugees.

On the way back to Ballarat, we stopped at my parents' place in Ferntree Gully, so we could pick up my scanner. We're going to plug it into Dave's computer so we can use it for Soul Purpose, the youth group magazine, which I'll be taking over when Dave starts his YWAM (Youth With A Mission) internship in Melbourne next month.

Last night was the first Sunday of the month, so we had a youth service, led by myself and Greggy. Giles did the sermon, on seeking, listening to and obeying God. It all went pretty well.

Because the weekend was so busy, and I didn't get much sleep (partly due to our tent leaking) I slept in heaps this morning. I also had to pay full-fare on the bus because my concession card expired on Friday and I can't afford a new one yet. I also can't afford rent yet, but will be able to pay Devo back on Thursday. The main reason I've got money problems at the moment was that I had to pay a service fee to the uni on Friday, and didn't find out until about a week before because they keep sending all my mail to my parents' place still, and my parents have to send it on.