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So. Next week is a day closer. Eeeep. I've compared it to going over the trenches in World War One. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but still, it's going to be a nightmare and a half. And yet ... I'm feeling calm right now. Too calm. It's not good. I handed in some German stuff to be marked today and it's so ridiculous, but that's the whole point. If I enjoy it and find it funny, then I can remember it easier and do better on the exam. Writing 200 words of flowing German isn't the easiest thing for me to do. According to this mini-essay of sorts, I live under the ocean on a farm with twenty bedrooms and I used to live beside a volcano. For my speaking exam, I'm going to have a weird form of Tourrette's Syndrome and I'll start screaming stuff about "the Soviets are coming!" in German.

The bastards at school have blocked LiveJournal again, so there goes my commenting and posting from school. Sob. I loved it when the filter was down. I guess I got on there too much and they got suspicious.

I hate the work I have to do.

However, I've downloaded two U2 gigs that I love. Only audio, but they're still good.

23 October 1984, Nantes
This gig is notable because it contains a very rare performance of Indian Summer Sky and is one of the few soundboard-sourced bootlegs from the Unforgettable Fire tour. The performance of I Will Follow is blistering! One of the best ever; Edge's guitar sounds so good it's not funny. It doesn't beat 13 December 1981 and I'm currently loving the distorted Popmart version, but it's still awesome. But then ... the rendition of Bad is just amazing. The second I heard it, I thought of the 8 December 1987, Atlanta gig where Bono accidentally begins singing a verse he's already sung and so he makes up new lyrics. That's really beautiful, but this is even moreso. He just launches into random stuff after "This desperation, dislocation, condemnation, in temptation, revelation" and it's ... wow, lovely. I can't decipher much of it but that doesn't lessen how nice it is. It's calming, which is just what I need right now.

5 February 1985, Bologna
I already have this gig in MP3 and it's one of my faovurites, so now I have a much higher quality version of it. It has one of the most beautiful renditions of 40 ever, and my personal favourite A Sort Of Homecoming. High quality audience recording from the UF tour, and after listening to it, I can say that the Italians sure do get good gigs. The bonus tracks are from Hilversum 1980, which is a really cool gig I have in MP3, but sadly a number of tracks are missing and 11 O'clock Tick Tock fades out. Grr.

Now here's some scary statistics for you, straight from our current SOR study on globalisation.

(As a note of clarification: G8 = Group of Eight, who are the USA, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, and Russia, and with China, they are the largest economic nations in the world)

Life expectancy - G8 countries = 77 years, Africa = 48 years
Clean water access - Britain = 100%, Congo = 45%
Annual spent on health - Canada = US$2534, Mali = US$1
Deaths under the age of 5 per 1000 people - G8 countries = 6, Africa = 174
Cars per 1000 people - US = 561, Africa = 14
People with AIDS - Whole of developed world = 1.5 million, Africa = 25 million
Death in pregnancy - G8 countries = 1 in 4085, Africa = 1 in 13
Average annual income - G8 countries = US$27854, Africa = US$1690
Number of people never to have made a phone call - G8 countries = 1%, Africa = 50%
Annual spend by G8 countries on aid for Africa = US$13 billion
Annual spend on subsidising G8 farmers = US$311 billion

And we can actually stand by and let this happen? It's disgraceful. I also feel like we have too much of a nationalistic outlook. I don't like this idea of "But we should do this for our people [despite the fact it screws over some poor foreign farmer who's nearly dead as it is]." I really don't give a sod if helping some farmers make a decent living in Africa has a slightly detrimental impact upon our economy. The people outside my country are worth just as much as those inside it. I'm really starting to think that borders are nothing more than a hindrance. After all, we're all people, we all came into the world with nothing, and we'll all leave with nothing, so why should we raise our own country above another?

I could rant about this for hours, but I'll leave it until the holidays. For now, work.

--- 8:20pm ---

I'm rather proud of myself. I just burnt my first DVD, and unlike when I burnt my first audio CD and my first VCD, I made no mistakes. Mmm, ZooTV Rotterdam 1992. Now I can delete it from my hard drive to free up space for full colour DVD of ZooTV Stockholm 11 June 1992. Yes, U2 fans, you heard right. No need to suffer with the black and white or Sephia versions of Stockholm '92 any more! THE EXTREMELY RARE FULL COLOUR PROSHOT VERSION IS ON SHARING THE GROOVE! I just about fell off my chair when I discovered it. Oh wow oh wow oh wow. Insane quality DVD of the best Bullet ever. Plus, Bjorn and Benny from Abba join U2 onstage to sing Dancing Queen. This is amazing that it's leaked.

Now I really do need to go work.

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