Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hey hey ho ho IR laws have got to go!

It's not the best rally cry in the world, but at least it rhymes.

This morning I participated in a nationwide union-organised protest against the government's industrial relations laws. I don't really have a point, except to point out that there was a protest march and I was there. The main gathering was at the MCG in Melbourne. I joined the march down the main street of my town.

I was trying to remember if I've ever been to other protests - I vaguely remember something at uni, probably a protest against increasing student fees.

Anyway, in case you're wondering, today's protest wasn't a particularly subversive one for me to join, given that everyone I know is opposed to the IR laws and my boss was standing next to me the whole time...

Question: have you ever been part of a protest? What was it for?


Saturday, November 25, 2006

did you miss me?

Apparently it takes three weeks to form a new habit.

It sure doesn't take long to break one.

I didn't intend to have a break from blogging. But it's been quite nice.

This is what I've been doing in the last wee while.

1. I bought a lawnmower, mowed down all the overgrowth in the back garden for the first time, and discovered a cactus!

2. I went to Dunedin, NZ and saw some yellow eyed penguins!

3. And some albatross!

4. I celebrated Thanksgiving! I even had a teeny tiny morsel of turkey. It was OK.

5. I went to an outdoor music festival called Groovin the Moo!

6. I narrowly lost Risk (the game of world domination). Twice!

7. I graded for my green tip belt (7th grade) in taekwondo!

8. I played (or pretended to play in the high fast bits) flute in our All Comers Ensemble end of term concert!

9. I planned to build my deck! (I've done the measurements)

You'd think there'd be more, wouldn't you. Then again, maybe there is, and I'm saving it all for future scintillating posts...