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Night hangs like a prisoner, stretched over black and blue ...

The Popmart Santiago VCD is the most moving thing ever. That's just shot right to the top of my favourite concerts list. It's absolutely incredible when Bono brings the Mothers Of The Disappeared onstage at the end;

"Tonight ... I want to thank you ... we want to thank you for letting us into your beautiful, beautiful country, and we wish you well for the future. But to go forward into the future, sometimes you have to deal with the past. I ask you, Mister Pinochet, I ask you, tell these mothers, where are their children? Just one thing, tell them where're their children so they can bury them, so they can say goodbye to them, so Chile can say goodbye to the past. We do not judge you, God is your judge ... please, give the dead back to the living." - Bono, before One, 11 February 1998

Then ... oh wow, most moving performances of One and Mothers Of The Disappeared ever. During MOTD, he gets all of the real MOTD to say their thing into the microphone, and OK, so they're speaking Spanish, but emotion transcends all language barriers. Caps off an amazing concert to a huge crowd. I don't know the figures for the Santiago concert, but not long before it, U2 played two sold out nights in Sao Paulo to roughly 150,000 people. It's freakin' INSANE. And when they come out of the lemon for the encore in both Buenos Aires and Santiago, they're wearing the soccer jerseys of Argentina and Chile respectively. If you know anything about that part of the world, you can imagine how incredibly well that would've gone down with the crowd, U2 wearing the soccer jerseys of their own nation.

AND THEN. Yes, THERE'S MORE. I just opened a parcel I received in the mail, and WOW. GAH. IT'S BLOODY INCREDIBLE! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! No words can express how excited I am about all this. I'm watching the proshot Syracuse 10 September 1987 VCD right now. Bono has a broken arm, and it's scary just how American Edge looks, but he plays that beautifulawesomelovely 1976 Gibson Explorer during I Will Follow and it's all so squeeness.

The list of all I got;
- Syracuse, 9 November 1987, VCD
- Dublin, 28 August 1993, SHN
- Turino, 21 July 2001, VCD
- Mannheim, 31 July 2001, SHN
- Irving Plaza, 5 December 2000, VCD
- Dortmund, 21 November 1984, VCD
- Washington DC, 16 August 1992, VCD
- Notre Dame, 10 October 2001, VCD
- Miami, 24 March 2001, SHN

And I've got homework to do tonight! Lotslotslots that MUST be done, and now I have this ... but I can watch and work at once, so hurrah. This is so amazing, I can't believe it, incredibleness.

Alright, better calm down a bit, there's other things to be mentioned. Firstly, Sam broke his finger in rugby training a few weeks ago, and it was healing nicely. Sure, it was bad, but he could still write and this week he got back into rugby training. Well guess what happened last night during training. Yep. A pass was thrown out too far in front of him, he reached out to grab the ball, it caught his finger, and thoroughly broke it. It was bent back at an angle of forty-five degrees. So now his arm's in a sling to keep it up in the air (something to do with not letting blood run down into it, I missed the specifics), he can't write for 2-3 weeks, and he's on these painkiller tablets that have such an effect upon him that he's nicknamed them 'Solid PMS'. I laughed, intensely.

I hate graphics calculators with a mad, raging passion. If they'd cared to give us manuals, I'd hate them a lot less. But just how many nonsensical, almost illegible abbreviations does one calculator need? Fah.

SOR exam on Thursday. Must study intensely tonight.

Geography exam on Monday/Tuesday. Must write practice essay tonight.

English essay due on the 26th. Must begin first draft tonight. I'm going to compare events in Miller's Crucible to the War On Terrorism, and George Bush has handed me brilliant quotes galore courtesy of his State Of The Union 2003 address. I'll post the essay in some form or another on here.

German verbs to learn. Many German verbs. We'll have an exam on them sometime soon ... I've finally discovered how the teachers are going to get us to do formative exams. Formative exams do not count towards end-of-year marks, summative ones do, and when we were told NEARLY all exams are summative in grade twelve, I figured they really meant 'all' but had to account for subjects that don't count towards the final result. Surely no teacher was so daft as to set a formative exam! No-one would study for it - if you've got three summative exams and a single formative exam, which one do you think is going to get neglected in the studying? The formative one, of course. BUT they have found a way to get us to do them - we'll be doing one for German and how we go will be reflected on our effort mark, and that sometimes can prove to be quite important. Bah, I say, bah.

You know, I've always wondered how I've achieved consistently good effort marks. I think I've only received a C for effort once, which is astounding seeing I rarely put any effort in at all. Even in classes where I've mucked about I've still gotten good results. I think that's so odd, I'd love to go ask some of my teachers how I've gotten that. Obviously they have no idea that it normally takes me a single night to churn out an A-grade essay ... speaking of essays, I best do a Modern History essay tonight as well. Considering my amount of work, maybe I should shut up and go do some.
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