Archive for October, 2011

Three exams down, three to go! I am officially halfway there! Woooooaaaaa we’re halfway there! Wooooooooooaa livin’ on a prayer!

In twelve days I turn eighteen – everyone cheer! Everything is happening now, and really it’s always been like that in my life. Oh I had so many sarcastic comments on my mind writing essays today at school. I was doing my English and Society & Culture exams and a catty remark kept hovering on the edge of my mind, but I had to remind myself that it was an HSC exam, not an assignment for my Ancient History teacher who it turns out appreciates sarcasm in my work because it shows I’m engaging with the topic.

For some reason people like what I do best of all when I do it purely from spite… (or in the case of the Ancient History assignment, because how could I not say those things about a fraud?). Huh.

Anyway I’m feeling kind of… buoyant at the moment. It’s not the exams either because I’ve still got three to go and one is the day after my birthday. I’m listening to happy music, so I suppose that could be contributory.

Well. I was happy. Yesterday. Now I’m somewhat depressed and frustrated; a side-effect of watching the news. I mean, the news always gets me down, and not just because of sad stories. I find it pathetic that what we deem news is often some kind of celebrity gossip.

Now I have to voice my opinion because this is truly terrible. Today celebrity gossip wasn’t the ‘news’, and we actually had some decent stories on, and when I say decent I mean they were newsworthy, not that they were good news.

First of all, I’ll proudly say that I am a monarchist and an Australian. There has been, for many years, a continuous debate about becoming a republic and I couldn’t be more against it. Australia is practically America’s little clone, America’s ‘mini-me’ and it’s quite frankly disgusting. Americans can do what they like, but I’ll be damned if Australia takes one more step in their direction. The day Australia becomes a republic, I will sing God Save the Queen at the top of my lungs and move to England whatever the cost.

It sounds extreme, but I can’t stand the idea of our country being run by a president, because they won’t be good for us. Having the monarchy gives us stability, a back-up to everything. Now, if we became a republic and got someone decent as a president, someone who is like the queen, I could bear it. But what we will end up with is a grubby, greedy bastard who will drag us down all the more. ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ is a good way to describe the situation; as I see it, there’s no real reason to move even further away from our mother country.

Second of all, a true tragedy occured in this country. A man who owned a private zoo released all the animals and subsequently committed suicide. The animals were all slaughtered.

The order to kill the animals, including eighteen endangered bengal tigers, was given to protect the people. But the town wasn’t very large and many other options were available; a warning should have been issued for everyone to stay indoors until the danger had passed. Then the police should have gone out, not with guns to kill, but with tranquilizers. They should have recaptured the animals and looked for somewhere to keep them; any zoo could have taken them in, but instead they were all killed.

There is NO call for that kind of action. The value of human lives ABOVE animals needs to be reconsidered; why do we view ourselves as so much more important? Why do we feel like humans have some greater value than any animal, when all damage to the world has been caused by humans alone. Any damage done by animals is a direct result of human action; introduction of foreign species to other countries where they then destroy the native flora and fauna, for example, is entirely the fault of humanity.

No, this was wrong. There’s no light in which I can consider this a reasonable course of action. Wrong doesn’t even begin to cover it; there are no words for what a repulsive and repugnant tragedy this was. This was a cold-blooded massacre.

Incensed and outraged,

Music: Bullets – Tuung.
Mood: Enraged.
Book: Fenrir – M. D. Lachlan.


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Hello all.

Did you know that cheesecake was invented in Ancient Greece? Well, it was. Which is interesting, because if you think about the value of cheesecake and compare it to everything the Romans ever gave us… the Greeks totally outshone the Romans, eh? Well okay, the Romans were pretty awesome. But they were building on what Greeks had already done! I mean, they couldn’t even invent their own gods, you know? They just stole them from Greece and Egypt and renamed them so no one would suspect. From Poseidon to Neptune, Aphrodite to Venus… I am a little curious why they bothered to rename them at all anyway.

I was just musing on that really. I’m not sure where the idea came from.

Ooh, also:

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. (If I may interject; there are quite a few more than 100 books listed as some of the titles are series titles, so consist of more books! Oh now I’m just nit-picking.)

Instructions: Copy this into your journal. Bold the books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started to read but didn’t finish or read an excerpt from, and underline those you own but have not read yet.

I’m also putting an asterisk (*) next to those that I plan to read sometime soon.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee*
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman*
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller*
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Lev Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis !!!!
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis !!!!
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini*
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood*
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding*
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley*
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck*
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (I have never heard of this, but am already intrigued. *ed.)
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exuper
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams*
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Total: Bold (I have read completely) 22.
Italics (I have begun to read, or have read excerpts of) 11.
Underlined (I own but haven’t/don’t plan to read yet) 8.
*ed – those that I plan to read, regardless of owning them or not – 11.

!!!!! I would like to draw attention to the fact that this is technically listed twice. If we are saying that a book series is allotted one space, and we must assume this is so based on other examples, then The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe shouldn’t be listed as it is already counted in the Chronicles of Narnia.

The books I own that I have also read total: 16.

Actually, looking back over that list, Hamlet shouldn’t be mentioned separately from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, since it is the complete works of Shakespeare and Hamlet would therefore be in it! Oh BBC, for all the wonderful things you produce for us, you really should work on this. But I do see the point; too few people read genuinely well-written books these days, and fewer still the ones written prior to the 20th century. It is a crying shame that this is the case, but it cheers one up to see how many titles come up in bold on this!

Books I was surprised weren’t on the list (though they’re not all of them classics… here, I’ll bold the good ones and underline the bad ones in my opinion as a reader and writer. Anything I am neutral on, I’ll leave in normal font).

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Artemis Fowl Series
Twilight Saga
The Inheritance Cycle
Anything Else Relating to Vampires and Romance
Agatha Christie novels such as Miss Marple or Poiroit novels

There are probably more, but that will do – they sprang to mind while I was going through the list.

And that’s all folks!
Somewhat Resignedly,

Music: Blame it on the Pop 2005 Remix
Book: Artemis Fowl – Annual Reading Number One
Mood: Proxy Error.



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