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Debating, rugby ... and the END of the U2 fast!

I have only lost three formal debates in my entire life. The debate today was one of them.

Good bob, people, if you're going to have an interhouse debating competition at school, MAKE SURE THERE'S ACTUALLY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DEBATE! The Wesley house team has won it for the last two years, riding on a wave of Andre-is-our-champion-third-speaker-ness. Well what the bloody good is that if the other two people speaking have been forced into doing it? I don't have a team to debate with! I can't turn these people into successful first and second speakers just like that! Today, I WAS the team. I came up with the ideas, the arguments, the theme, I wrote their speeches ... NO BLOODY WONDER WE LOST! Only by a single point, which was remarkable. I'm peeved we lost. I'm peeved that we have no-one else who actually wants to debate and knows how. Well we do, but the rules stop them from participating. Heidi would love to do it, but she's in my grade and you're not allowed multiple people from one grade, and two people in grade twelve would like to do it but they aren't allowed - it's grade 8-11 only. GRR. So thus, the only person on the team who knows what's going on and wants to be there is me - or Heidi if she takes my place - and if we lose this year, it won't be a surprise.

Anyhow. German exam tomorrow, which I'm totally not ready for. Tonight shall involve a good deal of German study. Only problem is, I fear we'll get some kind of terrible topic and I'll completely botch things.

Rugby results;
Scotland 32 - 11 Japan: no surprises here, although the scoreline is flattering to Scotland. The Japanese came within four - could've been two had they made a conversion - but then the Scots got some late tries.
Wales 41 - 10 Canada: no surprises here either. Didn't see the game but apparently there were flashes of Wales's former brilliance. They used to be the second-best team in the world a few decades ago, right behind NZ. A Wales versus NZ tournament was the unofficial world championship. But Wales has slipped off quite significantly, which is sad. I'd like to see them rise back up.
England 84 - 6 Georgia: no surprises here whatsoever. Well, the only surprise is that England didn't score 100. It's the first World Cup the Georgians have been at, so one had to expect a poor showing, especially against the team that is arguably the best in the world at the moment, but I feel that the English probably could've scored more. NZ could've won 80-7 against Italy if it weren't for Spencer's boot costing us 10, and Italy is quite a great deal better, so if this is any sign, NZ is marginally better than England. That's the big point of speculation at the moment: "Is NZ or England better?" Honestly, if they played a game, I couldn't call it. Earlier this year, England won 15-13 in Wellington, but it was in the most controversial of circumstances and can't really be counted. The referee ruined the match: 33 penalties, an amount I've never seen in my life. It was really Referee 33 - 28 Players.

U2 fast finished today. A few minor hiccups before the end. A news article I wanted to watch came on TV, and for a short while, they played Dirty Day in the background, which pissed me right off but there was little to be done about it, and then during my first study period (the fast officially ended during my second one), Rebekah decided to sing The Sweetest Thing ... terribly, I might add. But I made it. Indeed, more than that. I haven't yet put them - or anyone - on since I've been home, and it's now past 4:30. Seeing I can't decide what song to listen to first, I'm going to make a playlist. Walk On is only on a video so it's automatically out of the running. I'll put a Pink Floyd song first, and then tell it to randomly select the next song. So that should be interesting.

The spelling of the English language needs to be standardised. I'm sick of the different spellings out there, notably in America.

Turns out Running To Stand Still is the first U2 song I've listened to. This is one of the most beautiful songs, truly. I heart it.

Surprisingly, the U2 fast wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Having school to focus on did make it easier. And I did really miss Bono's vocals and Edge's guitar. But it wasn't that overly hard. I probably could've gone a few more days ... maybe.

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