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I don't care that this is a really poor subject line.

This is a SERIOUS POST. This is NOT a fanladish post. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE FACT IT IS ABOUT BONO.

Bono is SUCH A LEGEND. You go, you read. This man is QUOTABLE.

"I first went to Africa, to Ethiopia to work in a feeding station following Live Aid in 1985. One summer that stayed with me for a lifetime. But I don’t see Africa as a cause. To me, this whole thing is about justice. The fact that 6,300 people die in Africa everyday of AIDS, a preventable treatable disease, for lack of drugs that we take for granted in Europe and America - that’s about justice, not charity. That we hold children to ransom for the debts of their great great grandparents is not a charity issue, it’s a justice issue. That we won’t let the poorest of the poor put their products on our shelves yet we flood their markets with ours? This is about justice."

"It’s an amazing thing to think that ours is the first generation in history that really can end extreme poverty, the kind that means a child dies for lack of food in its belly. This should be seen as the most incredible, historic opportunity but instead it’s become a millstone around our necks. We let our own pathetic excuses about how it’s ‘difficult’ justify our own inaction. Let’s be honest. We have the science, the technology, and the wealth. What we don’t have is the will, and that’s not a reason that history will accept."

Furthermore, Bono appeared in this week's edition of Time. Yes, he did. It's nice to see him there ... YET AGAIN. I treasure my copy with him on the cover in March 2002. I need the one from 1987 labelling U2 as Rock's Hottest Ticket, especially seeing I have the bootleg named after that! Incredible bootleg, too. But back to the point. He's listed as one of 'The Time 100', lending respectability to the list, and there's also an article about Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese democracy movement leader) written BY him. Eeeeee, stunning.

I always enjoyed this statistic that appeared in one Numbers section of Time (I think I have it correct);
75% - amount of adult Americans who can name at least one member of rock band U2.
15% - amount of adult Americans who can name the chief justice of the supreme court.

--- Back to regular programming ---

I made history in Maths C today. I fell asleep. I'm sure aaron_3521 can tell this story a lot better than me because he was awake for it. Actually, I've fallen asleep at school once before, but that was when I was five. So the two years I fell asleep at school were my first and last. Anyway, what happened? I was sitting there, listening to Queenie, and it just wasn't working. He was talking about stuff and I simply couldn't focus, the words weren't even going in one ear and out another, they were just floating on by like a stream. So I put my head down on the desk - at this point, note Aaron and I were sitting right up the front by Queenie's desk - and lay there with my eyes shut, trying to focus on the conversation. So there was this babble (or patter, as Queenie termed it) of conversation and explanation going on around me, and after what felt like only a few minutes, I heard someone (I think Aaron) say something like "Is André awake?" I bolted up and said I was, which seemed to surprise them. They told me I'd been out for a while - I think Aaron said twenty minutes - I'd been moving my head back and forth, they'd poked me with pens, and Queenie had even checked my pulse to make sure I was still alive!

I thought they were tricking. A while ago, we'd play tricks on someone along a similar line (usually it happened to me) - someone would ask "It's Wednesday, right?" when checking their timetable, and everyone else would emphatically reply with "It's Tuesday!" to throw them off and disorientate them. I initially thought they were doing a similar thing to me, trying to make me think I'd been asleep when I really hadn't been. I didn't even realise I'd fallen asleep and declared I'd been awake all the time. But after talking to Aaron about it further in German, yes, I definitely fell asleep. Brilliant, yes.

Maths C is always interesting. So is SOR. We're doing ethics this term and are currently watching The Cider House Rules in relation to it. Anyone watched that? We're about two-thirds of the way through now, I think, and it's a whole lot better than I expected. Not a bad film. German turned into a bit of a farce today, with everyone laughing at each other. I found myself entirely incapable of saying "das Haus" and sat there stumbling over the words. It was like I was reading "das" but trying to say "auf" ... it was hilarious anyway.

Sam had this printout at school today with all these wonderful shirt slogans on them. One of them has now become my new motto: "I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter." So ... yes. Take heed of that.

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (98%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (92%)
4. Roman Catholic (92%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (90%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (74%)
7. Islam (62%)
8. Orthodox Judaism (62%)
9. Bahá'í Faith (59%)
10. Liberal Quakers (55%)
11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (54%)
12. Sikhism (47%)
13. Hinduism (47%)
14. Unitarian Universalism (45%)
15. Reform Judaism (42%)
16. Jehovah's Witness (40%)
17. Jainism (38%)
18. Mahayana Buddhism (29%)
19. Theravada Buddhism (28%)
20. Neo-Pagan (26%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (26%)
22. New Age (24%)
23. Nontheist (23%)
24. Secular Humanism (22%)
25. Scientology (21%)
26. Taoism (21%)
27. New Thought (19%)

Take the quiz yourself here.

2-4 are no surprise at all, seeing I am conservative Protestant and have a fond liking of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, but Quaker? I didn't see that one coming, though I honestly don't know much about them.

Microsoft, Hotmail, MSN, and anything related are run incompetently. Good bob. If your server's too busy, FRIGGING UPGRADE IT. Is that too obvious now? And my ISP needs to learn that when you have broadband, you do not expect dialup speeds. Last night was pain. What the hell's been going on with them? Everything was PERFECT until the last week or two. They better get their act together, this is becoming a joke.
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