October 12th, 2003

Amak Axver

Rugby, Bathurst ... all kinds of stuff I fear only I care about amongst my group of friends

For once, I have a good excuse for being up early. The Bathurst 1000. Eeeee, this is thrilling. 1000 kilometres (600 miles), 161 laps, up and down Mount Panorama, the most gruelling, difficult circuit in the Southern Hemisphere, if not the world.

New Zealand THUMPED Italy yesterday. 70-7. FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC! I loved it. If our kicking had been spot-on, it would've been 80-7.

France did a good job of beating Fiji last night. 61-18 if my memory serves me correctly. Hard to believe at one point early in the second half the Fijians were only six points behind. One fight broke out in which the Fijians really got stuck into the French. The Irish beat Romania - although it was good to see the Romanians get a couple of tries - and I need to find the final score from South Africa versus Uruguay. When I went to sleep, the 'Boks were showing the Uruguayans how it's done.

Today ... there's England versus Georgia (I thought that was last night, but obviously not), and ... what were the rest? I can't remember. I think there was a game involving Tonga.

What's funny is the Australians are trying to talk up their performance against Argentina. All things considered, Argentina, Italy, and Tonga are pretty level, and NZ, Australia, and France are considered pretty level, and yet have a look at the scores. NZ and France convincingly beat their opponents - and NZ looks like it's a more polished team, and the French line looks easier to break - but Australia was very unconvincing. Going by what I've seen in the first matches, Australia isn't nearly as good as people think they are and will get beaten when/if they face NZ and France.

w00t, only one day and just under four hours to go until my U2 fast is over! I can't believe I've made it this far, truly.

Also, I LOVE To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm getting close to finishing it. It's hard to put down. FANTASTIC BOOK.
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    Bathurst coverage on TV
Amak Axver

A sad day

It's hard to believe it's October 12 already. A year on. A year since the day that really rammed home the reality of terrorism to many people here in Australia, to people such as myself.

For those of you who don't know, a year ago today a bomb went off in the centre of Bali, Indonesia. It was targeted at Westerners, particularly Australians: the nightclub/bar it went off in was frequented by Australian tourists. Out of the 202 that died, 88 were Australian. And recent information has shown that it's lucky the deaths were minimal - apparently the bombs went off much less powerfully than they were supposed to, and if they'd gone off with more power, thousands (supposedly up to 10,000) could've died.

Honestly, I can't believe it's a year. The acts of bravery were unprecedented. The Australian spirit, it's just incredible, and I'm honoured to live here. These people, they'll just sacrifice all to help their mates, and anyone else. The stories of heroism and survival are awe-inspiring, truly.

But I can't believe it's a year on. The people have healed, the bombers have been sentenced to death, the special documentary presentations have been made ... but did it even happen? It feels so fresh in my memory, but not like a real event, but like some terrible nightmare. It's like a dream I had last night, a very long dream. It's something terrible that didn't happen, that can't have happened, that SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. It's still not really real.
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    Bathurst on TV
Amak Axver

I promise, this will NOT be just sport. PROMISE.

This entry shall not just be sport. For the duration of the rugby World Cup, to avoid cluttering everyone's friends pages with rugby nonsense they couldn't care less about, I'll put all my rugby talk behind cuts.

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This piece of rugby isn't worth cutting.

Here's my picks for today's World Cup games;

Wales versus Canada - Wales, definitely. The Welsh shouldn't find this game hard.
Scotland versus Japan - Scotland, definitely. The highest victory in a World Cup was NZ's 145-17 thumping of Japan, and although the Japanese team is a bit better now, they still don't stand a chance.
England versus Georgia - this game is a joke, really. England will pound Georgia into the ground, and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if the 145-17 high score is beaten. And for those of you who don't know where Georgia is, it was a part of the Soviet Union and is on the Black Sea, south of Russia and north of Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. I'm surprised they're there, but it's good to see exotic teams like this.

I REALLY need to do German study tonight. I'm just lazy. I'm going to do terribly on the German writing exam anyway. We've had heaps to learn and hardly enough time to learn it in. GRR. I'm just going to memorise a bunch of sentences, write them down, hope it makes the word limit, and hope it's on topic. I'm quite nervous about this exam. I'm just glad it got postponed from tomorrow to Tuesday. Only one night more, but that could make all the difference. If I need to do a lot of study, I may not be online much at all tomorrow, which will be quite a change to me.

Need to get working on my SOR assignment. I'm just not really sure quite where to begin. I guess I need to fully map out the entire thing, first. Hmm. SOR should be interesting this week. Because we're working on identity, we're going to take some of those online personality quizzes. Heh, I think I might just enjoy this.

I need a job. NEED. Shame one's not just going to fall into my lap. I haven't gone out and actually tried to find one, just asked Mum to get me application forms, and she hasn't. Don't suppose I'm really surprised. I'll knock up a resume and she can hand that in at various stores. My main problem is that with my eyesight, I can't do some jobs. For example, I can't work the counter at a supermarket because you have to be able to tell apart, say, various types of apples and I simply can't do that. They all look the same to me.

Eating pizza in the semi-dark with poor eyesight is never a good move. There's some life advice for you all.
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    Japanese F1 Grand Prix on TV
Amak Axver

I'm not sure if this is really that accurate ....

The Big Five Personality Test
Extroverted|||||||||||| 42%
Introverted |||||||||||||| 58%
Friendly |||||||||||||| 54%
Aggressive |||||||||||| 46%
Orderly |||||||||||||||| 66%
Disorderly |||||||||| 34%
Relaxed |||||||||| 36%
Intellectual |||||||||||||| 52%
Practical |||||||||||| 48%
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U2 fast is going well. Haven't actually listened to any music today, just watched the sport. I cannot wait until tomorrow. I'm tempted to take my discman to school so that at 11:31am during study I can whack some U2 on, but I won't. I'll wait until I get home, firstly to show I have some self-control, and secondly because most of the songs I'll want to listen to first are live songs I only have in .mp3 format on my computer. Still not sure what to listen to first. Songs I'm contemplating;

1. Bad, 8 November 1987 - my favourite song
2. With Or Without You, Rattle And Hum video (need to find the date for this) - sheer brilliance.
3. Exit, 28 September 1987 - sheer brilliance.
4. Running To Stand Still - ever since Lauren mentioned this, I've been wanting to listen to it.
5. Gloria, 5 June 1983 (Under A Blood Red Sky EP) - I wake up to this every morning (been a strange week not waking up to it), and so I often have "This is Gloria!" and the opening notes playing in my head. I've been hearing it over and over for the last two days.
6. 11 O'clock Tick Tock, 5 June 1983 - my second-favourite song.
7. Walk On, Slane Castle September 2001 - this was the last song I listened to before the fast began (if you exclude the American Prayer fiasco and the short bit of EBTTRT before I managed to turn it off), and it's brilliant ... I may make it the first, too.

Too many choices ...


Eeeee, Schumacher came eighth and thus won the F1 Driver's Championship. EEEEEEEEEEEE.


There's something I want to rant about ... but no ... I'm not sure ... I did kind of say I wouldn't mention anything ... grr. Just, seriously, some people I know are WAY too young to be considering sex. WAY TOO BLOODY YOUNG.
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    Japanese F1 Grand Prix on TV. Come on Michael Schumacher!